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Poll: Obama Has Slight Edge in Florida, Santorum Pulls Closer Than Romney

Barack Obama continues to hold the slightest of edges over the GOP field among voters in the crucial swing state of Florida according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll.

While it's statistically irrelevant, Santorum does actually pull closer to Obama than Mitt Romney. Up until now the general thinking is that Romney would do better in the general election, and previous polls have shown the former Massachusetts Governor to be much more competitive with President Obama in the Sunshine State.


Obama leads Romney 46 percent to 43 percent in the latest poll. Other polls in late January showed Romney winning with an edge of up to 5 percent, but polling through February showed Obama was back on top in Florida. The 3-point margin is the same margin Rasmussen found in February.

What's more interesting is the result of the Obama-Santorum matchup. Obama leads Santorum 45 percent to 43 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent, so in essence both Santorum and Romney are statistically tied with the president, but that's still good news for Santorum.

Though, Rasmussen polling seems to be more favorable to Santorum than other organizations. In Feburary, Rasmussen found the Obama-Santorum match up to be 47 to 46 percent. To put in prospective, the Real Clear Politics polling average gives Obama a 0.4 percent margin over Romney, but a 9.0 percent margin over Santorum. However, Rasmussen has been responsible for the two latest major polls in the state.

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