Polls: Minnesota Caucus
a Toss-Up Among Republican Presidential Hopefuls
February 6, 2012
The latest political polls suggest there may be some surprises left in
the race to determine which Republican candidate will represent his
party in the November presidential election.
The next caucuses take place Tuesday in the states of Colorado and
Minnesota. The front-runner so far, former Massachusetts governor Mitt
Romney, appears poised in Colorado for a repeat of his solid victory in
But in Minnesota, polls suggest any one of the four candidates could
take first place, with former senator Rick Santorum currently in the
And polls in both states show the former speaker of the House of
Representatives, Newt Gingrich, has lost significant support. Gingrich
had been considered Romney's closest rival for the nomination, and in
December held a commanding lead in Colorado polls. He is now polling in
Policy Polling, which conducted the surveys, says Santorum has been
helped because no other candidates have been attacking him.
Romney has won the contests in New Hampshire, Florida, and now Nevada.
He is hoping to maintain his momentum with wins Tuesday in Colorado,
Minnesota, and on Saturday, in Maine.
But if Santorum can pull off a victory in Minnesota and a second place
finish in Colorado, he may become Romney's biggest challenger for the
nomination. Santorum is also polling well in Missouri, according to
Public Policy Polling's latest survey there last week.
Gingrich is vowing to fight all the way to the nominating convention,
being held in Tampa, Florida, in August.
Congressman Ron Paul also remains in the race, but is trailing behind
the other three candidates.