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Mitt Romney Closes Gap In Michigan Polls

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Mitt Romney has closed the gap between himself and Rick Santorum in the Michigan GOP race for the white house.

The big lead that Santorum held last week has gone down to four points, which is within the margin of error for the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling.

Santorum was ahead by 15 points last week. Now, Mitt Romney has sliced into that lead, making the race 37% Santorum, 33% Romney.

The Romney campaign is outspending the other side and the barrage of TV commercials is beginning to make the difference with one week to go and plenty of time for Mr. Romney to take back the lead.

Mr. Santorum has to rely more on free media to get his message out and while he is slipping, he is still holding a strong lead with key voting blocks.

The former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator holds a commanding double digit lead with protestants, union members, tea party voters, extreme conservatives and men. 

On the other hand, Romney is doing well with seniors, moderates, somewhat conservatives, Catholics and women. 

While Governor Snyder's endorsement of Mr. Romney last week made headlines, it may have backfired.

Only 13% report they are more likely to vote for Romney while 28% suggest they are less likely to support Romney now that Governor Snyder is on board.

The key to this race may be Newt Gingrich as long as he hangs around, that helps Romney. If he were to drop out, 45% of his supporters would flit to Santorum, compared to only 29% for Romney. 

Despite all the nasty charges between the two camps, Mr. Romney says he would consider Santorum as a running mate and it turns out Mr. Santorum feels the same way about Romney. 

"I would consider anybody in the field," said Santorum. 

If the polls are right, one of these gentlemen will win the Michigan primary next week.

U.S. Senator Ron Paul is also on the ballot. He's polling at 15%.

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