A new poll of likely Washington GOP caucus-goers shows former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) with a lead outside the margin of error in the state ahead of the Saturday, March 3rd contest. Public Policy Polling (D) numbers show Santorum with 38 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 27, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) with 15 and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 12.
The question is about mometum. Many of the voters they polled a soft in their support, and with the Michigan and Arizona primaries set to take place five days beforehand (Tuesday, Feburary 28th), alligences could shift quickly. From PPP:
The groups fueling Santorum's lead in Washington are the same ones he's doing well with everywhere: he's up 50-20 with Tea Partiers, 50-18 with Evangelicals, and 50-19 with voters describing themselves as 'very conservative.' His state by state formula for success definitely seems to include leading with each of those groups by at least 25 points.
Santorum's the favorite in Washington for now but if we've learned one thing in this race it's that if you don't like the polls just wait a few days and they might change. A Romney comeback is well within the realm of possibility.