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Poll: Romney leads GOP pack in Az

Gingrich comes in distant second among likely primary voters

Mitt Romney is showing a sizable lead over his competitors among Arizona's Republican voters, according to a poll released Thursday.

The former Massachusetts governor gets the nod from 48 percent of the state's GOP voters. Newt Gingrich is trailing with 24 percent, said the survey on the state's Republican primary conducted by Rusmussen Reports, a conservative public opinion polling group.

The telephone survey of likely Republican primary voters placed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in third place with 13 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) with 6 percent. Two percent of those polled prefer a different candidate in the race and 6 percent are undecided.

The survey 750 Republican was conducted Wednesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, Rasmussen said.

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