Rasmussen reports is out with a new, automated poll of Georgia voters that has former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich with a thin lead over Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney trails well behind.
The automated survey of 750 likely Republican voters was conducted Wednesday, so it’s unlikely to reflect any impact from last night’s Arizona debate. It has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
– Gingrich, 33 percent;
– Santorum, 28 percent;
– Romney, 20 percent;
– Ron Paul, 9 percent.
Given the margin of error, Gingrich’s advantage here is made of gossamer. But the Rasmussen survey shows a different dynamic than an InsiderAdvantage/Fox 5 Atlanta poll from earlier in the week, which had Gingrich, Santorum and Romney in a three-way statistical tie.
But note that Romney — according to the Rasmussen poll — is on the edge of walking away from Georgia with no delegates. A candidate has to register 20 percent of the vote to qualify even for a small, proportional share.