Marist Poll: Mitt Romney leads by 7 in Wisconsin

Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum by seven percentage points heading into Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary, according to a new poll from NBC News and Marist College.


(Steven Senne/AP)

Wisconsin is one of three contests on Tuesday, but since it’s the one state where Santorum appears to have a chance of beating Romney, most of the attention and money has been focused there.

Polling has consistently shown Romney with a lead. The NBC/Marist poll shows him ahead 40 percent to 33 percent for Santorum. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are way behind, at 11 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

A poll from Marquette Law School this week showed Romney leading by a very similar margin, 39 percent to 31 percent.

Maryland and the District of Columbia are also holding contests on Tuesday. Romney is favored in both states.

The poll paints a grimmer picture for the GOP in the general election, with Romney trailing President Obama by double digits. In the upcoming recall of Gov. Scott Walker (R), the poll shows a generic Democrat at 48 percent and Walker at 46 percent.

In the state’s Senate race, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) leads a generic Republican 45 percent to 40 percent. Several Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination, including former governor Tommy Thompson.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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