Santorum’s Not on Most Republican Lips

A new poll predicts the former senator would lose his home state to Obama

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum lost his bid for reelection five years ago by 18 percent – the largest margin of loss ever for an incumbent in the state. And it seems as though his history of alienating home state voters continues as he announced his campaign for president. But that’s not stopping the conservative contender for insisting that he will edge Obama out of office next year. He must not be reading the same polls we are.

According to the most recent Quinnipiac University poll, Keystone voters are not expected to support Santorum as a Republican presidential candidate. In fact, the poll says that Santorum would once again lose in his home state to Obama in a general election. He’d also lose to GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in a primary.

This is how it breaks down: Santorum would lose to Obama by 11 points. He would also lose to Romney by five points. Only about 16 percent of Pennsylvanians said they would support Santorum in a general election – that’s almost as many points he lost by in the 2006 election against Democratic Sen. Robert Casey.

“Whether it’s still the Osama bin Laden bounce or because voters are taking a closer look at the alternatives, President Barack Obama’s fortunes in Pennsylvania, a critical swing state in presidential elections, has improved – at least for now,” explains Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

He admits that independent voters are an especially critical bloc – and have shifted in support of Obama after even his lowest approval rating. That might mean a right winger like Santorum wouldn’t likely appeal to moderates who represent a large cross section of these voters.

“Native son Rick Santorum is not feeling the love among Pennsylvania Republicans or among voters in general,” says Malloy. “But Santorum does better in a GOP primary than other more nationally known candidates such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.”

Well that’s not exactly comforting if you consider he’s the same guy who’s compared same-sex marriage to marriage between a man and a dog.

Who will you support in the presidential election?