The states voting in the next few days are supposed to be less friendly turf for Mitt Romney, but polls show he's doing not too bad. Meanwhile Newt Gingrich, who's been aiming to own the South on Super Tuesday, has a long way to climb and not much time to do it. Here's our guide to today's polls and which ones matter.
Findings: Romney pulls ahead of Santorum in Washington state, 37 percent to 32 percent. Paul is beating Gingrich for third; they have 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively. In this pollster's previous Ohio survey, taken February 16 to February 19, Santorum was 11 points ahead of Romney, with 38 percent to his 27 percent.
Pollster: Public Policy Polling
Methodology: Robo-calls to 447 likely Republican caucus-goers phoned February 29 and March 1.
Why it matters: Washington doesn't award delegates today, but he's not ignoring it like he did Missouri, which had a nonbonding contest, and Colorado, which was not immediately binding. Technicalities aside, Santorum swept both and revived his candidacy. "It’s worth noting that Romney is now leaving no caucus contest to chance," NBC News' First Read writes. "Pre-Colorado, we’re betting Romney’s schedule today would have been Ohio and Tennessee, leaving the caucus states to surrogates." Also worth noting, if Santorum wins, there'd be an element of karmic justice: "It's very likely that in 24 hours or so Rick Santorum will win the state Dan Savage lives in," Slate's Dave Weigel tweets.
Caveat: PPP is a Democratic firm.