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Poll: Gingrich Supporters Would Split Between Romney, Santorum if Newt Leaves Race

Were Newt Gingrich to leave the race despite numerous resolutions to stay the course, his supporters would split roughly in half for Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum, according to a new Gallup poll.

Calls for Gingrich to leave the race became particularly evident following his dismal showings on Super Tuesday and after his poor showings in Mississippi and Alabama.

Gallup’s polling suggests Santorum would need to encroach upon Gingrich’s current supporters to catch up to Romney because he is not currently able to count on all of the Gingrich supporters to line up behind him.

The poll’s exact breakdown finds that 39 percent of Gingrich’s supporters would break for Santorum, 40 percent would move to Romney and 12 percent would go to Ron Paul.

But the Santorum camp isn’t buying the Gallup survey.

“I don’t know about the validity of the sample of the survey,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley told Red Alert Politics. “I have seen polls showing that Rick would be pulling around 70 percent of Gingrich’s supporters if he dropped out of the race.

“It doesn’t account for what Gingrich would do with his delegates or supporters. I’m rather leery about a poll saying that he would split his delegates about 50-50.”