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Religious voters give Santorum edge in Alabama

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Santorum had a huge lead among voters in both states seeking a candidate who is a real conservative, winning just over half of their votes. He also captured more than 6 in 10 of those in each state preferring a candidate with strong moral character, rewarding a contender who spoke unhesitatingly about the importance of family and faith.

Romney did strongly with each state’s more moderate voters, capturing nearly 4 in 10 moderates and liberals, but it was obviously not enough. Underscoring his weaknesses with both state’s voters, he lost command of several constituencies he has generally been able to count on previously.

While he has often won among voters citing the economy as their top worry, those voters divided about evenly in Mississippi. He won that group only slightly in Alabama.

As with every state so far, the largest group of voters in Alabama and Mississippi selected the economy as the issue that mattered most. Romney, the wealthy former private equity executive, has made repairing the economy a top focus of his campaign and has prevailed among voters concerned about that issue in most states so far in 2012.

In Mississippi, Romney shared a lead with Santorum with college graduates and people from families earning at least $100,000 annually, while he and Gingrich both led among people age 65 and up. In Alabama, he split the lead with Gingrich among college graduates and with both his rivals among regular Republicans. All are groups Romney has typically won.

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