On the eve of Super Tuesday, polls show that Presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are running neck and neck in Ohio, a state that’s seen as a must-win for both candidates.
According to Public Policy Polling, Romney and Santorum are at a statistical tie, with the former Massachusetts governor garnering 37 percent of the vote and Santorum coming in at 36 percent.
A separate NBC News/Marist poll shows Santorum ahead at 34 percent and Romney behind by just two points.
Quinnipiac University’s polling center also released a poll Monday, this one showing Romney at 34 percent and Santorum at 31 percent. It reflects a steady rise for Romney. On Friday, Santorum lead 35 to 31 percent and last Monday, Santorum was ahead by a whopping 11 points.
The Buckeye state’s primary comes just one week after the candidate’s sparred in Michigan in a bitterly fought race. Romney manage to eke out a meager 3 percent victory in a state that many, judging by his deep Michigan roots, presumed would be a cakewalk for him.
A Santorum upset in Michigan would have been disastrous for Romney but given Santorum a much-needed boost as a serious candidate. Now, many are casting the Ohio race as both a key opportunity for Romney strike down the one-time Pennsylvania Senator’s campaign as well Santorum’s last chance to show he has legs.