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POLL: Which Republican Presidential Candidate Gets Your Vote?

Maryland's Republican "moderate middle" will matter on Tuesday.

Will former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s lead in Maryland turn into a win in Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary? Patch is offering readers the opportunity to vote and leave a comment about how they voted.

Romney has a 17-point advantage over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in Maryland, according to a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday. It showed Romney is supported by 45 percent of Maryland Republicans, Santorum by 28 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich by 12 percent and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) by 7 percent.

Although in Maryland on Tuesday, it is expected to be an important day in the presidential race, when the “moderate middle of the Maryland GOP will be relevant,” according to The Washington Post.

The Republican primary has become a race to the magic number of 1,144 delegates that would give a candidate the nomination. Romney has the lead with 558 delegates. Santorum is next with 273. Gingrich has 133 and Paul has 50.

Maryland’s delegates are allocated through a combination of a winner-take-all system and a proportion distribution. The primary is also closed, meaning only registered Republicans can vote.

Maryland election officials said last week that turnout Tuesday would likely be low, as the number of Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2 to 1 margin.

Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are also holding primary contests this week.

Santorum has not visited Maryland, but the state has attracted attention from other presidential candidates.

Romney stopped in , and Paul visited the University of Maryland.

and at Salisbury University last month.

The poll closes at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Check back later to see results and how other Patch sites in Anne Arundel County voted.

Capital News Service reporter Madeleine Marshall contributed to this article.

Dave April 03, 2012 at 01:36 PM
You're kidding, right?
Renee April 03, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I wouldn't vote for any of them.
John April 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Hey, I'm Republican and embarrassed with the line up.
Jeff Andrade April 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Romney all the way!!
Kevin Brennan April 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
agree
Kevin Brennan April 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
This is horribly biased reporting.
Ryan Stavely April 03, 2012 at 03:18 PM
What exactly is biased about it?
Kevin Brennan April 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
For the people not voting Republican?
Dave April 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Years ago I used to vote for the candidate who seemed to be most qualified, but the Rethuglicans have become so reactionary and mean spirited that I couldn't vote for any republican for any office - we need to weaken, not strengthen, their influence overall.
Kevin Brennan April 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
well, I think it does. Today's primary is being voted upon by Dems and Repubs... so, why should this straw poll be only about Repubs? It seems one sided. Our community is made up by members of both parties. It would have been very simple to add an 'other' choice or Obama.
McGibblets April 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Unfortunately, regardless of candidate we are still stuck with the same govt. Mittrack Obamney's policies will continue on the same path we have been headed for decades now, accelerating more and more along the way until the inevitable demise of the United States... Europe here we come!
Dave April 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Santorum?? My mother, a lifelong republican in NW PA, got so fed up with him that at age 86 she switched to the Dems and voted Democrat until she passed away at 92. I always wondered what took her so long...
Dave April 03, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Gingrich for mayor!
Ryan Stavely April 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Not much of a Democratic Presidential primary this year to write about.
John April 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Well I just got back from voting at Waugh Chapel. It was a mausoleum.
Tim Lemke (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Fewer than 100 people at many polling locations by 1 p.m. today. We'll have a story on the low turnout in a bit.
John April 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Maybe when the state sales tax is 8%, it costs $15 to go through the tunnel and we have a casino every 5 miles....then we'll get more people out to vote.
Richard Hertz April 04, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Do you have any examples of this "mean spirited" behavior? I have plenty of examples of the liberals of MD politics destroying the state. -increased sales tax -increased tolls -increased fees -planned increase in gas tax -planned increase in income tax Do you consider any of that outright plunder to be mean spirited? I do. You and the rest of the liberals that are slowly destroying the state seem to think you know better than I do how to spend my own hard-earned money. Let set you straight: you don't. Government does nothing well. Can you understand that? NOTHING! If the government is spending money on it...I don't care what it is, they're wasting large amounts of money. Whatever project they're doing, they're doing it inefficiently. Tell me Dave, what exactly am I getting for all these increased taxes in MD? Tell me how much more enjoyable life is here in MD compared to any of the nine states that don't have an income tax? You want to talk about thuggery? Take a look at the list of increased taxes above and tell me how that's not considered thuggery?
John April 04, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Maryland's been under Democratic control since...well, forever. Well, how's it been going lately?
Cecilia Pfau April 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
What party was in office that started down the almost complete downfall of our wonderful country? Our current President inherited the awful mess; he didn't create it. At this point, I cannot stand "any" politicians. If any politician says they can change everything from the way it is now they're dumber than a door nail. Congress, the major thugs in our country, are the people that are running DC. No one candidate can make any difference until those leeches are all fired. The President in our country really has no authority.
Carol B May 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Celia's right, and it's even bigger than those who don't work in DC might imagine. It's not just Congress--there's a whole network of political appointees running government agencies who then hire their cronies or hand-pick employees who won't stand up to them. To make a dent in "business as usual" in our nation's capitol, you would have to fire every one of them, and their friends, and the friends of their friends. No one has that kind of power--or would take on the political tsunami that would undoubtedly ensue. We have to take it into our own hands, one vote at a time. I think we should establish a law that adds "None of the above" to every election apparatus. If "None" wins, the party that put up the unacceptable candidates has 60 days (or whatever time period is appropriate) to find an acceptable one--or the challenger wins by default.

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