On the heels of a group of establishment
Ridge, also the nation's first Homeland Security Secretary, was an early supporter of presidential hopeful
"Having spent most my life in public service, as a soldier, as a Congressman, as a Governor of Pennsylvania, as a
Romney can use all the help he can get in battleground Pennsylvania where the state's former U.S. Sen.
Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac pollster, said Santorum's standing among both the Republican electorate and the statewide electorate was "remarkable" given his dramatic ouster from the Senate by Democrat Bob Casey in 2006.
"It is an eye-opener," he said. "Santorum is a comeback kid in his own state."
Compelling for Santorum campaign's argument that
Also cutting into Romney's electability argument, Santorum does starkly better than the rest of the field against Obama. With Obama at 45 percent and Santorum at 44 percent, Quinnipiac called that matchup "too close to call." But Obama tops Romney 46 percent to 40 percent, Gingrich 50 percent to 37 percent and
The poll was conducted March 7 through Monday and surveyed 1, 256 registered voters and includes 508 registered Republicans.