Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney in Pa by only 6 points, just ahead of the 4 point margin of error in the latest Quinnipiac poll. The state's primary is 3 weeks away, and this is the third poll in a row to show Romney gaining on the Pennsylvania native (one of which led Santorum to call a leading Pa pollster, Terry Madonna, a "hack.")

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Pennsylvania native Rick Santorum holds an edge over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among likely voters in the Keystone State in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate, a poll released this morning shows.

Mr. Santorum has a 41-35 percent lead over Mr. Romney in Pennsylvania, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has 10 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows with 7 percent.

But 6 percent of likely voters remain undecided and 37 percent of those who name a candidate say they still could change their mind before the April 24 primary, the independent poll says.

"The Keystone State is critical for Sen. Rick Santorum, the native son who must win to reasonably continue the race for the presidency," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Pennsylvania is a critical swing state, so the Republican primary winner wants to make a good showing in April to bolster chances for success in November."

The latest polls in the state shows Mr. Santorum leading Mr. Romney, 43-33 percent among men, while women split, favoring Mr. Santorum by only 39-38 percent. Mr. Santorum also leads 53-24 percent among white evangelical Christians, 50-32 percent among Tea Party members and 48-30 percent among self-described conservatives. Mr. Romney is ahead, 45-29 percent, among self-described moderates.

From March 27 through Sunday, Quinnipiac University surveyed 647 likely Repub1ican primary voters in the state with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

See the full results here.

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