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Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum in Near Dead Heat in Ohio

Front-runners increase efforts in Ohio as Super Tuesday approaches.

While the Republican presidential candidates crank up their efforts to woo Ohio voters through personal appearances, a new poll shows the two front-runners running neck-and-neck in Ohio just days before the primary election. 

The NBC News/Marist Poll shows Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, supported by 34 percent of likely GOP primary voters, and Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with 32 percent.

Romney's and Santorum's campaigns lately have focused on Ohio, where 66 delegates are up for grabs. Santorum on Friday and is scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga Falls on Monday evening.

The two other candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, lagged far behind the other candidates in the poll.

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