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Two new polls show tight Ala. race

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Two new polls released in the Alabama Republican primary show a race that is becoming closer after days of candidate visits and big money ad buys on TV, radio and through direct mail.

The polling wing of the Alabama Education Association shows a once comfortable lead for Mitt Romney much tighter now.

The Capital Survey Research Center 's tracking poll finds Romney and Newt Gingrich statistically tied when the margin of error is considered. The survey of 554 likely voters taken March 6-8 shows Romney 28.5%, Gingrich 25.5%, Rick Santorum 21.1%, Ron Paul 4.5%. Twenty percent of respondents either don't know or didn't reply.

The CSRC tracking poll of March 1 and March 5-6 put Romney at 31.2%, Santorum 21.6%, Gingrich 21%, Paul 6.5%.

The first Rasmussen Reports phone survey of the Alabama primary field is much closer and reversed: Gingrich 30%, Santorum 29%, Romney 28%. That survey of 750 likely GOP voters took place Thursday with a MOE -/-4%.

Alabama and Mississippi have become the current battleground for Republicans with 90 delegates between the two states Tuesday.

The RNC released the latest delegate count earlier today. It does not included disputed delegates or too-close-to-call congressional district results. In the latest count, Romney has 339 delegates followed by Gingrich 107, Santorum 95, Paul 22, unaccounted 258. A total of 1,144 delegates must be secured for the nomination.

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