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Crossover Democrats overwhelmingly back Santorum

 

Did the Santorum campaign's effort to get Democrats to vote for him -- as well as the left's push to support Santorum over Romney -- work?

It has produced results, according to the exit polls. But it's unclear -- so far -- if it was enough to help Santorum win in tonight's Michigan primary.

Per the exits, 9% of GOP primary voters in Michigan are Democrats, and Santorum gets a whopping 53% of these folks, compared with 17% for both Romney and Paul. (By contrast, 60% are self-described Republicans, and Romney wins them over Santorum, 47%-37%.)

Santorum also overperforms among those who describe themselves as "somewhat liberal."

This crossover effect, in fact, has produced this striking phenomenon: Santorum is winning the most conservative voting groups ("very conservative" voters, evangelical Christians), as well as the most liberal groups.

Meanwhile, Romney is doing well with all the voting groups in between (somewhat conservatives, moderates, non-evangelicals).