The PPP surveys have Newt Gingrich with a 33 percent-to-31 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Mississippi with Rick Santorum a close third at 27 percent. Romney has a slight lead in an even tighter three-way race in Alabama, at 31 percent to 30 percent for Gingrich and 29 percent for Santorum.
Romney appears to be at a slight disadvantage in both states in terms of net favorability. Romney is viewed favorably by 53 percent of voters in Alabama and 51 percent in Mississippi, but he’s also viewed unfavorably by 40 percent of Alabama GOP voters and 41 percent of Mississippi Republican voters.
Both Gingrich and Santorum enjoy net favorability ratings of +25 and above in the two states. And that, interestingly, is perhaps to Romney’s advantage, because conservative voters in the two states are splitting almost evenly between Gingrich and Santorum.