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Poll: Romney Leads Santorum Among NY Reps

Poll: Romney Has Big Lead Among NY's GOP

Poll: Romney Has Big Lead Among NY's GOP Juliette Culver, flickr

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Siena poll gives Romney a big lead.

Republican voters in the Tri-State area could have a big impact on the GOP presidential nomination.

A new Siena College Research Institute poll shows Republican voters in New York gravitating toward Mitt Romney.

The poll shows Romney leading all other GOP candidates by 15-percent in the Empire State.  

Fordham University political science professor Christina Greer says that's a good sign for the former Massachusetts governor, who likely has a long road ahead of him.

"He's gonna get through some of these southern states.  He might win some...he might come out bruised in several...and then he'll start to clean up with these northern, northeastern states, especially New York, New Jersey and Connecticut."

New York and Connecticut hold their primaries on April 24.  New Jersey's primary is June 5.

The Siena poll also shows, among all voters, President Obama has a two-to-one lead over any of the Republican candidates.