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Ex­actly who loves Mitt Rom­ney and Rick San­to­rum? Based on a siz­able com­pi­la­tion of Re­pub­li­can voter data, Gallup an­a­lyst Ly­dia Saad says Mr. Rom­ney gen­er­ally has a four­point ad­van­tage in track­ing polls, and en­joys “slight leads over San­to­rum among men, women, res­i­dents of the East and the South, and Repub­li­cans aged 55 and older. Rom­ney has more sub­stan­tial leads among mod­er­ate/lib­eral Repub­li­cans, those liv­ing in the West, vot­ers aged 18 to 34, and those who at­tend church or an­other place of worship less than weekly.

“San­to­rum ties Rom­ney among con­ser­va­tives, vot­ers aged 35 to 54, and those who at­tend a place of worship weekly. He leads Rom­ney slightly in the Mid­west. This is quite dif­fer­ent from a month ago when San­to­rum had siz­able leads in the Mid­west and among the more con­ser­va­tive and re­li­gious seg­ments of Re­pub­li­can vot­ers.”

No word from, say, ve­g­ans, nurses, dirt bik­ers or Civil War re-en­ac­tors. Yet. Dog lovers? They’ve had a say of sorts in a new Public Pol­icy Polling sur­vey re­veal­ing that 55 per­cent of U.S. vot­ers claim Mr. Rom­ney’s ad­mis­sion that he once put his dog Sea­mus in a crate atop the fam­ily sta­tion wagon would not in­flu­ence their vote. Alas, asked whether Pres­i­dent Obama or Mr. Rom­ney would make a “bet­ter pres­i­dent for dogs,” Mr. Obama won, 37 per­cent to 21 per­cent. monikers may re­flect per­son­al­ity. Javelin could be a ref­er­ence to the 1960s mus­cle car of the same name made by Amer­i­can Mo­tors Corp., the com­pany once run by papa Ge­orge Rom­ney, Mr. Am­binder ob­serves. Petrus is a bib­li­cal al­lu­sion — as in St. Peter, the first pope.

Are code names an apt in­di­ca­tor? Maybe. A few ex­am­ples from past decades. Among for­mer pres­i­dents: Gen­eral ( Harry S. Truman), Score­card ( Dwight D. Eisen­hower), Lancer ( John F. Kennedy), Search­light ( Richard M. Nixon), Dea­con ( Jimmy Carter) Rawhide ( Ron­ald Rea­gan), Tim­ber­wolf ( Ge­orge H.W. Bush), Ea­gle ( Bill Clin­ton) Trail­blazer ( Ge­orge W. Bush) and Rene­gade ( Pres­i­dent Obama).

In­ci­den­tally, for­mer vice pres­i­dents Al Gore went by Sun­dance while Dick Cheney opted for An­gler. And among first ladies: Starlight ( Pat Nixon), Pinafore ( Betty Ford), Dancer ( Ros­alynn Carter), Rain­bow ( Nancy Rea­gan), Tran­quil­ity ( Bar­bara Bush), Ev­er­green ( Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton), Tempo ( Laura Bush) and Re­nais­sance ( Michelle Obama). and not re­port on or pho­to­graph the girls when they are not with their par­ents,” Ms. Schake said.

The Se­cret Ser­vice code name for Pres­i­dent Rea­gan was “Rawhide.” Those who war­rant such pro­tec­tion typ­i­cally are al­lowed to choose their names.

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