If the Republicans are fielding a weak field of candidates, the Democrats certainly do seem to be as well.


Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum leads the Republican presidential field with 35 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 26 percent among Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican nationwide, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. In November matchups, President Barack Obama edges Santorum, while the race with Romney is too close to call,

Santorum leads Romney head-to-head 50 - 37 percent.

Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters say 48 - 37 percent it would be bad for the GOP if none of the current candidates wins enough delegates to be nominated and the Republican National Convention nominates someone not in the primary race, a so-called "brokered convention," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

In today's nationwide survey, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 14 percent, with Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent.