Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul win slightly in a match-up with President Barack Obama according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll.
Romney leads Obama by 2 percentage points at 45% to 43% while Paul beats Obama with the same margin at 43% to 41%.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum fare worse against Obama, trailing the President at 49% to 39% and 45% to 43%, respectively.
The recent lead with Obama by Romney and Paul could be due to strong social conservative stance taken by Rick Santorum, which has made Paul and Romney appear more centrist on social issues. Additionally, rising gasoline and food prices along with high unemployment continue to plague Obama's Presidency. The same poll revealed a 42% disapproval rating for Obama versus 26% who approve of Obama's performance as president.
There was some remarks made by Santorum suggesting that Romney and Paul have teamed up against him. The Ron Paul 2012 campaign has denied such collusion with Romney, citing that Paul competes with Santorum more over conservative voters while Romney attracts 'big government' Republicans.