Mitt Romney is now the top choice for Texas Republicans, bypassing Rick Santorum by two points in a recent Rasmussen Reports poll. Romney’s 32 percent, and Santorum’s 30 percent in the survey are within the margin of error, putting the two in a statistical dead heat. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is in the single digits–and in fourth place–in his home state with nine percent. He’s behind Newt Gingrich who is at 19 percent.

Just last month, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll showed Santorum as the clear choice among Texas Republicans. Then, Santorum was polling at 45 percent, 20 points ahead of the other GOP candidates.

This is Rasmussen Report’s first look at Texas. They called 750 likely Republican Primary voters. The margin of error is +/-4.