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Santorum Leads Close 3 Way Race In NC [Leads Romney by 6%: Without Gingrich Leads Jumps To 10%]
PPP Polling ^ | March 02, 2012

Posted on 03/18/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT by Steelfish

March 02, 2012

Santorum Leads Close 3 Way Race In NC

Rick Santorum's taken the lead in the Republican Presidential race in North Carolina with 31% to 25% for Mitt Romney and 23% for Newt Gingrich. A month ago Gingrich and Romney were tied for the lead with Santorum running 10 points behind.

Romney's staying competitive in North Carolina despite the fact that GOP voters there are pretty tepid toward him. Only 43% have a favorable opinion and an equal 43% see him negatively. That makes him less popular than both Gingrich (45/41) and Santorum (58/29).

Romney's really benefiting from Gingrich continuing to be strong enough in the South that he splits the conservative vote with Santorum, unlike in other parts of the country where conservatives are increasingly unifying around Santorum as the alternative to Romney. Among voters identifying as 'very conservative' Santorum leads Gingrich 35-32 with Romney at 19%.

If Gingrich dropped out of the race by the time North Carolina votes Santorum would have a much clearer lead with 43% to 33% for Romney and 10% for Paul. The race is still pretty fluid with only 52% of voters saying that they will definitely vote for their current choice.

(Excerpt) Read more at publicpolicypolling.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Politics
KEYWORDS: newt4romney; newtbots4romney; santorum

1 posted on 03/18/2012 1:53:26 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

NO Newt... Obama wins..


2 posted on 03/18/2012 1:55:51 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

3 posted on 03/18/2012 1:56:35 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: hosepipe

NO MORE Newt, Santorum wins


4 posted on 03/18/2012 2:01:05 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

This is an old poll.

More recent poll:

Romney 31%

Santorum 27%


5 posted on 03/18/2012 2:01:57 PM PDT by techno
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To: hosepipe

NO Newt... Obama wins..

You seem to think that saying that is going to bring in the Newt Voters. Problem is that nobody is voting for Newt in anything. Two states. That is it. 19 electoral college total. He can’t win the General without people voting for him. It is clear that American voters are not interested in Newt. I am sorry about that for his supporters but you have to wake up and get some reality. If you can’t win more than 2 states in a Republican Primary, how does he win the General?


6 posted on 03/18/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: techno; Lazlo in PA

Correct.

But if Gingrich pulls out, Santorum jumps to a 4% lead.
Memo to Gingrich: Get Out!
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/15/1932065/poll-romney-leads-a-close-gop.html


7 posted on 03/18/2012 2:16:24 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Personally, I think it is over. Romney will have the nomination. But I don’t expect either Santorum or Gingrich to give up imminently. Gingrich will give up when the money runs out, which will happen when Adelson throws in the towel. Santorum will give up after it becomes apparent that the withdrawal of Gingrich is not going to make him the nominee.


8 posted on 03/18/2012 2:17:52 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

I just watched the FoxNews Sunday after the show video and Brit Hume said Romney has too many votes to not win.

If Romney wins it proves that the America I grew up imagining really is a figment of my imagination.


9 posted on 03/18/2012 2:24:44 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

I do think that it’s never going to be the same. I would not blame it on Romney, though.

I think Romney is the nominee, and despite the fact that I spent 3 years fighting him, I’m thinking now that he’s the only chance we have of beating Obama. I don’t know if he’ll be any better than Obama, but I think we’ve got to go with him, and if he turns out to be the turd that I think he might, then we’ll trash him at that time. Maybe we’ll get lucky, and he’ll surprise us. But I’m convinced that neither Santorum nor Gingrich can beat Obama.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 2:31:21 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Steelfish

NC in 1976 gave Reagan a new lease on running. But Tarheelers may think Two-State Newt is competitive.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 2:42:45 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Steelfish

Then OBama wins in November.


12 posted on 03/18/2012 2:51:28 PM PDT by redangus
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To: Brilliant

My sad and cynical opinion is that Romney will win the nomination because stronger candidates already know what we all fear: that the damage is done and is likely irreversible.

Suppose your dream candidate were to secure the nomination and win in November. S/He then faces an economy in shambles, a mountain of debt and obligation, a demoralized and depleted military, foreign despots with nuclear arms, and, at home, a dependent underclass that will take to the streets if denied its wants.

Who would feel up to that job?

I have no answers, only tears.


13 posted on 03/18/2012 2:52:31 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Brilliant

Isn’t it pathetic that we wind up with a choice between Obama and Romney? Obama has proven that no matter how bad you are as President, the party will still run you for the second term. If we get Romney, we are stuck with him for the next election, as well.


14 posted on 03/18/2012 3:04:38 PM PDT by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: conservativejoy
Isn't it pathetic that we wind up with a choice between Obama and Romney

If that happens,yes, it's pathetic that you and others on this forum contibuted to it...

..with your constant ridicule & innuendo against Rick Santorum and his wife and children.

I've noticed you pipe in with the others when the negativity starts flying.

15 posted on 03/18/2012 3:55:27 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Steelfish

You and PPP and the rest of the establishment lovers have been pushing the Newt should quit meme forever. Give it up. Ain’t gonna happen.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 4:07:32 PM PDT by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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To: Guenevere

Needed to be said. What has happened here is as bad as what I’ve read in the comments on Huff Post, DU, and liberal new sites. The way a good man has been treated here is really despicable. I hope they’re happy when they’re stuck with Romney, although I’ve actually seen some of Newt’s supporters say they would vote for Romney over Santorum anyway.


17 posted on 03/18/2012 4:11:36 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President)
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To: conservativejoy
Conservativejoy....

...I just reread through your posts and noticed you said....

..'My son is one of the fallen heroes'...

I am sorry to read this......we owe him a debt of gratitude

If my previous post upset you, I am sorry.....you've been through enough.

18 posted on 03/18/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Jedidah

Newt would feel up to that job, and better yet, BE up to that job.

Can’t say the same for anyone else who comes to mind.


19 posted on 03/18/2012 4:14:41 PM PDT by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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To: Guenevere

That works both ways, but, yes, we should all try to chill out a bit.


20 posted on 03/18/2012 4:17:10 PM PDT by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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To: Pinkbell
Yes we want to protect the Santorum family.....

However, I needed to apologize to Conservative Joy....

I believe her son is a fallen warrior.

21 posted on 03/18/2012 4:17:27 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Brilliant

There is no way romney beats obama. He can’t even get the base. He won’t get the base; they see him as no different than obama. I know I won’t vote for him. I’ll go third party or write in a candidate. NO ROMNEY FOR ME EVER>


22 posted on 03/18/2012 4:23:52 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed)
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To: conservativejoy

Agreed. But if we get Obama, we’ll get at least 2 maybe 3 or 4 new leftwing Supreme Court justices. And that is just what he’ll do to the courts. Unfortunately, the mistake we made was in not fielding a viable conservative. Maybe there are no viable conservatives. Certainly no obviously viable conservatives.

If you don’t field a conservative, you can’t nominate one.


23 posted on 03/18/2012 4:28:16 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Guenevere

No worries. I was not offended. I am reminded every day that we have the freedom to share our opinions because great sacrifice has been made by so many brave young men and women. It also reminds me that we can’t take our freedom lightly. Freedom is not Free and must be cherished, protected and exercized.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 4:31:38 PM PDT by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Jedidah

The big problem is to recruit conservatives. Unfortunately, you can’t recruit conservatives to run for President, if you don’t have conservatives to choose from in lesser positions. And that means you’ve got to recruit them for the lesser positions as well.

Either that, or run ourselves. If we don’t do those things, then we can’t really blame anyone else for who we get.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 4:33:35 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: conservativejoy
Thanks for your response....I am sorry for your loss.

I would just ask you, as a mom and grandmother (I did read through your posts)...

..that you would google (because my linking skills are very lacking)....Karen Santorum's interview on CBS ----YouTube--- (it's very recent)

.. and see through her eyes and voice who she is and who her husband and children are.

Please be fair.....please listen with an open mind.

26 posted on 03/18/2012 4:39:26 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Brilliant
We have one of the strongest conservatives in a long long time......since Reagan....

..and this is Rick Santorum

27 posted on 03/18/2012 4:41:53 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Guenevere

We have one of the strongest conservatives in a long long time......since Reagan....
..and this is Rick Santorum

AMEN!


28 posted on 03/18/2012 4:43:43 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed)
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To: Linda Frances
Linda, there may be a small group on FR who dispute this...

>BUT THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN THIS NATION WHO AGREE!!!!!

29 posted on 03/18/2012 4:49:43 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Pinkbell
I’ve actually seen some of Newt’s supporters say they would vote for Romney over Santorum

The article indicates some of them will - they predict that if Newt drops out both Romney and Santorum will get some of those votes.

What they don't say is what happens to Newt if Rick drops out. If all of Rick's support would go to Newt, he'd have an even bigger lead over Mittens than Rick would have if Newt left.

30 posted on 03/18/2012 4:53:28 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Guenevere

I think the Santorum family is a perfectly fine American family. The only points I was making in response to the swipes Newt takes, is that good people have often not always had perfect lives or made perfect choices. Those whose heart is is the right place, who want to get it right perservere.

I have some policy issues that I disagree with Rick on, but mostly my concern with him is that doesn’t seem to emphasize some of the larger issues like Energy Independence as much as I believe it should be.

I don’t believe that Rick has the skills to effect a lot of the major change that needs to get done in Washington, but he would certainly be better than what we have in office now, I think Newt/Rick ticket with Newt setting the direction of the policy would be a winning combination. Then Rick could take over for eight years.

I don’t believe we will better ourselves at all by electing Romney. We are going down a very dark spiritual road with both Obama and Romney and I will vote for anyone but those two.


31 posted on 03/18/2012 4:59:22 PM PDT by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: conservativejoy
I appreciate your response, again.

But I ask you, if you haven't....to please listen/watch the Karen Santorum interview.

And if you will, then reread your posts regarding the Santorum family.....and just please put this in perspective when you post.

She grieves for her lost baby son....

...and her special needs daughter.

Her husband is fighting very hard for this job because of babies like Bella Santorum.....

..born with special needs and who are considered 'less worthy in the eyes of Obama and Romney.

32 posted on 03/18/2012 5:33:23 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: moonhawk

Wonder what then should we do with saboteurs?


33 posted on 03/18/2012 5:49:03 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: napscoordinator

[ You seem to think that saying that is going to bring in the Newt Voters. ]

Nope I say it because its true.. Most republicans are too dumb for Newt..
Santo and Willard are owned by the Unions.. (LIKE) Obama..

NOTE: NO Newt... Obama wins..


34 posted on 03/18/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Steelfish

[ NO MORE Newt, Santorum wins ]

Santo is a toothpick at the Romney BBQ.. to pick smoke Willard out RINO teeth..


35 posted on 03/18/2012 6:32:38 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: tacticalogic

Why would Rick drop out? He’s won 10 states, came extremely close in 4 others which he lost by slim margins due to the split vote (two of which are key states this fall), and is polling better than Newt in all the upcoming contests. He’s also polling better than Romney in some states, and polls show he does as well (if not better) than Romney against Obama. He certainly does better than Gingrich. If it was flipped, I’d say Rick should drop out, but it’s not.


36 posted on 03/18/2012 6:46:13 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President)
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To: Pinkbell

If he’s doing that well, why the need to force Newt out?


37 posted on 03/18/2012 7:13:03 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Steelfish

Isn’t PPP a democrat outfit? They would throw that in there (about Newt)
He scares the he!! out of them. Heh He scares the he!! out of business-as-usual
Washington as well.

Some of us just don’t give up so easily. I read around a lot & it looks like more commenters on places like spectator & american thinker are starting to realize what they’re about to lose if we don’t get our act together.

GO NEWT! You’re the only one who *has* & the only one who can!


38 posted on 03/18/2012 8:21:12 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge; Lazlo in PA; parksstp

GO NEWT means give it to Romney. No wonder on Super Tuesday Carl Cameron reported on FoxNews that Team Romney is “happy” to see Gingrich continue in the race. Thanks to Gingrich, Romney took MI (by 3%) and OH (by under 1%) and now is poised to take IL by 8%-9% points as Gingrich siphons off 15% of the vote. Brilliant!


39 posted on 03/18/2012 8:35:38 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

15% is an awful lot to be “siphoning off”, Steelfish. I’m sure you’re aware of the various statistics that have been written about this.
Regardless of how things stand today, we’re still not quite halfway there.
Fortunes change & Sarah’s right.

My family & I are with Newt ALL THE WAY! and then some.


40 posted on 03/18/2012 8:51:56 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge

I was for Newt until Santorum won the Trifecta. So I am not anti-Gingrich but the results on the ground now tell a different tale.


41 posted on 03/18/2012 8:55:32 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

I understand. I didn’t join here (or anywhere) to beat up on Santorum. Like all of us, though, I will defend my chosen candidate. It’s my humble opinion that a brokered convention is not the worst thing that could happen to us.


42 posted on 03/18/2012 9:13:36 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Steelfish

Why don’t you name them?


43 posted on 03/19/2012 10:51:41 AM PDT by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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