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Top 5 GOP Frontrunners (February 2011) [With 2012 Straw Poll to FReep]
Politicons ^ | February 13th, 2011 | Henry D'Andrea

Posted on 02/13/2011 7:14:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s now been one month since I last did my prediction of the top five Republican Presidential Candidates, and this time around we saw a little change in rank. The biggest leap forward, was Mike Huckabee, which I previously had him placed third, he is now first. Followed by Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Tim Pawlenty.

(Chart at link)

Now I’m sure many of you disagree with Romney being third behind Sarah Palin, but I don’t view him as a good candidate. I don’t hate him, and I certainly would vote for him over President Obama, but he doesn’t appeal to me as a true Conservative Tea Party patriot that America needs to have as President.

(STRAW POLL AT LINK)


TOPICS: Parties; Polls; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; freepapoll; gomerhuckleberry; huckabee; palin; polls; romney; romney4obamacare; romney4sureloss; romneyabdication; romneybigdig; romneycare; romneycrying; romneydeathpanels; romneydeficit; romneyfalling; romneyhiding; romneymarriage; romneyweeping; sarahpalin; strawpoll; teaparty; teapartyexpress; teapartyrebellion
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1 posted on 02/13/2011 7:14:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Huckabee is first, and the nominee, I quit.
2 posted on 02/13/2011 7:16:52 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Lockbar

What? Just think of what a million “ethnic” felons, fresh from being pardoned by Gomer would do for the crime rate, welfare rolls and unemployment numbers!! And then there’s amnesty. And a fried squirrel on every table!!


3 posted on 02/13/2011 7:20:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A West/Rubio, Rubio/West ticket would be absolutely unbeatable. No one articulates more precisely, more convincingly conservative values, inspires more hope for a better tomorrow, embodies more the American Dream, or embraces more openly and comfortably American exceptionalism than these two fine representatives.


4 posted on 02/13/2011 7:21:24 PM PST by caper gal 1
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To: Lockbar

What? Just think of what a million “ethnic” felons, fresh from being pardoned by Gomer would do for the crime rate, welfare rolls and unemployment numbers!! And then there’s amnesty. And a fried squirrel on every table!!


5 posted on 02/13/2011 7:22:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes sir. The top front runner as of today is Dr. Ron Paul. I like Sarah as a person but she pales next to the intellect of Dr. Paul (either one) . Newt has great intellect and is right on many issues. Romney is a pretty boy for the women but he really is a socialist. Who else? Huckelberry is out. Trump is a cartoon. Yep, its Paul all the way!!


6 posted on 02/13/2011 7:23:54 PM PST by Benchim
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To: Benchim; onyx; Josh Painter; Lakeshark

Fax me four ounces of whatever you’re smoking!


7 posted on 02/13/2011 7:25:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney as a politician is/was a dipshit.

He is simply not cut out for it and he tried to play the game and has been spanked for it since. They sliced and diced him here in Massachusetts.

Ya.

Still, he likely would make a good Administrator with a conservative Congress and probably would make a great President.

Reagan never had Romney's problems, because he was somehow transcendent of that “go along to get along” mentality.

Too bad though that he (Romney) could not get me to vote for him in a Primary.

He has no chance.

None.

8 posted on 02/13/2011 7:27:52 PM PST by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When debates start.....facts an ability to relate to voters will put Sarah at the forefront IMO. Only thing I want Sarah to consider is to call her opponents out in public in live debates where MSM can’t edit it out. Fight like Americas future depends on it because it does.....


9 posted on 02/13/2011 8:23:06 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Radix
Generally, I would agree with you.

But I'm more afraid the Mitt Ogre might be the Judas Goat to give us the Huck Ogre. Even more than the Huck Ogre would be the Judas Goat to give us the Mitt Ogre.

My nightmare scenario is a Mitt and Huck ticket in either order.

We really need a conservative at the top of the ticket. Not two RINO's.

We can survive with a RINO on the 2nd spot. Even Reagan had to do that to accomplish the greater good of getting a conservative elected POTUS.

10 posted on 02/13/2011 8:24:31 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Benchim

So what was your old freeper moniker ?


11 posted on 02/13/2011 8:26:35 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

None of the above, ESPECIALLY Mikey!


12 posted on 02/13/2011 8:30:04 PM PST by GILTN1stborn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Here's my gut feeling/2 cents;

Candidates likely consider trying their hand (in any order)

Palin

Bachmann

Romney

Maybe Rubio

Maybe Huckabee

Maybe Demint

Candidates who have a shot at winning the primary (in order of likelyhood)

1) Romney

2)Palin

3)Bachmann

4)Rubio, Huckabee, Demint, all don't stand a chance

Finally, candidates who could beat Obama (in order of likelyhood)

1)Romney

2)Bachmann

3)Palin

None of this is an endorsement of any above mentioned candidates or their politics, just my predictions. Take it or leave it.

13 posted on 02/13/2011 8:33:41 PM PST by Celtic Cross (Looking to escape to Idaho--Will work for keep.)
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To: Squantos
Palin / West, just one of many possibilities.

Huckster / Romneo, not so much.

Whatever happens, this will be an interesting process.

14 posted on 02/13/2011 8:34:40 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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Palin/West would be unstoppable. Of course, there's always Mike Pence and Jim DeMint and Michele Bachmann. Outside of those choices, we have nothing.

Romney and all RINOs need not apply.

15 posted on 02/13/2011 8:41:24 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: caper gal 1
A West/Rubio, Rubio/West ticket would be absolutely unbeatable. No one articulates more precisely, more convincingly conservative values, inspires more hope for a better tomorrow, embodies more the American Dream, or embraces more openly and comfortably American exceptionalism than these two fine representatives.

There would be significant Constitutional hurdles to that ticket, considering they're both from the same state.

16 posted on 02/13/2011 8:49:48 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For a Lot of Reasons

They could Beat Obama


17 posted on 02/13/2011 8:57:22 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am not a Daniels man, but I just watched the speech. The GOP establishment has a new rock star.

a. Palin
b. Romney
c. somebody else, who will be Daniels

Everyone else will not catch on one bit. Huckabeen will not run.


18 posted on 02/13/2011 9:02:36 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: Lockbar

“If Huckabee is first, and the nominee, I quit. “

There are very few people on the planet who would not get my vote if they are running against Obama.

Achmedenijad. Gore. Kim.

I make no apology for voting “against.” I am ALWAYS voting for the lesser of two evils. I accept that, and will not wait for the 98% or 100% candidate to vote.

If it’s Huckabee, if it’s Romney, if it’s Palin, if it’s Trump - they have my vote. Shoot, I’d vote for Ron Paul if he was running against Obama.


19 posted on 02/13/2011 9:15:39 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Benchim

Arnold
Governator

“there are no state laws in place to keep me off the ballot”


20 posted on 02/13/2011 9:18:25 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: Celtic Cross

Ron Paul will likely run, and at this point it’s likely that he’d do better than last time. It would be hard to argue that it would be easy for Ron Paul to win head to head. But your list has Rubio more likely than Ron Paul?

But, Arnold could get the votes, Palin could get the votes. Romney is extremely flawed. If he was the nominee, Democrats would mock his mormonism non stop. And that’s the media as well. Non stop magic underwear jokes on SNL. Because all Mormons are Republicans. Democrats wouldn’t want to mock their own constituencies, but Republican constituencies, definitely.

Romney should just run as a Democrat. Republicans would lose a lot of Mormons.


21 posted on 02/13/2011 9:31:43 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Done, Sarah is leading.


22 posted on 02/13/2011 9:56:06 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MITT going to Iowa, but who competes in AMES in AUG?

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2011/02/02/romney-2012-campaign-will-take-me-to-iowa/


23 posted on 02/13/2011 10:37:39 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Willard won in 2007. Remind me how that turned out...


24 posted on 02/13/2011 10:52:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

well, Huck was the surprise 2nd in AMES and it started his rise to top tier. Also drove several out of the race.

If MITT skips Ames, it likely opens the door for somebody else to finish 2nd to Palin.


25 posted on 02/13/2011 11:18:57 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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