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How much air is left? Polls are mixed on whether there's room for more GOP candidates
The Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2011 | Alexis Levinson

Posted on 08/17/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT by martosko

Normally, by mid-August the presidential field would be set. But the 2012 cycle is anything but normal: Rick Perry entered the race this weekend, and he may not be the last. Paul Ryan is reportedly pondering a run. Sarah Palin’s bus tour is up and running again. Rudy Giuliani has said he’ll make a decision by September. And Karl Rove is suggesting Chris Christie could still be a welcome addition.

Polling, too, suggests that several of those possible candidates could have an impact on the race.

In the Daily Caller/ConservativeHome tracking poll, Chris Christie has sat at or near the top of the pack since the beginning. In June, before he was removed from the poll, 15.2 percent of likely Republican primary voters said he was the most electable candidate, outperforming everyone except for Mitt Romney. And 14 percent named Christie their top choice for president, tying him with Sarah Palin, behind Herman Cain, but ahead of Mitt Romney.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: candidates; christie; giuliani; gop; palin

1 posted on 08/17/2011 12:21:47 PM PDT by martosko
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To: martosko

Palin/Bolton. Bolton/Palin. I’m not picky :)


2 posted on 08/17/2011 12:23:33 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: martosko

They can be mixed all they want. Its not like they have any say one way or the other.


3 posted on 08/17/2011 12:24:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: martosko

Could Rudy pull NYS for the Repubs??


4 posted on 08/17/2011 12:31:59 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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We need more better candidates fast!

I want them all in there.


5 posted on 08/17/2011 12:33:52 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: martosko

Another 20 or so would be good. The Alinsky method on the left would be a mess after attempting to triangulate on the “one.”

And Sarah, God love her! She drives them completely insane with her coyness.

I can imagine the quandry in the news rooms as they take their daily order from the WH as to who to tar today and the targets keep moving.


6 posted on 08/17/2011 12:38:31 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: martosko
More people in the race? Great news. Let's dig up Harold Stassen. His time has finally come.


7 posted on 08/17/2011 12:38:39 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: martosko

I would like to see some more candidates get in. I have yet to see the candidate that is, for me, a perfect blend of ideology and electability (though electability is overrated. The general election is one on one, and usually a referendum on the incumbent, so I think that unless the GOP nominates Ron Paul, Obama is in trouble).

Palin and Bachmann are my ideological mates, but I am open to others getting in.


8 posted on 08/17/2011 12:43:37 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: martosko

Translation: There is no room for Palin.


9 posted on 08/17/2011 12:46:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Regulation is government control of capital, and government control of capital is socialism.)
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To: martosko

There is ALWAYS more room for more candidates and more discussion with the voters.

What there IS NOT room for is the media being able to pay for following, and bashing them all for Democrats


10 posted on 08/17/2011 12:46:20 PM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: D-fendr; Retired Greyhound
Unless Conservatives can rally around one candidate soon 0 is going to be reelected

Instead of focusing on the ball Conservatives are busy day dreaming about some fantasy perfect candidate who will magically appear and "save" them.

The result is 2012 is probably a repeat of 2008. Conservative voters will be scattered to the 4 winds thus allowing the RINO Romney to win the nomination with about 20% of the party vote.

Then, since Romney is 0 lite, only the two parties hard core bases will vote in Nov 2012 allowing 0 to breeze to a 2nd term.

11 posted on 08/17/2011 12:54:23 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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To: MNJohnnie

Perry will beat Romney easily.


12 posted on 08/17/2011 12:59:51 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus)
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To: martosko

There’s always room at the top.


13 posted on 08/17/2011 1:04:33 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Huck

Perry cannot be trusted, take a look at his record.


14 posted on 08/17/2011 1:05:52 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: MNJohnnie

I’m down to these two hopes:

1) A conservative controlled House and Senate.
2) A president who will sign their legislation.

Even if we get your scenario, perhaps 1) will overcome or at least severely limit the damage.


15 posted on 08/17/2011 1:07:20 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: The Bronze Titan

Why would I trust him?


16 posted on 08/17/2011 1:07:58 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus)
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To: Huck

I hope you’re right. My only worry is Dems going heavy for Romney in open primary states.

I’m not knowledgeable enough of the schedule and process to know how legitimate a worry this is.

If I was old Axlegrease, I’d be working hard on making this happen. I think Baraq’s solid 40-42% support could give him a Clintonian plurality win if he has two challengers.


17 posted on 08/17/2011 1:08:06 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: MNJohnnie

There is still a lot of time left. We are a year away from the beginning of the general election season.

There is no perfect candidate. But it doesn’t hurt to let them all duke it out, flush out the losers (T-Paw), and decide who will make the best president.

At this juncture I would say that Bachmann or Perry will win Iowa, Romney will win NH, Perry will win SC, and they’ll duke it out on Super Tuesday.

But that could all change if Palin, Ryan or Christie get in (none of which I think will).

Consider, by this time last cycle, Fred hadn’t even declared his candidacy, Rudy was the national front-runner, and McCain’s campaign was crashing and burning before being restructured. Romney was cruising in Iowa and Huckabee was an afterthought.

Then what happened? Huck won Iowa, Mitt lost again in NH and SC, and Rudy, having decided not to compete in either state, was essentially out of it.

Right now I predict Perry will be the nominee. But don’t rule out his rhetoric (and the media) scaring off some of the weak-kneed Republicans, and saddling us with Romney.


18 posted on 08/17/2011 1:09:22 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: D-fendr
Cain is the only one out there saying "Here is what we need to do and here is how we do it". The rest are just speaking in soundbites.

Be nice for a change if GOP voters tried thinking for themselves instead of letting the media tell them who to vote for because "they are electable".

19 posted on 08/17/2011 1:10:17 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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To: Huck

Just sayin.


20 posted on 08/17/2011 1:12:15 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: martosko

When’s the last time the field was set by mid-August?


21 posted on 08/17/2011 1:27:30 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: D-fendr

I’m with you D-fendr....either both Congressional Houses and/or a good President. As for the R nominees, put them all in the mix and let’s vote....can’t do much worse than the Mitt.


22 posted on 08/17/2011 1:33:24 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: The Bronze Titan

I agree. Perry’s act is fooling a lot of people right now, but I don’t think he’ll wear well.


23 posted on 08/17/2011 1:55:00 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: martosko

This writer is just a year out of college as a comparative lit major, so I guess she should be excused. But how instructive is a NH poll when NH is a RINO friendly state that Mitt has had a home in and campaigned in for years and that is part of the MA media market? It really isn’t very instructive on a national level at all.


24 posted on 08/17/2011 2:10:56 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: martosko

Levin’s Daily Temperature Poll
http://www.marklevinshow.com/Article.asp?id=2264015&spid=32364

Who would you prefer for the Republican nomination for president?

Sarah Palin 68%
Chris Christie 32%
Total Votes: 5354


25 posted on 08/17/2011 2:36:35 PM PDT by GlockLady (Right is right even if nobody else is doing it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone else is doing it.)
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To: Huck

But he can`t beat Palin


26 posted on 08/17/2011 7:55:59 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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