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Rasmussen: Gingrich 38%, Romney 17% [all others single digits]
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/1/2011 | staff

Posted on 12/01/2011 10:52:50 AM PST by Notwithstanding

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged to the largest national lead held by any candidate so far in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Gingrich on top with 38% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a distant second at 17%. No other candidate reaches double-digits.

The national survey of 1,000 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on November 30, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: cain; gingrich; newt; newtgingrich; perry; romney
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This is good news for Newt, who yesterday Rasmussen had beating Obama head to head nationally 45% to 43%.

http://www.newt.org/21st-century-contract-america

1 posted on 12/01/2011 10:52:56 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding

Gingrich 38
Romney 17
Cain 8
Paul 8
Perry 4
Bachmann 4
Santorum 4
Huntsman 3


2 posted on 12/01/2011 10:55:13 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding

Newt can take Romney in the Primary-—but he will have to struggle mightily to win the general.


3 posted on 12/01/2011 10:56:48 AM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Rudder

He will have to demolish Zero in debates, and he can.


4 posted on 12/01/2011 10:59:39 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Cain Train is rollin'!)
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To: Rudder

He will have to demolish Zero in debates, and he can.


5 posted on 12/01/2011 10:59:39 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Cain Train is rollin'!)
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To: Notwithstanding

I’m not a Newt fan, but the silver lining is that they won’t be able to paint our candidate as stupid this time. It has been 40 years since we’ve had a nominee that isn’t “stupid”.


6 posted on 12/01/2011 11:02:05 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Rudder

Recent polling has him ahead of Obama — I wonder what his numbers are like with independents, though.


7 posted on 12/01/2011 11:02:13 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: Notwithstanding

Its beginning to look a lot like Newt.


8 posted on 12/01/2011 11:02:31 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Rudder

It’s not the end of the primary; no one has voted yet. This might however be the end of many non-Romney candidates. We’ll have to see how it sorts out as the “also ran” candidates drop. Newt’s big strength as a candidate is being such a sleaze that another old scandal is not going to harm his reputation among conservatives, that and being genuinely knowledgeable on every issue. I’m not thrilled with him, but I’ll probably be able to vote for him if he is the nominee. I just hope we get the brilliant, conservative, tactically effective Newt, and not the other Newt whom we also know so well.


9 posted on 12/01/2011 11:04:06 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: agrarianlady
" I wonder what his numbers are like with independents, though."

Growing like weeds.

10 posted on 12/01/2011 11:04:53 AM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: wolfman23601
they won’t be able to paint our candidate as stupid

Oh you know they'll try and some will believe them again. Absurdity is no stranger to the the Democrat party.

11 posted on 12/01/2011 11:05:20 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Rudder

Once the public hears what Newt has to say, Obama will be roadkill.

Newt stands the best chance of all the candidates to win this thing. America could care less about his past.


12 posted on 12/01/2011 11:05:23 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Notwithstanding

I could live with Newt as the nominee. I just worry that the way he has been savaged by the media, his brand might to too damaged to carry the general election.


13 posted on 12/01/2011 11:07:16 AM PST by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Its beginning to look a lot like Newt.

Amazing. And, to think only a few months back he had several key players leave his campaign.

14 posted on 12/01/2011 11:07:44 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Rudder

Honestly, in some way this is a victory for us. Historically, the most liberal Republican candidate would usually get all the media love and run away with the nomination. This time, Gingrich is to the right of Romney, Romney is probably the most liberal big-name GOP candidate in history, and he is having serious struggles. While Gingrich is far from perfect, this is a trend in the right direction.


15 posted on 12/01/2011 11:07:48 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Notwithstanding

newt may not be perfect but at the end of the primaries would I be happy if Romney won?

NO~!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would I be happy if Newt won? ...yeah, I think so


16 posted on 12/01/2011 11:08:06 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Notwithstanding

I’m sure someone on the left will announce he was born in Kenya any day now and it will be over. Or maybe that his father was not a US Citizen. Or he hung out with domestic terrorists from the 60’s or collective salvation preachers in the urban cities. We all know how fast the media picks up on this type of thing.


17 posted on 12/01/2011 11:08:43 AM PST by IrishPennant (We don't want to work so we go to work to make enough money not to work...Huh?)
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To: Notwithstanding


There is a story going around that Newt Gingrich served his wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital dying of cancer. Here is an article debunking that, written by Newt’s daughter.

http://www.creators.com/conservative/jackie-gingrich-cushman/setting-the-record-straight.html

18 posted on 12/01/2011 11:09:07 AM PST by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: Notwithstanding

Crazy.

Hope you can pull it off, Newt.


19 posted on 12/01/2011 11:09:22 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: South40; Liz

Ping for laughs. Paul overwhelms Perry in the bottom feeder category. Must be those “ineligible” 18 year old voters now pulling away for crazy uncle Ron...Good thing Rick’s posse is hot on the trail to round up those strays. /s/


20 posted on 12/01/2011 11:09:35 AM PST by TADSLOS (Lexicon Genetics- Rick Perry's Solyndra Moment)
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To: PALIN SMITH

Now close to 40%......the “Independent” factor starting to kick in. No more Amateurs! We need an old pro at the helm and it shows.


21 posted on 12/01/2011 11:09:43 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Nachoman
I could live with Newt as the nominee. I just worry that the way he has been savaged by the media, his brand might to too damaged to carry the general election.

This is actually a big positive in my mind. The way the liberal media usually does it, they back a candidate in the primary, and once he is nominated, they dump all the dirt on him in the general. This is part of the scheme to ensure GOP defeat. But with Newt, the dirt is already well-established. No October surprises.

22 posted on 12/01/2011 11:10:03 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Notwithstanding

Newt is the most hated politician in America, even more so than Bush. That he pulls so much pass Zero and Mitt tells a lot.


23 posted on 12/01/2011 11:11:17 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: preacher

How about his cheating on wife #1 and wife #2?

Are we supposed to ignore that as the “family values” party?


24 posted on 12/01/2011 11:12:12 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Nachoman
Newt has been the most scrutinized and vetted candidate in decades. Everyone knows his past and his record. He has done a great job of serving his country and will finish his career proving it.
25 posted on 12/01/2011 11:13:23 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

The “Newt Gingrich for President” ping list!

If you want ON or OFF of the ping list, just let me know!

Rasmussen has Newt smoking Mitt!!!!!


26 posted on 12/01/2011 11:13:41 AM PST by TitansAFC (Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are not your enemies, my fellow Freepers!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

There is a long and heavy dearth of honest dialogue in this nation, and Newt is the one who is and will bring that dialogue to the national stage as the GOP nominee.

People want someone to candidly explain what the illness is, what the medicine is, and how healthy we will be if we take the medicine!

That is why Newt is doing well.

To the national electorate Newt is perceived as intelligent, conservative (meaning “not radical like dingbat Obama”), and a capable and proven leader who delivers tough news and tough medicine when it is needed.

These three previous accomplishments of Newt will be a HUGE plus with national voters because it is clear to all that such no-nonsense ideas are what we desperately need today:

Contract With America
Welfare Reform
Government Shutdown.


27 posted on 12/01/2011 11:14:36 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Rudder

They`d all have to struggle mightily. Beating Obillion$ will be a gargantuan task. At least Newt can take him down in debates. That`s a whole lot more than the awed, feckless McCain could accomplish in 2008.


28 posted on 12/01/2011 11:16:44 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: preacher

I have an ex-wife myself. His ex-wife wouldn’t get much pity from me.


29 posted on 12/01/2011 11:17:04 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Notwithstanding
As I have said to other Romney fans....If Mitt's message was resounding through the party, his numbers would be in the 40's. They are not and the mainstream GOP and conservative is looking for someone who is not Obama-lite.

For too long we have been stuck with the next 'lady-in-waiting' by the GOP elites.

GHWB - disaster of a term loses to Clinton. Dole was promised the next nomination. We lost, again.

Bush and McCain vie for 'after Clinton'. Bush 'wins' as McClain steps aside to wait his turn.

McClain runs against Obama. Mitt steps aside to become the next 'lady-in-waiting'. Mac loses. BIG.

This continuing disaster of candidates has to end with someone WE can get behind, not the next also-ran.

30 posted on 12/01/2011 11:18:36 AM PST by Wizdum (Wisdom is what you gain when things go wrong.)
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To: ScottinVA
That`s a whole lot more than the awed, feckless McCain could accomplish in 2008.

Not endorsing the Messiah in the debates would be a good start. Do you remember "You don't have to fear Obama as President"? It couldn't be clearer to me that it was McCain's final finger in the eye to conservatives.

31 posted on 12/01/2011 11:19:34 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Nachoman

That will be up to him.

Obama will be an easy beat if someone actually runs against him, which has never happened in his career.

Newt will have to win against the media and excite people.


32 posted on 12/01/2011 11:21:54 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Thane_Banquo
Proof of what you just said, came during the October CBS Debate, when Newt made a mental midget out of the CBS Mod. You know, the question about the “Constitutional Protection” for enemies of the United States? Newt handed his ass to him in a dogie bag!

The same will go for any MSM creep who tries to mislead or lie about him. Newt will shred them like linguine in the coming months. And if anyone knows how to go about it, it is this crafty old MSM veteran who knows their game far better than they do.

33 posted on 12/01/2011 11:22:05 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Notwithstanding

Well said!

We need more of this kind of positive thinking around here for a change.

Thanks again FRiend!


34 posted on 12/01/2011 11:24:19 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Wizdum

We haven’t nominated an actual conservative since Reagan. Gingrich would be certainly more conservative than any President since Reagan, though not as conservative as Ronaldus Magnus himself. George W. Bush, like his father, had a vendetta against the conservative wing of the party, while cynically casting himself as a conservative to win our support. I think Newt is a move in the right direction for us, because it might help get the Bush’s fingers off the GOP establishment.


35 posted on 12/01/2011 11:24:31 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Notwithstanding
If this is between Newt and Romney, I'll vote for Newt.

And I'll stop off on the way home, pick up a bottle of Jamesons...go home, puke, take a shower, drink the whiskey and hope for the best.

In the general it will be easy to vote for Newt over Obama.

36 posted on 12/01/2011 11:27:34 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Notwithstanding

Amazing numbers.

President Newt Gingrich.... it’s going to happen.

I’m thinking that today, Rove has flu like symptoms. I hope he’s out of TP.


37 posted on 12/01/2011 11:28:15 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: Thane_Banquo

You are so correct about that.

It was the Bush faction that went after Newt when he was Speaker Of The House. Newt became frustrated with the spineless jerks like rent Lott, who undermined his Contract With America and the impeachment of Slick Willie in the Senate.

Shortly after that, they (The GOP) threw Newt under the bus.
Newt is not at all an establishment RINO. He never was.


38 posted on 12/01/2011 11:31:10 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
How about his cheating on wife #1 and wife #2? Are we supposed to ignore that as the “family values” party?

Allegations of affairs, bad and campaign is over. Proven affairs, a-ok. /s

39 posted on 12/01/2011 11:31:45 AM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Think about it:

Even a 5th grader knows that spending more then we have is the only problem with our federal budget; and we all know what the solution is: stop spending.

And who is the one person to put his foot down despite Democrat nonsense to force the issue: Newt with the government shutdown (that the media has painted as exclusively his baby).

The government shutdown becomes a HUGE asset in the general election because Newt can force the gigantic spending excesses to be a huge part of the debate with Obama, and his track record of being willing to go the mat on spending is a mega-bonus in these days of Carter-esque malaise.


40 posted on 12/01/2011 11:32:25 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding

Anybody but the Cultist Romney.


41 posted on 12/01/2011 11:32:39 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama means crooked.)
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To: Gator113

Romney must be running short of TP himself!


42 posted on 12/01/2011 11:32:49 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Notwithstanding
Simply do not believe it, a poll so far out, is normally wrong.
43 posted on 12/01/2011 11:32:52 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: Puppage

Didn’t they run over to Perry?


44 posted on 12/01/2011 11:32:59 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Notwithstanding

Anybody but the Cultist Romney.


45 posted on 12/01/2011 11:33:18 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama means crooked.)
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To: TADSLOS; South40; miss marmelstein; rintense; org.whodat; cripplecreek; CodeToad; AuntB; ...
THIS JUST IN Ron Paul swamps Perry in the third tier, single-digit bottom feeder category.........now that they know they're “ineligible,” all the 18 year-old voters are chucking Perry in favor of crazy uncle RonP..........Good thing Rick’s posse is hot on the trail, rounding up those strays.

Whew---am I glad Rick got them cowboys from the old Chisolm Trail cattle drive.

"Ready to roll"....(cue theme from Rawhide).

46 posted on 12/01/2011 11:33:26 AM PST by Liz
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“No more Amateurs! We need an old pro at the helm and it shows.”

Well said!!!


47 posted on 12/01/2011 11:34:18 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (And who doesn't have baggage?)
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To: Rudder; P-Marlowe; wmfights

Everyone will struggle to win a primary against a sitting president with the media in his corner and with a billions bucks to spend.

There is no other candidate without flaws, yet there is no other candidate with Gingrich’s communication skills and experience with the media.

Also, he’s no dummy.


48 posted on 12/01/2011 11:34:41 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: Notwithstanding
Huntsman 3

Wait, what? The Huntsman surge! LOL, that's the first time I've ever seen him past 1%... Lookout Santorum and Bachmann, your in danger of falling behind the Huntsman slow train to obscurity!

49 posted on 12/01/2011 11:34:41 AM PST by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

Huntsman = Romney

Romney’s only draws are that:

- he is not outlandish,
- he is familiar to us due to his prior run, and
- we have some residual fondness for Romney because he seemed better than McCain but the MSM forced McCain on us


50 posted on 12/01/2011 11:41:34 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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