Skip to comments.Gingrich wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll
Posted on 12/19/2011 12:46:39 PM PST by TBBT
Newt Gingrich might have dropped to third in Iowa and he and Romney might be neck-and-neck in the latest CNN poll, but, among thousands of Tea Party activists from across the country, Gingrich retains a clear lead.
Tea Party Patriots the nations largest Tea Party organization last night hosted a Presidential Tele Forum with Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. (The other candidates were invited to participate, but declined because of scheduling conflicts, said Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.) Each candidate had 10 minutes to respond to questions from local Tea Party coordinators. After the question-and-answer portion, the call organizers asked listeners to vote for one candidate as their preferred nominee.
About 23,000 Tea Party activists joined the call and a significant portion of them voted in the straw poll, according to a news release. Of those who voted, 31 percent selected Newt Gingrich as their No. 1, 28 percent selected Michele Bachmann, 20 percent selected Mitt Romney and 16 percent selected Rick Santorum. The three non-participating candidates polled very poorly: Ron Paul garnered 3 percent of the vote, Rick Perry 2 percent and Jon Huntsman 0.3 percent.
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Hopefully a solid base of support for Newt in order to stop the RINOs and Mitt. For what ever reason Rick and Michelle can’t even lead in their own states. I haven not seen anything on how Rick Perry is doing in Texas.
IMO, the importance is that he clearly demonstrates a good way to damage a grass roots movement.
If the Tea Party is going to do the RNC’s work for them, it’s a real problem.
You people Tea Partyers, why do you rank Santorum below Romney and Gingrich?
Probably because Tea Party activists do not see whining as a leadership trait.
Because Santorum is worthless, annoying and is not going anywhere. Though a solid conservative, he supported his senate buddy Specter, the most odious man in the senate at the time (at least on the republican side). I find myself fast forwarding past him to somebody else, somebody worth listening to.
Everyone is acting like Newt is out of it now. He’s not out of it. Polls are easy because it’s not your actual VOTE. When it comes time to actually cast it, no turning back, we’ll see if some of these “paul” supporters really give him their vote.
Yestedays Santorum campaign video thread had four replies...FOUR.
So Romney is pragmatic and does not whine on his flip-flops to allow him to vault over Santorum. He canvassed for Specter only after getting his assurance that he’d push conservative judges as Chair of the Senate Judicary Committee. More importantly if Santorum gets the favorite son vote in PA and carries the state, it’s curtains for Obama. Oh, and then there’s that small thing called the Catholic vote. The Tea Partyers don’t seem to get the message: “Its The Culture Stupid”!
The establishment “country club” republicans are doing their best to sabotage Gingrich to make him seem unpalatable to the true conservatives (particularly fiscal conservatives). This tells me more than anything else that I want to support him even more than I did before.
The Republican establishment appears to be making inroads into various Tea Party groups.
Remember, politicians can be VERY slick.
They never asked me for my opinion.
I have been Tea Party since 1976.
I would not trust Newt as far as I could throw my 40 ton bulldozer.
The serious candidate who doesn’t have to say he’s the serious canidate for Commander-in-Chief!
The serious candidate who doesn’t have to say he’s the serious candidate for Commander-in-Chief!
Phillip Dennis of Tea Party patriots: Straw poll not endorsement
I think an old fat gray haired man with little money is a terrible idea to put up against “Obama & The Media Machine.”
“You people Tea Partyers, why do you rank Santorum below Romney and Gingrich?”
In my mind, it’s the unshakable image I have of him of being bounced off of the lockers in the hallway wearing mom jeans and a neat checkered shirt and his hair wetted down with liquid soap from the boys room after sneaking out of gym without taking a shower.
Wake up and smell the coffee Einstein, they, like I know he can’t win.
“About 23,000 Tea Party activists joined the call...”
We lose Newt, we lose America. None of the rest have the overall courage and knowledge to attack what is so corrupt in Government.
And you think the open socialist would give him a thrashing even though he’s been unable to attract anyone but wishy-washy “moderates” who would probably consider voting for Obama?
Like it or not, Newt’s our man until someone else steps up to the plate.
My personal candidate hierarchy goes something like this:
Bloodthirsty (for everyone but Mitt) Bachmann
Not exactly an inspiring slate of candidates. If it comes down to Socialist R versus Socialist D, it’s curtains for the republic. America will have been lost before a single vote is cast.
And I think America has grown up since 2008 and realized young 'clean and articulate' hasn't been what it was cracked to be...(and that 'articulate' turns out to be ONLY when on teleprompter.)
America is scared as is hasn't been in many decades. They are looking for experience, a verifiable conservative record and I think 'old fat gray haired man' gives a feeling of protection, stability.
We did 'personality', ignored lack of experience last time. Didn't work out to well...
Obama has served a good purpose - been great for gun, ammo and storage food outfits - and serves as a prime example of what we DON"T NEED.
Many “Einsteins” think Gingrich would be in a worse boat? Try Mark Steyn for one.
As far as Bachmann an Santorum not even leading in their home states - maybe their home states have already bought the MSM's assertions that the race is a two-way race between Newt and Mitt.
But the foundational truth is this - if Conservatives want a Conservative candidate, then we have to support the most Conservative candidate(s) we can, not cave to the MSM and Soros' choice.