Skip to comments.Ron Paul leads Iowa polls, still third in national polls (Romney 18, Perry 16, Gingrich 13)
Posted on 12/19/2011 1:19:16 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, now leads the race for the Republican nomination for president in Iowa.
Iowas Jan. 3, 2012, caucuses kick off the 2012 primary election season. Recent polls in Iowa had shown Paul gaining ground on the races frontrunner, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Two Iowa polls released Dec. 19 now show Paul leading by 3 and 6 points, respectively.
An Insider Advantage poll has Paul at 24 percent; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 18 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 16 percent; Gingrich at 13 percent; U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at 10 percent; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 4 percent; and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., at 3 percent.
Meantime, Public Policy Polling has Paul at 23 percent; Romney at 20 percent; Gingrich at 14 percent; Perry, Bachmann and Santorum at 10 percent; and Huntsman at 4 percent.
Despite his gains in Iowa, Paul has failed to gain much ground in national polls. In a Gallup Tracking poll released Dec. 19, Paul remains third at 11 percent, trailing Gingrich at 26 percent and Romney at 24 percent.
Some have suggested a Paul victory in Iowa would deliver a blow to Gingrichs campaign, as Romney is expected to win the next primary of the season, the Jan. 10, 2012, New Hampshire primary.
Iowas caucuses are the first test in the primary election season. George W. Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008 are the only non-incumbent candidates to win their partys caucus in Iowa and go on to win the general election.
Paul, 76, favors a limited government and is making his third run at the presidency. He first ran as a Libertarian in 1988, then as a Republican in 2008. In the 2008 primary, Paul failed to win a single state, but finished second in 10 states and third in 17 states.
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Paul is far on the other side of looney. As a Texan, I have seen the Ron Paul act for over forty years and, frankly, the guy may be a fine doctor but he is screwy as peach orchard bore. God help us if he ever became president. He would be a match for the outrageous actions of Obama. We wouldn’t know which end of his axis would be on top from one hour to the next. And the people that support him? Geeze! They must be loonier than Paul himself.
Oh stop. This is just nonsense. Ron Paul has less chance of being President of the US then my cat!
This poll has been discredited in many threads
I bet a lot of Dems were thinking the same thing in ‘07 about Obama...
I hate the fact that I even have to consider this, but if my choices are Romney and Paul, I will vote for Romney.
Iran has the potential to ruin our whole century.
I know these polls are close because Jeb Bush and Palin have commented on new candidates jumping in the race. I can only assume they mean themselves.
this is about Perry moving up, not Paul.
Paul could never win the Republican nomination. Perry can. This is about the States vs the RNC.
If Paul wins Iowa, then he stands a darn good chance of winning New Hampshire. Which turns this into a real interesting nomination race. Gingrich is already fading at any rate, and Romney has his 30% ceiling. I see this turning into a 3-way race between Paul, Romney and Perry-Bachmann-Santorum...
U.S. Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry (L) greets attendees at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 17, 2011.
Rick Perry will win Iowa.
[I see this turning into a 3-way race between Paul, Romney and Perry-Bachmann-Santorum...]
No, you cannot see crap. This means Romney wins, followed by Obama winning another term.
Perry....I’ve stuck by him from the beginning.
This is about power and about Romney losing.
Someone is floating a story about Palin and Bush getting into the race. Now I ask you, why? To stop Paul? To give RINO's someone besides Romney to vote for?
This is about Perry moving 10 points in the last couple of weeks. They thought he was toast.
Look for the next poll to have Perry even closer to 1st. This scares the RNC because the Republican Governors are fighting the National Party for power.
Perry's campaign is a legitimate State's Rights movement which scares everyone.
And by discredited, we mean “our candidate isn’t on top, so it’s a bad poll naah naah naah I can’t here you I’ve got me hands over my ears all is well” kind of way.
most polls are in fact easily “discredited”. But they are useful when people who support certain “front-runners” (based on faulty polls) tell us that the polls have spoken and we must all fall in line.
According to THIS faulty poll, Gingrich should drop out now and support Perry for the good of the party, and stop wasting our time. And if his supporters don’t agree, they are really supporting ROn Paul or Mitt Romney.
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This is just how Rick Perry is. After Hurricane Ike devastated my community, he came here to survey the damage. He did not just walk through here surrounded by security and news cameras and then make a speech. That's not Perry. He showed up in jeans and a work shirt, no cameras, no press conference, and he walked among all of us who had been hit. A hug, a pat on the shoulder, a listening ear, and an encouraging word. He saw to it that emergency shelters were being set up and food and water were available to everyone. When Obama/FEMA refused to help us, Governor Perry set up state funding to help us rebuild our homes and our lives. My home is at 'ground zero' where Ike came ashore. We all took tremendous damage. FEMA sent me a check two months later for $600 dollars. Governor Perry set up the Recovery Fund to help us all rebuild. That is what a true leader and a true Christian does. That's my Governor! I can't wait to see America under the caring wing of Rick Perry.
Show us these polls you are quoting. Here is the latest from RCP; You numbers are not even clost to what these recent and legitimate polls show.