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Rasmussen in FL: Romney 41, Gingrich 19, Santorum 15
Hot Air ^ | JANUARY 12, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 01/12/2012 8:29:04 AM PST by Qbert

While South Carolina looks like a toss-up, according to the latest Insider Advantage poll, Florida looks like it could become a rout.  The latest Rasmussen poll shows Mitt Romney with a bigger lead than he had in New Hampshire, beating Newt Gingrich by 22 points in a state that could spell the effective end of the primary:

Mitt Romney is now running away with the race in the latest Rasmussen Reports’ survey of the end-of-the-month Florida Republican Primary.

Coming off his decisive win in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary, Romney earns 41% support with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a distant second at 19%. A new telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters finds former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum running third with 15% of the vote.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman are next with nine percent (9%) and five percent (5%) support respectively. The two men finished second and third in New Hampshire where independents are allowed to vote in the primary. The Florida primary is open to Republican voters only. Texas Governor Rick Perry runs dead last among primary voters in the Sunshine State with two percent (2%) support. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

A loss in South Carolina might soften up that lead a bit for Romney, but that would have to be a very large tumble to lose the state.  His opponents would have to win back huge chunks of demographics, including an 18-point lead among men and a 28-point lead among women, where Gingrich and Santorum tie at 16% to Romney’s near-majority 44%.  Romney even gets the edge among very conservative voters, 29/26 over Santorum with Gingrich at 25%, but wins a majority of “somewhat conservative” voters at 53%, with Gingrich in second at 16%.

Nor is Gingrich likely to make a charge in Florida, according to favorability numbers in this poll os 750 likely GOP primary voters.  He has a respectable 59/37 rating, but Romney’s is 76/21, with his 32% “very favorable” eleven points better than Gingrich’s.  Perry has cratered in Florida, with a 43/52 favorability rating, which still beats both Paul (33/64) and Huntsman (34/51).  Only Santorum challenges Romney in this measure with a 61/29 rating, but only 8% see him as the strongest candidate to challenge Obama, while a majority of 55% say that about Romney. Almost eight in ten expect Romney to win the nomination, and 87% believe that the likely Republican nominee is at least somewhat likely to beat Obama in November.

Assuming Romney wins in South Carolina, a win in Florida is almost assured.  With numbers like this, don’t be surprised to see more GOP figures lining up behind Romney in an attempt to unify the party early and aim its rhetorical guns at Team Obama.  That might be why John Bolton endorsed Romney late yesterday:

John Bolton, George W. Bush’s controversial Ambassador to the United Nations, will endorse Mitt Romney tonight, a Romney supporter told BuzzFeed.

Bolton tweeted earlier this evening that he plans to make a major announcement on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

And while Jim DeMint has been careful to remain neutral, his advisors are climbing aboard Team Mitt, too:

A group of loyalists to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint – including a top fundraiser for Rick Perry – will publicly endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential bid on Thursday, a source confirmed to CNN.

Former South Carolina GOP Chairman Barry Wynn, Columbia businessman and fundraiser Peter Brown, and Columbia attorney Kevin Hall will announce their support for Romney Thursday.

Wynn’s move to Romney is striking. The Spartanburg financial adviser is a member of Perry’s finance team and traveled to Texas in August to meet privately with the governor before he announced his bid.

Jeb Bush will probably wait for South Carolina to vote, but I’d bet that he will endorse Romney shortly afterward.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: demint; election2012; fl; florida; gingrich; romney; santorum
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1 posted on 01/12/2012 8:29:13 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

The elite have spoken. And that includes Jim Demint in the shadows it seems.


2 posted on 01/12/2012 8:33:14 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Qbert

Even if you combine the three “Not Romney” candidates they are behind. This is a very troubling development. For those that say we can wait to winnow out the field I hold Florida up as an example. Romney is winning in southern states due to momentum alone. Either you break the momentum or accept a Romney nomination. After SC two of the “Not Romney” candidates will need to get out if there is to be any chance of stopping Romney from locking this up.


3 posted on 01/12/2012 8:33:39 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Qbert

This sucks. This just makes me sick.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 8:34:26 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Qbert

“Rasmussen is under the control of Karl Rove’s Secret Mind Control Rays” response in 3....2....1....


5 posted on 01/12/2012 8:34:42 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Liberalism: Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory!!)
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To: Qbert

We better concentrate on the house and senate races because I don’t think the GOP wants the white house. Things are such a mess that fixing them is going to cause some major hurt for all and the GOP doesn’t want the blame so they’d rather sit back and let the slide into socialism continue.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 8:35:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: GonzoGOP

You have to wonder why Perry is still in this.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 8:36:21 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Qbert

This is nauseating. Hopefully the right outcome in SC will bring some semblence of sanity to Florida.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 8:36:43 AM PST by bereanway
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To: GonzoGOP

It looks like The nominee is going to be Romney. The only question is, how much is his nomination going to hurt down ticket R candidates?


9 posted on 01/12/2012 8:36:56 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

It’s going to hurt it a lot. We’re playing with fire if we think it’s a given we can hold the House. It’s not a myth that a different electorate comes out in a Presidential year than in a midterm.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 8:43:15 AM PST by hitchwolf
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To: Qbert

Whatever Romney’s true numbers are in Florida, they will fall even more after South Carolina.


11 posted on 01/12/2012 8:43:46 AM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: Qbert

This is sickening. All these people lining up behind Romney because the establishment repeats over and over and over “he’s the only one who can beat Obama.”


12 posted on 01/12/2012 8:43:55 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Sybeck1

Right now Perry has no chance. But I don’t mind him staying in at this point as he’s become the most aggressive in attacking Romney. He brutalized Romney on Hannity the evening of the NH Primary.


13 posted on 01/12/2012 8:43:59 AM PST by bereanway
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To: KansasGirl
It looks like The nominee is going to be Romney.

It is not over yet. The "Not Romney" candidates can come up with 39%. Romney only has 41% so he is still within striking distance if (BIG IF) two of the three get out after South Carolina.

Also a lot of Romney's support is based on the all important three Ms; Momentum, Money and Media. There isn't much we can do about the Media. He has it in his pocket so long as he is bashing conservatives. They will turn on him in the general, but for now he is their darling.

Momentum is the easiest to break. If Gingrich can pull off an upset in SC the momentum is broken. A unification announcement among the three conservative candidates would also go a long way towards breaking Romney's momentum. Of course that involves the candidates acting like team players and not spoiled brats. And they haven't been displaying much teamwork as of late.

Finally there is Money. Romney has a lot of it. But as the old saying goes gold will not always bring victory, but victory will always bring gold. If the "Not Romney" can put a few victories on the board the money will come in. But there is no chance of that if there are three "Not Romneys" in the race.
14 posted on 01/12/2012 8:45:20 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


15 posted on 01/12/2012 8:46:02 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Sybeck1
You have to wonder why Perry is still in this.

Citing his executive experience, successful economic record, thoroughly vetted background and solidly conservative credentials, Perry is the best man for the job. That so many voters can't see this is depressing. Perry remains the most conservative candidate in the race but, yes, his days are numbered. This, to me, says a lot more about my fellow "conservative" voters than it does about Rick Perry, a good man who deserved far more than his single digit polling has awarded him.

16 posted on 01/12/2012 8:48:15 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Qbert

Another scam. They release a “poll” showing Romney getting 35% of the vote and he gets very close. They know that if the “poll” said he’d get 35.4467% and he got 35.4467% “we the people” might question it. They’ll also put out “polls” showing how much obama will win by. Just like the “poll” showing the economy on the mend and unemployment going down.

I’ve got to come up with a new tag line. I’m not sure a “second” or “third” or “fourth” party would do any good when they’re all controlled by the ONE party. Plus the ONE party controls the vote “counting” and the press.


17 posted on 01/12/2012 8:53:09 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: Qbert

If Romney does squeak out a win in SC and wins by anywhere near the number shown in this poll, the race is pretty much over.

The recent endorsements [Bolton, Todd Palin, et al] have been great helps to Romney.

If this holds up, the Elite GOP can again raise a middle finger to the Tea Party and conservatives and say, ‘just like in 2008, you’ll take who we give you and like him.’

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However, Romney is still only getting about 25-35% of the voting. A sincere, coalesced effort of the remaining 65-75%, excluding 20% for Paul, would still be enough to push a conservative to the forefront.

That means two of the three [Santorum, Gingrich, Perry] must drop out soon and throw their support to the remaining one. Will that happen or will we see a repeat of 2008 with hucka-hangers-on fighting to the bitter end and splitting the conservative vote just enough to give the Elites’ Preferred the edge?


18 posted on 01/12/2012 8:53:34 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Qbert

what really makes me ill... I think early voting may have already begun in Florida (not sure)


19 posted on 01/12/2012 8:54:05 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: cripplecreek
"We better concentrate on the house and senate races because I don’t think the GOP wants the white house. Things are such a mess that fixing them is going to cause some major hurt for all and the GOP doesn’t want the blame so they’d rather sit back and let the slide into socialism continue."

Obama has already shown movement to downgrading the need for Congress. If he gets a second term, how much further might he go toward just having a Potemkin Village "peoples assembly?"

20 posted on 01/12/2012 8:55:00 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Drew68

I like Perry, I really do.

However, the guy would lose a debate to a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. I know debates aren’t the end-all, but when you’re trying to change the national conversation, you have to be able to hold your own against the guy you’re trying to beat.

On the stump when campaigning, Perry is great. His ideas, rock solid. He even “looks” Presidential.

However, the debating issues, plus the fact that he sounds so much like Dubya when he talks would make him a weak general election candidate, unfortuntately.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 8:55:13 AM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: TomGuy

Todd Palin endorsed Gingrich.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 8:55:55 AM PST by colorcountry (Comforting lies are not your friends. Painful truths are not your enemies.)
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To: Qbert

Free Public Polls are marketing tools ONLY, using the power of conformity on the Gullible. Teach others and take away their ability to manipulate elections:
The Power Of Conformity...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQI8pZJiMe0


23 posted on 01/12/2012 8:56:05 AM PST by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: RockinRight

Perry should be the VP Choice.


24 posted on 01/12/2012 8:56:46 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Terry Mross
Another scam. They release a “poll” showing Romney getting 35% of the vote and he gets very close.

So the fact that scientific polls, for the most part, are fairly accurate predictors of real election results is evidence they are a "scam"?

Laughable.

25 posted on 01/12/2012 8:57:20 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: GonzoGOP

The problem with the other candidates uniting against Romney is they all want a job in his cabinet. I predict you will see them all on stage at the convention with their hands together high in the air. Right after they’ve all made the nomination speeches.


26 posted on 01/12/2012 8:57:40 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: All

These polls are meant to demoralize you, conservatives.

Keep the faith.

Remember, firstly, the GOP E is likely influencing these polls some.

More importantly, when Gingrich or Santorum loses in SC, one will drop out. This race in Florida is far from over.

IMO Gingrich wins SC and wins by 10% in Florida.


27 posted on 01/12/2012 8:58:28 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Qbert; Jim Robinson; onyx; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
A) Our Primary system sucks. We should have a National Primary Day. Sorry FReepers in Iowa, NH, SC and FL but why are your votes more important than mine?

B) Please email me with breaking news, especially if the Hitler from Venezuela or Iran dies because I am done with the news period! I'll stick with Whale War threads, Sports and Video Games. (I seriously found out about the Hitler from North Korea dying 2 weeks later because I tuned out...)

C) For the final time Rick Perry, please just go away so I can change my tagline back to "Go Bulls and Go Blackhawks!!!"

28 posted on 01/12/2012 8:59:09 AM PST by Dengar01 (Dengar01 - "Heartless" since 1983!!!)
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To: dfwgator

He might be if he keeps Newt out.


29 posted on 01/12/2012 9:00:45 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: reasonisfaith
Whatever Romney’s true numbers are in Florida, they will fall even more after South Carolina.

A lot of Florida Republicans will have already voted by then. 425,000 absentee ballots have been requested, and 84,000 of those have already been returned: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/11/2585175/romney-surge-could-spell-cakewalk.html#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy
30 posted on 01/12/2012 9:01:12 AM PST by Happy Valley Dude
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To: TexasFreeper2009

"what really makes me ill... I think early voting may have already begun in Florida (not sure)"

"Romney and Paul get jump on Fla. absentee voters"

"..Of all the candidates, Romney had the biggest jump on early voters, who started receiving ballots before he notched his first win at the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

The former Massachusetts governor's campaign is better organized in Florida than any other. And it immediately sent out literature to court voters as soon as ballots were sent in December. That meant some people opened their mailboxes to find both a ballot and an appeal from Romney."

http://news.yahoo.com/romney-paul-jump-fla-absentee-voters-074215130.html

31 posted on 01/12/2012 9:02:15 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
Photobucket ...with a little help from their friends...Rush, Beck, Fox News, Bain, it's no surprise.
32 posted on 01/12/2012 9:02:32 AM PST by RetSignman (I take responsibility for what I post not for what you understand.)
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To: Qbert

Now what? About 130,000 have supposedly given Romney this “unstopable” surge and opposition people seem to be capitulating right and left. This is what happens when people try to pick a candidate based on “looks Presidential” or “can beat Obama”. Because, after all, Bachmann is too shrill, Cain is an accused sexual deviant, and Perry is as dumb as a box of rocks (super-mega sarc intended).

Romney is John Kerry Jr. I posted this article from Slate magazine that was written in 2004. The Democrats thought the same fallacious reasoning about Kerry being “more electable” and “could beat Bush” would win him the Election. It obviously didn’t. And now the Republicans are prepared to make the same mistake.

Don’t get me wrong. Romney could probably squeak by an Electoral victory, but what is it worth? The establishment would have regained control and any gains made in Congress would be lost. And most likely, in 2016, we would have Romney going up against another one of these liberal messiahs in the making that is Andrew Cuomo. If you care about social issues, the future looks bleak.

The Tea Party is going to have to become more formally organized so that candidates can be clearly vetted so what happens this year with defections doesn’t happen again.

Maybe things will chage in the upcoming weeks and Newt or Santorum or even a new entrant will emerge, but this just flat out sucks.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/ballot_box/2004/02/kerried_away.html
(Just change the name of Kerry to Romney, Bush to Obama, Dean to Gingrich, and Edwards to Santorum, and you’ve got almost exactly the same situation)


33 posted on 01/12/2012 9:02:35 AM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: Dengar01

This primary season sux and Ru Paul and Romney are the reasons.

OPEN primaries are the pits.


34 posted on 01/12/2012 9:02:43 AM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: GonzoGOP

Time to DUMP NEWT and get behind the real conservative. He can’t win the South!


35 posted on 01/12/2012 9:02:43 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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I don’t like a single one of them. I heard Newt on Hannity yesterday and all I could hear was a petty, petulant, childish boor. There is not a single candidate worth a damn in the race. We, at the risk of waxing dramatic, are doomed..

I don’t care what anyone says, we have lame candidates. And why is that? Because the GOP sucks. Rather than stand a year of scrutiny and I admit it will be a very harsh leftist media scrutiny, they put up someone that they think the NYT will not be mean to. Pathetic, simply pathetic, yet mere speculation of a 3rd party invites derision and scorn.
How did it ever get this bad?


36 posted on 01/12/2012 9:03:00 AM PST by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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To: Qbert

Thats not good. Need either Newt or Rick to win SC and the other drop out.


37 posted on 01/12/2012 9:03:10 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Strategerist

It’s your belief that the polls are “scientific”. I believe they put out a poll and fix the vote to match the poll. In fact, I’m not sure why there is an election. The polls are always right on the money. Is that because they’re so “scientific”?

Just my belief so no need for the insult.


38 posted on 01/12/2012 9:04:26 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: Sybeck1
I think Perry is in it so he can do as much damage as he can to Romney, on behalf of all NOT Romney voters and candidates.
39 posted on 01/12/2012 9:05:32 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic ( (I am angry and that is why I am #withNewt))
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To: Strategerist

Laughable?

WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Heads Up – The Cook The Books Campaign Is Underway

http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/12/26/white-house-insider-heads-up-the-cook-the-books-campaign-is-underway/

The above article is about Obama’s use of propaganda through polls, but the same tactic applies to the Republican establishment. No way do the elitists running this political party want their cash cow, the Federal government, changed.

35% is nowhere near enough to equal a majority. The conservatives need to get their act together.


40 posted on 01/12/2012 9:06:15 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: colorcountry
Todd Palin endorsed Gingrich.

Right.

I had a Perry brainfreeze. I should have posted 'Gov. Haley'.
41 posted on 01/12/2012 9:07:08 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Terry Mross
Just my belief so no need for the insult.

I know quite a few that agree...

42 posted on 01/12/2012 9:08:14 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Unfortunately, a narrow win by Gingrich in South Carolina probably isn't going to change this by much . . . which is why I think Rick Santorum still remains the best alternative.

If Santorum endorses Gingrich now, it probably would give Gingrich a small bump in SC, but not enough of a win to counter the inevitable argument that: "He should have won SC by the same margin Romney won NH. It was home turf."

OTOH, if Gingrich endorses Santorum now, it could change everything.

43 posted on 01/12/2012 9:08:26 AM 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: Qbert

Driving the herd with the inevitability whip.

Florida is still a ways away. If a Not Romney can stop Romney in S.C. and get some coalescing then things can change.

Perception/momentum is the key - powerful stuff for the great unwashed.


44 posted on 01/12/2012 9:08:52 AM PST by TBBT
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To: Qbert
The fix is in. A pro-abortion, pro-gay, huge-government liberal with an “R” after his name versus a pro-abortion, pro-gay, huge-government incumbent.

Pick your poison, America.

45 posted on 01/12/2012 9:10:44 AM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: KansasGirl
It looks like The nominee is going to be Romney.

And the President is going to be Obama.

46 posted on 01/12/2012 9:12:00 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: rbmillerjr; Dengar01

rbm, didn’t you know these polls are scientific? sarc

dengar, I have to shut down the computer for a few weeks at a time to maintain any sanity.


47 posted on 01/12/2012 9:12:05 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: Sybeck1

Rasmussen is a Faux News Poll, nothing more. Anyone that believe the liberal Morman has doubled up on Gingrich in Florida also believes in the tooth fairy.


48 posted on 01/12/2012 9:14:30 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: Qbert

Most people who call themselves Republican are simply not conservative really.

They just won’t yet accept full blown socialism or a total lack of moral compass.

And they are very whimsical.


49 posted on 01/12/2012 9:14:58 AM PST by wardaddy (I fear we cannot beat Roger Ailes and beltway GOP)
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To: Terry Mross

yet FOX had another poll early this morning showing RINO just winning by a couple with Newt and Rick right behind him and Perry with 5%

what do people change their minds on mass in an hour, well according to FOX they must do.

Perry has got to step aside and maybe Newt can step out and give Rick a go and bring the votes together to take Romney out

If Newt and Perry wants to hurt RINO then drop out, and give the money and votes to rick and maybe Rick would let Newt be VP

If they stay in due to ago then WE ALL LOSE


50 posted on 01/12/2012 9:15:28 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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