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S.C. Poll: Romney Lead Grows, Gingrich Second (Newmax/INs Adv)
Newsmax ^ | 1-15-12 | Staff

Posted on 01/15/2012 9:17:23 PM PST by VinL

An exclusive InsiderAdvantage poll released Sunday night shows GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney gaining in his lead in the South Carolina primary while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is holding steady in second place.

In the poll of 720 likely registered voters in South Carolina GOP Primary, Romney was leading with 32 percent of the vote. Gingrich was second with 21 percent followed by Ron Paul with 14 percent.

The rundown:

* Romney: 32% * Gingrich: 21% * Paul: 14% * Santorum: 13% * Huntsman: 6% * Perry: 5% * Other: 2% * Undecided/ No opinion: 7%

“The poll is among likely voters who are registered in South Carolina and are likely to vote in the Republican contest. The survey is weighted for age, race, and gender,” said InsiderAdvantage chief pollster Matt

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Nuts!
1 posted on 01/15/2012 9:17:27 PM PST by VinL
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To: VinL

With Huntsman’s imminent departure, endorsing Romney on his way out, it will increase Mitt’s lead a few points further. The three conservatives have got to pull together SOON.


2 posted on 01/15/2012 9:20:19 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: VinL

According to this, InsiderAdvantage seems to be a pretty accurate polling outfit. It’s CEO is a former Gingrich “top strategist”:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_or_what_is_insider_advantage_political_pollster


3 posted on 01/15/2012 9:24:52 PM PST by bigbob
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To: EDINVA

Good luck with that.

Santorum has a 12-13% bunch who just won’t budge, no matter what the consequences. Just look at FR.

We’re screwed.


4 posted on 01/15/2012 9:26:39 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santuckabee is 2012's version of Mike Huckatorum. Avoid Conservicide voting; support Newt!!)
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To: TitansAFC

I just can’t believe people are being so stubborn. We only have a short amount of time to turn this around. It would be such a great feeling to see all of the forces unite.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 9:31:00 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: TitansAFC

Rick will hang in there until Mitt has it locked up.

Rick ties up the evangelical-fundamentalist vote that doesn’t like Mitt because he’s a Mormon and prevents it from joining forces with a conservative candidate to beat Romney.


6 posted on 01/15/2012 9:31:44 PM PST by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: Christie at the beach

“...It would be such a great feeling to see all of the forces unite....”

I have been saying this every stinking election. It never happens. You always get some Iowa pipe-dreamer claiming momentum and refusing to ever drop out, even when the end result of their selfish ambition is obvious.

It will happen in 2016, too. You’ll have another upstart with no chance in hell of winning the nomination get an Iowa boost and then spend the next month splitting Conservative votes. And the Establishment will win again.

The fact that we can’t get the voters who are far behind to move to another candidate is typical, but it is no less disheartening every time it happens.

I will NEVER forgive Rick Santorum if he does what it looks like he’s going to do. This will be Arlen Specter on STEROIDS.


7 posted on 01/15/2012 9:36:18 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santuckabee is 2012's version of Mike Huckatorum. Avoid Conservicide voting; support Newt!!)
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To: TitansAFC

Votes will move after the debate on Monday, seems things get pretty dynamic in the last 3 or 4 days.


8 posted on 01/15/2012 9:37:26 PM PST by jpsb
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To: VinL; Liz; trumandogz

LOL Perry being behind someone who dropped out!


9 posted on 01/15/2012 9:37:56 PM PST by PAConservative1
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To: EDINVA

For the sake of two egos Newt may not be able to prevent Romney from a sweep, going into Florida, and Ron Paul continues to run his Third Party campaign inside the Republican Party. Does it look like the FIX is in, or just what is going on?

Is it even possible there are no capitlists left in America who give 2 cents for the Consitution?


10 posted on 01/15/2012 9:38:27 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: EDINVA

Who are the three Conservatives? I automatically discount the two anti Free enterprise candidates in Newt and Perry.


11 posted on 01/15/2012 9:39:29 PM PST by byteback
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To: RitaOK

Is it even possible there are no capitlists left in America who give 2 cents for the Consitution?
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Not in the ruling class, Rita. They are the constitution.


12 posted on 01/15/2012 9:40:29 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: RitaOK

If you are interested in small honest Constitutional government Paul is your man. He is very good on the Constitution and spending.


13 posted on 01/15/2012 9:40:44 PM PST by jpsb
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To: VinL

Santorum should drop out. His Iowa showing was a fluke, and he is remarkably unimpressive in his presentations, despite the fact that he represents my social views.


14 posted on 01/15/2012 9:40:56 PM PST by nwrep
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To: VinL

Gingrich should start dropping Mandarin phrases. Appears to be worth 6 percent.


15 posted on 01/15/2012 9:41:02 PM PST by Dagnabitt ("None of the above" ain't running.)
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To: nwrep

Santorum won’t drop out. He’ll continue to be a POS and split the vote to the bitter end.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 9:42:57 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: nwrep

Perry needs to drop out, he is not going anywhere.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 9:43:38 PM PST by jpsb
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To: jpsb

Paul is not the only fiscal conservative in the race; he is however the only candidate who is totally bats@*t nuts. To me, that’s a Presidential disqualifier.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Paul as head of e Federal Reserve however. He’d be the perfect replacement for Bernanke.


18 posted on 01/15/2012 9:45:20 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: nwrep

Nw, I’m for Newt. But frankly, I don’t care which one of the 3 drops out. Two of them have to drop from SOUTH CAROLINA. They can continue on in Florida if they wish. But, giving the Mite SC, is giving him the nomination.


19 posted on 01/15/2012 9:45:47 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Even if both Ricks dropped out, the race still looks way too tight, especially since this is supposed to be the first conservative Southern state. See the math below. If the conservatives are polling even with the moderates here, then they really don’t have a chance anywhere else.

Ron Paul is the true spoiler in the race. His support has doubled and tripled since last time. And he is not going to be dropping out.

The Republican primary voters are basically showing themselves to be as dumb, uninformed and manipulatable by the media as general election voters. The solution to changing this race has to be based on changing the minds of the voters at this point. The candidates dropping out isn’t going to be enough to win this. If there isn’t some kind of game-changer in the narrative in the next 5 days then the chances of a non-Romney winning will be dealt a serious blow.

Newt + Ricks = 39%
Romney + Huntsman = 38%
Paul: 14%
Other: 2%
Undecided: 7%


20 posted on 01/15/2012 9:46:12 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: byteback

You equate being against bad ethics and near-illegality with capitalism.

Gingrich and Perry are no more anti-capitalist because they oppose unscrupulous slime balls than they are anti-medicine because they oppose abortionists.


21 posted on 01/15/2012 9:48:25 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: byteback

“Buyout baron” Mitt Romney’s strategy of taking out loans in the name of a subsidiary, transferring the money to your shell corporation, and then letting the subsidiary go bankrupt and default on the loans while you keep all of the borrowed money is not “free enterprise,” it’s classic Wall Street market manipulation.


22 posted on 01/15/2012 9:49:14 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: John Valentine

Paul and Newt are the only real small government fiscal conservatives left, and I worry about Newt. Also the ‘sane’ people have not done well by the country lately so maybe a nut is no so bad?


23 posted on 01/15/2012 9:49:22 PM PST by jpsb
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To: JediJones

If there isn’t some kind of game-changer in the narrative in the next 5 days then the chances of a non-Romney winning will be dealt a serious blow
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Sarah Palin— not as a candidate- but as a Tea Party leader who says she can not stand by and watch the Establishment dictate out nominee.


24 posted on 01/15/2012 9:49:29 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Nextrush; TitansAFC
Rick will hang in there until Mitt has it locked up. Rick ties up the evangelical-fundamentalist vote that doesn’t like Mitt because he’s a Mormon and prevents it from joining forces with a conservative candidate to beat Romney.

And yet, Santorum is out there attacking Romney. That doesn't sound like stalking horse behavior to me.

You Newt people need to step up your game and stop attacking Santorum.

Romney is the target. Open fire, will you??
25 posted on 01/15/2012 9:49:43 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: jpsb; 50mm; Servant of the Cross; mkjessup; Vendome; SmithL; Old Sarge; kingattax

IBTZ! Paulbot sighting. Prepare for ZOT!!


26 posted on 01/15/2012 9:50:44 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: JediJones

You are an Occupy Wall Street Bot!


27 posted on 01/15/2012 9:52:04 PM PST by byteback
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To: John Valentine

Your vote for Obama has been registered. Congrats!


28 posted on 01/15/2012 9:53:27 PM PST by byteback
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To: Antoninus

Can’t win so long as Iowa-wundertard boy Ricky Santorum is selfishly splitting the vote.

FURS.


29 posted on 01/15/2012 9:55:15 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: VinL
Hi Vin, hope your day went good. Maybe someone should start a post or go to Sarah's facebook page asking for her to step in and help. In the debate, Newt has to stay on message and hit a home run.
30 posted on 01/15/2012 9:56:36 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: EDINVA

If Mitt is increasing his lead, it can’t be because any one of the conservatives in the race hasn’t dropped out. It’s logically impossible.

The only explanation for it is that Obama is right. Americans want socialism. Constitutionalists, despite what people say, are part of a shrinking minority.

Doesn’t matter at all who does or doesn’t drop out. If Mitt Romney can get over 30 % of South Carolinians to vote for him, then we are all totally screwed. Obscenely, nastily, violently screwed. For good. Get used to the feeling folks, you are going to be feeling it for at least another 20 to 30 years, if it EVER ends.

Obama, welcome to the White House. By the way, take the Supreme Court too while you’re at it. We don’t care. We’re just a bunch of spineless wimps who don’t mean a word we say. Were all words, no action.

We deserve what we get, and we WILL be getting it.

BOHICA, folks!


31 posted on 01/15/2012 9:58:19 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: VinL

I am a little disappointed in Sara for not enforcing when her endorsement would have impact, oh well.


32 posted on 01/15/2012 9:58:53 PM PST by jpsb
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To: byteback

I assume you, as a good conservative, are against people taking out mortgages they can’t afford, defaulting on the loans, and then asking the banks and the government to bail them out and let them stay in their homes? But you seem to think it’s okay if a Wall Street billionaire does the same thing and uses accounting tricks to get away with it. Do you have any particular argument as to why or are you going to rely on name-calling and insults to substitute for an actual point?


33 posted on 01/15/2012 9:58:58 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: byteback; JediJones

What a genius move by Obama. He conjoined the Occupiers with the Tea Party. The Tea Party was conceived as a direct result of the fact that the elites bailed out the too big to fail banks-—inarguably anti- capitalism.

Now, as we prepare to nominate another elite one world order socialist globalist— those who us who believe in American free enterprise and capitalism are equated with the occupiers.

Obama even suckered Rush.


34 posted on 01/15/2012 9:59:15 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: TitansAFC

I think you are right. I know Rick is a good person but this thing is becoming silly-either we want a conservative or people are going to cave and go with a liberal republican. I am so tired of the same ole same ole.


35 posted on 01/15/2012 10:02:22 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: VinL

The difference between us Tea Partiers and the Occupiers is that the Occupiers think the “little guy” should get bailed out with socialism. The Tea Partiers think neither the “little guy” nor the elites should get bailed out with socialism.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 10:03:38 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: jpsb; RitaOK

Ron Paul is to the constitution in the same way Fred Phelps is to the Bible.


37 posted on 01/15/2012 10:03:56 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Antoninus

I’m a Newt supporter and am doing my best in Fl to organize and campaign for him. However, I would support Santorum if he was the nominee. Unfortunately, my family and all of their friends who live in western PA can’t stand Rick to the point of feeling betrayed. In this, I just don’t see and hear the support for Rick on the ground.


38 posted on 01/15/2012 10:04:03 PM PST by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: VinL

Jim DeMint is a sellout. Every time he talks about the primary he either praises Romney, or says “Romney will likely win”, without explicitly endorsing him. COWARD.


39 posted on 01/15/2012 10:04:03 PM PST by PAConservative1
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To: byteback

I have made it clear that I don’t support slime balls, and that includes slime balls of either party. Here it is in a nutshell; Romney gets the Republican nomination, Obama gets ALL the rest including reelection, his choices for the Supreme Court, rubber stamped by his Demorat Senate, and he gets to put you and all our kids and your kids’ kids into a socialist nightmare state for decades and decades to come. So go for your precious Romeny. But don’t expect sympathy when you realize what you have contributed to.


40 posted on 01/15/2012 10:05:26 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: DarthVader

Shut your yap.


41 posted on 01/15/2012 10:05:35 PM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Can’t win so long as Iowa-wundertard boy Ricky Santorum is selfishly splitting the vote.

Then go cry about it somewhere. It appears that Newt has a ceiling of support and there's not a darn thing he can do about it.

Meanwhile, Santorum is out there attacking Romney, picking up important endorsements, and getting the ear of the voters effectively.

If Newt and his minions would join in on the Romney attacks even more vigorously and leave off Santorum, he might actually gain some ground.

This is ALL about knocking off the guy who, according to the polls, is the frontrunner.
42 posted on 01/15/2012 10:05:46 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: John Valentine

The only explanation for it is that Obama is right.
***Another explanation is that polls can’t be trusted.


43 posted on 01/15/2012 10:06:48 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Christie at the beach

Hey back, Christie. No, it was a terrible day,, and today is starting even worse. Since this poll, I’m on my 2nd glass of vino- and I don’t even like to drink! -:)

But heck, in just a couple of months you and your family can get to the beach. -:)


44 posted on 01/15/2012 10:07:32 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Heh, ain’t that the truth.

Seeing so many wannabe-capitalists around here and elsewhere, defending bailouts and cronyism as legitimate free-market enterprise… and I get called a damn OWS liberal now for arguing that corporate welfare is backdoor socialism.

Un-f’ing-believeable.


45 posted on 01/15/2012 10:07:37 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: John Valentine

There is something to be said for the fact that the American people seem to want socialism. Many old people want their Medicare/SS and many young people want free college education, free health care, etc. But there is also something to be said for the fact the media didn’t vet Obama and hasn’t vetted Romney. The “conservative” media is even more in the tank for Romney than the liberal media was for Obama. When the opposing candidates get slimed in a massive media pile-on and almost nothing bad gets said about the winning candidate, it’s hard to see how the elections could turn out any differently. People should investigate the candidates on their own, but we can’t expect everyone to find a political forum like this and spend hours on it every week, which is what it took to get the truth about Obama and takes to get the truth about Romney.


46 posted on 01/15/2012 10:08:08 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: PAConservative1

I am with you-he always takes the easy path.

No way, he should endorse Romney.


47 posted on 01/15/2012 10:08:53 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: TitansAFC

Bleh. You are constantly running down Santorum on every thread you can find. Why doesn’t Newt back down? He has been bested in every contest so far by Santorum.

If Santorum beats Newt again in SC, are you going to call for your man to step away from the fight and suspend his campaign?


48 posted on 01/15/2012 10:10:19 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Antoninus

maybe I missed something but it seems to me Newt has been attacking Romney and the blow back for doing so was intense. The attack on Bain did not seem to be very effective but Newt has not backed off. Correct me if I am wrong.


49 posted on 01/15/2012 10:10:29 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Antoninus

What in the world are you talking about? Newt and Perry have been vigorously attacking Romney while Santorum has been sitting on the sidelines letting them do the dirty work. He doesn’t look like a fighter now, so why would we expect him to be one against Obama? Santorum is the one who attacked Newt this week. Newt and Perry haven’t gone after Santorum in any noticeable way.


50 posted on 01/15/2012 10:11:39 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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