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Election 2012: Republican Presidential Primary National GOP Poll: Romney 30%, Gingrich 27%
Rasmussen ^ | 1/18/12 | Rasmussen

Posted on 01/18/2012 8:04:52 AM PST by wolfman23601

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is now nearly even with Mitt Romney still on top but Newt Gingrich just three points apart.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters nationwide shows Romney with 30% support and Gingrich with 27% of the vote. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who was running second two weeks ago, has now dropped to 15%.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul captures 13% support from likely primary voters, and Texas Governor Rick Perry remains in last place with four percent (4%). Another four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But the story in the new numbers, taken Tuesday night, is Gingrich’s jump 11 points from 16% two weeks ago. Romney’s support is essentially unchanged from 29% at that time, while Santorum is down six points from 21%. Paul’s and Perry’s support is also unchanged. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman earned four percent (4%) of the vote at the start of the month but dropped out of the race this week. This suggests that many voters are still looking for an alternative to Romney and currently see Gingrich as that candidate.

Among Republican primary voters nationwide, 34% think Romney is the GOP candidate who would do a better job managing the economy, but almost as many (29%) feel Gingrich would do the better job. Paul’s a distant third at 14%. When it comes to national security and defense, Gingrich is the clear leader: 43% think he would do a better job versus 18% who say the same of Romney.

Indicative of how fluid the race remains, just 41% of likely GOP primary voters nationally are certain of how they will vote at this time. Most (51%) say they could still change their minds, and another seven percent (7%) haven’t made an initial choice yet.

The jump in Gingrich’s support nationally comes after a Monday night debate in which most analysts said the former speaker did very well. Immediately prior to that debate, Romney’s lead had grown in South Carolina. Romney also has a big lead in the January 31 Florida Primary.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on January 17, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Still, 70% of Republican voters nationally believe Romney will ultimately win the party’s nomination. Just 13% think Gingrich will get the party’s nod. A plurality (43%) continues to believe Romney would be the strongest challenger to Obama, but 29% now think that of Gingrich, up from 17% two weeks ago. Paul remains the GOP candidate viewed as the weakest potential challenger.

Gingrich and Perry have been especially critical of Romney’s performance as a venture capitalist at the Bain Capital firm and have highlighted the job losses from some of his investments. But 59% of likely GOP primary voters feel that Romney’s business experience is primarily a reason to vote for him, while just 20% think it’s chiefly a reason to vote against him. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.

Gingrich led the pack with 38% support, and Romney was a distant second at 17% in late November. But the former House speaker fell back under a barrage of negative ads and media stories. Santorum surged early this month following his photo finish with Romney in the Iowa caucuses.

Voters nationally are more evenly divided on the question, but a plurality (48%) still thinks Romney would do a better job than Obama in dealing with the economy.

The former Massachusetts governor is still the best liked of the GOP hopefuls, with favorables of 68%. Santorum is viewed favorably by 59%, Gingrich by 58%, Perry by 41% and Paul by 34%.

Gingrich leads Romney 35% to 25% among GOP voters who describe themselves as Very Conservative, while Romney posts a similar 33% to 23% lead among those who are Somewhat Conservative. Santorum still gets 18% support from Very Conservative voters, but that’s down slightly from two weeks ago. Gingrich has been pushing for conservatives to rally behind his candidacy to stop the more moderate Romney from getting the nomination.

Among Tea Party Republicans, it’s Gingrich 39%, Romney 21% and Santorum 20%. Romney holds a double-digit lead over Gingrich among GOP voters who are not members of the grassroots movement.

Romney also holds modest leads among all religious groups except Evangelical Christians. Those voters prefer Gingrich over Romney by nearly two-to-one – 36% to 19% - with Santorum at 16% and Paul at 12%.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of all Republican primary voters say they will vote for the GOP candidate even if their favorite doesn’t win the nomination. Ten percent (10%) will opt for Obama instead, while eight percent (8%) would vote for a third-party candidate. Paul’s supporters continue to be the ones most likely to vote third party, with 29% saying they would do so.

Just eight percent (8%) of GOP voters think the country is heading in the right direction, and only 12% even somewhat approve of Obama’s performance as president. Eighty percent (80%) believe it is at least somewhat likely the Republican nominee will win the election in November, including 45% who say it is Very Likely.

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1 posted on 01/18/2012 8:05:00 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601
Wednesday, January 18

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination CBS News/NY Times Romney 28, Gingrich 21, Santorum 16, Paul 15, Perry 7 Romney +7

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Rasmussen Reports Romney 30, Gingrich 27, Santorum 15, Paul 13, Perry 4 Romney +3

GO NEWT!! Go Santorum! Get Out of the Way Perry!

2 posted on 01/18/2012 8:10:01 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: wolfman23601

It looks like Newt may gather enough momentum to topple Romney on Saturday, especially if he has another excellent debate performance tomorrow night. If the Romney Book sees play, it could destroy Socialist R.

This should serve as the latest proof to the Santorum supporters that Rick is fading fast. I know that Newt may not your first choice, but please consider supporting him. Look how close we’re getting to defeating Romney!


3 posted on 01/18/2012 8:11:41 AM PST by Cato in PA (GO NEWT!)
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To: wolfman23601
Last night, Charles Krauthammer, who certainly has not been a Gingrich supporter, said of Romney:

". . . But he (Romney) simply doesn’t have the capacity to explain with some color and sort of force conservative ideas."

Which is precisely why he has no business going up against an ideologue who does "have the capacity to explain with some color and sort of force" the ideas of redistribution.

Krauthammer has been slow to come to admitting the obvious fact that Romney doesn't "explain" conservative ideas because they are not part of his intellectual DNA, as they are with someone who has immersed himself/herself in the ideas of America's founding history.

Gingrich's quick analysis of opposing ideas, combined with an ability to put them in historical context, didn't just come about by osmosis. They came about through a lifelong study of history. In recent decades, Ronald Reagan is the only American president who was so familiar with our founding ideas that he could weave them into discussions on "issues" of the day; thereby giving clarity to threats to liberty.

By the same token, the Fall 2012 opponent has studied, been mentored in, and well understands the ideology and strategies for presenting his case for redistribution, government planning, and control--all the while masking them in benevolence and "taking care" of those to whom he appeals, even as his policies are enslaving future generations.

His Republican opponent needs to be able to rebut, rebuke, and reveal the cloaked tyranny encased in his appealing message to those who see him as a benevolent leader, not a threat to their posterity's Creator-endowed right to be free.

Gingrich is right. If the goal of the primaries is to determine a candidate who can bring such clarity to the ideas of conservatism that Obama's counterfeit ideas will be defeated, then Romney, in the words of Krauthammer, "simply doesn't have the capacity" to do it. At least, he has not shown it to this point; and that "capacity" cannot be coached. It must be a natural outgrowth of understanding.

4 posted on 01/18/2012 8:16:04 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: wolfman23601

Isn’t the Iowa Republican Party expected to release the final count for that state’s caucus? I think it holds a lot of importance, because if Santorum actually did win that contest, then the whole “inevitability” argument about Romney doesn’t hold water. At this point, Romney will have only won a single state... one that he was expected to win.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 8:20:24 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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To: wolfman23601

HE’S BACKKK!

I’m been saying, the history of all these poll leads (Perry, then Cain, then Newt, then Romney) are all etherial.

Romney’s bubble can be as easily pricked as the rest-

We need open honest debate— and not a coronation by the Establishment. Let’s thoroughly vet our candidates in all the States.


6 posted on 01/18/2012 8:24:35 AM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Perhaps ...just perhaps, AMERICA is going to decide who will run against Obama — not the media, or the establishment. Americans are perhaps NOT going to make the same mistake twice.

Go Newt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 01/18/2012 8:33:26 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: wolfman23601

Gingrich leads Romney 35% to 25% among GOP voters who describe themselves as Very Conservative, while Santorum still gets 18% support from Very Conservative voters...

Among Tea Party Republicans, it’s Gingrich 39%, Romney 21% and Santorum 20%....

Go Newt!! Make a Deal, Rick! And Crush Willard the Lib!


8 posted on 01/18/2012 8:38:17 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: wolfman23601

Sigh.

I really want Rick Santorum to be our nominee, but I think things are coalescing around Newt as the real deal to be the stop-Mitt choice.


9 posted on 01/18/2012 8:40:59 AM PST by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: wolfman23601

Newt is very likely in front of Romney in South Carolina as this is a national poll.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 8:51:58 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: wolfman23601

Gingrich jumps 11 points in two weeks. That’s real good poll vaulting for a man his age! :)


11 posted on 01/18/2012 8:58:20 AM PST by Lady Lucky (A tea party in name only is worse than no tea party at all.)
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To: mquinn

I love Santorum, but I think it’s time for he and Perry to step down and endorse Newt.


12 posted on 01/18/2012 9:21:03 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: wolfman23601

Get out Rick.


13 posted on 01/18/2012 9:47:42 AM PST by Grunthor (I am a conservative, neither half of the one party represents my views.)
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To: wolfman23601

These numbers could include at least one night of post-debate polling. I’ll be interested to see what polls coming out on Friday say, which should be completely post-Monday’s debate in their 3-day cycling.


14 posted on 01/18/2012 9:50:59 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: wolfman23601

Whoa! Great news. GO NEWT GO! I have been listening to Rush this morning but he has spent the first half hour defending Mitt. I don’t know, but I will see what he says during the rest of the show.


15 posted on 01/18/2012 9:53:54 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: wolfman23601; All

This is positive news for Newt and the non-Romney movement. I hope SC listens to Sarah Palin on Saturday and we avoid a January coronation.


16 posted on 01/18/2012 10:00:34 AM PST by newzjunkey (Imbecilic early voters doom us all.)
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To: VinL

Romney lives by polls, so scorched earth against Newt has to be in the works again, by his SuperPAC -— ads he won’t know about of course. /s

STAY FOCUSED NEWT! ROCK THE CNN DEBATE ON THURSDAY!

GO SARAH! GO NEWT!


17 posted on 01/18/2012 10:14:30 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: All

It’s Newt !!

Here we go !!

Statistical Dead Heat Nationally....

The last chance for conservatism...I beg people to consider the consequences of allowing Romney to win and losing to Obama.


18 posted on 01/18/2012 10:14:30 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Parley Baer

I missed the first half hour. The second has been much the same. Get off the defense of Romney, RUSH!


19 posted on 01/18/2012 10:16:26 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: TitansAFC; katiedidit1; Gator113; PSYCHO-FREEP; Marcella; wolfman23601

Newt news PING.


20 posted on 01/18/2012 10:18:06 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: rbmillerjr
Romney has to man up. Go hard at Newt about the 300 k fine. The book deal , congressional mutiny under his leadership and why did he resign from his job. And while Newt is prattling on about the Romney money through in Tiffany .
21 posted on 01/18/2012 10:20:02 AM PST by fantom (,)
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To: Yashcheritsiy
These numbers could include at least one night of post-debate polling. I’ll be interested to see what polls coming out on Friday say, which should be completely post-Monday’s debate in their 3-day cycling.

This particular poll was conducted on one day only (Tuesday, Jan 17), so it is entirely post-debate.

22 posted on 01/18/2012 10:22:17 AM PST by Azzurri
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To: onyx

This a huge moment in political time....

Gingrich is getting it done and he has the cajones to change the Nation and put it back on track to a growth economy while getting the Deficits under control.

Gingrich will win the South.


23 posted on 01/18/2012 10:32:25 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: LibsRJerks
Americans are perhaps NOT going to make the same mistake twice.

From your keyboard to God's ears.

24 posted on 01/18/2012 10:38:54 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: fantom; rbmillerjr

YOUR DEFENSE AND SUPPORT OF ROMNEY is getting old.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but we’re solidly against Romney here.

GO NEWT!


25 posted on 01/18/2012 10:43:08 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: wolfman23601

I assume that Milt and Newt’s numbers are within the margin of errror for the poll?


26 posted on 01/18/2012 10:45:20 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: onyx

I have had two calls on my house phone, two different days) from the Newt campaign. My phone is about four feet from my chair. The caller (likely automatic) hangs up before I can get to the phone.

Today, I’m putting the phone next to my chair.

I ordered a Newt cup and magnetic bumper sticker for my car. They will be here any day now. I’m sure he gets some of the money from these sales.

If you buy a cup or anything else in his store, you will have a historical reminder of this time in our history.

When that cup gets here, I’m drinking coffee out of it every day and saying a prayer he will prevail and save this country.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 10:45:22 AM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: rbmillerjr

Romney has gone scorched earth again against Newt Gingrich.

The snake can’t stand to fight on the issues because he loses.

GO NEWT! WIN THE DEBATE ON THURSDAY!


28 posted on 01/18/2012 10:46:14 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: Marcella

GOOD on you! I’m sure his campaign ges the profit from the sales. I still have all my Sarah Palin stuff from ‘08!

Like you, I believe in the power of prayer and I pray for Newt and for his safety.


29 posted on 01/18/2012 10:50:25 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: onyx

Exactly.

...and Newt will fight back in kind, which spoiled Romney and his Establishmentarians can’t handle.

I wish Palin and Cain would come out and officially endorse...with this momentum in play.


30 posted on 01/18/2012 10:51:17 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: fantom

You ROMNEY SUPPORTERS make me nauseous.


31 posted on 01/18/2012 10:55:51 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Gator113

Where is the zot? I’d like to be in before it happens. Can you notify whomever to get this done?


32 posted on 01/18/2012 10:57:59 AM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: onyx

The Ricky’s need to get out, NOW.


33 posted on 01/18/2012 10:58:02 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Red Steel

From your lips to God’s ears.

GO NEWT GO.....


34 posted on 01/18/2012 10:59:34 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: fantom

IBTZ


35 posted on 01/18/2012 11:08:15 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Marcella

Smoke signal sent. ;>)


36 posted on 01/18/2012 11:11:03 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Gator113

IBTZ!!!


37 posted on 01/18/2012 11:11:10 AM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: Grunthor

Which Rick? Perry or Santorum? or both? Newt has polled well thanks to the last debate. Why is that idiot Santorum running ads against Gingrich? he should be running ads against Mitt!!!!!! heard Rush talking about a massive scorched earth ad that Romney is running against Newt. Romney is using Jim (the loser) Talent to trash Newt as Speaker of the House. Trying to insinutate that Newt has a tendancy to go off the deep end and Rush stated that it is having an affect on the voters. Let’s HOPE Gingrich goes after Romney during the debate tomorrow night and if Santorum is smart..he should go after Romney too. NO MITT, NO SANTORUM, NO PAUL...GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEWT


38 posted on 01/18/2012 11:25:21 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: onyx

I think Rush is bipolar. One week he’s for Newt, slamming the liberal Romney. He said two weeks ago Newt was right to go after Bain because of the way Romney went after Newt in Iowa. Now Rush sees that Gingrich just might come out on top in this race and all the sudden he praises Romney. The man needs to get off the oxyconden. He changes his mind more than a woman.


39 posted on 01/18/2012 11:34:31 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: fantom

You want Romney to go after Gingrich???


40 posted on 01/18/2012 11:43:54 AM PST by DNA.2012
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To: katiedidit1

Santorum, Gingrich, and Perry...and their Super PACs...need to run ads against Romney only.


41 posted on 01/18/2012 11:45:58 AM PST by DNA.2012
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To: NKP_Vet

Something’s defintely going on! You’re sure right about that. I was almost unmad at him yesterday, and just about to order more BlueBerry Tea. Well, NOT now.

His defense today of Romney is outrageous! I sure hope he’s not back on the oxy. I thought he might have been celebrating on his birthday (drinking) and that was A-OK, but today, he’s just outrageous. Defending Romney? Get real.

Romney is rich, we don’t care, but Romney is the wrong man, and the timing for a rich man couldn’t be worse. Too bad.

Like the old adage says, “timing is everything.”

GET LOST ROMNEY!


42 posted on 01/18/2012 11:48:34 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: LibsRJerks
Perhaps ...just perhaps, AMERICA is going to decide who will run against Obama — not the media, or the establishment. Americans are perhaps NOT going to make the same mistake twice.

From your lips to God's ear. I pray that the electorate sees thru the obvious ruse hatched by the mainstream ELITES in this country -- and no I don't see the aforementioned as a contradiction in terms -- in both the media and in politics to once again manipulate an election to maintain a corrupt status quo.

43 posted on 01/18/2012 11:57:27 AM PST by ExSoldier (FMR Infantry Captain; 25 yrs an NRA Instructor; Master of KLIK-PAO!)
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To: katiedidit1

“Which Rick? Perry or Santorum? or both?”

Both.

“Why is that idiot Santorum running ads against Gingrich?”

A) Santorum is no idiot.

B) He and Newt are vying for the same voting block, Romney voters are not going to switch to Santorum. Therefore, he has no reason to go after Romney voters.

I can tell that you (as are many others) emotionally invested in your candidate winning. I on the other hand have no candidate as mine dropped out. I like Santorum, Newt and Perry all equally and for differing reasons.

My statement that “Rick” needs to get out is far more strategy than how much I “like” a candidate. On a personal level Newt makes me want to take a shower, but he is the only one that can beat Romney in S. Carolina and beyond.

He also contrasts nicely with Obama on several issues both near and dear. At this point I’ll back Newt and hope he wins and is NOT Nixon redux.


44 posted on 01/18/2012 12:08:58 PM PST by Grunthor (I am a conservative, neither half of the one party represents my views.)
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To: DNA.2012

Agree. So far it Newt’s pacs have gone after Romney.


45 posted on 01/18/2012 12:09:41 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

NEWTMENTUM!!!!!


46 posted on 01/18/2012 12:14:46 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santuckabee is 2012's version of Mike Huckatorum. Avoid Conservicide voting; support Newt!!)
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To: mquinn

If Rick did throw his support behind Newt, Gingrich would basically owe his nomination to Santorum.

That’s a hell of a bargaining chip when considering a running mate (see also: from quasi-swing state of PA).


47 posted on 01/18/2012 12:20:24 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santuckabee is 2012's version of Mike Huckatorum. Avoid Conservicide voting; support Newt!!)
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To: Cato in PA

It looks like Newt may gather enough momentum to topple Romney on Saturday, especially if he has another excellent debate performance tomorrow night.”

Bank on it. He’s just getting warmed up.


48 posted on 01/18/2012 12:36:07 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: TitansAFC

NEUTRON BOMBING HAS COMMENCED! THANK YOU, SOUTH CAROLINA!!


49 posted on 01/18/2012 12:39:36 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012/ Ron Paul is already Third Party, inside OUR Party.)
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To: wolfman23601

With all the negative stuff coming out about Romney, plus the upcoming debate, Saturday should be looking good for Newt!


50 posted on 01/18/2012 12:48:56 PM PST by Proudcongal
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