Skip to comments.Gingrich Won on Electability: Exit Polls
Posted on 01/22/2012 2:14:48 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
Two of the key arguments of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential candidacythat he knows best how to handle the economy and stands the best chance of beating President Barack Obamawere dismissed by conservative South Carolina voters in the Republican primary Saturday, according to exit poll data from the state.
That finding shows why former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won a solid victory, and also suggests the Romney camp may seek new ways to drive home its core message in the contests that lie ahead.
In all three nominating contests so far, at least a plurality of voters have said the economy and electability were important factors. In Iowa and New Hampshire, such voters backed Mr. Romney. But in South Carolina, they backed Mr. Gingrich.
Indeed, South Carolinians placed an even higher priority on beating President Obama than did their counterparts in Iowa and New Hampshire. About one-third of voters in each of the other two early states told pollsters that the ability to defeat Mr. Obama was the most important candidate quality. In South Carolina, 45% said that was their highest priority, according to exit poll data released by CNN. Half of them voted for Mr. Gingrich, while fewer than four in 10 voted for Mr. Romney.
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Goes to show you that Iowa and NH should be dead last in 2016.
I’ll say! Start the primaries in the Southern States.
Lord knows the South has been saving the union from the democrats for decades.
Solid red Republican and TEA Party patriot.
So much for another elite GOP meme being peddled these last 24 hours or so...
Yep...and in spite of this historic turn-out, Mittens still can’t manage to get above the 20’s. Time for Mitten’s to bow out!
Is there anybody who doesn’t want to watch Newt and Obama in three debates...?
Would have liked to see Santorum come in second in SC. WOnder why Romney did...
But glad Newt got it there. It IS his backyard after all.
Newt laid the challenge of 7 three hour Lincoln-Douglas style, and Obama can bring along the prompters. I would assume that Obama would not agree to any debates, no matter the format.
Looking at the results through Patchwork Nations demographic/geographic breakdown, Mr. Gingrich could not have done much better.
After Daniel Boone, Newt is the greatest American (although not as good as Davey Crockett)
And the fact that Romney has been running since 2008 (well, 2006, which was when he started his failed 2008 run). He has used his huge personal fortune to buy about 25% of the voters- but they have gone neither up nor down, while his main rival who started only months ago has almost literally gone from zero to 60.
Mitt should go bye-bye.
NO NO NO NO...these facts do not fit the MSM and Republican Olde Guard Narrative about Newt. He is NOT electable, so all these people they polled must be WRONG! Don't you know? Only Mittens is "electable".
Newt Gingrich has his political deficits but he also has a ‘fire in the belly’ attitude of wanting to take on and beat Obama then get our country back on track. S.C. primary voters saw that - and liked it. Romney comes across as no more passionate than he has to be. His CEO look and mannerisms don’t impress voters. Newt is not my absolute favorite candidate but because Sarah Palin isn’t running, Cain and Bachmann have dropped out and Santorum can’t get traction, I’ll take Newt over Romney, any day.
WSJ must not have gotten the memo from the GOP elites that Romney is the ONLY Republican that is electable, no matter what the voters say!!!!
Romney’s house of cards is collapsing faster than MF Global.
You have to be willing to fight, to win!
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This about the only thing that makes me feel good, such is my disdain for the GOP elite. As much as I love to listen to Gingrich speak, he is the one candidate still in the race who is more liberal than Romney. A year ago, he was persona non grata here for his liberal ways, but now people are cheering for him.
Conservatives are suffering from BNS: Battered Newt Syndrome. He writes a book and lets a wacko environmentalist professor write a chapter, and we are outraged. He attacks the media, and we love him again. He sits on the couch with Pelosi, and we say we're through with him for good. He apologizes, and we take him back. He supports Romneycare, and we curse him, but after a good debate, we love him. He tours with Al Sharpton promoting socialist education policies, and our jaws drop. A few conservative words, and he's back in our good graces.
We seriously need to form a support group to help all you people remember why we left him a hundred times! Sometimes I could use this group myself as I've found myself forgiving him. I realize why conservatives oppose Romney, but but for sins far less than Gingrich's. Romney just can't figure out how to say anything inspiring, so conservatives love to hate him. I don't want Romney either, but with Gingrich as the alternative, it's Romney.
Still I wouldn't vote for either of them in a primary.
Would have liked to see Santorum come in second in SC. WOnder why Romney did...
Romney has always been #1/#2. It’s all the RINOs, plus all the libs who vote in “open primaries” who shove him/McCain on us.
Just saw on FOX News a few minutes ago: Governor Chris Christie is “clearly disappointed” over Newt Gingrich’s win in SC yesterday.
As perceived by SC Republicans.
Electability? Ann Coulter said he won because of his snotty comments.
TAKE THAT you media nitwits!
All that mittwit comments “only Romney can beat obama” junk didn’t go over and will NOT go over with the voters.
Please run that by Jim, get his opinion! I am sure you will convince him! ;)
Romney has at least 3 taxpayer-funded “Solyndra’s” in his MA Governor closet:
Romney’s Energy-Project Past
“...And so while Romney has criticized Solyndra on the campaign trail as a major failure of the Obama administration, his Green Energy Fund invested in several companies that have failed or not lived up to expectations...”
I just hope someone sticks this up Bill O’Reilly’s azz, after he scoffed at the possibility of a double digit victory by Newt. “It’s gonna be close”, bloviated, the pinhead BOR...
Dick Morris and Rove (that magnificent a-hole) will have some egg on their faces too.
Newt’s best chance is to stand up for freedom, conservative principles, and make war on the elites of the media and ruling class (regardless of party).
Nice setup FRiend ;-) standing by....
But he still clings to it.
Interesting that the minority central areas also went for Newt, even though he’s been accused of racist messages.
I didn’t see any thing which gave the definition of the term minority central though.
So, a man's positions while out of office, mean more than his actual ACCOMPLISHMENTS while in office?
Even after he's confessed that he erred in taking those positions, and has since adopted strongly opposing views?
You a GM Volt, I presume?
Yes, the following RINOS:
Christie, Coulter, Rove, Hume, Krauthamer, Sununno, Romney, Bushes, Lowery, Barbour, Huntsman, Graham, Portman, Will, Brooks, Beck, Drudge, etc., etc.
The majority of Santorum voters would vote for Gingrich over Romney so the victory would have been more lopsided if Santorum wasn’t there.
They sure got it right, Romney just isn’t good as a candidate, or even as an elected official as we saw in his single term, which is why he loses in politics rather than winning.
Bingo! The fire in the belly is what I’ve been looking for from our candidate. Yes, Newt has his warts, but, I’m willing to give him a chance, so, I will be voting for him. Santorum is a decent guy, but, isn’t the fighter we need. As far as Romney - no way! I don’t trust him
Come over here, we needs lightning kitties!!!
Beerlin..I read those stats earlier...isn’t it just grand! Thanks for posting that so all can see.
He’s not electable. His hair’s white. Even Ronald Reagan had enough sense to dye his hair. How can you trust a man who’s dumb enough to show his true age?
What sheer stupidity.
Of course, he only has white hair because he’s racist, and can’t stand the idea of something black being on top of his head. That’s why he’s really running for President. It’s not the power. It’s not the perks. It’s not a conservative agenda. He just wants to take out that black man, standing over him like so much hair.
Not knowing a parody when you read one unless it says “sarc” next to it?
Sorry, yes, I really needed to see that s/.