Skip to comments.Evangelicals, Tea Party Breaking Hard for Gingrich in Florida Primary
Posted on 01/28/2012 7:18:58 AM PST by GVnana
A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday reveals that evangelicals and Tea Party supporters are breaking hard for Newt Gingrich in Florida, putting the former House Speaker within two points of front-runner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
A press release describing the poll states Gingrich "leads among white evangelical Christians 43 - 30 percent and among those who consider themselves to be tea party supporters 43 - 28 percent." Each segment makes up roughly a third of primary voters, according to Quinnipiac pollsters, "although there is substantial overlap among those two groups."
Coming off the heels of his victory in the South Carolina GOP primary, rising evangelical and Tea Party support has allowed Gingrich to slash nearly 10 points off of Romney's lead with less than a week to go before Florida's GOP primary.
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Old news=old polls.
Monday should have some new poll results. That’s what we need.
speaking with an local evangelical leader last week, he was of the opinion that if Romney was protestant instead of Mormon they would overwhelming be for him. Gingrich’s “baggage” bothers them greatly but religion trumps.
It’s not the leaders, it’s the folks on the ground that matter...
??????? THE Quinnipiac University POLL Has newt down 9 points. What is this all about/
if Romney was protestant instead of Mormon _____________________________________________
You mran if Romney was Christian instead of Mormon ...
However even then, Romney has so much liberal baggage that Christians wont vote for him...
True, but the trend direction generally predicts for at least a couple of days ahead.
I know things are changing by the day,
Yep, and Tuesday will be the poll that matters.
Hey, Gingrich wasn’t supposed to win South Carolina, either. What can I say.
If evangelicals are breaking for Newt, all the more reason for Santorum to fold his tent.
Quinnipiac is a junk poll.
However, most reliable polls show Newt 5-7% behind Mitt in Florida. Two polls stated that some coalescing was starting to happen, however, and that there was a slight trend toward Newt in that respect.
Newt needs to maximize turnout and we need to convince undecideds and Santorum backers to vote strategically in Florida by backing Newt to defeat Mitt.
The weekend polls will be interesting, as will Monday’s. If the trend ticks Newt’s way and starts showing a 2-5% race, the Tea Party can make this an all-nighter with turnout and effort.
Why don't those two egotists bow out gracefully in favor of saving the Republic?
There is no evidence that Paul voters would go to Newt.
However, it is undeniable that Santorum is taking votes right out of Newt’s hyde.
I am afraid we may be at the mercy of Santorum voters, and whether or not they can be pragmatic in Florida. If His Florida supporters on FR are any indication, we are in trouble. A final result of Mitt 29.0%, Newt 28.9%, Rick 11.3% doesn’t seem to make them tremble is fear in the way it makes most of us shudder.
I am still praying the pragmatism will guide them, if nothing else.
??????? THE Quinnipiac University POLL Has newt down 9 points. What is this all about/
It’s called selective reporting.
Here’s the Quinninipiac Press release, note the reference to the Wednesday poll which this posted article uses.
Just four days before the nation’s first big-state presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney opens up a 38 - 29 percent lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among Republican likely voters in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Only 6 percent are undecided, but 32 percent say they might change their mind by Tuesday.
This compares to results of a January 25 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University, showing Romney with 36 percent of likely primary voters to Gingrich’s 34 percent. Wednesday’s survey showed Gingrich ahead 40 - 34 percent among voters surveyed after the South Carolina primary.
I pray the Lord will lift Newt up and give him this win.
Rick Santorum——we love you, but it is way past time to go. Do the honorable and right thing. Take a cue from Rick Perry-——bow out NOW, before the primary, so Newt can benefit.
If this presidential election turns out bad, I hope Santorum realizes what it will be like to be remembered as the guy who handed Florida to Romney on a silver platter.
And not only Santorum—this goes for Rush, Coulter and the rest.
The absentee ballots may decide florida. A record number were sent out. Mysteriously lost and/or found votes will be a factor.
I am really concerned about your evangelical leader...
My take on Rush is that he is just telling it like it is...he spent most of the last few days debunking the report that Newt was hyper critical of Reagan.
Also Mittens scorched earth drive for the White House seems to be sour him with the Independents. If the Independents are souring on him the undecided Conservatives are souring as well.
Its gonna be a close one.
I listen to Rush and he is not like Ann Coulter. He has been level the whole time which is the right thing to do. Coulter however is rabid and non-nonsensical when it comes to supporting Romney. She has gone round the bend in my book. But do not lump Rush in with anyone.
Have they heard that Obama on Friday hosted Jebbie and his dad at the White House? They might end up with Obama then.
The devil is in the details and he who counts the votes, wins. The GOparty sent out 400,000 absentee ballots prior to the South Carolina primary. According to reports, at least a third of them have come in. Someone is counting those votes. If Mitt is anywhere near Newt in the vote count, the party will put him over the top. In other words, imagine the 2000 election in Florida, only in-party.
Mitt and the GOP-e have learned every trick the democrats have played but they use them against their own party. I fully expect foul play similar to that perpetrated in Iowa, only on a much larger scale. Anything to make their savior, Mitt look like a winner.
he is a respected pastor of large community church
>>I am afraid we may be at the mercy of Santorum voters, and whether or not they can be pragmatic in Florida. If His Florida supporters on FR are any indication, we are in trouble. A final result of Mitt 29.0%, Newt 28.9%, Rick 11.3% doesnt seem to make them tremble is fear in the way it makes most of us shudder.<<
Face it, all the ABR (Anyone But Romney) candidates have warts. As long as Santorum goes up when/if Gingrich goes down in the polls, the ABR vote will be sufficient to beat Romney. And we’re better off having an alternative if Gingrich blows himself out the water, which he’s perfectly capable of doing on any given day (See pic of him on couch, or remember the “right-wing social engineering” comment.)
And I’ve noticed that Santorum seems to gain when Gingrich falters, so he’s not out of it yet. Frankly, I don’t care which of the two ends up on top, but it’s way too early in the process to assume that Romney is going to lock it up by winning Florida. Besides, Florida lost half of their delegates by running an early primary, cutting their influence significantly.
Of all the candidates, Newt is a Tea Partier from way back! --1994--
House Minority Whip Gingrich and 7th District congressional candidate Brenda Fitzgerald throw mock tea crates into the Chattahoochee River on April 15, 1994, as part of a "Taxpayer's Tea party" in Roswell, Georgia.
TAX DAY 1994 - Politicians play with ire - Gingrich , others stage stunts touting frugality
The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution - Saturday, April 16, 1994
Author: ALEXANDER, KATHEY, Kathey Alexander STAFF WRITER: STAFF
As procrastinators put the finishing touches on their tax returns Friday, politicians across the nation carried out carefully crafted stunts aimed at landing the votes of irate taxpayers.
In Roswell, U.S. House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) touted fiscal conservatism by staging a mock tea party on the banks of the Chattahoochee River . Conservative Republicans tossed empty produce crates into the river in symbolic re-enactment of the incident in Boston 221 years ago when colonists dressed as Indians dumped tea into the harbor in rebellion against the government.
More than 200 similar rallies occurred throughout the country, including Boston, San Francisco and Detroit , as candidates used the tax filing deadline as a forum for one-upsmanship on frugality.
Americans literally work every day for months just to pay for a government that wastes their money, said Gingrich , who is seeking re-election from the 6th district. On the day taxes are due, we should remind you that you have every right as a citizen to protect yourself, your family and your wallet with your vote.
And where was Santorum? Still likely trying to memorize Roberts Rules of Order.
No offense to Santorum or his supporters, but Newt has been at this a VERY long time, and is SOLID in his beliefs.
The fact that he could not get it together in his personal life, well, is unfortunate for him. But I don’t feel any of these slip ups EVER affected his loyalty to voters AT ANY TIME while in office.
LOOK AT THE RECORD.
After I posted the contact page info for Santorum yesterday, the page was removed. Here’s how you can reach him (or his campaign) if you’d like to suggest that he drop out:
Rick Santorum for President
PO Box 37
Verona, PA 15147
888.321.6675 [also 603-836-5941]
For Press Inquires, please contact:
1680 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34236
For other states, maybe the state name followed by @ricksantorum.com would work, but better google it first.
If Santorum takes one for the team and withdraws from the FL race, we won’t forget it. If he stays in and pulls enough votes from Newt to result in a Romney win, we won’t forget that either.
We have to hope that Santorum voters, realizing that Santorum can't take Florida, will vote for Newt just to stop Mitt, if for no other reason. That, and Sarah needs to make a lot of noise for Newt between now and Tuesday.
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Rick can't win in Florida and he knows it. That's why he's pretty much given up his campaign in Florida.
Rick's supporters could still help him with donations and votes in other upcoming states. Santorum supporters in Florida would get much more bang for their vote if they vote Newt to slow down Mitt.
I think that's part of the balancing act that is going on here. They're both going to be gone soon enough. Question is, where are their supporters going to go? I see Gingrich as the natural inheritor, and I think the Romney camp does as well.
Speaking of Romney.
I have, since the 1980 election when I cast my vote for Ronald Reagan, voted on William F. Buckley's recommendation to support "the most conservative candidate."
The way I see it, in a choice between Romney and Obama, it's a toss-up.
Because of everything I've seen in the past week, I have come to loathe Mitt Romney. I will never cast a vote for Barack Obama, and I will never cast a vote for Mitt Romney.
Just so you'all know.
Good point. Give it more time. Perhaps by June, we will be convinced that Santorum is the guy. But vote for him now and you will ensure he’s out of the race after Florida.
It boggles my mind that anyone would consdier Romney (liberal/phoney) over Gingrich.
Although, the right? leaning? media has done their best to pervert the process.
I just hope the momentum has started to swing back to Newt. As has been said I also hope Newt’s supporters are more fervent in their voting than Mitts and are more likely to turn out. GO NEWT GO!
Me too, especially since neither Newt nor Santorum are Protestants, and the inference is that the pastor doesn't know that.
Rick I like you a lot and you would go so much more respect if you put conservatives first, stop Govt health care and endorse Newt right now and I would hope Newt pays you back for being a good conservative man who stood ion principles and not ego or the establishment.
If you do this then conservatives would not forget it and would help you for the future much more and Perry got a lot of respect when he put country first, please for the love of this country endorse Newt and tell the voters to vote for Newt to stop the establishment and the left gaining even more ground
yea closed primary, photo ID and Romney focused on absentee ballots weeks ago here , no where else just my state.
Maybe those snow birds up in the north east and the beltway will use vacation addresses in FL and then vote absentee while they also vote up north lie many do
Just back from the polling booth in Nassau County...very republican county in Florida. Poll worker told me he was surprised about the turnout as it has been consistent all day. This is also a strong tea party area...my sense is most of these are Newt votes.
IMO, any uptick in the votes for Santorum will hurt Newt the most.
I wonder if the establishment attacking Newt will have the opposite desired impact?
Before this week in Florida, I would have held my nose and voted for Romney. But now I feel like 3rd party is the way to go (if he wins).
I wonder how many were thinking...I’ll vote for Romney because he’s the “Most Electable”, but now are thinking screw the establishment—I’ll vote for Newt just to tell them they don’t control my vote.
And when you hear them talking about a brokered convention if Romney loses—it makes them even more mad because they are saying their vote doesn’t count anyway.
The RomneyBots probably have stacks of them in their trunk, to take out when needed. Heck, Rove's probably got the printing press in his back seat.
I agree. I’ve been listening to Rush and I think what people are doing they are thinking.
“Rush you’re the only one who can save us. Tell them to vote for my guy (fill in the blank). And if you don’t you’re damning us to hell. You owe it to us to pick my guy.”
And then they are like this too when he says anything negative or positive about anyone by just reporting the news.
“OMG Rush you completely threw Newt under the bus by talking about Romney today.”
thank you I very much appreciate that.