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Posted on 01/31/2012 10:01:12 AM PST by tomkat

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To: livius

Wrong on all counts. Santorum made plenty of waves and fought for a conservative agenda. He’s nothing like Romney and has tried to get the people to understand what’s at stake with Romneycare.

He won two terms as PA Senator before he lost one. The one he lost was to a favorite son and a year where Republicans took a huge hit.

If you scrutinize any candidate’s records you’re going to find things you disagree with. People are now criticizing Rubio and calling him a RINO and I’m not even sure what their beef is.

Time to stop tearing these guys down. Disagree with their policies but don’t make baseless accusations or projections and don’t insult them personally. That only hurts our cause.


151 posted on 01/31/2012 1:54:16 PM PST by Kenny (<p><i)
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To: itssme
You got that right. Everything about him shouts FRAUD Shyster.

Thing is, if he will lie to the people about Newt, what will he do as President? now that is scary. He has got to be stopped.

152 posted on 01/31/2012 1:59:59 PM PST by annieokie
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To: alancarp; All

“Anybody have any reports about the volume of early voting?”

funny you should ask. Tweet from CNN’s Lisa Lisa Desjardins

“FLORIDA TURNOUT: So far 127,389 people early voted in the Sunshine State, our @psteinhauserCNN reports. Another 250K+ absentees returned.”


153 posted on 01/31/2012 2:01:30 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: kevkrom

Jean Richards-Houck makes her way toward Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's bus during his visit to a polling place at Celebration Heritage Hall in Celebration, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
154 posted on 01/31/2012 2:02:08 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (#withNewt)
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To: Kenny
People are now criticizing Rubio and calling him a RINO and I’m not even sure what their beef is.

In my case it was Rubio calling for Gingrich to remove a supposedly negative ad but not a peep out of him about Romney's disgraceful ads. I'm Irish and a Taurus so I tend not to forget these type of things.

155 posted on 01/31/2012 2:04:09 PM PST by McGruff (Rebellion is brewing!)
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To: tcrlaf
If that's accurate, that's about 400,000 ballots. That's a far cry from the 600,000 that they had been saying.

What a surprise, the media may not have gotten it right the first 20 times they reported it.

Sigh.

I hope it's right. 200,000 less early votes is less Romney-favored votes.

156 posted on 01/31/2012 2:04:09 PM PST by BagCamAddict (THANK YOU PERRY and CAIN!! (Santorum, please do the right thing.) GO NEWT !!)
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To: tomkat

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich meets with supporters during a visit to a polling place at Celebration Heritage Hall in Celebration, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
157 posted on 01/31/2012 2:04:37 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (#withNewt)
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To: tcrlaf; All

Conflicting Tweets on Florida Turnout:

“District 23 here in Stuart looked like a ghost town this afternoon. Hopefully, the LACK of turnout here is an exception.”

“Mitt Romney is getting nervous about Florida Primary Voter Turnout, Voter Turnout at an all time low”

“Turnout as of 4 pm: 9.9% at sample polling places for today’s elections, plus 22.7% early vote/mail ballot turnout prior to election day.”

“Sarasota: Primary turnout is very light”

John Avalon, Daily Beast- “I’m hearing relatively low turnout in FLA: wonder if its the avalanche of negative ads - 93% of total in the last week.”


158 posted on 01/31/2012 2:06:50 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: livius

I have a friend in St. Augustine and up until a few days ago, she was undecided , until I sent her a few things about Mittens. Still not sure if she voted Santorum or Newt today but I know it was NOT Mittens.
I told her to forward the articles I sent her to all of her friends and relatives in the area and how important it was to stop Plastic Ken Doll Mittens.


159 posted on 01/31/2012 2:07:29 PM PST by simplesimon (" God doesn't call the qualifed , He qualifes the CALLED! ".. FReeper TomasUSMC...)
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To: tcrlaf

From twitter:
My Tea Party Girlfriend: “Just voted for Newt! Only 15 people voted all day at my precinct...liberal land” #delraybeach #NEWT2012
1 hour ago


160 posted on 01/31/2012 2:11:29 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (#withNewt)
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To: All
Congratulations !

All most four hours into this thread, with everyone's nerves on pins & needles, but you've all been playing so nice ! !

Extra cookies !

161 posted on 01/31/2012 2:11:39 PM PST by tomkat (Romney _ A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: maryz; ichabod1
Or report that all the polls are closed when the panhandle still had an hour to go, as they did in 2000?

Not only did the MSM say the polls were closed, they also declared Algore the Florida winner at 7:01 PM, when the polling places were still open for almost another hour in the panhandle.

Their excuse:

They all got their voting numbers from the same source.

But none of them realized that the polling places were still open in the Central time zone?

Sureeeee (/s)

162 posted on 01/31/2012 2:12:56 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: tcrlaf

Two more hours and this is so stressful - can you imagine how Newt is feeling?????

Hope the low turnout is not due to the voters being mailed absentee ballots by Romney’s campaign.

That will just be horrible - will absentee ballots figure into the results tonight???


163 posted on 01/31/2012 2:13:03 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Holy Toledo Batman.
That’s ALL ? only 15 people ??? surely there are more than 15 R’s in that area.

Thanks for the update ~


164 posted on 01/31/2012 2:13:52 PM PST by simplesimon (" God doesn't call the qualifed , He qualifes the CALLED! ".. FReeper TomasUSMC...)
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To: Mountain Mary

The fact that the Romney people still think he can beat Obama illustrates their ignorance. Romney can not defeat Obama because they’re so alike (motivations aside). When given the choice between a “real deal” leftist like Obama, and an “I’m in it to win elections!” leftist like Romney the “real deal” leftist usually wins (I give you Ford’s 1976 run, GHWB’s 1992 run when he ran away from Reagan, Dole’s 1996 run, McCain’s 2008 run etc.....). “Me tooism” is a losing strategy. In addition, Romney will not have the media to carry his water if he is nominated. My prediction is that if Romney becomes the nominee media outlets like CNN will be all Bain all the time.


165 posted on 01/31/2012 2:14:33 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: sodpoodle

Shouldn’t the numbers be held until 8, considering the panhandle?


166 posted on 01/31/2012 2:16:29 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: sodpoodle; All

“Two more hours and this is so stressful”

Out of hundreds and hundreds of “NEWT” tweets I have seen in the last two hours, exactly FOUR have been pro-Gingrich.

This had better be a lesson TO us ALL for the fall.


167 posted on 01/31/2012 2:21:45 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: MissMagnolia

Adding my prayers.


168 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:04 PM PST by Right Ahead
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To: John 3_19-21
Florida counties that are west of the Apalachicola River are on central time, and polls in this area close at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST. This area includes three metropolitan areas:

Panama City (metro area population: 160,000)

Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin (metro area population: 200,000+)

Pensacola (metro area population: 450,000)

These are not huge cities like those in central and south S. Florida, but if the statewide vote is close, there are enough people here to change the outcome - especially in this primary, since the Panhandle is solidly conservative.

169 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:46 PM PST by FiscalSanity
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To: tcrlaf

“District 23 here in Stuart looked like a ghost town this afternoon. Hopefully, the LACK of turnout here is an exception.” “

District 26 in Palm City, Fla - next to Stuart - steady flow all day.

2 votes cast for Newt .....


170 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:51 PM PST by patriotspride
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To: who knows what evil?

As MSNBC said this morning, the Panhandle folks is just CRACKERS, what they think won’t matter.


171 posted on 01/31/2012 2:24:03 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Could be that the pro-Newts are busy voting, driving, working and making phone calls or are older and don’t tweet.

(p.s. I don’t tweet)


172 posted on 01/31/2012 2:26:27 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: ReneeLynn

You are exactly right. I am trying to remember that it is all in God’s hands, that His perfect will be done. I am just praying that He has mercy on us and gives us Newt and not Mitt or Obama! :)


173 posted on 01/31/2012 2:27:00 PM PST by georgiagirl_pam (Step One: SECURE YOUR DOOR! (it will give you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: tomkat
How quickly we forget the Nov 2000 Miami melee at the county offices.

Followed by the local canvassing board’s abrupt cancellation of a hand recount.

Without the "melee" Algroe would have taken Florida and the Oval Office.

174 posted on 01/31/2012 2:30:12 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: tcrlaf

On the local news at polling locations in Jupiter, Stuart, & the Treasure Coast, the story is low turnout w/ expectations in the 45-50%. That would be off from the 60% levels in 2010.


175 posted on 01/31/2012 2:30:56 PM PST by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: tomkat

Extra cookies??? I think I’ll go buy some Fig Newtons and hopefully cheer “Go Newt” with each one that I eat!

Seriously, you are spot on with the pins and needles part, I can hardly stand it!


176 posted on 01/31/2012 2:30:56 PM PST by GizzyGirl (O has got to go!!!!)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Well, I went out and voted this afternoon at 3:00, after hearing that turnout in our area was very light.

No kidding!

When I walked in there was just me and the poll workers. I asked them how the turnout had been so far, and they said “terrible”. I was only the 32nd person to cast a vote today in my precint. At 3:00 p.m.

That’s pathetic. But this is Palm Beach County, after all.


177 posted on 01/31/2012 2:33:44 PM PST by PatriotGirl827 (Lord Jesus, direct my mind, possess my heart, transform my life)
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To: Kenny

Rubio does not have the experience to be seriously considered as a VP pick. Barely two years as a senator, where your major job is to vote on bills, does not qualify someone to be president.


178 posted on 01/31/2012 2:34:07 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: Kaosinla

So is the light turnout good news for Newt? Or good news for Mitt?


179 posted on 01/31/2012 2:37:35 PM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: sodpoodle

“(p.s. I don’t tweet)”

15% of Americans DO Tweet, and around 60% of those are under 30.

Of those that do tweet, about 60% regularly voted in US elections.

97% of today’s media uses Twitter.
they set the narrative, for all of those who do not.


180 posted on 01/31/2012 2:38:02 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: GizzyGirl; Sidebar Moderator; All
Good boys and girls who stay On-Topic get extra cookies, youbetcha !

Keep it up and y'all don't have to eat those damned peas either !

Only distressing thing at this point, aside from loooow turnout, is that we've slipped to 7th place in the Breaking sidebar.

Dunno how John has that rigged up .. maybe we'll climb back up as the evening progresses and the post total rises.
I've forgotten what the default # of posts in Breaking is .. have mine set to 10

181 posted on 01/31/2012 2:39:12 PM PST by tomkat (Romney _ A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: PatriotGirl827

I don’t have any idea about demographics, is Palm Beach County considered conservative or liberal? Would it be more likely to vote for Mitt or Newt/Rick?


182 posted on 01/31/2012 2:39:54 PM PST by georgiagirl_pam (Step One: SECURE YOUR DOOR! (it will give you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: TYVets

“How quickly we forget the Nov 2000 Miami melee at the county offices. Followed by the local canvassing board’s abrupt cancellation of a hand recount. Without the “melee” Algroe would have taken Florida and the Oval Office.’

The oh so hated “Brooks Brothers Rebellion”, as the Left Media calls it.


183 posted on 01/31/2012 2:40:39 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

normally lib- but allen west is their rep ;)


184 posted on 01/31/2012 2:40:48 PM PST by wombtotomb
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To: georgiagirl_pam

normally lib- but allen west is their rep ;)


185 posted on 01/31/2012 2:41:08 PM PST by wombtotomb
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To: tcrlaf

Then all of us need to learn how to Tweet over our summer vacation! LOL! Let’s drive the social media narrative FOR us, not against us! I just “tweeted” and put on a hash tag but I don’t know if I did it right! :)


186 posted on 01/31/2012 2:41:56 PM PST by georgiagirl_pam (Step One: SECURE YOUR DOOR! (it will give you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: tomkat

First exit Poll I have seen and it looks bad:

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/jan/29/romney-outlasts-gingrich-in-southwest-florida/


187 posted on 01/31/2012 2:42:49 PM PST by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: tcrlaf

Good data - and from a quick calculation - the hundreds that were not pro-Newt appear to be Ron Paul’s voting demographic.


188 posted on 01/31/2012 2:43:13 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: Hojczyk
"winner take all in Florida"

Maybe not. Can Santorum/Gingrich throw their support to each other after the vote and become the winner that takes all?

Florida may not be winner take all

189 posted on 01/31/2012 2:44:06 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: sodpoodle

I have not, nor will I ever “tweet”. It’s unmanly.


190 posted on 01/31/2012 2:46:52 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Unfortunately, liberal.

But I’m hoping that maybe Romney supporters may be a little over-confident and not worrying about turning out to vote.

I voted for Newt. I like Rick Santorum too, but Newt has more experience.

I prayed about it, and the bible passage came to me about Jesus telling His disciples to be wise as serpents, but innocent as doves.

I believe Newt is wise enough to know how to handle the jerks in D.C.


191 posted on 01/31/2012 2:48:51 PM PST by PatriotGirl827 (Lord Jesus, direct my mind, possess my heart, transform my life)
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To: tomkat


Make mine one of these bad boys please! Chocolate Marshmellow.... oh yes, mommy like!
192 posted on 01/31/2012 2:51:47 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Hard to tell since it’s lib territory.


193 posted on 01/31/2012 2:53:03 PM PST by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: Kenny

Rubio is not constitutionally qualified for POTUS or Veep. Otherwise he is doing a great job right where he is.


194 posted on 01/31/2012 2:53:16 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: NKP_Vet

Rubio is not constitutionally qualified for POTUS of Veep. He is doing great right where he is.


195 posted on 01/31/2012 2:54:19 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: tomkat

Drudge Flash....

SOURCES, EXIT POLLS 5 PM ET: 46% ROMNEY 32% GINGRICH 12% SANTORUM 7% PAUL... DEVELOPING...

EXIT POLLS SHOW ROMNEY NEARING MAJORITY IN FL

Gotta drive down that West Florida turnout!


196 posted on 01/31/2012 2:54:27 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
"So is the light turnout good news for Newt? Or good news for Mitt?"


197 posted on 01/31/2012 2:54:58 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: tcrlaf

I’ll believe it when I see it, Drudge. No way Romney has 46%.


198 posted on 01/31/2012 2:55:58 PM PST by Shelayne (NO ROMNEY--NOT NOW--NOT EVER!)
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To: Mechanicos
First exit Poll I have seen and it looks bad:

From linked source:  That's according to an informal poll of early voters conducted by the Daily News between Jan. 23 and 27

199 posted on 01/31/2012 2:56:08 PM PST by tomkat (Romney _ A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: Mechanicos

An empty-nester county. sigh.


200 posted on 01/31/2012 2:56:16 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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