Skip to comments.Among TRUE CONSERVATIVES, NEWT TAKES IT AT 46%, ROMNEY LAST AT 11%
Posted on 01/31/2012 5:48:18 PM PST by time4good
I came home and was totally bummed by the results so far. I looked for anything on FR to cheer me up. Finally I succumbed and went to the former-other favorite website Drudge and begrudgingly clicked on the 'Landslide' article - blah blah blah and there, at the very bottom - I found my glimmer of hope: In a positive sign for Gingrich, exit polls showed evangelical voters trending for the former House speaker. The exit polls showed Gingrich with 40 percent among that group, and Romney with 36 percent.
But the margin was wider for Romney among seniors and Hispanics. Half of the seniors polled were supporting Romney, while 35 percent backed Gingrich. Romney also led Gingrich 56-29 percent among Hispanic voters, the largest minority in the state, exit polling showed.
Voters overwhelmingly went for Romney among those who said winning in November is the most important quality in a Republican nominee. But for voters who valued "true conservative" credentials as their top quality, Gingrich led with 46 percent, followed by Santorum at 26 percent and Paul at 16 percent. Among those voters, Romney was last with 11 percent.
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A local radio guy here in LA said that there was a poll that showed 51% of Florida Republicans described themselves as moderates. Only 29% said they were Conservatives.
If thats true, Newt never had a chance.
This is immensely encouraging
If Rush tells us to support Romney to make sure that Obama doesn’t win, we’ll know he has really jumped the shark.
You are probably having trouble finding posts cuz we are all engrossed in watching Fashion Police on E. At least I am. :-)
It’s over. If Gingrich can’t win a major state like Florida, he won’t win the nomination. And I voted for Gingrich.
Well, it would be if evangelicals were a majority in the country
but they aren’t
so it isn’t
Limbaugh has said he wants the fight to go on for months.
He has said he will vote for whoever is the nominee in November.
I used to feel that way but I will not vote for Romney, ever.
I hope not. But, if Romney wins the primary, Obama likely wins the general.
We true conservatives need to devise a strategy for November. I just heard Mittens say that he will have a united party at the National Convention in August. I take huge exception to that.
It is NOT over, Alma. Not by long stretch.
This was a winner take all state. The next primaries are proportional ... Newt can run up delegates as fast as Mitt.
If Santorum drops out, that could shake things up. If Newt changes his game any, that could change things up. Newt is up nationally and up with high margins in some states.
This is an ETERNITY in politics until the nomination!!
Gingrich is not leaving the race.
A candidate needs over 1000 delegates and Romney has about 75, there is a long way to go.
Interestingly, that episode of Happy Days was on one of my Direct TV stations this evening.
I turned the channel. (But it brought back dumb memories. :>)
We need to send a SERIOUS nessage to all RINOs. Supporting them blindly against Obama will get us bupkis in the end.
Interesting that Gingerich took almost all of the “old Florida” counties right up through the center of the state from the Everglades north across the Panhandle. Many of those counties called “cracker” country by the LSM. The conservative base holds. Just not enough of us in the big city population areas of transplanted yankees.
This isn’t over until someone wins 1,050 delegates.
And if its Romney, I ain’t voting
Which proves what Ive been saying..true conservatives will NOT vote for Romney in the general election, it will be just like 2008, McCain didnt get enough Conservative votes and neither will Romney, gee you would have thought people would have learned their lesson by now and stop nominating liberals with R’s next to their name
The fact that evangelical “true” conservatives could even consider Newt shows how huge a hypocrites they are. This man has cheated on two women that we know of while flaming Clinton.
Before you start yelling that I am a Mittens guy, I am not I like Santorum. Newt is toxic and would suffer the worst defeat in a presidential election ever. I know many good conservatives in my circle who would stay home if he were the nominee.
A lot of Conservatives didn’t vote in the primary. Do you remember who elected Reagan? Conservative Democrats.
Not so, read post 14.
Florida is at least 65% retired Massholes running away from Estate taxes. 6 Months and 1 day of residency is all it takes per year. They come back here and vote twice.
If FLA wants to be a true “bellweather” state, they’ll knock of all of this early voting crap and require actual citzenship.
New Yawkahs do the same in spades... they are the truly deranged, nasty “committed” Lieberals.
In the general election I plan to write in Newt and vote conservative for everybody down all the way to local dog catcher. Screw Mittens and the horse he rode in on.
Romney needs 1,245 delegates. Yes, there is a long way to go. He only won in NH and Fla. 2 out of 4 is not a mandate..the fight is just beginning
Florida is nothing like the rest of the US and has more in common with California than fly over country.
Mitt will have his night, and will do well in the Mormon heavy states coming up in February, but in March the smile will be wiped off his smug face when the race shifts back to the South.
Willie Mitty’s like minded ;iberal Daddy only got 40 votes at the convention to conservative Goldwaters 800
The spectre of his Dadddy’s defeat is hanging over Romney Jr like the Sword of Damocles
In order to win Fla a lot of Romney was exposed and it was ugly, no more nice guy nice family looks presidential, that was pulled aside and no going back. It will only get worse for him. Don’t you know a lot of early voters would like to have it back.
So a “true conservative” is someone that agrees with Newt’s position for the last several years that there should be an individual mandate?
You shouldn’t be confused that the above question means I supported Romney.
A 4% “win” among evangelicals? That’s no win.
That’s a split vote of no impact.
In other words there are very few voters looking for a true conservative in FL and that small group really like Newt.
As for Florida? ....Next!
One of the problems with seniors is they remember Newt all too well. My folks don’t have a favorable view of Newt.
But then they don’t care for Romney either.
Most of the senior probably voted for who they thought could win. The TV experts tell them and thats what they do.
Short of Satan himself entering the race, this feels very much over.
Lets just make the old saying “all politics is local” true if Romney is the nominee.
Primary the rinos (the supporters of the credit card increase in August), sweep the house and senate elections.
A conservative/Tea Party majority in both houses means a liberal president can go along or pout.
I’m ready for a government shutdown/showdown. Let freedom ring on election day.
You both are correct.
It is going to get bloody, and Gingrich is the man to do it.
Romney let everyone know who he really is, and that is good.
is Floriduh an OPEN PRIMARY???????
Might as well throw in the minor states too: In Nevada, we're a caucus state and Romney will flat out destroy Gingrich here if it ever gets that far. Ron Paul may even beat them all.
A poll showed 51% of Florida Republicans described themselves as Moderates. Only 29% say they are Conservative......this was Willard's state all along.
Newt won big among Conservatives 45% to Ricks 23%, to Paul's 13% and Romney’s 11%
Wait until we get to the states where 50% + of the Republican electorate is Conservative (the south, OH, WY, ID, MT UT, KS, NE, ND, SD, and even PA and OH). Romney wil drop faster than a stone in a well.
Pick your self back up and FIGHT! Don't let the condescending prick ORomney win.
Don't get too discouraged; Newt still has a very real chance at winning the nomination, or at the very least taking it to the floor of the Convention.
Super Tuesday is still six weeks away (March 6), so I won't start getting worried until after that date. Between now and then we have votes in Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, and Washington. Then on Super Tuesday, we have votes in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, with Wyoming holding their caucus from March 6-11.
EXACTLY!!! You figure in all these factors ...then look at the Romney vs. non-Romney vote of 52 to 47 and you MIGHT get a truer picture of where things lie.
This early voting stuff is fraud-LITE.
Does anyone know if the Florida primary was an open primary or closed?
Oh for heaven’s sake - it’s only one state. There are 46 more to go and Newt will win many of those.
Also, Romney doubled down and played dirty Ted Kennedy negative ads to win Florida. He learned from the best while he was Taxachusetts Gov. This is far from over, let it continue and lets not give Romney a free ride. Lets make him spend his money.
Open. So I bet a good number of RATS voted for Willard.
Santorums numbers are way down. He won Iowa on a fluke and he got a free pass. The other candidates are not running ads or attacking him. He is a huge earmark KING..even voted to fund the National Endowment for the Arts and increase their funding. He was named as porker of the month by citizens against govt waste and they are a taxpayer watchdog group that ususally name dems. NO to Little Ricky..he should go home to his daughter and family. GO NEWT!
They just ran that stat on CNN too....
I don’t believe it but I’m watching freakin’ CNN- watched fox for a second - Brit Hume came on and that was about that - click*
-- Howard Dean, 2000.
(Same results for Gingrich, I expect.)
We shall see.
And Newt isn’t a Washington lizard? He is a huge slimeball, and I say that as a Georgia resident now. People here would have to think before pissing on Newt if he was on fire. The people who know him best.
The same slug who sat on a park bench with San Fran Nan, who attacked Ryans budget? Tell me real conservatives are not putting their hopes in a Freddie Mac “consultant” who profited as the housing market guttered. A philandering bore who spouts every “moon colony” idea that he thinks of.
Help get Santorum back in the fight, don’t settle for this piece of work.
It is not over. In 1976 Reagan didn't start winning till N. Carolina. He came within a handful of votes of winning. Newt has already won S. Carolina. He needs to get back on message. Economic growth, reduce debt, anti Obama.
He spent too much time on defense. Let the Super Pacs handle the negative stuff. When unfairly accused, explain it once quickly, then laugh it off kinda like Reagan, there they go again with the inaccurate statements, and pivot to get to the message.
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