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(Rasmussen Poll) Michigan GOP Primary: Santorum 35%, Romney 32%
Rasmussen ^ | 2/14/12 | staff

Posted on 02/14/2012 11:31:26 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, following his wins last week in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, has now jumped ahead of Mitt Romney in Michigan's Republican Primary race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Michigan shows Santorum with 35% of the vote to Romney’s 32%. Well behind are Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 13% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11%. Only one percent (1%) prefers some other candidate in the race, while eight percent (8%) are undecided.

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1 posted on 02/14/2012 11:31:36 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Kind of embarrassing for Romney I’m just sayin...


2 posted on 02/14/2012 11:33:31 AM PST by Boardwalk
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Losing Michigan would be a death knell to Romney’s campaign.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 11:34:22 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There has not been a conservative American government for 90 years.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

This is great.


4 posted on 02/14/2012 11:35:12 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Carry_Okie
Losing Michigan would be a death knell to Romney’s campaign.

I wouldn't go that far. Romney still has the beltway crowd and buckets of cash. He can continue to wage a negative fight all the way to the convention even if he doesn't raise another dollar. It wouldn't kill him off, but it would hurt him badly. And that which hurts Romney is a good thing
5 posted on 02/14/2012 11:44:04 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
If I am not mistaken, Rick will be in Novi MI tomorrow night. Romney has 2 weeks to go negative and try to destroy him. I am not sure folks will bite for that garbage this time around.

These numbers are within the margin of error, the question begs can he hold onto the lead and or expand it.

I spoke with a seasoned Conservative gent today here in Michigan and he is not sold on Rick and at this point is hoping for a Brokered Convention so someone else will emerge, interesting....

6 posted on 02/14/2012 11:46:20 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I am for Santorum. Strongly.

I think he is the only guy left who has a chance in the general (though I will support the nominee, and do so strongly).

That said, I am really worried about this line of attack that is clearly developing, namely, that “Santorum wants to ban your contraception”.

I think the American people, especially the beloved independents (the same people that put obama there in the first place) are going to be terrified of this demagogic rhetoric. I am not confident AT ALL that the genius independents will be able to see through this. But that’s what’s coming. Plus, if the D’s manipulate the numbers enough, why, we are likely to see numbers of 7.5% unemployment come next October. If the economy is “on the rebound” according to the news media, and if Santorum has only one agenda and that is to take away everyone’s birth control, then, personally, I don’t see how obama can lose.

I am very, very worried.

I hope someone here at Free Republictherapycentral can make me feel better.


7 posted on 02/14/2012 11:47:01 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Rick should go all out in Michigan. Newt should do the same in Arizona. Split Romney’s attention, make him lose badly in both states and cause him to “re-evaluate” his campaign.

I know, wishful thinking... but I can dream can’t I?


8 posted on 02/14/2012 11:47:01 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: GonzoGOP
Romney still has the beltway crowd and buckets of cash. He can continue to wage a negative fight all the way to the convention even if he doesn't raise another dollar.

If he can't carry daddy's State that beltway bucket will dry up fast.

9 posted on 02/14/2012 11:47:27 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There has not been a conservative American government for 90 years.)
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To: taildragger

A brokered convention will almost guarantee an establishment type gets the nomination. The rumor is that if it does go to a brokered convention the establishment will rally behind Jeb Bush.


10 posted on 02/14/2012 11:50:24 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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11 posted on 02/14/2012 11:53:54 AM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: ConservativeTeen
That's ok if the Republican Party Reptiles want to play that game in their check pants, lamp shades and watery martini's that's cool, I'll write in Palin. They can destroy themselves at their own accord, I will not stop it. We can rebuild or build anew afterwards.

FWIW, that may come to bite them in the arse, if the Establishment really wants that, if Sarah's name gets thrown in the hat during a brokered convention.

12 posted on 02/14/2012 11:55:15 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Boardwalk

Good. He’s an embarrassment already for Republicans who are conservatives. For the RINO’s not so much.


13 posted on 02/14/2012 11:55:15 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

If push comes to shove, I will vote for Romney. If Jeb Bush is picked in brokered convention I will not vote for him.


14 posted on 02/14/2012 11:56:23 AM PST by BRL
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To: ConservativeDude

I am a strong Newt supporter, but I’ve been listening to Rush today and I think he is as concerned as you are. He has spent most of today decrying the contraception flap and trying to help Santorum out of the mess.

My theory is that Santorum stepped in it when he said off the cuff that states have the ability (or something like that) to ban contraception. The media is running with it, and I’ll bet Santorum will be asked about this numerous times during next week’s debate.

Like I said, I’m Newt person, but I’d much rather see Santorum the Romney.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 11:57:11 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: BRL

If it came down to a brokered convetion I’d sure they’d get some delegates to switch their votes to Romney.


16 posted on 02/14/2012 11:58:12 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: taildragger

“I’ll write in Palin”
Why not vote for the candidate she is supporting?


17 posted on 02/14/2012 11:58:35 AM PST by Toespi
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To: ConservativeTeen

Jeb’s on the young side to play Loser Dole or McCain.


18 posted on 02/14/2012 11:58:43 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Carry_Okie
After Romney loses Michigan it will be down to a two man race.

Santorum and Newt!

19 posted on 02/14/2012 11:59:54 AM PST by HapaxLegamenon
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To: onyx

OY!

The insanity keeps growing. The most inept are the most in demand.


20 posted on 02/14/2012 12:01:23 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: ConservativeTeen

1) Jeb Bush will not get the nomination in a brokered convention. I’m convinced this idea is being floated to scare people about the possibility of a brokered convention (we better get behind Romney, or we’ll end up with another Bush). The fact is, he-double-toothpicks will freeze over before another Bush gets the nomination.

2) Even if a GOP insider ends up with the nomination in a brokered convention, there is still one redeeming quality: it won’t be Romney. The fact that, for the first time, we prevented the GOP establishment from shoving their choice down the throats of the base will be a ground-shattering victory in and of itself.

What’s going on this cycle is more than just a nominating process. It’s a battle for control of the party. A battle between the old-guard, establishment GOP power-brokers, and the base/tea-party.


21 posted on 02/14/2012 12:02:28 PM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney has been consistent since he changed his mind.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

Read my lips: no new Bushes!


22 posted on 02/14/2012 12:02:40 PM PST by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Nothing but good news for Santorum these days.



Santorum for President ping. Let me know if you want on or off the list.

Top 10 Reasons why Conservatives should support Santorum

16 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Would Be a Really, Really Bad President


23 posted on 02/14/2012 12:03:36 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

One thing is clear, Newt is finished. Time to line up behind Santorum.


24 posted on 02/14/2012 12:05:17 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I can’t believe this is where we are. Rick Santorum?! Ugh.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/


25 posted on 02/14/2012 12:11:24 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

If Santorum and Newt were smart they would get together and tag team Romney.

In states like Michigan where Santorum is strong and Newt is weak, Newt should step to the side and endorse Santorum.

In Southern states where newt is Strong and Santorum is weak, the opposite should occur.

Keep doing that on a state by state basis with the express goal of denying Romney the win in each and every state. Take it all the way to the convention if need be, or if one of the two starts to pull away (most likely Santorum now) and has a chance of getting the Nom outright, the other should then pull out and back him fully.

I am happy with either Newt or Rick, so the main goal here is not to push one in favor of the other yet but to take Romney out first.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 12:12:05 PM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: taildragger
I got the email for it and may attend if I can get my work done in time. Santorum's speaking there Thursday. Romney got scared and is sending his wife there at the last minute. That event is going to be packed, and it's at Romney's former home county.

I spoke with a seasoned Conservative gent today here in Michigan and he is not sold on Rick and at this point is hoping for a Brokered Convention so someone else will emerge, interesting

He's hoping for a Hail Mary pass because the field is subpar. I have mixed views about the brokered convention. The questions with that are this. 1. Who is acceptable? 2. Will the general public accept having a nominee dictated to them by the delegates? Whoever is picked must be damn good or it's going to be a Dukakis style bloodbath.

27 posted on 02/14/2012 12:13:13 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Santorum is his own worst enemy. It was only a matter of time, before he would get overconfident and let his more arrogant, “holier than thou” self, connect with his over sized ego and big mouth.

He thinks he is the hottest thing since Hose Habenero so he is getting cocky. This is only the beginning. No wonder the left is celebrating the rise of Santorum.

28 posted on 02/14/2012 12:16:05 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Isn’t that the truth Psycho- Freep.
I really enjoy your posts. No common sense out there.


29 posted on 02/14/2012 12:16:42 PM PST by nurse-rn
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To: commish
In Southern states where newt is Strong

Right now I don't think Newt is "strong" in any state other than Georgia.

30 posted on 02/14/2012 12:18:25 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Peter from Rutland
"One thing is clear, Newt is finished. Time to line up behind Santorum."

Newt is far from done! The Romney creep machine has not even started on Santorum. When they get done with him - Newt is going to look mighty good to Conservatives.

GINGRICH/WEST

31 posted on 02/14/2012 12:18:38 PM PST by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: ConservativeDude; RasterMaster; American Constitutionalist

Santorum would win in a landslide against Romney in MI if only Gingrich graciously withdraws from the race. Time to put conservatism ahead of personal ego. Gingrich is simply not making the sale with primary voters with his pie-in-the-sky stuff promises. The baggage he carries is so heavy its unlikely he will get any further traction except help split the conservative vote against Romney.

See what happens if Gingrich drops off: It would be worse for Romney if Gingrich pulls out. Santorum beats Romney in a landslide.

This is an excerpt from Public Policy Polling. “Rick Santorum has all the momentum in Michigan right now,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a press release. “But it’s important to note that more than 50 percent of voters say they could change their minds in the next two weeks. There’s a lot of room for this race to shift back toward Romney in the coming days.”

“Voters were more likely to have a favorable opinion of Santorum (67 percent) than Romney (49 percent) in the PPP poll.”

“If Gingrich dropped out of the GOP presidential nomination race, his support is more likely to flow to Santorum than Romney, the poll indicates. If just Romney, Santorum and Paul were in the race, Santorum would get 48 percent (up from 39 percent if Gingrich were in) and Romney 27 (up from 24 percent).”


32 posted on 02/14/2012 12:19:26 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: commish

“I am happy with either Newt or Rick, so the main goal here is not to push one in favor of the other yet but to take Romney out first.”

Totally agree, though I think the people in these states will do this anyway. Romney wanted to take out his opponents early but they’re still standing. Santorum’s ahead of him in Michigan and nationally and worst of all, there are debates coming up. Newt will be ready, Romney will be shaky. And we’ll be watching.


33 posted on 02/14/2012 12:20:04 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: LADY J

While Santorum will be easily dealt with by Obama by attacking his social conservatism, Romney is in a real bind because he can’t do the same thing in primaries.

Unless the Romney campaign manages to come up with photos of Rick entering a gay bathhouse wearing leather chaps, there is not a whole heck of a lot they e can do to Santorum.


34 posted on 02/14/2012 12:21:21 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: ConservativeDude
I am a Newt supporter and was just making your point on contraception on another thread to a Santorum supporter who was being rather smug about suggesting Newt needed to drop out if Rick wins Michigan.

That said, I am rooting for Rick in Michigan; as he is the strongest challenge to Romney there and I hope he kicks Mitt's butt! I see it the same as Sarah Palin does: The longer both Newt and Rick can stay in the race the better the chance of defeating Romney.

35 posted on 02/14/2012 12:22:14 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Cato in PA

No Bushes? Little do you know, there is an even bigger Moderate Bush-like clone in the race and his name is “tricky” Ricky Santorum.


36 posted on 02/14/2012 12:23:34 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

not good for newt either..if sanny gets the mo off beating romney in his state...then it will overtake newt in georgia...and beating both in their homes will make him tough to stop


37 posted on 02/14/2012 12:25:36 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

not good for newt either..if sanny gets the mo off beating romney in his state...then it will overtake newt in georgia...and beating both in their homes will make him tough to stop


38 posted on 02/14/2012 12:25:44 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: Strategerist
"Unless the Romney campaign manages to come up with photos of Rick entering a gay bathhouse wearing leather chaps, there is not a whole heck of a lot they e can do to Santorum."

Rick has a record & has statements & votes that he's made that fall pretty short of being true Conservatism.

Gingrich has a remarkable record of what was accomplished when he was the Speaker.

A comparison of Rick & Gingrich will clearly show who will be able to get this country back on track

GINGRICH/WEST

39 posted on 02/14/2012 12:30:29 PM PST by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: LADY J

If Newt isn’t giving up why do his so-called supporters throw him to the wayside when he really needs their support. He’sbeen castigated by MSM,FOX,talk radio,liars in Congress and the list is endless.
For you who are giving up on Newt show some backbone for God’s sake. Go Newt!


40 posted on 02/14/2012 12:32:56 PM PST by nurse-rn
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To: commish

I hope they do that as well.


41 posted on 02/14/2012 12:34:23 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: ConservativeDude

It doesn’t matter who the nominee is, Obama and his surrogates will try to slime him.

They couldn’t find anything legit to slime Santorum with, so they had to invent this contraception issue.

Just think of what they would throw at Newt or Romney!


42 posted on 02/14/2012 12:39:35 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

I fear that neither Santorum nor Gingrich can beat obama in the general. And I’m almost certain that Romney can’t.

So....I guess here’s what I think. Perhaps our only hope is for each candidate to have enough delegates where the convention can be real, and then we can emerge with a new, surprise nominee (ie, Gov Jindal from Louisiana).

Then we have a short intense 3 month campaign, and then we beat obama.

Otherwise, I fear, none of Gingrich, Santorum, Romney nor Paul can win.

And dammit, I am in pain for my country to have to say that. But that is my very real fear at this moment.


43 posted on 02/14/2012 12:42:32 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

I disagree. I think all 3 of them can beat Obama in the general election; if the election is about Obama, which it should be.


44 posted on 02/14/2012 12:44:33 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

Do elaborate and pull no punches. I am desperately searching for reasons why I am totally wrong here!!!!


45 posted on 02/14/2012 12:47:23 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I can’t believe conservatives actually believe Santorum has any chance against Obama. What a discouraging primary.


46 posted on 02/14/2012 12:47:30 PM PST by Hattie
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To: ConservativeDude
Those negative ads that Romney has in store for Rick worse compared to Romney deliberately putting his dog on top of his station wagon for their family trip ? ....
Rick won't have to paint Romney as a animal abuser, people are already doing it.

Dog's say no to Mitt.
47 posted on 02/14/2012 12:52:44 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Hattie

My primary focus at this point is defeating Romney for the nomination. It’s payback time.


48 posted on 02/14/2012 12:54:38 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Strategerist
Strategerist:

While Santorum will be easily dealt with by Obama by attacking his social conservatism, Romney is in a real bind because he can’t do the same thing in primaries.”

________________

Strategerist-

Given your above post and the post below you made on another thread:

_________________

Strategerist:

“ (It)Will be amusing to see how people will try to contort themselves into asserting Newt should stay in the race if he ends up third in any state that was in the Confederacy.”

_________________

The implication is that you are either a Romney supporter; a Ron Paul supporter or support none of the Republican candidates.

Perhaps you have already stated your position; however, I am not aware of that; so, in order to promote honesty and full disclosure so that others may judge your posts accordingly which are you?

Thx.

-Geoff

49 posted on 02/14/2012 12:57:26 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: ConservativeDude
I hope someone here at Free Republictherapycentral can make me feel better.

Here is my medication of choice.

Or, the 12 year old or older are very smooth.

Don't drive.

50 posted on 02/14/2012 12:57:41 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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