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Rasmussen Poll National (Santorum 39%, Romney 27%)
Rasmussen ^ | 2/15/12 | staff

Posted on 02/15/2012 9:30:10 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009

Follow the bouncing ball. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has now bounced to a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Santorum with 39% support to the former Massachusetts governor’s 27%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows from a distance with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 10%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just over a week ago, it was Romney leading the pack with 34% after his win in the Florida Primary, followed by Gingrich 27%, Santorum 18% and Paul 11%. But then last week Santorum swept GOP caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a non-binding primary in Missouri as Gingrich continues to stumble in the race to be the conservative alternative to Romney.

Perhaps more tellingly, Santorum now trounces Romney 55% to 34% in a one-on-one matchup among likely GOP primary voters. This is the first time any challenger has led Romney nationally in a head-to-head match-up. Santorum also leads Romney head-to-head in Michigan.

Nationally, Romney still wins 47% to 38% paired against Gingrich and 47% to 42% running against only Paul.

(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...


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KEYWORDS: conservatum; familyman; maverick; national; poll; rasmussen; rick4prez; rightwingrick; santorum; slickwillard; teapartyrick
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Woot!
1 posted on 02/15/2012 9:30:20 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Looks like Santorum is bouncing Romney right outta there.

Good news.


2 posted on 02/15/2012 9:32:48 AM PST by dforest
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To: TexasFreeper2009

What’s amazing is that no matter what poll you look at Rommney is always hovering within a few points of 25%. Basically, conservatives: 73% rinos: 27%


3 posted on 02/15/2012 9:35:33 AM PST by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: TexasFreeper2009

YES!!!!


4 posted on 02/15/2012 9:36:38 AM PST by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

More GOOD NEWS!!!


5 posted on 02/15/2012 9:41:10 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: diamond6

Will the RINO elite and RINO pundits support Santorum or silently support Barry?


6 posted on 02/15/2012 9:42:41 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Palin could have been leading by much more. She has a million times the charisma Santorum does.

Santorum just stayed in there and didn't quit.

A lesson to all not to quit. Never surrender. Perry shouldn't have let the media push him out. ditto for Palin.

7 posted on 02/15/2012 9:43:14 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: ohioWfan

add Newts 15% to the 39% of Santorum and you get an absolute majority consensus forming around Santorum and against mittens of 54%


8 posted on 02/15/2012 9:44:07 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Democrat_media

the other lesson to be learned from all this... if you don’t play you can’t win.

Palin made a big mistake


9 posted on 02/15/2012 9:45:27 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

GREAT AD!!! Contrast this with how Gingrich fought back against Rombo...Gingrich came across looking angry and desperate ...Santorum’s ad NAILS the Rino while still looking presidential.... excellent


10 posted on 02/15/2012 9:45:34 AM PST by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Wow!!!!Has any candidate in this cycle surpassed Romney like this?


11 posted on 02/15/2012 9:46:20 AM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: Democrat_media

Yep you nailed it. We Republicans have got an awesome cheerleeding squad. Some of them are literally beautiful. Too bad all the good and great players only want to cheer lead and yell advice from the sidelines, and only the bums and b-team players want to be quarterback.


12 posted on 02/15/2012 9:54:36 AM PST by Reddon
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Will the negative ads work this time? I’m leaning no.


13 posted on 02/15/2012 9:56:05 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Romney’s got his hands full managing those flying monkeys. You know, Karl Rove and Ann Coulter can only do so much! ;-)


14 posted on 02/15/2012 9:57:10 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - so severe, it hurts him to be conservative!)
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To: All

15 posted on 02/15/2012 9:58:09 AM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: Democrat_media
A lesson to all not to quit. Never surrender.

I wish I wasn't so retarded about being able to post pix here like I can do with links. But I sometimes hand out these little cards to my students who are on the bubble and might be failing a class (I teach high school government & economics): It's a picture of a large bird swallowing a frog. The frog is halfway down the gullet of the bird but his hands are outside the birds mouth and locked around the bird's throat. "Never Surrender" is the quote below. I wish I could post that here.

16 posted on 02/15/2012 9:59:27 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Wow!

Talk about

Big Mo!

If Santorum can rack up a few more states before Super Tuesday, he could blow the others out of the water sooner, rather than later.
17 posted on 02/15/2012 9:59:27 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: GoCards

Time to rally around the ONE CANDIDATE who can defeat Romney and draws sharp contrast between the GOP and O-Jackass.


18 posted on 02/15/2012 10:00:41 AM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ExSoldier

19 posted on 02/15/2012 10:02:29 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: RasterMaster
Time to rally around the ONE CANDIDATE who can defeat Romney and draws sharp contrast between the GOP and O-Jackass.

I didn't want Santorum to give up two weeks ago, and I don't want Newt to give up now. I'll support either one, although I prefer Newt, but I want them both to fight it out and polish their skills a bit longer, if that does not increase the risk that we will be stuck with Romney as the nominee. By Super Tuesday we should have an answer.

20 posted on 02/15/2012 10:05:03 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
This is the first time any challenger has led Romney nationally in a head-to-head match-up.

Meaning that Newt was *never* ahead of Romney in one of Rasmussen's national polls, not even after winning South Carolina. Newt may have some exceptional qualities but electability, particularly nationwide, is not one of them.

The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can support the best remaining candidate left.

21 posted on 02/15/2012 10:10:34 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Wow. Santorum is taking cotes from not only Newt, but Romney as well.


22 posted on 02/15/2012 10:13:56 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

Agreed! Gingrich made terrible strategy errors in the way he went after Romney. He actually hit on the head in SC, but in FL went back to the populist anti-business stuff, and stupid stuff like pandering to hispanics.

He should have nailed Romney simply on his political record, and why he’s a weak candidate in November. I suppose that’s why this process works...it weeds out those with bad political instincts (Pawlenty and Huntsman), and those making bad tactical decisions (Gingrich and Bachmann).


23 posted on 02/15/2012 10:16:00 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: TexasFreeper2009


24 posted on 02/15/2012 10:19:06 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Time for some around here to rethink their Noot services and put the rugs away.
25 posted on 02/15/2012 10:20:19 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Reddon; ExSoldier
Yes never surrender.

Santorum was at what 4%?

But Santorum kept going.And now he leads.

And Palin has a million times more charisma than Santorum. Palin would be so far ahead now.

Palin , Cain, Perry, Bachmann, all allowed the liberal mainstream media to push them out of this race. They should have kept going but they all quit because of the media. Never surrender.

26 posted on 02/15/2012 10:20:36 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: ilgipper

I’m curious how Newt is so toxic to women but Bill Clinton was so loved? It’s obviously not just the cheating. Was it because Newt cheated multiple times or because of how he announced it to his previous wives.


27 posted on 02/15/2012 10:20:58 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: COBOL2Java

I actually think Coulter’s defense of Romneycare really has hurt Romney with conservative voters. It opened people’s eyes to what people have to do to pull Romney over the finish line. They have to throw conservative principles aside and defend indefensible government statism in order to defend Romney’s record of big government and centralized control.


28 posted on 02/15/2012 10:24:02 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: TexasFreeper2009; Colonel_Flagg; writer33

Works for me.....ping..... :)


29 posted on 02/15/2012 10:25:03 AM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: Reddon
Yeah a lot of good cheer-leading and advice do .What about Palin and them getting in there ,running and saving America from the socialist abyss?No that would actually require work.
30 posted on 02/15/2012 10:25:26 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I really like Palin and would vote for her, but the truth is she has the same problem Gingrich has. Her negatives are too high.


31 posted on 02/15/2012 10:26:31 AM PST by conejo99
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To: afraidfortherepublic; American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; AuH2ORepublican; BlackElk; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

32 posted on 02/15/2012 10:27:01 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bigdirty
I’m curious how Newt is so toxic to women but Bill Clinton was so loved?

1) Clinton's pro-abortion and welfare policies appealed more to single women and 2) Clinton was younger and had more sex appeal.

33 posted on 02/15/2012 10:31:45 AM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
add Newts 15% to the 39% of Santorum and you get an absolute majority consensus forming around Santorum and against mittens of 54%

More. They actually ran that scenario: "Perhaps more tellingly, Santorum now trounces Romney 55% to 34% in a one-on-one matchup among likely GOP primary voters."

34 posted on 02/15/2012 10:33:07 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Pollster1
I didn't want Santorum to give up two weeks ago, and I don't want Newt to give up now.

It's probably still smart to have a backup option until we know what the impact the coming Romney slime campaign has on Santorum and until we know for sure how Santorum will play in southern states.

35 posted on 02/15/2012 10:36:37 AM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Palin made a big mistake...

...no she didn’t...she cooly and calmly calculated that she had no shot at winning the presidency and determined to stay with her family rather than run some quixotic campaign like Gingrich or Paul...


36 posted on 02/15/2012 10:38:44 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: Iron Munro
Yeah, I remember stories from out of the Carter WH when Reagan was the made the nominee. I don't recall the same celebrations the night of the General election.


37 posted on 02/15/2012 10:39:53 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: conejo99

I have a theory.

Remember all those early polls that had a “Generic Republican” beating Obama?

Maybe Santorum is generic. Kind of nondescript. Maybe a blank slate to most Americans.


38 posted on 02/15/2012 10:42:00 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: IrishBrigade

Sarah Palin had less of chance than Santourm?

Palin is a million times more famous than Santorum.

And Sarah Palin has more charisma than any politician that I have seen.Santorum just seems like an average guy. Palin is very pretty also!


39 posted on 02/15/2012 10:42:06 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: bigdirty

Does the GOP Congress surrender without a shot being fired when dealing with obama and the democrats. Bet the house payment on the Vichy elitist doing what the Vichy elitist do best, back stab and collaborate.


40 posted on 02/15/2012 10:45:43 AM PST by sarge83
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To: TexasFreeper2009


Although Romney is being pushed as the front runner, one thing I've noticed in all the debates and that no media will ever talk about, is how the other GOP candidates either are neck and neck or they win over him.

Which would tell anyone with a lick of common sense, NO ONE WANTS ROMNEY!!!!
41 posted on 02/15/2012 10:47:03 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Democrat_media
I'm beginning to conclude that Mr. “Average Guy” IS what we need...for stability and reassurance in a country that has been battered by the current goons’ policies for 3 years.

WE need someone who “won't give up” and who just keeps on truckin”, as it were. That is probably Santorum.

42 posted on 02/15/2012 10:50:07 AM PST by LUV W (Never surrender...don't give up. We WILL take our country back, one vote at a time!)
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To: Democrat_media

Cheer leading is much safer than playing quarterback


43 posted on 02/15/2012 10:51:42 AM PST by Reddon
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race

Who else is running??

44 posted on 02/15/2012 10:54:28 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Dear Gop Establishment,

Please buy a clue. The base does not support Mitt Romney.

Santorum is an excellent candidate with inconsequential baggage, sterling credentials, honesty about his beliefs, and the ability to campaign intensely when necessary.

He now leads this campaign by double digits and with Gingrich’s numbers, 54% of the base (more if Paul counted) does NOT want Romney.

This has repeated itself time and again.

Wake up call.


45 posted on 02/15/2012 10:54:34 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: LUV W
Sarah Palin’s got something no one has, she has “it”, even more than Reagan imo.

Nothing anyone can say to me , parroting the liberal media ,will make me believe that Sarah Palin could beat an average guy like Santorum, nor the rest of this field, including democrat Obama the marxist in chief.

That she quit is a huge mistake . She could have easily had it all.

46 posted on 02/15/2012 10:55:40 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: LUV W
Sarah Palin’s got something no one has, she has “it”, even more than Reagan imo.

Nothing anyone can say to me , parroting the liberal media ,will make me believe that Sarah Palin could NOT beat an average guy like Santorum, nor the rest of this field, including democrat Obama the marxist in chief.

That she quit is a huge mistake . She could have easily had it all.

47 posted on 02/15/2012 10:56:16 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: Democrat_media

Sarah Palin had less of chance than Santourm?..

...I neither said nor suggested any such thing...

Palin is a million times more famous than Santorum...

...never said nor suggested otherwise...

Palin is very pretty also!...

...Jennifer Lopez is pretty...should she run for POTUS based on that?... Your objective in making such a silly point is???

...FWIW, I think if the GOP is stupid enough to nominate Rick Santorum, a guy I actually admire immensely, Barack Obama wins in a landslide...my personal feelings for a candidate cannot be allowd to cloud my political judgment...


48 posted on 02/15/2012 10:56:23 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Why not?


49 posted on 02/15/2012 11:00:23 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: IrishBrigade
You're insane if you think looks , charisma and that “it” factor is not important in politics.Sarah Palin had it more than anyone. But that's not the only thing.She had the conservative message , and record as governor etc. that would allow her to easily win.

For you to say that I'm comparing a conservative governor of a State to a hollywood liberal actress who is not even a politician is ludicrous.

50 posted on 02/15/2012 11:00:36 AM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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