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Gingrich to play up southern roots in Georgia campaign swing (Newt 43% Mittens 29% Santorum 12%)
Fox ^ | February 17, 2012

Posted on 02/17/2012 12:40:44 PM PST by Red Steel

ATLANTA – The campaign trail in Georgia is getting crowded.

With less than three weeks left until the state's March 6 presidential primary, candidates in the topsy-turvy Republican race are turning their attention to Super Tuesday's biggest delegate prize.

Newt Gingrich will play up his roots when he returns to his old home state to campaign for two days, beginning with a rally in Peachtree City Friday night.

Surging after a trio of wins in recent weeks, Rick Santorum will focus on his evangelical base, appearing Sunday night at a "God and Country" rally at First Redeemer Church in Cumming.

Mitt Romney headlined a rally in Atlanta last week and a political action committee backing the former Massachusetts governor has purchased a modest amount of air time in the state to run an anti-Gingrich ad. And Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Thursday the candidate plans to spend "a lot of time campaigning in Georgia and Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday."

With 76 delegates at stake -- the most of the 10 Super Tuesday states -- the three GOP candidates are eying Georgia closely.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul won a Republican Party straw poll in the state last summer but hasn't been seen in the state campaigning.

Gingrich clearly holds an edge. The former House speaker represented a suburban Atlanta district for two decades and was in the trenches building up the state Republican Party at a time when Democrats dominated Georgia politics.

A recent poll confirmed Gingrich's front-runner status in the state. The survey, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., found Gingrich leading Romney 43 percent to 29 percent among likely voters in Georgia.

Santorum had 12 percent, while Paul trailed with 6 percent

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1 posted on 02/17/2012 12:40:51 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Maybe he should run for governor of Georgia?


2 posted on 02/17/2012 12:42:20 PM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Naw, running for President is better.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 12:43:19 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

By ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
A year into his first full-time teaching job, Newt Gingrich applied to be college president, submitting with his application a paper titled “Some Projections on West Georgia College’s Next Thirty Years.”

Newt Gingrich fashions himself as the history professor of the GOP presidential field. So what exactly was he like as an academic? Elizabeth Williamson on Lunch Break looks at West Georgia College, which employed the former Speaker in the late 1970s.
Mel Steely, a history professor who played a role in Mr. Gingrich’s hiring in 1970, said the bid drew “a chuckle” from administrators. The following year, Mr. Gingrich applied to be chairman of the history department. That wasn’t greeted so kindly, Mr. Steely said, with some favoring a longtime professor and World War II veteran.
“We weren’t going to make Newt our chairman, but he liked the idea of competing for almost anything,” said Mr. Steely, who later wrote a complimentary biography of Mr. Gingrich titled “The Gentleman From Georgia.” “He figured ‘I’m capable of doing this,’ and it didn’t bother him so much that it offended anybody.”
Mr. Gingrich often says his experience as a historian would make him a superior president. During Monday’s GOP debate, he lectured “as a historian” on “a fact-based model” for revamping Social Security, citing the success of programs in Galveston, Texas, and Chile.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 12:44:06 PM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

So what was Professor Gingrich actually like? A clutch of little-known records from what is now the University of West Georgia in Carrollton suggests the ambition and intellectual grandeur of Newt 2012 aren’t a long way from the 1970s vintage. In addition to seeking the college presidency, Mr. Gingrich was often absent as he pursued political goals. He embarked on an effort to moonlight as a paid consultant. And, it turns out, he spent little time teaching history.
Mr. Gingrich coordinated the school’s fledgling environmental-studies department and by 1976 was removed from the history department because his “interest in long-range and broad-range planning for the future...is clearly more appropriate to the orientation of our Department of Geography,” a 1975 letter from then-college president Ward Pafford reads.
Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond emphasized that Mr. Gingrich’s backing in history includes a master’s and doctoral degree from Tulane University and extensive research and writing on the subject. “He’s talked about teaching environmental studies” at West Georgia, Mr. Hammond said.
Then as now, “There was this whole wealth of information that he was communicating in digestible bites,” said J. Randolph Evans, a West Georgia student of Mr. Gingrich who was his legal counsel when he was House speaker in the 1990s and chairman of several Gingrich ventures. He described Mr. Gingrich as an engaged and energetic professor.


5 posted on 02/17/2012 12:45:39 PM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Red Steel

Isn’t he from Pennsylvania & France?


6 posted on 02/17/2012 12:52:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

If Newt doesn’t do well in the Georgia primary I’m sure it will be pointed out by the Newt Brigade that he’s actually from Pennsylvania.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 12:53:37 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: nickcarraway

Well, isn’t it just tooooo bad that Santo and Myth are losing Georgia.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 12:56:58 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: onyx

Info ping.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 12:59:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Strategerist

The Newt Brigade-—I like that!


10 posted on 02/17/2012 1:07:00 PM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Red Steel

I know this won’t rain on your parade, but the poll was taken the 6-8th. The 3-state sweep was on the 7th. The Landmark/Rosetta poll on the 9th shows Gingrich 35, Santorum 26. From what I have seen in polling from that time(in other states), that seems to be holding up in later polls by different vendors, Santorum jumped big when he showed he could take on Romney.


11 posted on 02/17/2012 1:10:30 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: Ingtar

I won’t rain on your parade, but Santorum’s boost, especially in Georgia, is a mile wide and a quarter inch deep.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 1:13:56 PM PST by Red Steel
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13 posted on 02/17/2012 1:14:19 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Ingtar
And Santo will drop again when his pro union bent is exposed in the right to work south.
14 posted on 02/17/2012 1:19:47 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: Red Steel

Newt just received another $10 million in campaign funds from his Nevada friends. Yay. He’s in it to win it.


15 posted on 02/17/2012 1:23:41 PM PST by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: BelegStrongbow

No I think we will just put him in the Whitehouse and let him run the country.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 1:24:09 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway

Newt is the other candidate from Pennsylvania, but unlike Santorum he knows what a hoe cake is and has an appreciation for grits and greens.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 1:28:56 PM PST by elvis-lives
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To: BelegStrongbow
Maybe he should run for governor of Georgia?

Better chance of Newt winning gov. in GA than Rick in PA.

18 posted on 02/17/2012 1:36:17 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Strategerist
If Newt doesn’t do well in the Georgia primary I’m sure it will be pointed out by the Newt Brigade that he’s actually from Pennsylvania.

If Rick doesn't do well in PA will you Ricky-fans point out that Rick is actually from VA.

One lame remark deserves another.

19 posted on 02/17/2012 1:41:22 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Red Steel

whatever, you believe what propoganda you want. The fact of the matter is that as the previous FReeper just pointed out, the poll numbers you put in parantheses are obsolete. Santorum has gained ground in the south and is now leading in TN and OK.

Even if Santorum doesn’t win GA, based on his rise, it’s highly likely Gingrich won’t eclipse 50% in the statewide vote, or by Congressional District either (with the exception of maybe the 6th).

And this is important based on how delegates are allocated in GA. The race is looking like it may be 40% Gingrich, 30% Santorum, 20-25% Romney, and Paul the rest. In this result, I assume Gingrich would carry all 14 CD’s, however, he would not get over 50% in those CD’s to win all the delegates. In that case, the 2nd place finisher in the CD gets 1 of the 3 delegates. I expect Santorum to finish no worse than 2nd in at least 12 of these CD’s, and Romney to finish 2nd in no more than 2. Additionally, if Newt cannot win GA with 50% of the statewide vote, the delegates get allocated proportionally, so what you have is:

Gingrich (2*14CD’s) + (.40*31) + 3 Bound GA RNC members = 44 Delegates.

Santorum (1*12CD’s) + (.30*31) = 22 Delegates

Romney (1*2CDs) + (.25*31) = 10 delegates

This is supposed to be Gingrich’s best Super Tuesday state. Everyone mistakenly is believing he’ll get the bulk of 70+ delegates here, but it is unlikely because he would have to win 50% across each CD, and based on current polling, it just isn’t happening.

So yeah, that Santorum support that’s a mile wide and quarter inch deep, is still going to net him at least a 1/3 of the GA delegates.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 1:55:00 PM PST by parksstp (I pick Rick! (If he's good enough for Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, he's good enough for me))
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To: nickcarraway; Lazlo in PA; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Isn’t he from Pennsylvania & France?

It's interesting to see where each of the remaining candidates are from compared to where they are typically associated in terms of their political careers.

It's interesting (at least to me) that three of the contenders all have ties to Pennsylvania in some way.
21 posted on 02/17/2012 2:00:44 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Red Steel
Naw, running for President is better

Shall I conclude you live in Georgia, my FRiend? :>

22 posted on 02/17/2012 2:11:04 PM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: BelegStrongbow

and the cowards run away like the cowards they are to debate him but expect to debate obama, what utter chicken crap cowards they are.

FL showed conservatives how the north east establishment will do anything to destroy the opposition , we in the south are just votes who are told to shut up and just get behind their pathetic spineless cowardly guy.


23 posted on 02/17/2012 2:13:00 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: re_nortex

Other than the weather, the people, the government and the mountains, PA is a great place to live.


24 posted on 02/17/2012 2:13:00 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Red Steel; kalee; TitansAFC; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; ...


Newt Gingrich for President Ping List!
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25 posted on 02/17/2012 2:16:38 PM 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: Red Steel

the cowards know that Newt can get his big jump form us down here in the south and those snotty nosed elitist establishment figures can’t have the south raining on their parade.

No sir, who the hell does the south the base of conservatives think they are that they should pick the candidate, nope they have to have their north east guy at all costs.

I guess this time they couldn’t pack the debate hall like they did in north east FL, I guess that debates are too much for the cowards to debate in Newts backyard


26 posted on 02/17/2012 2:16:44 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: BelegStrongbow

not looked but my guess is that you are either a yankee,or , west coast la la land or a transplant to the south?


27 posted on 02/17/2012 2:19:27 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Other than the weather, the people, the government and the mountains, PA is a great place to live.

And then there's also the union goons. That's primarily what drove me out and my move to Right to Work Texas. I did lead a successful movement to get a union decertified just before I fled. In that respect, I left Pennsylvania a better place!

...and the potholes...but that's whole 'nother matter. :-)

28 posted on 02/17/2012 2:24:50 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: onyx

Nyuk, Nyuk,

I just saw on Fox, one of Romney’s (chuckle, uncontrollable) SUPER Pac ads listing the hypocricy of the Reverend Santimonius.

OUCH! http://www.rickfacts.com/?page_id=2


29 posted on 02/17/2012 2:30:16 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: re_nortex

I forgot to add the roads in my list of complaints... and Jersey drivers over here too.


30 posted on 02/17/2012 2:33:34 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

The word “Lobbyist” has yet to arise.


31 posted on 02/17/2012 2:39:53 PM 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: Red Steel

Or That the Republican Elites decided Rico and Myth should refuse to debate at the CNN Georgia Debate because Newt would trash them along with the conservative audience!


32 posted on 02/17/2012 2:40:43 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I don't think Rick wants to be the star of the show. And he certainly doesn't want to be forced to go one on one against Romney for the majority of the debate (which has been the way these things have gone).

I think he was satisfied being the Yorkie in a sweater vest yapping from the sidelines.

He will try and slide through the next debate, but I expect him to duck and cover the majority of the rest of the way.

33 posted on 02/17/2012 2:47:20 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: Red Steel

The ruling class gives the finger to the South.

Southerners are America...


34 posted on 02/17/2012 2:47:29 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: parksstp
whatever, you believe what propoganda you want. The fact of the matter is that as the previous FReeper just pointed out, the poll numbers you put in parantheses are obsolete. Santorum has gained ground in the south and is now leading in TN and OK.

Santo can easily lose it and likely will, just as easily as he got it . He's no lock over the next 3 to 5 months. This thing is going to go all the way to the end. And furthermore, I'm not going from thread to thread crapping all over Santo like a number of SantoBots do to Gingrich.

35 posted on 02/17/2012 2:53:40 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Almost fell outa my chair when I saw the headline for this thread. Nothing against Yankees mind you, but it’s a total joke to say Newt has “Georgia roots. He’s a pure Pennsylvania Yankee. He talks like a Yankee, he walks like a Yankee, and he probably has hash browns for breakfast instead of grits.

To make matters worse, Newt even carries a non-Southern surname, Gingrich. How many folks with that kinda Pennsylvania Dutch name are you gonna find in the north Georgia Blue Ridge, in the Okefenokee, or in the Savannah social directory?

Now of course, Newt might take most of the Georgia GOP delegates. More power to him if he does. But just don’t call him a “Georgia boy” or a “cracker” or a “redneck” or any other such term that we in the South wear with pride!


36 posted on 02/17/2012 3:00:17 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Hawthorn

Yeah sure, whatever. Newt represented the state of Georgia very well over decades and Georgians appreciated his long distinguished Congressional career as a representative of the state of Georgia.


37 posted on 02/17/2012 3:05:19 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: re_nortex

I had ancestors who used to live in Pennsylvania...

along the Susquehanna River Valley...

Bradford, Wyoming, Luzerne counties..


38 posted on 02/17/2012 3:09:00 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: parksstp
The race is looking like it may be 40% Gingrich, 30% Santorum,..

RCP gives Rick 15% not 30%.

39 posted on 02/17/2012 3:27:43 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: varina davis

Somehow I doubt that the voice of a pro-abortionist that donated tens of millions of $$$ would be silent during debates on judges for the next president.....js.

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/291235/why-newts-biggest-donor-so-opposed-santorum


40 posted on 02/17/2012 3:37:22 PM PST by jollyjellybean
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To: onyx
And the Rev Santimonious sure got snippy with Charlie Rose this morning. He had that sneering look on his face and came across with his usually pained facial expressions. The tone of his voice is also very annoying. I'm certain that the American people are going to be seriously turned off over him, rather soon. Now that all the attention is finally on him.

It's time for them to realize; “WOW! I traded Newt for this?!”

41 posted on 02/17/2012 3:37:41 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Red Steel

Here’s hoping the south will rise again.


42 posted on 02/17/2012 3:42:55 PM PST by jersey117 (Perry 2012)
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To: FreeReign

um yeah, care to look at the dates of the most recent polls there? 2 were Pre Feb 7 and the most recent one was After. Common sense given all the other polling would suggest that the post Feb-7 poll is the most accurate.

Most likely another poll will come out shortly, matching or exceeding the Rosetta Stone numbers.


43 posted on 02/17/2012 3:44:26 PM PST by parksstp (I pick Rick! (If he's good enough for Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, he's good enough for me))
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To: Red Steel
It's almost funny, now that Santo is in the lead we are supposed to freeze the standings where they are today. And Leave the Reverend Santomonious alone!

And never forget, Newt is done, it's impossible for him to beat Santo now. Got it?

44 posted on 02/17/2012 3:44:26 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: onyx; All

Oh, when Gingrich travels through the land of cotton,
Old roots there are not forgotten
It’s in play! It’s in play! It’s in play, Dixie Land!

In Dixie Land, when Mitt’s attack ads threaten
Don’t look now, they’ll be expected
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie Land!

I wish Newt could in Dixie, Debate! Debate!
In Dixie Land he’ll take his stand
to win and thrive in Dixie
A win, a win, a win down south in Dixie
He’ll WIN! He’ll WIN! He’ll WIN down south in Dixie!

GO NEWT!!!


45 posted on 02/17/2012 4:25:57 PM PST by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points)
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To: Red Steel

The survey, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., found Gingrich leading Romney 43 percent to 29 percent among likely voters in Georgia.

Santorum had 12 percent, while Paul trailed with 6 percent


Golly!!! Santorum is really surging at 12%.


46 posted on 02/17/2012 4:31:14 PM PST by conservative98
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To: manc

“and the cowards run away like the cowards they are to debate him but expect to debate obama, what utter chicken crap cowards they are.

FL showed conservatives how the north east establishment will do anything to destroy the opposition , we in the south are just votes who are told to shut up and just get behind their pathetic spineless cowardly guy.”

AMEN!!!


47 posted on 02/17/2012 4:35:17 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Red Steel

Let’s get the Tennessee delegates out there as well as 52 is a pretty big lot to be had this time around.


48 posted on 02/17/2012 4:43:13 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Red Steel

It’s time Saint Rick dropped out of the race so the conservative vote can coalesce around a real conservative candidate.


49 posted on 02/17/2012 5:55:27 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: parksstp

Sometimes people seem to forget that RCP doesn’t conduct its own survey, only take the average of existing polls out there. Their numbers only matter if the polls are taken in similar period of time and no ‘structural break’ like Santorum’s 3-state winning take place.


50 posted on 02/17/2012 5:56:44 PM PST by paudio (Newt pissed on conservative principles, but we need him to beat 0bama so we look the other way...)
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