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Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia
Savannah Morning News ^ | February 21, 2012 | Larry Peterson

Posted on 02/21/2012 7:26:45 PM PST by Steelfish

Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia February 21, 2012

By Larry Peterson A new poll pegs Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as nearly even in Georgia as its March 6 Republican primary approaches.

Gingrich’s double-digit lead has dried up in less than three weeks, and experts say his White House hopes likely are over if he can’t carry his home state.

In a Monday InsiderAdvantage Georgia poll of 711 likely primary voters, Gingrich, a former long-time Georgia congressman and House speaker, had 26 percent.

Former Massachusetts governor Romney had 24 percent and former Pennsylvania senator Santorum 23 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul trailed with 12 percent.

The margin of error for the poll was 3.6 percent, so Gingrich, Romney and Santorum were about even.

The results signalled a dip of 9 percentage points for Gingrich and a gain of 8 for Romney compared to a Feb. 9 Landmark-Rosetta Stone survey. Santorum slipped 3 points; Paul rose by 7.

Before the new survey, Georgia was the only state in which Gingrich led among 11 where voters will cast ballots on March 6.

“If these numbers are correct,” said Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint, “they signal the collapse of Newt as a viable candidate. Georgians may be starting to dismiss him as a serious contender.”

University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said the poll suggests “a substantial collapse” in Gingrich’s support.

“A whole lot of air is going out of his balloon,” Bullock said. “ ... It’s going to be hard to spin this in any possible way.”

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; ga2012; gingrich; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; newtistsrendgarments; ricksantorum; romney; santorum
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“A whole lot of air is going out of his balloon,” Bullock said. “ ... It’s going to be hard to spin this in any possible way.”
1 posted on 02/21/2012 7:26:53 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Newt is done like dinner. He needs to drop out, endorse Santorum and get himself a good position in the coming Santorum presidency.


2 posted on 02/21/2012 7:30:38 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: bigdirty

If Santorum pulls of a MI upset, he’ll generate tsunami-size momentum that it will wash Gingrich ashore in GA. He needs to quit now, assist a Santorum win in AZ, and win the accolades of the conservative movement. Gingrich will make a good Education Secretary that will help disable and dismantle our corrupt public school system.


3 posted on 02/21/2012 7:36:44 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t believe this. It is just another trick of Satan.


4 posted on 02/21/2012 7:40:24 PM PST by garjog
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To: Steelfish

Sorry, some of us have little desire at this time to usher in a third GWB term when we can still have at least four years that loos like the best of Reagan.


5 posted on 02/21/2012 7:45:44 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: bigdirty

If I’m Newt I wait and let Saint Rick keep running his mouth until people realize he has no chance to beat OBama in November. The Dems are probably salivating over the opportunity to run against Santorum. They do not even have to write the ads they write themselves.

People are not looking to elect a moral arbiter in chief. We all know that Rick is just better and holier than the rest of us, but since most of us are sinner we don’t really want to be reminded of it by a sanctimonious, big spending, union loving twit.

He’s right he is not a manager or a visionary he is just the typical Washington insider and petty political pol. God save the Republic if he wins the nomination because we can not afford 4 more years of O’Bama.


6 posted on 02/21/2012 7:47:38 PM PST by redangus
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To: Steelfish

Heaven help us if that sissy frat boy gets the nomination.


7 posted on 02/21/2012 7:47:59 PM PST by Lucas McCain (The day may come when the courage of men will fail, but not this day.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

After next Tuesday, the train wold have left the station.


8 posted on 02/21/2012 7:48:39 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
..............The margin of error for the poll was 3.6 percent, so Gingrich, Romney and Santorum were about even. .............

Or maybe not.

9 posted on 02/21/2012 7:49:58 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Lucas McCain

Rest assured, he won’t self-implode on a moon base.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 7:50:21 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Lucas McCain

Satan’s the sissy frat boy from Harvard.


11 posted on 02/21/2012 7:55:24 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: bigdirty

Let’s put a hold on your wishful thinking until the race is over. SO many people SO eager for Newt to fall by the wayside. That leaves the door wide open for Romney and Obama.


12 posted on 02/21/2012 8:02:46 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Steelfish

Just as long as you are honest about wbat you are getting. I don’t happen to thank most of the Santlorum supporers are.


13 posted on 02/21/2012 8:03:00 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Steelfish

What was it that Newt said recently ? that if anyone loses their home base that they should drop out ? or something like that.


14 posted on 02/21/2012 8:03:57 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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15 posted on 02/21/2012 8:04:58 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Steelfish

“A whole lot of air is going out of his balloon,” Bullock said. “ .. It’s going to be hard to spin this in any possible way.” ....... of yes they will, a Brokered Convention... If Newt can’t have the GOP nomination, nobody can...


16 posted on 02/21/2012 8:06:18 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: garjog
" I don’t believe this. It is just another trick of Satan. "

Satan is the father of lies... he has not truth in him ..

Denial is not just a river in Egypt... wake up and smell the coffee.
17 posted on 02/21/2012 8:08:25 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: bigdirty

There will be no Santorum presidency.

Obama would eat him for breakfast, and do it with the loony content of Saint Ricky’s own recorded sermons.

President Newt Gingrich—”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


18 posted on 02/21/2012 8:12:34 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: gov_bean_ counter

From what I gather, many Santorum supporters think they are getting the end of abortion.


19 posted on 02/21/2012 8:15:31 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Gator113

In what bloody world is Gingrich a political outsider? He was speaker of the house ffs. I don’t care if he’s an insider or outsider, if he can’t win, he can’t win. Santorum is far more viable a candidate and he hasn’t cheated on his wife a dozen times. Stop fantasizing about Gingrich schooling Obama in a debate because that doesn’t make a presidency.


20 posted on 02/21/2012 8:16:24 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: redangus

I like your post. You said it well.


21 posted on 02/21/2012 8:19:26 PM PST by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: bigdirty

He didn’t cheat on any of his wives either.

Newt would be classified as a serial monogamist, not an unfaithful husband.


22 posted on 02/21/2012 8:20:52 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Steelfish

is this why he dropped out in mi? trying to save his own home state.....if he loses i fully expect him to drop out...walk your talk newtie...ya i know you wont but hey one can dream


23 posted on 02/21/2012 8:26:45 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: bigdirty

Blah, blah, blah... we have hear it all.

I support Newt and will continue to support him until he no longer needs or desires my support.

This country needs a real leader, not a Preacher.

President Newt Gingrich—”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


24 posted on 02/21/2012 8:29:11 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Just as long as you are honest about wbat you are getting. I don’t happen to thank most of the Santlorum supporers are.

as opposed to newt supporters?

25 posted on 02/21/2012 8:30:31 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: redangus

If I’m Newt I wait and let Saint Rick keep running his mouth until people realize he has no chance to beat OBama in November. The Dems are probably salivating over the opportunity to run against Santorum. They do not even have to write the ads they write themselves.

you have seen the guy you are pushing havent you?...no chance? no ads?...meet newt


26 posted on 02/21/2012 8:33:18 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: skaterboy

I think most people are honestly voting for negative reasons right now and not because they adore any of the candidates.

Nobody adores Romney.

So we’re voting against him.

I think Santorum supporters are voting against Romney and Newt and Newt supporters are voting against Romney and Santorum.

I still support Newt and will at least through super Tuesday.

I hate the current primary system. It’s a wonder we EVER get a decent candidate.


27 posted on 02/21/2012 8:36:42 PM PST by altura
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To: altura

What do you want in a primary season. The states complained that they had no say as to who the nominee would be. It was always decided by 2 or 3 primaries. This year the Republican voters didn’t put up with the lame stream media. Usually by the time Ohio voted, it was over.
The pundits don’t even care when they are wrong! They are worse than the local weathermen’s forcasts.


28 posted on 02/21/2012 9:03:59 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: Gator113

Santorum is already fading in MI due to Mitt’s negative ads. Lets see how his numbers look after three more weeks of Drudge and Mitt double teaming him night and day. March 6th is still a ways off.


29 posted on 02/21/2012 9:26:32 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: Steelfish

This poll is flawed in a significant way. Go to the cross-tabs, page 5:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/docs/2012/InsiderAdvantage_GA_0220.pdf

27% of those polled were Independent, and of those, 55% were between 18-29. That means a full 15% of those polled were Independents between 18-29, a significant overestimation of that population’s percentage of the actual electorate on primary day in Georgia.

In the poll, not a single one of this sub-sample voted for Gingrich. This skewed the results; without that distortion, Gingrich would have a lead outside the margin of error.


30 posted on 02/21/2012 9:31:18 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: garjog
ROFLOL, ha, ha, ha, ha, that is dang good one. Hee, hee
31 posted on 02/21/2012 9:31:34 PM 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: RightLady

I absolutely agree with you. I think it is great that there are four candidates in the race, and thus more of the states are going to have a say in the nomination — just as the democrats did four years ago. They had three strong candidates slugging it out almost up to the convention, and that hard fought primary contest did not hurt their eventual candidate. I am glad that we have three candidates who are following suit this time, and not just conceding to Romney. In fact, I wish that our other candidates had not dropped out so early.


32 posted on 02/21/2012 9:34:20 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: Gator113

I liked McCain better than I like Santorum....and I didn’t like McCain at all!.


33 posted on 02/21/2012 9:35:00 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: bigdirty

No one really care’s who’s an insider or outsider. Gingrich has accomplished big things. Santorum’s a whiner, and while he’s made minor contributions here and there as part of efforts led by others such as Newt, he hasn’t actually led much or done much.

And that’s not Satan’s fault.

That’s Santorum’s fault.


34 posted on 02/21/2012 9:37:23 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: BCrago66
You do realize that most of the people that voted for newt in his old district are working on their dirt naps now, he never won a state wide election and the people in his old district do not know it was his old district. The population there has doubled since noot was in office.
35 posted on 02/21/2012 9:39:11 PM 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: skaterboy

Skaterboy is basically illiterate.

He doesn’t know how to write a sentence. But he thinks he can make his illiteracy look impressive somehow, as if his lack of intelligence and punctuation reveals something profound. This is how the tools write on Democratic Underground and Daily Kos.


36 posted on 02/21/2012 9:42:08 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: org.whodat

How did Santorum do in his last statewide election? Humiliated by 18 points. 2006 was a bad year for Republicans, but no other incumbent got slaughtered like that; Santorum’s loss was an order of magnitude more.

An 18 point loss in a “purple” state where all those Reagan Democrats live, Democrats we need to win a Presidential election.

So if Pennsylvanians got tired of his whinny, preachy demeanor, I don’t think he would wear well on the country generally.


37 posted on 02/21/2012 9:50:52 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: BCrago66
How did Santorum do in his last statewide election? Humiliated by 18 points.

OUCH!....that had to hurt.

38 posted on 02/21/2012 10:02:03 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: bigdirty
Newt is done like dinner. He needs to drop out, endorse Santorum and get himself a good position in the coming Santorum presidency.

Oh perfect. Let's turn the election over to the guy who just admitted he's no visionary or manager.

Yeah, that's just what Newt should do alright!

39 posted on 02/21/2012 10:09:14 PM PST by CAluvdubya
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To: BCrago66
And if newt had run for reelection ,after getting kicked out of his speaker-ship, he would have lost by 90% to some sixth grader.
40 posted on 02/21/2012 10:21:50 PM 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: Georgia Girl 2
[March 6th is still a ways off.]

Especially this election year. The major swings and erratic poll numbers are completely confusing. But don't you know, now that the “Perfect CONservative” is in the lead, it's over. Stop here!

Less than 10% of the Delegates are allotted, and Santorum has only just begun to get exposed for what he is, and in most polls, Santorum is slipping. There is also another 6 months to go before the Convention, so there is plenty of time and no single candidate has a lock on anything.

41 posted on 02/21/2012 10:25:47 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: org.whodat

Newt was not “Kicked out” of his speaker position.

He resigned voluntarily, after Boehner, Paxon and Armey backed down from trying to vote him out. (Newt’s own words for why he resigned; (Shortly after he was re elected for his 11th term)

Gingrich made the announcement the day after being elected to an 11th term from his district. Commenting on his departure, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead, but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.”[79]


42 posted on 02/21/2012 10:42:22 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Yawn????????


43 posted on 02/22/2012 12:12:33 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: redangus
Very true.

Santorum will never win the independents.

44 posted on 02/22/2012 3:08:37 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: RightLady

What I would like is for all the states to vote within a one or two week period, preferably in early March.

The early states have way too much power in selecting a candidate. One unexpected win (accomplished by kinda living in Iowa for a year) is what pushed Santorum into the spotlight.

If a candidate gets momentum in a few early states, he or she has an unfair advantage. Some of the earliest states are not typical. Florida for example.

By the time Texas votes, it won’t matter. And Texas is a huge, influential state.

I didn’t really understand your post but hope this answers your question.


45 posted on 02/22/2012 8:35:55 AM PST by altura
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To: redangus
He ain't got the chops for the job, plain and simple. We are going to need an unmitigated hard ass to stop/undue/re-organization of everything that has been done by Obama and various other POTUS's going all the way back to Reagan on both sides of the ilse.

The only hard ass running is Newt. I am convinced we either get Newt to pull us back from becoming Albania or the Republic is over..

46 posted on 02/22/2012 8:41:03 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Steelfish

You like it when they don’t report the news but predict it and you run with it as truth. You are just the type propaganda was created for!


47 posted on 02/22/2012 10:07:48 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Gator113

Obama will eat Romney for lunch BECAUSE Romney is as far left as Obama and has nothing to run against.

Obama will not eat either Gingrich or Santorum for lunch.

If Santorum has proved nothing else he has proved that he is willing to log thousands of hours in a dilapidated pickup truck if that’s the work that needs to be done.

He will not quit.

Neither will Newt.

Attack Romney and Obama. They are the enemies: not Newt or Rick.


48 posted on 02/22/2012 10:08:28 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: xzins

Pigs will fly before Romney or Santorum wins Georgia over Newt. Do not believe this poll. Just another poll to try and demoralize Gingrich supporters. He’ll win Georgia.


49 posted on 02/22/2012 10:14:22 AM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: redangus
They do not even have to write the ads they write themselves.

They just have to show his record how he campaigned for mitt in '08. So ALL his talk about romneycare/obamacare NOW is null and void - since it's only 'talk' of a politician whoring for votes. He's dead meat - and ALL by his own record!

Mitt=Obama and he campaigned for mitt - SO WHAT'S HIS BEEF NOW? He can't say abortion because Mitt was pro abortion and ordered the catholic hospitals to comply and Rick STILL campaigned for him.

50 posted on 02/22/2012 10:16:39 AM PST by presently no screen name
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