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Voters Back Away From Santorum In Ohio
TRIB Live News ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | Salena Zito,

Posted on 03/06/2012 1:59:32 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP

In the days leading to Super Tuesday contests, Rick Santorum stepped away from social issues and bombastic speeches while barnstorming Ohio to recast himself as the underdog whose blue-collar roots would stay true to American values.

Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania lost ground, slipping to a near dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Ohio, the key state among 10 in which voters will cast ballots today, pollsters said.

"I thought his message has become so unclear on who he is or what he stands for that I am losing confidence on his ability to win the election in November," Dana Kasel, 43, of Perrysburg, Ohio, a Czechoslovakia native who became a U.S. citizen, said of Santorum. "It was his talk about how his grandfather realized the American dream that attracted me."

In a weekend poll of 753 likely GOP primary voters, Romney pulled ahead of Santorum, 34 percent to 31 percent -- a 10-point shift in one week, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The survey's 3.6-percentage-point margin of error "makes the Ohio race too close to call, but Romney is the one with the wind at his back," Brown said. (Snip)

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Experts say Santorum began struggling with his message shortly after winning a few caucus "beauty" contests in early February. Would-be supporters began looking away when he took jabs at contraception and called President Obama a snob for encouraging people to obtain a college education.

"Wishy-washy," said Terry DeGarmo, 58, a Chillicothe businessman. "The only person he can blame is himself. It is his own words that have made me rethink my support."

His deeply conservative stances on seemingly settled social issues, such as his dislike for contraception, haven't been helpful, even in a Republican primary," Kondik said.

"It now appears that Mitt Romney will win Ohio," Kondik said, comparing the state's dynamic to Michigan a week ago, when Romney turned a polling deficit into a lead by delivering a consistent message and pounding Santorum with advertising.

"That said, the race is not over," he cautioned. "There's little indication that Santorum, former Speaker Newt Gingrich or Texas Congressman Ron Paul are contemplating leaving the race."

Shifting support

Polls in Ohio, released on the eve of Super Tuesday, show Rick Santorum's 11-point lead over Mitt Romney collapsed in one week. Support for Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remained steady.

1 posted on 03/06/2012 1:59:38 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

We still need to vote against Romney in Ohio, as well.

If possible, we MUST deny him that headline.


2 posted on 03/06/2012 2:03:25 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santorum is the suicide bomber of the 2012 Primary; he's going to take us all out with him.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; onyx

GO NEWT!!!


3 posted on 03/06/2012 2:04:18 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

This Ohioan voted Gingrich.

I suspect Romney will win Ohio.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 2:05:34 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Santorum may now lose to Romney in Ohio - do you consider it good news, or bad news?


5 posted on 03/06/2012 2:05:50 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
This was predictable. The more exposure Santorum warranted, the more the voters saw who and what he is.

To bad, so much attention and support was thrown at so poor a candidate, with so little thought or research. Now, we are almost guaranteed Romney, outside of a Brokered Convention or a miracle.

Newt still has a chance, so I am hoping it will unfold to turn out that way.

6 posted on 03/06/2012 2:07:31 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

We will be told that Newt supporters must make up the difference for the collapse, and if they don’t, they and their candidate will be blamed.

I don’t know how it will be blamed on them, as well, that RS has delegate problems in Ohio, but somehow, the entire amorphus mess will be blame shifted elsewhere.

What I wish is that people would look closely at the candidates before jumping to support someone, and imagine them against Obama and the media, and imagine them as president.

Then, vote for the best one.

That one is Newt Gingrich.

The other two are in a seperate class altogether.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 2:07:46 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

We’re not even watching a train wreck. We’re watching a war where the bad guys win.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 2:09:30 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: brownsfan

You did the right thing! This stupidity of voting for who ever is the closest to Romney is insane. Just vote what your heart tells you and stay true to one candidate and plan.

GO NEWT! GO!


9 posted on 03/06/2012 2:10:26 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Santorum is done. He never should have been considered viable, because he wasn’t.

Newt is the only thing between Myth and the nomination.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 2:11:31 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
IMO the only thing wrong with a Gingrich nomination - the only thing - is the company I'd have to keep in the peanut gallery.

Otherwise I'd be 100% delighted.

11 posted on 03/06/2012 2:12:55 PM PST by skeeter
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To: NoGrayZone; PSYCHO-FREEP; TitansAFC

GO NEWT!

HE’S ON THE OHIO BALLOT IN ALL DISTRICTS!


12 posted on 03/06/2012 2:13:41 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: PSYCHO-FREEP

If Santorum gets the nomination he’ll be like a pinata hanging in the wind as obama’s gang beats him with an ugly stick.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 2:13:48 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
No bias in that “news” reporting. I especially admire the word “bombastic”. Does Romney pay these people directly, or is this just the Left letting the lamb through the gate. Anyway, there will be consolation in watching Romney get shredded in the general.
14 posted on 03/06/2012 2:13:53 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: onyx

Woohooo!!!!!


15 posted on 03/06/2012 2:15:27 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: brownsfan

God bless you.

Go Newt!


16 posted on 03/06/2012 2:15:46 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: skeeter
That's none of your damned business! Stick to flame bating on your own issues. I have mine covered quite well.

Santorum is every bit as bad a candidate as Romney is. We lose Ohio, and do what we have to, to win in the other 40 states left to vote.

Newt stands to win a strong number of Delegates in Georgia, which will put him back into the running, which also relieves people like yourself from having to sell Santorum as the only one who can beat Romney.

In fact, you just might find Newt back towards the front in short order, with strong momentum where and when it counts!

GO NEWT!

17 posted on 03/06/2012 2:17:14 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Remained steadily low, which isn’t anything to crow about. LOL


18 posted on 03/06/2012 2:17:25 PM PST by dforest
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“Just vote what your heart tells you and stay true to one candidate and plan.”

I see no gain in playing games, voting for the not Romney du jour.

Gingrich is the only candidate remaining who could be counted on to actually govern in a conservative fashion. And, just as important, Gingrich is the only candidate who can stand up to the enemedia and the liberal attack machine. Gingrich is far from perfect, but he’s the best option we have.


19 posted on 03/06/2012 2:18:16 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

The Michigan debate (or shortly before) was the beginning of his slide. What a debacle. All these hoodwinked Santorum supporters could’ve helped the conservative movement by getting behind Newt.


20 posted on 03/06/2012 2:19:16 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: skeeter
LOL! Now that you put it that way, WELCOME ABOARD FRiend!
21 posted on 03/06/2012 2:19:31 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: skeeter

Just show up every Saturday night after bath time and you will be fine.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 2:19:53 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Didn’t expect you to answer - its obvious.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 2:20:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: NoGrayZone

NEWT GINGRICH'S REMARKS AT AIPAC!

HE HAS TO BE OUR CIC!


24 posted on 03/06/2012 2:20:55 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: onyx

25 posted on 03/06/2012 2:22:17 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
*snort*

good one.

26 posted on 03/06/2012 2:22:39 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

This is the left-wing propaganda twist on the story.

If Santorum doesn’t win, it will be because all three of the other candidates are viciously attacking him.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 2:22:49 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: onyx

Goodness gracious. Ohio exit polls indicate Romney evenly split conservative voters with Santorum. Sigh.


28 posted on 03/06/2012 2:23:56 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: skeeter
"Santorum may now lose to Romney in Ohio - do you consider it good news, or bad news?"

It doesn't really matter as long as Santorum hurts Newt it makes Bishop Romney happy and keeps lawyer Rickey on track to be VP on the Bishop Romney Vichy Republican ticket.

29 posted on 03/06/2012 2:25:18 PM PST by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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To: onyx

30 posted on 03/06/2012 2:26:10 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
So you're for Romney. Got it.

You really haven't covered yourself in glory, you know, by posting every hit-piece you can find here on FR to torpedo Santorum. Romney winning Ohio does not help Newt. It actually hurts him. Of course, you may not be smart enough to comprehend that.

Then again, your purpose all along may have been to help Romney and since you know you can't do that openly here on FR, this is the next best thing. Here's hoping your efforts are completely wasted.
31 posted on 03/06/2012 2:26:39 PM PST by Antoninus (In states where Newt is ahead, vote Newt. In states where Rick is ahead, vote Rick. Defeat Romney.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
This was predictable. The more exposure Santorum warranted, the more the voters saw who and what he is.........To bad, so much attention and support was thrown at so poor a candidate, with so little thought or research........Now, we are almost guaranteed Romney, outside of a Brokered Convention or a miracle....... Newt still has a chance, so I am hoping it will unfold to turn out that way.

Yes it was pre-dictable as Santorum stays true to form for those who do know who he really is. The pattern is the same as when he supported Spector and all his other huge blunders....it's all about the advancement of his political career....and frankly he wins either way for that...thus in his mind he will have succeded...at the cost to our country of which will never take first place over his own personal agendas.

Newt still does have a chance and I'm banking on his rising yet further as Santorum fades....and if need be ,yes, go to a broke.conv.!

32 posted on 03/06/2012 2:27:38 PM PST by caww
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

;)


33 posted on 03/06/2012 2:28:56 PM PST by caww
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To: Rashputin
but, but... since Lawyer Ricky has three times the number of delegate as Newt couldn't Lawyer Ricky make that same claim with more credibility?

I'll say it again, I'm happy with either guy, but the capacity of some to delude themselves about who they see as a political opponent is seemingly bottomless.

Santorum is as bad as Romney who is almost as bad as Obama - riiight.

34 posted on 03/06/2012 2:28:56 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Your anti Santorum post today only helps mitt.

It doesn’t help your newt.

Think before you post. I cannot believe such a headline is on FR today. Sickening.


35 posted on 03/06/2012 2:29:25 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

I think they think they’ll get a special seat in Heaven for their vote no matter how much it destroys this country (Maybe they think it’s a plus if they can help bring on the end times faster?). But I’m not sure they won’t be asked to explain at the pearly gates why they didn’t vote for the pro-life man who was already higher in the polls instead of splitting the vote and helping “multiple choice” Mitt institute national Romneycare and free abortions for all, once the courts say it’s required and he throws up his hands and says “oops.”


36 posted on 03/06/2012 2:29:48 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: brownsfan

This Ohioan voted Gingrich.

___________________________________

So did this Ohioan ~


37 posted on 03/06/2012 2:29:48 PM PST by simplesimon (" God doesn't call the qualifed , He qualifes the CALLED! ".. FReeper TomasUSMC...)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Sad but true. He’s been the beneficiary of Romney’s vicious attacks ads against Gingrich in both Iowa and Florida. But for his ego, he should have packed it in after Florida, but he cleverly went to states ignored by his rivals and made himself look like a winner and the GOP-E was only too happy to make him the anti-Romney to again stop Gingrich.

This entire primary has been as much about stopping Gingrich as it’s been about promoting Romney.

Only Gingrich can beat both Romney and obama in a head’s up race but the establishment can’t risk THAT, and I give you their trumped up media polls as proof.

As with Sarah Palin, all the polls show Gingrich with the highest negatives of all the candidates, yet who’s the one the media are still trashing with a new HBO movie? Sarah Palin.


38 posted on 03/06/2012 2:29:59 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: brownsfan

This Ohioan voted Gingrich.

I suspect Romney will win Ohio.


If he does, your vote helped him.


39 posted on 03/06/2012 2:30:25 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: brownsfan

Three Ohio votes for Newt from this household including my oldest’s first ever ballot!


40 posted on 03/06/2012 2:30:57 PM PST by Typelouder
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To: Antoninus; All

41 posted on 03/06/2012 2:31:11 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: PSYCHO-FREEP
Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and editorial page columnist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She has also reported on Pennsylvania politics for The Weekly Standard. A board member of the Center for Media & Public Policy, she honed her skills working on the campaigns of George H.W. Bush, Senator Rick Santorum, Bush2000, Bush-Cheney 2004 served on the senate staff of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

Small world. Did she get her 30 pieces of silver yet?

42 posted on 03/06/2012 2:31:28 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: skeeter
No, I simply refuse to get into a childish flame bating accusation from the likes of you.

I am perfectly clear that I support Newt, and detest Romney. If we lose Ohio, Newt will still come out with more delegates that Santorum. And then Newt's potential momentum after tonight, all of Georgia's delegates, etc,,, may well change the direction of the race.

I you want to beat Romeny, you had better wake up quick and help us get Newt nominated while there is still time. Santorum can't win for several reasons. Help us get Santorum out of the way and we can and will make that happen.

43 posted on 03/06/2012 2:31:37 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

You did the right thing! This stupidity of voting for who ever is the closest to Romney is insane. Just vote what your heart tells you and stay true to one candidate and plan.


You can vote for your favorite. It’s a free country. But in Ohio if you don’t vote Santorum, mitt will win. Guaranteed. And that is more sane than your plan.


44 posted on 03/06/2012 2:32:37 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: skeeter

:)


45 posted on 03/06/2012 2:33:24 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Cicero

Santorum supporters have nobody to blame but themselves, and their flawed candidate. It was apparent around the time of the Michigan debate Santorum was sliding.


46 posted on 03/06/2012 2:33:40 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Antoninus

Stick it! Jack wagon..........


47 posted on 03/06/2012 2:33:44 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Goodness gracious. Ohio exit polls indicate Romney evenly split conservative voters with Santorum. Sigh.


Because Freepers would rather go down with the old SSgingrich than beat Romney.


48 posted on 03/06/2012 2:34:09 PM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: trappedincanuckistan
Goodness gracious. Ohio exit polls indicate Romney evenly split conservative voters with Santorum. Sigh.

I read that Barbara Bush has taped a robo call for her and #41's candidate Romney for Ohio voters. Isn't that special?

Were I in Ohio, I would vote for Newt Gingrich. His rivals are both lawyers. Congress already has too many and we don't need a lawyer president.

49 posted on 03/06/2012 2:35:22 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: Yaelle

SSsantorum you mean. It was obvious to everyone but ardent Santorum that he wasn;t viable weeks ago. Thanks for dooming us to Romney.


50 posted on 03/06/2012 2:36:30 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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