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Rasmussen: Santorum leads, but Romney trails Obama in four core states
Hotair ^ | 03/18/2012 | Tine Korbe

Posted on 03/18/2012 1:14:12 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Conventional wisdom --- particularly as articulated by Karl Rove and Ann Coulter --- still says Mitt Romney is the most "electable" GOP presidential candidate. The MSM repeats that notion ad nauseum, too. After Rick Santorum won Mississippi and Alabama, for example, MSNBC.com ran an article with the headline, "Romney's electability doesn't help him break through." The Washington Post's Dan Balz wrote a piece headlined, "Rick Santorum hoping ideology will trump electability" as though Rick Santorum lacks electability. Two examples among many.

But a Friday poll from Rasmussen Reports suggests Romney might be less electable and Santorum more so than Rove, Coulter and the MSM would have voters believe.

President Obama now trails former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The president continues to hold a modest lead in those states.

Santorum leads the president 48% to 44% in the so-called Core Four states. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, and two percent (2%) are undecided. This marks a shift from last week, when the president was slightly ahead of Santorum. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Obama remains ahead of Romney 46% to 42%, showing no change from last week. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Forbes’ Scott Harrington distills the argument against Romney’s electability and for Santorum’s competitive edge in a few brief bullet points:

Harrington also notes that Romney still suffers from a robotic presentation of himself, while Santorum — with his passionate, un-tele-prompted speeches — has connected with voters on a gut level.

The Buckley Rule makes sense if you’re Nate Silver and an expert on electability. For the rest of us, it might make sense to just vote for the guy we’d really like to be president.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; obama; ricksantorum; romney; santorum
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1 posted on 03/18/2012 1:14:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Rove and Coulter should shut their mouths


2 posted on 03/18/2012 1:17:17 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

I cannot stand both.


3 posted on 03/18/2012 1:18:56 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: SeekAndFind

Brit Hume shilling again on panel with Bret Baier today..got agitated when AB Stoddard said the voters don’t care about delegate counts.

Why doesn’t he just don a Mittens for President tee shirt?


4 posted on 03/18/2012 1:23:38 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: SeekAndFind

Santorum is siphoning a key Democratic bloc- voters earning under $100k and those without a college degree. These are Reagan Democrats, and he has the advantage of tunrning rust-belt states red.


5 posted on 03/18/2012 1:27:46 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: SeekAndFind

“President Obama now trails former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The president continues to hold a modest lead in those states.”

Don’t those two sentence contradict each other? Or is this what they mean by “leading from behind”?


6 posted on 03/18/2012 1:29:16 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

7 posted on 03/18/2012 1:29:30 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Time for the moderates to put aside their rigid beliefs and vote for the most electable candidate for the good of the party and the nation.


8 posted on 03/18/2012 1:29:55 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Mountain Mary
Have to agree, Brit Hume has been the disappointment of the year, first his character assassination of Gingrich, apparently related to irrelevant personal issues, and now selling out this way. Highly unprofessional conduct from a formerly respected figure. Sad.
9 posted on 03/18/2012 1:30:20 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind
I have a feeling that lots of romney’s friends, who tried to convince voters that only romney can win, have a future with the romney administration. Fox is another one that has turned on us. Faux does not give Rick the favorable tv clips, interviews,...... that they give romney. I'm done with fox. As far as I'm concerned they are like the cheating husband. Better to date around and not tie yourself down to someone you can't trust.
10 posted on 03/18/2012 1:31:37 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Time for the moderates to put aside their rigid beliefs and vote for the most electable candidate for the good of the party and the nation.

But Carter will eat Reagan alive.
11 posted on 03/18/2012 1:32:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The liberals are voting for him.

Gosh, people are so asleep. We are being so played.

There is no ground swell for santos. People are trying to stop Romney and they are giving us Eddie Haskell.


12 posted on 03/18/2012 1:32:29 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: SeekAndFind
But a Friday poll from Rasmussen Reports suggests Romney might be less electable and Santorum more so than Rove, Coulter and the MSM would have voters believe.

Never thought I would see the day that Rove, Coulter, and the MSM were all on the same page.

I'll write-in before voting for the only Republican who firmly guarantees 4 more years of 0bama.

13 posted on 03/18/2012 1:35:06 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Christie at the beach
The liberals are voting for him.

I really don't care, democrats voted for Reagan in large numbers. If you don't like it, make your choice and vote for Romney or Obama.
14 posted on 03/18/2012 1:38:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Christie at the beach
People are trying to stop Romney and they are giving us Eddie Haskell.

I'll take Eddie over the white version of 0bama any day!

15 posted on 03/18/2012 1:39:44 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS
Did 100,000 democrats actually cross over 3-1 for Santorum in the Michigan primary? No.
16 posted on 03/18/2012 1:41:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Christie at the beach

People are trying to stop Romney and they are giving us Eddie Haskell.

Thank God. The voters this year are very smart. They don’t want another McCain which is basically what Romney is but worse. So they have taken control and voting for the conservative in the race and that is Rick Santorum. I could not be happier with the voter this year.


17 posted on 03/18/2012 1:45:02 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: cripplecreek
But Carter will eat Reagan alive.

Hilarious!

18 posted on 03/18/2012 1:45:40 PM PDT by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: SeekAndFind
At this point in the cycle the only known votes are the die-hard Obama supporters.

Everything else, like what I do, is silly conjecture.

19 posted on 03/18/2012 1:47:23 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Christie at the beach
The liberals are voting for him.

Not what I've seen in exit polls. People who label themselves liberal are voting for Romney.
20 posted on 03/18/2012 1:48:16 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: frogjerk

They said the same things about Reagan that they’re saying about Santorum. The one thing that Reagan lacked that Santorum could gain is a strong running mate. (cough newt cough)


21 posted on 03/18/2012 1:48:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Christie at the beach
The liberals are voting for him.

That is a canard that was fabricated by the Romney people. It is a lie like everything that comes out of Milts mouth.

22 posted on 03/18/2012 1:50:48 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The establishment GOP might win the fight but they will lose the war. By winning the fight, they will have alienated well over 1/2 their party and permanently divided it. By losing the war they will have destroyed the nation.

What a bunch of idiots.

23 posted on 03/18/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: ElkGroveDan

LOL. The all-important moderates are falling all over themselves to vote for free contraception since the dims trotted Pelosi and Fluke out on stage.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 1:54:33 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (I'm stocking up on toilet paper. It will hold its value better than the dollar.)
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To: rightwingcrazy

The four state poll was a single Rasmussen poll conducted with all four states combined at one point in time. If the states are polled individually, obama still has a bit of a lead. Seems like an odd poll. I guess Rasmussen wanted to get a snapshot of four key states comparing how Santorum and Romney stacked up against obama in the general.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 1:54:33 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: SeekAndFind

Rove and coulter are “conventional wisdom”? Hee hee hee hee! With wisdom like that, who needs dummies?


26 posted on 03/18/2012 1:58:34 PM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Glad to know the things I saw and read about in Michigan, the campaigns being organized on sites like Daily Kos, and the smiles on Democrat strategist’s and MSM “analysts’s” faces whenever Rick wins a primary or caucus are just canards.


27 posted on 03/18/2012 1:59:39 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: SeekAndFind

good polls, hopefully the numbers hold,...making Romney less viable in the argument for the nomination.


28 posted on 03/18/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT by Rick_Michael ( 'REAL' Conservatives who witch hunt their own, are no better than Obama.)
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To: Mountain Mary

Brit Hume ...

Why doesn’t he just don a Mittens for President tee shirt?


Why doesn’t the whole fox team wear one that says “we don’t have core values or personalities and we dont want them in our president”?


29 posted on 03/18/2012 2:03:07 PM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012)
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To: rightwingcrazy

Lol, I must have read that same thing 4 times. Leading from behind is obama’s specialty.


30 posted on 03/18/2012 2:07:22 PM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012)
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To: Linda Frances

Fox News is like a George w “compassionate” conservative. In other words, they think conservatives are racist bigot a-holes, and they want to show that they are NOT conservatives but want to get conservative money and votes. “We are the cool conservatives, the ones with no values”. “We push Romney as the only choice; you decide.”


31 posted on 03/18/2012 2:14:11 PM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind; onyx; Lakeshark; Sarabaracuda; sarah fan UK; Friendofgeorge; CAluvdubya; MeekOneGOP; ..

Not only will they run against Milt’s Mormonism or Newt/Rick’s Catholicism, but against Gov. Sarah Palin:

Imagine a world with McCain and Palin in charge

Both Sen. John McCain and ex-Gov. Sarah Palin continue to criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policies.

Had they been elected, it is apparent that we would now be at war with Iran and Syria, and the dysfunctional war with Afghanistan would have no end in sight. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler would be defunct. Our unemployment rate would be over 10 percent. Home-grown terrorism would be rampant as both are rabidly pro-Israel, which denotes their contempt for Muslims, even those living lawfully and peacefully within our borders.

The hubris, bellicosity and intolerance these two expound are exactly what the U.S. and the world need to vigorously avoid.

Imagine our world today with these two in charge. Think about that when you vote in November.

Jeff Bigler

Wailuku

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/559254/Imagine-a-world-with-McCain-and-Palin-in-charge.html?nav=18


32 posted on 03/18/2012 2:17:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Imagine a world with McCain and Palin in charge . . ."

Only in a fantasy world would a McCain administration be so inept.

33 posted on 03/18/2012 2:24:32 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

Newt, Santorum, Mitt, Paul.....regardless of who gets the nomination, you betcha I am ABO.


34 posted on 03/18/2012 2:24:54 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Last week, the establishment tried to make Santorum out to be a hyper-prude for saying he'd enforce existing law, and a bigot for saying that if Puerto Rico were to become a state English better be its language.

With enemies like them, Santo doesn't need friends LOL.

35 posted on 03/18/2012 2:29:27 PM PDT by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Establishment GOP does not have the votes or the money in primaries. People do. I do not understand why we allow open primaries. Only registered republicans should select our nominee.


36 posted on 03/18/2012 2:31:05 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: Christie at the beach
It's a little hard to believe Liberals are voting for Santorum instead of Romney since Romney is clearing the more liberal of the two. Liberals typically don't like extremely Conservative candidates period.
37 posted on 03/18/2012 2:45:56 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy
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To: Christie at the beach

I agree with post 14, get your willard on.online


38 posted on 03/18/2012 2:45:59 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Girlene

If my memory serves me correctly, I recall Santorum received 5% of votes in Michigan from registered democrats. So it is all a mixed bag, full of mischief. GOP must kepp all primaries closed to all who are not registered republicans.


39 posted on 03/18/2012 2:54:24 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: entropy12
Newt, Santorum, Mitt, Paul.....regardless of who gets the nomination, you betcha I am ABO.

Ditto, ABO. My preference out of those four would have been Newt, none are my ideal candidate, but any of them would be a huge improvement from the radical POTUS in there now.
40 posted on 03/18/2012 2:56:15 PM PDT by TimPatriot
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To: Idaho_Cowboy
Conservatives, especially Evangelicals, are going with Rick. Rick has become more and more conservative over the years. My church 2,500 are big for Rick. I can't figure out who these romney voters are. I have a huge extended family all are for Rick. One aunt was for romney, until she get all the facts on him.
41 posted on 03/18/2012 2:58:35 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed)
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To: TimPatriot

I won’t vote for Romney. I will go third party or write in someone, but no way romney for me.


42 posted on 03/18/2012 3:00:07 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed)
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To: Linda Frances
Rick has become more and more conservative over the years.

Reagan was the same way. Obviously he started out at a more conservative time but he came to the GOP.
43 posted on 03/18/2012 3:04:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Marguerite

Me either. What made Ann turn?


44 posted on 03/18/2012 3:07:38 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

It’s a little hard to believe Liberals are voting for Santorum instead of Romney since Romney is clearing the more liberal of the two. Liberals typically don’t like extremely Conservative candidates period.

***

This way, all 3 candidates waste more time and money on each other. That’s my ‘splanation.


45 posted on 03/18/2012 4:33:18 PM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: freekitty

What are they going to do when Newt or Rick win the Presidency with no electability? :)


46 posted on 03/18/2012 4:46:41 PM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: Christie at the beach
The liberals are voting for him.

Republicans crossed over and voted for Obama against Hillary in 2008 because they thought Hillary was more electable. Didn't work out so hot, did it?

47 posted on 03/18/2012 6:21:48 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind

Santorum WILL be the nominee for the Republican party, because NONE of the delegates will cross over to vote for Romney at a broken convention, and Gingrich will throw his support behind Santorum. The odds of Mitt winning the majority of the remaining delegates are slim, the probability is that Santorum and Gingrich will win the majority of the remaining delegates, which means that at a broken convention, which WILL happen, Santorum will win. Thank God!


48 posted on 03/18/2012 6:48:40 PM PDT by FutureRocketMan (Santorum 2012)
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To: Linda Frances

Reagan Republican are reluctantly going with Santorum and wishing he’d take a few hours and watch some old Reagan videos on Youtube to learn how to handle the campaign. This is why I don’t like lawyers as candidates and I don’t like guys who took a pass on the Service.


49 posted on 03/18/2012 6:50:35 PM PDT by MSF BU
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To: SeekAndFind; Mountain Mary

Brit Hume is a Romney RINO dedicated to Romney, Soros
and Obama.

He supports Rove, Soros, and the backstabbing of true
conservatives.

Hume leads the FOX-BAIN Biased News Service
at the Sunday Romney-Pimp Fest.


50 posted on 03/19/2012 4:05:10 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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