Skip to comments.Why Rick Santorum's once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding
Posted on 03/31/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
By the time Mitt Romney arrives in Wisconsin Friday his first campaign stop in the state before its GOP primary on Tuesday his challenger Rick Santorum will have already become a familiar face. Mr. Santorum has been in Wisconsin since last weekend and has dined, bowled, and played shuffleboard with residents in every pocket of the state. Hes even tossed a football at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
Santorums once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding. In February, the former US senator polled at 34 percent among the states likely Republican voters, while Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, trailed far back at 18 percent, according to a Marquette University Law School poll.
Current Wisconsin polling shows Romney leading, 39 percent to Santorums 31 percent.
What happened? The easy answer is money. The Romney campaign is armed with seemingly unlimited campaign resources to flood local airwaves and phone banks, resulting in the candidate not necessarily having to step foot in the state until just before its voters head to the booths.
By early this week in Wisconsin, combined spending by the Romney campaign and Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super political-action committee, totaled about $2 million in television advertising, much of it negative. By contrast, Santorums campaign had spent under $100,000 by last Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Red White and Blue Fund, a super PAC backing Santorum, had spent about $300,000.
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John McAdams, a political scientist at Marquette University in Milwaukee, says what Santorum meant in those comments was not terrible, but they became gaffes because he could not articulate his positions in a way that sounded reasonable.
Rickey is a union goon.
Here’s a clue Rick.
Walker is transforming Wi for the better.
The contraception stuff was enough to make him not a credible alternative for many, perhaps most, of the people looking for a non Romney. Once it became known that Rick said the following (on video last October):
"One of the things I will talk about that no President has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, 'Well, thats okay. Contraceptions okay.' Its not okay..."
...many conservatives grasping at some alternative to Mitt struck Santorum from the list. Sorry, but we just don't need a national conversation on why contraception is "not okay". Any candidate that thinks we do just can't be taken seriously and would be a sure-bet to drag the campaign into long ago settled social issues that would be a guaranteed loser.
And his use of a four letter word does not impress the Christian conservatives who are his base. That slip of the tongue can be traced to his slip in the polls. Because of his profanity, and his flippant answer, many think he is a phoney.
I am sure a pro-abortion liberal snob is much more suitable for the modern, hyphenated-conservative GOP ticket.
I’m sure it had nothing to do with rick claiming that people who defend themselves have a “sick mind”.
And all the reactions have been, not so good. He is supposed to be this high and mighty Christian but comes across as a whiny, angry hypocrite. And most of the evaluations and polls also see him that way. It's his own fault. He is just not a very viable candidate.
That was the final straw for me.
I never cared for his sanctimonious ass anyway.
He has struck me as petulant from day one.
This was disappointing. Sometimes I think Santorum doesn’t want to win.
In WA state, the Ron Paul Campaign has made a deal with the Santorum campaign to throw all the Paul delegates to Santorum.
This was reported and confirmed by our local newspaper, the Bellingham Herald. GOP leaders are furious.
We tried to warn those who blindly went for him. We warned them that he could not win the nomination or the general, and that he would just split the vote and guarantee a Romney win.
Well guess what? Hello Reality!
Yeah. That was disappointing.
But Romney is a POS so I won’t vote for him either.
|RCP Average||3/22 - 3/29||--||40.0||32.5||9.3||6.0||Romney +7.5|
|Rasmussen Reports||3/29 - 3/29||717 LV||44||34||7||7||Romney +10|
|NBC News/Marist||3/26 - 3/27||740 LV||40||33||11||8||Romney +7|
|WPR/St. Norbert||3/24 - 3/28||403 LV||37||32||8||4||Romney +5|
|Marquette University||3/22 - 3/25||349 LV||39||31||11||5||Romney +8|
Stand by for 4 more years of Obama.
Now lets get busy with the congress and senate and make him a lame duck.
Since he voted for planned Parenthood and Abortion funding and was formerly a proclaimed “Pro-Choice” advocate before he ran for office.
So be careful how you throw those accusations around, they have a habit of coming right back at hypocritical phonies like Santorum.
I would vote for Dilberts manager if we could have the house and senate.