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Posted on 11/12/2011 10:53:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney has a growing lead in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and almost half of the party's voters expect him to be the nominee, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Twenty-eight percent of Republicans backed the former Massachusetts governor, giving him a lead of 8 percentage points over his nearest challenger Herman Cain in the poll, taken November 10-11.
Romney was 5 percentage points ahead in a survey November 7-8.
Newt Gingrich, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker in the mid-1990s, solidified a recent rise among conservatives seeking an alternative to the more moderate Romney, coming in third place in the current poll with 16 percent.
Gingrich, who is seen as having performed well in recent debates, was viewed as the second-most "presidential" of the Republican hopefuls, according to the poll.
Whether or not they support him, almost half of the Republicans surveyed expect Romney to become the nominee to oppose President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the November 2012 election.
Romney, who also ran for president in 2008, has been in first or second place in polls for months and enjoys by far the most campaign funds of the Republican field.
But some in his party see him as too liberal, and he has so far failed to significantly boost his level of support in polls. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, however, shows he is benefiting from missteps by his rivals.
"As the other candidates falter, his image comes into relief," Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said....
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The MSM is trying to pick our candidate again. Most polls show Romney to be below Newt, who is below Cain. And, Newt has yet to experience the full wrath of the attack media.
clear lead my foot.
I only know one person who supports Romney. They support him because he is lds and so are they.
No Romney for the Gipper.
Lies, damnable lies!
If Romney got it, who do you think he would pick as a running mate? I have three in mind— Jeb Bush, Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain.
I pray we can keep Romney out.
This is the Establishment trying to ensure Obama another 4 years.
They want Cain out of there. They tried to sling mud at him and it did not work. Now they are trying to pretend everyone is for Mitt Romney. Please give me a break!
Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Condaleeza Rice or Colin Powell are my guesses.
But didn’t you know? Mitt had a ‘moment of clarity’ after he became governor here in MA! He suddenly saw the light!
You obviously haven’t kept up on his flip-flop on this—uh, I mean, his coming to a new understanding...or whatever...
Mitt Romney’s VP:
That poll is just bullcr*p. Everyone I know, absolutely hates that Stepford husband.
Stepford husband !? :-) HAHAHA! ... I love it.
The problem with national polls is that Primaries aren’t fought nationally. Plus big Democrat states with open primaries skew the results naturally towards the liberal in the race as they did before Reagan was nominated. There was even an effort to recruit Gerald Ford for a Carter rematch. We know what really happened. Any time we see a national poll related to the primary we should just dismiss it because in the end it will not matter. The state by state polling makes by far the biggest difference but even those polls this far out aren’t predictive not when you still have as much as 1/3 of primary voters or more still undecided or not entirely committed.
Romney’s high polling has always been about his low key posture. He’s said to win a debate without often saying anything at all. He avoids all but very controlled media.
Its the same effect that we get with a politician who is out of office for a while. Their positives go up because people can’t remember what in the hell they did wrong.
Romney has the math against him. The problem is that we have Gingrich rising and Cain fighting a narrative that is designed to tear him down just like Palin. What he needs to do is bring on conservative military/foreign policy advisers and shuffle his team. He needs to stop the erosion and he needs to leverage his story and his expertise more.
I've made the "lesser of evils" choice before, and watched as the GOP moved ever farther left, and away from the Constitution.
I won't follow any farther.
Let me throw out what will probably prove to be a foolish question. With all of these polls being bandied about, does anybody know what percentage of voters will not vote for Romney under any circumstances?
If we want to return the Kenyan to the White Hut, make Romney the (R) nominee. That’s my opinion. I WILL NOT vote for Romney, period.
Any poll showing Romney is in double digits is a lie.
You obviously haven't been reading the comments on FR - it looks like most of FR supports Romney - they've trashed all the other candidates for one tort or another and get so busy doing it they never bother to trash Romney. They just speak out the side of their mouths that they don't want him, while doing everything they can to ensure he's it.
Romney, Dole, Bushes, McCain-—all cut from essentially the same cloth.
Can’t we run a CONSERATIVE this time?
Pretty please with sugar on top???
I saw this too. It makes me marinate on two things...
1) Obama ads are attacking Romney. I haven’t seen a negative ad about any other candidate except him. Why do you think that is?
2) Obama seems to ignore Cain despite polls providing evidence that he should not. Why?
Is Cain just a niche candidate? Loved here, but essentially unknown to the average voter?
As much as I like Cain, I’m starting to think he’s nothing more than a novelty. Pity.
Yep, he's raised 9 million dollars in a very short time because he's a virtual unknown nation wide......think about it
He has a clear lead.. On the race to the bottom.
You get Romney, there’s a good chance you’ll get a Huntsman a as a VP.
If Romney got it, who do you think he would pick as a running mate? I have three in mind Jeb Bush, Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain.
Bachmann or Cain.. Most likely Bachmann.. Just look to the last election. The Rino thinks a conservative VP will help him win.
This time around I won’t be voting because of the VP.. I see very little difference between Romney and Zero.. I’ll work to get control of the senate turned over to conservatives and send more conservatives to the house.
I will NOT vote for Romney. (flame away!)
I can’t imagine a worse ticket.....Romney/Huntsman UGH!
“You get Romney, theres a good chance youll get a Huntsman a as a VP.”
They don’t like each other.
Not a chance. They don’t like each other, and Mitt isn’t going to pick another Mormon on the ticket, no way, no how. He needs a VP who will bring him help in the south.
It’s so bizarre to me how the conservative candidates have all given Romney a pass and instead destroyed each other. If I were conspiratorially-minded...
But seriously, why have the con candidates ignored Romney and savaged one another? So self-destructive. I’m already mentally prepared to hold my nose and campaign for him in the general. But in a country of 300 million people, this was the best we could do?
it looks like most of FR supports Romney ... they never bother to trash Romney.
Wow. What web site are you reading?!!! We’re all here on FR.
If Romney is selected by the MSM/Powers-that-be, I don't give a crap who he selects for VP; I won't vote for him. I played that gave with McCain. The RINO infested GOP can pound sand.
Romney = Low Republican Turnout = Obama Second Term.
Romney = McCain 2.0 = Dole 3.0 (the RINO machine / Media candidate)
Even Sarah Palin could not save McCain.
A RINO Pres with a Conservative VP is a no-win.
Why? Because conservatives have been treated like #$*&!& by the RINOs in the last 30 years.
How? Read my Lips. (among many)
Carp, they’re trying to give us another McLame.
“But seriously, why have the con candidates ignored Romney and savaged one another? So self-destructive. Im already mentally prepared to hold my nose and campaign for him in the general. But in a country of 300 million people, this was the best we could do?..”
Because it’s a conspiracy, man. The Democrats have infiltrated the campaigns of our most conservative candidates and convinced them to go after each other. Ya know, they’re picking our GOP candidate for us. They’re convincing Rick Perry to sound like an idget in our debates to kill him and he’s buying into it. They’ve convinced all of these anonymous women to come out and play-pretend that they had inappropriate contact with Cain. Any they’ve convinced Cain to play along clumsily.
It’s all the Dems, man, they are even contriving to hide Romney amidst the fog of it all so that he can get the nomination in spite of all of these super, bright, well-spoken, and truly deserving “conservative” candidates who clearly own the next election.
Yeah, man, if it wasn’t for the Democrats evilly controlling our own nomination process and manipulating each and every public opinion poll that comes out then we’d be getting ready to re-nominate Thomas Jefferson, ya see.
Yeah, just sit in your padded room and mumble about a Democrat conspiracy over and over. That should make you feel better....
How can a novelty candidate lead or place 2nd in national polls?
Romney should never be the GOP Nom. If by some bizarre twist he is, I (and Millions) will not vote for him. Get lost, Romney (and all his loony supporters). And take Huntsman with ya. Thanks man.
Mitt has been running for 5 years and has only convinced about 25% of his own party to support him. How is it that people think he the guy who has the best shot at beating Obama?
Trying to figure this out. Are you saying you think that FR is a pro Romney site?
Cain will hang “Romneycare/Obamacare around Romney’s throat, and then.....goodbye Romney : )
Not intentionally. It just seems that every time some MSM Lib posts anything about Perry/Cain/Newt, the kneejerk hitpieces start showing up. While most will say they don't want Romney, it's a minority of initial posts that start out anti-Romney - he seems to be an afterthought.
When I see Freepers sputing MS crud about the other candidates, especially when the claims are either inaccurate or even made up, it scares the bejeezus out of me. If FR folks (many of whom I have admired over the last 9 years, jump to trash those that give us the best chance of restoring some sanity, it appears that Romney will the most unscathed, both by us and the MSM until it's too late to even settle for him in the General Election.
While we all have our pet peeves, we needn't get so rabid that we get blind to the big picture and what's at stake.
FR is not a pro Romney site even by default.
The purpose of the primary is to hash out all these issues.
This woman (me) will not vote or Romney, he is no different politically that BHO. In my opinion, that is how most FR posters feel.
Even now ~ months later than this thread ~ we still have a majority of Freepers who do more than express misgivings about Romney ~ many continue to object strenuously to the idea of giving over the Republican Party to the Abomination of Desolation that the RINOs and Leftwingtards represent.
The dude is not the nominee today and we still have some time for almost magical (but wholly predictable) events to transpire that will FORCE the GOP-e out of the party and give rise to a renaissance of Conservatism.
Even MItt is smart enough to know he can't win ~ the hurdle he has to overcome ~ declining Republican Presidential voters and a 10 million vote margin for Obama~ we need a real Republican in this race ~ not a pale imitation of a Democrat.
ONLY 3 of them had been lifelong Conservative Republicans!
So, yeah, there were 13 RINOS and other infiltrators ~ even out and out Democrat politicians ~ who ran in the Republican primaries for the purpose of clearing the field of Conservatives and ushering MItt, the 20% candidate, in at the top of the list.
He still only commands 20% of the Republican vote ~ he's a loser.