Skip to comments.Insider Advantage Poll: Romney 32, Gingrich 21, Paul 14 (South Carolina)
Posted on 01/16/2012 8:15:21 AM PST by Bigtigermike
The latest Insider Advantage / Newsmax poll of likely South Carolina voters, taken on Sunday, shows Mitt Romney opening up a commanding 11-point lead and that was before Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney. Hell, Huntsmans still a point ahead of Rick Perry in this poll.
Mitt Romney - 32
Newt Gingrich - 21
Ron Paul - 14
Rick Santorum 13
Jon Huntsman 6
Rick Perry 5
Strangely, according to the poll breakdown, Newt Gingrich scored exactly zero among the youngest cohort of voters, ages 18-29. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were tied among that group, with 27 percent each.
This poll has a fairly small sample of 720 respondents, but theyre likely voters, generally the most reliable group. If the results are accurate, it looks as if that tightening race in South Carolina has loosened back up, and undecided voters are starting to break for Romney. If Huntsmans endorsement sends some of his supporters Romneys way, and he holds the enormous 22-point lead Rasmussen found for him in Florida last week, Romney could end up taking both states in a walk.
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Maybe so. But every pollster is bound to have an outlier now and then. The bottom line is that some of the details don't make sense.
I understand that McCain was deficient. But he was THERE. On the line. Willing, if not very able. That is all I am saying, and it is worthy of respect.
The Romney family is apparently service averse, going back for generations. I do not respect that.
These are politicians, not your church deacon.
And the conservatives basically do it to themselves every four years. Exception was Bush 2....I still consider him fairly conservative despite failings in some areas.
With Mitt at the Helm, say goodbye to any chance at making the Supreme Court fully conservative. He will pick moderates to the court.
He’s better than Obama, but that’s not saying much.
Next time, conservative groups need to have some kind of meeting or something to throw their support to one candidate and force the rest to drop out earlier.
These are the Romney supporters. (My wife's family is chock full of them). They like a candidate who is "conservative" in personality and image, not necessarily so much in ideology.
They are not that way because of mind control beams from Karl Rove's secret underground control center. They are that way because it's what they really believe.
I desperately wish that those who insist that "the Tea Party is a juggernaut and so deserves an easy win in any GOP primary" would wake up and smell the damn coffee. It ain't so. Not yet anyway, and maybe not for years.
As I have said again and again, it's easy to zot moderates and RINO's from FR. It is impossible to zot them from the GOP voting rolls. Only persuasion will work.
“They could unveil Romneys commitments and Newt could bow out at the end of the final debate...on live TV, in front of God and everybody.”
Then Romney would renege on everything he was inclined to.
The REASON conservatives are picking on each other is because the current conservative alternatives to Romney are weak (they may have pluses but their minuses are great)
If we can’t have clear sharp choice now tells me we have weak candidates
The problem is, if Mitt wins, I see this website likely destroying itself.
FR has put so much into stopping Mitt, if Mitt wins...this place will be hell on Earth.
All without trying to rally support around one conservative, so pretty much if Mitt wins, it will be because the conservatives failed to do what they needed to do to stop him.
“These are politicians, not your church deacon.”
You willfully miss my point. Both of these politicians are such abject voids that I will never support either one. I will not support the highbrow SS because it is ‘better than the lowbrow SA. Indeed we are not talking about deacons.
Ward heeler’s logic is meaningless when the candidates are distinctions without a difference.
2008 and 2000.
The problem in this election cycle has been the failure of the Tea Party to come out early and in force behind a credible candidate. Romney has the inertia of having been runner-up in 2008. As the image above of Dole-McCain-Romney shows, many in the GOP have a tendency to back yesterday’s loser. It’s much easier than having to think about a new face. Only a concerted effort on part of the Tea Party could have blunted the “it’s my time” force of Romney and the GOP establishment. It’s a recipe for continued defeat and the Tea Party let the GOP get away with it.
“The two with class and love for country that exceeds pride and love for self will drop out.”
Yes, two of them need to sacrifice.
Time for each candidate to break free from their advisors, and make the strong decision for the sake of our country.
If that's true, then it sounds like Perry was going to do what is right, but his effin’ donors and supporters are going to screw the rest of us by (a) keeping him in the race, and (b) voting for him in SC.
I wish Perry had the nads to tell his supporters that he's not beholden to them just because they paid money to support him, and that it's his job as a leader to do the right thing and drop out.
Gingrich is our only hope. He may not be perfect, but he's perfect for the job at hand.
Conservatives should have stayed united behind Perry from the start, IMO. Now we are screwed.
Looks about right. It’s a battle for second place. Big question is whether Newt or Ron Paul win. In the long term, though, it won’t much matter. The candidates who are not in the lead will start seeing their support dry up. Financial support in particular.
I doubt Rick Perry will be in the race a week from now. I think Rick Santorum will last a little longer as will Newt. I reckon both will make it to super Tuesday. Then it becomes a two horse race between the two candidates who have the supporters and resources to run the race to the end: mitt and Ron Paul.
Better hope all of Huntsman’s voters are anti-Romneys, or this thing is trending badly.
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