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BREAKING: New Rasmussen poll now has Gingrich leading Romney in S.C.
Rasmussen Reports ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2012 | Rasmussen

Posted on 01/19/2012 9:14:19 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has now surged ahead of Mitt Romney in the final Rasmussen Reports survey of the South Carolina Republican Primary race with the vote just two days away.

The latest telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in the state finds Gingrich with 33% support to Romney’s 31%. Two days ago, before the last debate, it was Romney by 14 percentage points.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul now runs third with 15% of the vote, followed by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum at 11%. Paul's support is steady while Santorum's support has dropped five points since Monday. At the beginning of the month, just after Santorum’s strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, he ran second to Romney with 24% of the vote.

Texas Governor Rick Perry continues to run last with two percent (2%) support. He has dropped out of the race today and endorsed Gingrich. One percent (1%) of likely primary voters like some other candidate in the contest, and six percent (6%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The new findings come following Gingrich’s strong performance in a debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Monday night. Sarah Palin also signaled support for Gingrich which could have a significant impact in South Carolina. Two years ago, her endorsement of Nikki Haley transformed the race for governor. Ironically, now that Haley is governor, she has endorsed Romney while Palin is backing Gingrich for the moment.

The candidates will debate again in South Carolina this evening.

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is now nearly even nationally with Romney still on top with 30% support but Gingrich just three points behind at 27%. Santorum who was running second has dropped to 15%.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2012; gingrich; newt; newtgingrich; sc2010
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To: caww
I think many have started to realize how much of a RINO-in-the-closet, that Santorum is. Santorum would be an embarrassment if he were to win. I just hope his arrogant, useless need to keep hanging on, will not harm our only chance of taking out Romney. We have no other choice, but to take him out here and now.

If Newt wins SC, He will go on to take Florida and beyond.

101 posted on 01/19/2012 10:49:55 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: ElPatriota

“Moral character”??????? Seriously, after LSM carried all that water for BJ Clinton, there is no way any of this kinda stuff has any shock value left for me.

It’s sad, but I no longer consider a candidate’s personal life when electing a candidate. Just their record in office, their proposals, and ability to articulate those proposals and vision.

102 posted on 01/19/2012 10:50:27 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: DestroyLiberalism

Go Newt!

103 posted on 01/19/2012 10:51:48 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ElPatriota
Marianne Gingrich has said that Gingrich proposed to her before the divorce from his first wife was final in 1981; they were married six months later. Her marriage to Gingrich ended in divorce in 2000, and Gingrich has acknowledged he'd already taken up with Bisek, a former congressional aide.

Marianne is a sleaze who went into Newt's second marriage knowing that he was also a sleaze. I have trouble working up sympathy when "the other woman" finds the shoe on the other foot. In most years, I would reject Newt out of hand for being so disgusting, but this is not most years. We need to stop Obama, and we need to do it with someone who is not a near clone of Obama. It's down to Newt or Santorum, and frankly Newt is a much better candidate and tactician. Newt is much more likely to successfully roll back Obama's legacy. This year and four years ago are the only two elections in which I would have considered a scum like Newt, but I have to admit that I think he's the best candidate still standing (and may God have mercy on the United States of America).

104 posted on 01/19/2012 10:53:11 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
Can’t prove it, but I’m guessing the former Mrs. Gingrich has a bank account in the Caymans that’s gained a few more zeroes at the end of her balance.

After the divorce, what did she do with herself? What (if anything) does she currently do for a living? I don't see much info on her post-Newt. I wonder if this is her shot at being important (and maybe making some money or accumulating some favors)?

105 posted on 01/19/2012 10:56:21 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: dfwgator

Well actually, its a beautiful country.....if your in the “country”; full of stupid people.

106 posted on 01/19/2012 10:57:30 AM PST by Rich21IE
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Newt is r-e-a-l good at that.

107 posted on 01/19/2012 10:59:30 AM PST by Liz
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To: j.argese
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. Proverbs 21:19

That's right....and we've noted Newt and his daughters thus far refuse to speak badly about this woman. Just from what I read awhile back she's been pretty much opposed to Newt's running for office from the get go...and vowed then to take him out if he tried.

This is simply a vengeful woman...and of course the money she's being paid worth public opinion either way she's played as she'll be history tomorrow.

108 posted on 01/19/2012 11:01:07 AM PST by caww
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To: Amanda King
didn’t Marianne start dating Newt before his divorce with wife #1 was final?

Yes....I'm laughing because Marianne couldn't believe the same could happen to her....homewreckers always think they're the Only One. Also they always create drama for that...they have no defense when it happens to they are especially vengeful.

Newt and Mariannes relationship was intitially centered on their political interests.....she changed...Newt didn't. He thought he was getting a woman supportive of his political interests....again, she changed.

109 posted on 01/19/2012 11:06:15 AM PST by caww
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To: DestroyLiberalism
Who didn't see this coming? All the polls up through earlier this week were push-polls to try to drive people toward Romney. Now, we start to see the real numbers so that the pollsters can crow about how "accurate" they were.

Boils the blood.
110 posted on 01/19/2012 11:10:21 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: PapaBear3625

I had the same questions. If Newt was smart, he gave her a lump sum settlement. However, there’s also the chance that he pays her alimony, and she might be entitled to half of his Congressional pension—assuming that Congress plays by the same rules that govern military pensions (a rather large assumption on my part). Still, even half of Newt’s Congressional pension won’t go very far in Washington, D.C. And, I’m sure it makes her even angrier to see Newt with a much younger (and more attractive woman), with the knowledge that her former husband could be the next president, or at the very least, will return to a seven-figure annual income if he loses the nomination.

I’m fairly certain that Marianne Gingrich wasn’t paid by ABC News. But I’m very confident that money changed hands, and it most likely came from a former investment banker who recently admitted to parking a lot of his wealth in the Cayman Islands. Sure makes it a lot easier to pay “friends” for favors. Coincidence? There are no coincidences in politics.

111 posted on 01/19/2012 11:16:19 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: TitansAFC
Well, that explains the desperation among the talking heads yesterday. I saw Jim Talent on Kudlow, and I have never seen him that way before.

Not as shrill as Rove after Christine O. won the primary, but definitely the same undercurrent of RAGE. He said something about McCain being behind in 2008, and they were enthusiastic that their candidate was already ahead.

He kinda said we are right about our candidate as if anyone who disagreed was a total moron. Kudlow laughingly jabbed him back with a prediction that Newt was going to win S. Carolina.

GOP E and media sycophants are exuding panic.

112 posted on 01/19/2012 11:18:48 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: patriot08
When is Matt Drudge going to post his yearbook photo? I'm guessing it'll look something like this:

113 posted on 01/19/2012 11:22:10 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: BrotherJoseph; DestroyLiberalism
“How come last week when the same polling showed Romney with a healthy lead, the storyline here was “Rassmussen polling cannot be trusted.” Now that the polling has flipped, is Rassmussen suddenly reliable?”

Don't you know how this works? Pollsters have to get more accurate closer to the vote, so that their reputation for accuracy is not destroyed. At other times, they can, if so inclined try to get people on the bandwagon of a perceived winner.

114 posted on 01/19/2012 11:41:31 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: KansasGirl

“Larry Sabato thinks Perry’s endorsement will get Newt 5-6 pts. even though Perry is polling lower than that.”

I agree with that. Newt will get a large percentage of the Perry vote but not all and it might help pull some more undecideds into the Newt camp.

115 posted on 01/19/2012 11:57:34 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: ElPatriota
I hate to make fun of a "sick" woman's looks.....BUT
I could pack my clothes for a 2 week vacation
in those bags under her eyes......My'bad!!
116 posted on 01/19/2012 12:41:26 PM PST by jaycee ((("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.")))
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117 posted on 01/19/2012 12:44:09 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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118 posted on 01/19/2012 12:44:09 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: LibsRJerks
Hey, have we EVER seen zero’s high school pic? I don’t recall ever having seen one. We see those dope smoking couch photos, but not much else.

In the time it took you to type that, you could have googled 'obama high school' image and this is the first hit. But don't bother.

119 posted on 01/19/2012 12:50:04 PM PST by Dick Holmes
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To: Pride in the USA
YAY!!! Go, Newt!

He's got the Big Mo(mentum). Now if he keeps his cool tonight regarding the ex-wife attack and, especially if he can get in another couple of Big Applause answers while under this kind of pressure, SC might give him an even bigger victory than any of the pollsters are expecting.

I'm finding tonight is such a nailbiter that I had to cancel my appointment just to be here to see it live. Well, that and bad roads. :-)

120 posted on 01/19/2012 1:01:38 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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