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Fox News Poll: Santorum Surges Nationally After Three-State Sweep [Ties Romney at 30%; Gingrich 16%]
FoxNews ^ | February 09, 2012 | Dana Blanton

Posted on 02/10/2012 9:57:42 AM PST by Steelfish

Fox News Poll: Santorum Surges Nationally After Three-State Sweep By Dana Blanton February 10, 2012

Rick Santorum has surged nationally in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination after his three-state sweep this week, while Mitt Romney has lost ground among GOP primary voters. In addition, most GOP voters say the nomination race isn’t over -- someone other than Romney could still win. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Friday.

The new poll was conducted over four nights this week -- Monday through Thursday -- so it provides a unique opportunity to compare Santorum’s support before and after his wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. And the results are striking.

Click here to view full Fox News poll results.

In interviews conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights -- immediately before the news of his victories -- Santorum received the backing of 17 percent of GOP primary voters. That was well behind Romney (35 percent) and Newt Gingrich (26 percent), and slightly ahead of Ron Paul (14 percent).

In interviews conducted on Wednesday and Thursday nights -- after his wins -- Santorum’s support nearly doubled, which put him tied at the top with Romney for those two days at 30 percent. That’s an increase of 13 percentage points. Over the last two nights, Romney also received 30 percent, a drop of 5 points. Gingrich came in at 16 percent, down 10 points. Paul’s support held steady at 15 percent.

Looking at the results from all four nights of this week’s interviewing, Romney retains his frontrunner spot with 33 percent, followed by Santorum at 23 percent, Gingrich at 22 percent and Paul at 15 percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; elections; santorum; worstprimaryever
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1 posted on 02/10/2012 9:57:49 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Antoninus; Lazlo in PA; American Constitutionalist

Well this news will cause some heads to explode...


2 posted on 02/10/2012 10:00:43 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Steelfish

So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state?


3 posted on 02/10/2012 10:01:11 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: Steelfish
HIS NATIONWIDE ONLINE DONATIONS ARE GOING THROUGH THE ROOF!!!

Just a little bit more, a win in Arizona or God willing, Michigan, and we can truly call him the GOP FRONTRUNNER. As it is, Santorum is the Conservative Frontrunner in my estimate.

4 posted on 02/10/2012 10:01:54 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: jim_trent

yes


5 posted on 02/10/2012 10:02:15 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Mush is not going to carry the day" Mark Levin 2/09/12)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I just contributed. COME ON FREEPERS. THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!


6 posted on 02/10/2012 10:03:16 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Mush is not going to carry the day" Mark Levin 2/09/12)
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To: jim_trent

Yep. Just like we Republicans did 150 years ago with Abe Lincoln, who failed numerous times before winning. Yes.


7 posted on 02/10/2012 10:03:39 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: Steelfish

Looks hopeless for Gingrich. Santorum will win nomination.


8 posted on 02/10/2012 10:03:41 AM PST by entropy12 (Islam is intolerant of every other religion. Western countries are finally learning this.)
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To: Steelfish

After SC, I told my wife that Santorum would never win.

I had to apologize.


9 posted on 02/10/2012 10:05:34 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Steelfish

If this poll was Monday-Thursday and most people weren’t aware of the Santorum Sweep until Tuesday night, expect an even greater surge in polls that are completely post-sweep.

Now that Santorum has the “mo”, it’s up to him to figure out how to sustain it.

It may also help Santorum that the Texas primary appears to be postponed until later in the spring or early summer over redistricting battles. It would likely had been a Gingrich win had it gone off the first week of April as planned but now that huge chunk of delegates is really up for grabs.


10 posted on 02/10/2012 10:06:50 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Steelfish

I would like to see a contest between Santorum and Gingrich.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 10:06:59 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=‘Don't , worry you'll be a vegetable guy soon’/<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: jim_trent

That was then, this is now. He ran against a candidate who was pro-gun, pro-life, and during a time of anti-Bush sentiment and the son of a former Pa Governor with a cascade of out-of-state cash from NARAL and EMILY’s LIST


12 posted on 02/10/2012 10:07:25 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: jim_trent
So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state?

Whose electoral record do you think is better? Romney's, who lost a Senate bid and ducked a challenging reelection race? Gingrich & Paul's, who sat in a safe congressional districts and never won statewide?

Most of us realized a long time ago that this presidential field was far from perfect.

13 posted on 02/10/2012 10:08:41 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: entropy12

Gingrich needs to make a graceful exit. This is our last hope for a true conservative candidate that now appears to have the backing of both Rush and Mark Levin.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:14 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

This Is Rick Santorum

Posted By Jazz Shaw On February 10, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Elections 2012,Health Care,Politics,Religion,US News | 78 Comments

Up until this week we had been faced with a few different possibilities in terms of potential challengers to President Obama in November, none of which seemed overly pleasing to clucking tongues in conservative sewing circles. It always had the appearance of a choice between Mitt “Mr. Inevitable” Romney and any one of a series of cracked, flawed, or otherwise questionable alternatives. Even the latest in this series, Newt Two Point Oh, brought with him worries as to whether his airport caravan sized train of “baggage” might allow Barack Obama’s reelection team to make the race an archaeological dig into the former speaker’s lengthy history rather than a referendum on the wreckage left in the wake of Obama’s first three years in office.

But following his impressive hat trick [1] on February 7th, we are now faced with a different possibility in the person of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. (Or, as he was known through the course of the first 349 debates, “that guy at the last lectern who never gets any questions.”) And if the seas part at precisely the right moment and he somehow becomes the nominee, we may find ourselves with the opportunity to conduct a long-awaited and fascinating experiment in American political theory.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/this-is-rick-santorum/?print=1


15 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:15 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: jim_trent
[ So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state? ]

You mean just like the first Republican President?????

16 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:28 AM PST by GraceG
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To: jim_trent

This is not the same world as it was in 2006. It’s barely the same planet.


17 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:35 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: Steelfish
In summary, the Wed-Thurs result:

Romney & Santorum - 30%
Gingrich - 16%
Paul - 15%

18 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:51 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: afraidfortherepublic; American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; AuH2ORepublican; BlackElk; ...
This is turning into a real high volume ping list. Go Rick.

Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

19 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:51 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: jim_trent

Much better to lose an election, than to get kicked out. I think Reagan said something like that once.


20 posted on 02/10/2012 10:11:04 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Leep

[ I would like to see a contest between Santorum and Gingrich. ]

Indeed, because if either won you wouldn’t end up with a crap sandwich.

Ronmney is a Crap Sandwich.


21 posted on 02/10/2012 10:11:59 AM PST by GraceG
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To: jim_trent
So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state?

Yes.

Kennedy never lost his senate seat. He would have been a great candidate?

22 posted on 02/10/2012 10:14:31 AM PST by BRL
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To: All

LOL at all the cannibals around here who called Santorum every name in the book saying he should drop out for the Great Newt. Just lol


23 posted on 02/10/2012 10:14:38 AM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: entropy12

You do realize it is not even Mid-February really at this point. Just barely.

Lots of time before Super Tuesday.


24 posted on 02/10/2012 10:14:55 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Leep
Duh, that is what is going on, the rabbit (noot), just got lapped by the tortoise.
25 posted on 02/10/2012 10:15:28 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: OrangeHoof
Gallup tracking is generally consistent with the FoxNews result:

Today's result from Feb 3rd - Feb 9th (2/3 before Iowa, 1/3 after):

Romney 34% (-2)
Santorum 22% (+2)
Gingrich 18% (-2)
Paul 10% (E)

26 posted on 02/10/2012 10:16:06 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: KeyLargo

[ Even the latest in this series, Newt Two Point Oh, brought with him worries as to whether his airport caravan sized train of “baggage” might allow Barack Obama’s reelection team to make the race an archaeological dig into the former speaker’s lengthy history rather than a referendum on the wreckage left in the wake of Obama’s first three years in office. ]

[But following his impressive hat trick [1] on February 7th, we are now faced with a different possibility in the person of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. (Or, as he was known through the course of the first 349 debates, “that guy at the last lectern who never gets any questions.”) ]

I could imagine Mark Steyn reciting this.


27 posted on 02/10/2012 10:17:17 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Mountain Mary
COME ON FREEPERS. THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!

Why is this a good thing? The only thing we really know for sure about him --- his unrelenting and often seen as sanctimonious pro-life social focus --- is precisely what will turn off the majority of Americans, particularly women.

But, let's cross our fingers and hope there's nothing in his tax returns. Let's cross our toes and hope he doesn't sign another TARP, let's just cover our eyes and ignore that he has neither private sector management NOR Congressional management experience.

But, hell, I'll play: YEAH!!! SANTORUM WILL SAVE US!! WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' PENNSYLVANIA TO WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

28 posted on 02/10/2012 10:18:05 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Steelfish

Romney can now conclude he has destroyed Gingrich, and be pleased to confront Santorum.
Just as Obama would be pleased to know he can confront Romney.

Have weak opponents if you want to win.
Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Make no mistake, Romney can easily beat Santorum.


29 posted on 02/10/2012 10:21:31 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Public education -- government cheese for the brain.)
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To: Steelfish

30 posted on 02/10/2012 10:21:31 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: GraceG

I hope so - in a lot of ways, I think what finished Romney is that he lost to the one who had so far been the least popular in the race. That shows you how little the average GOP voter likes Romney.

I’m not sure I’d vote for Santorum myself because he reminds me of Jimmy Carter, he’s prissy, self-righteous and I simply don’t like him; in addition, I haven’t heard any particularly impressive ideas from him and his Senate career was pretty undistinguished. Furthermore, he was left untouched in the primaries because Romney had written him off and didn’t bother to rev up the destruction machine, so he hasn’t received the exposure of the other candidates.

If it comes down to a contest between Santorum and Gingrich, I’m sure Gingrich will win. But I do think that this Santorum win has really finished Romney, and that’s a good thing. A very good thing.


31 posted on 02/10/2012 10:21:57 AM PST by livius
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To: jim_trent
So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state?

That's a tired arguement. He WON a lot more elections before he lost that last one. And he lost in 2006. A year when a whole helluva lot of Republicans lost. He lost to the namesake son of a very well liked, pro-life democrat former Governor. He lost in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal. He lost in part because American's were starting to lose faith in the GOP Congress and W (for good reason) and he lost because he played to good soldier and went against his beliefs and personal inclinations to do the sitting President's bidding by endorsing Arlen Spectre 2 years earlier.

That was then. This is now!

32 posted on 02/10/2012 10:22:04 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

loved to be pinged. Thank you


33 posted on 02/10/2012 10:22:09 AM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: GraceG

Rick Santorum is no Abraham Lincoln.

And, no, I am not and never was a Romneybot (or a Paulbot for that matter).


34 posted on 02/10/2012 10:22:51 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: KeyLargo

Shove this crap up your paulbot butt.


35 posted on 02/10/2012 10:24:04 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: jim_trent
Rick Santorum is no Abraham Lincoln.

Neither is he Ronald Reagan.

Last I checked, neither of those guys is running.

36 posted on 02/10/2012 10:25:00 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: jim_trent
So we are staking our hopes on a guy that couldn’t win his own seat in his own state?

Yes, we are ...

Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:
37 posted on 02/10/2012 10:25:00 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Careful there.

This thing is very volatile.

You just may well have to eat your own sarcastic, aspersion-casting words in the future and wear a Santorum for President button in the fall. Just sayin'.

38 posted on 02/10/2012 10:25:56 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Santorum is worth a good second look, my friends. Why is it the media and White House hate him so?)
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To: jim_trent

Have you ever heard of Abraham Lincoln? Sheesh!


39 posted on 02/10/2012 10:28:10 AM PST by Anti-Hillary (No Jesus, No Peace! Know Jesus, Know Peace!)
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To: Scythian

Don’t forget, Honest Abe was a champion pro wrestler.


40 posted on 02/10/2012 10:28:20 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Steelfish

>> Gingrich needs to make a graceful exit <<

Yeah, sure, like the Sun needs to rise in the west tomorrow morning, or like Bibi Netanyahu needs to convert to Islam. Dream on.


41 posted on 02/10/2012 10:32:00 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Mygirlsmom
This is not the same world as it was in 2006. It’s barely the same planet.

Well said.

42 posted on 02/10/2012 10:32:10 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I've nothing to be careful about, my friend.

If Santorum gets the nomination, I'll stay home. There's no reason to waste precious gas trying to stop the other side's landslide victory.

But, thanks for your post. I enjoyed it.

43 posted on 02/10/2012 10:32:20 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Right_in_Virginia

“Why is this a good thing? The only thing we really know for sure about him -— his unrelenting and often seen as sanctimonious pro-life social focus -— is precisely what will turn off the majority of Americans, particularly women.”

in other words, you hate him not because he’s a RINO but because he actually is a conservative. Gotcha.


44 posted on 02/10/2012 10:34:52 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Right_in_Virginia

“If Santorum gets the nomination, I’ll stay home. There’s no reason to waste precious gas trying to stop the other side’s landslide victory. “

Might as well vote for Obama to get your beloved abortions.


45 posted on 02/10/2012 10:35:55 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Right_in_Virginia
If Santorum gets the nomination, I'll stay home.

Better you stay home than go to the polls and vote for Kaine and Obama.

46 posted on 02/10/2012 10:39:02 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: jim_trent

Yes, it is sad, but the guy who never lost an election, and has been re-elected Governor of Texas 3 times, is sadly no longer in the race, and we have what we have.

Gingrich hasn’t won an election since 1998, and never had to compete for more than 200,000 votes or so.. Santorum hasn’t won an election since 2000, but at least it was a full-state election, where he won 2.4 million votes. Romney hasn’t won an election since 2002.

Ron Paul keeps getted elected, but in a single congressional district with no real competition — does that count?

Santorum got more votes in his disastrous senate loss (1.6 million), than Newt Gingrich got in any of his victories. In fact, it’s likely Santorum got more DIFFERENT voters to choose him in his 2006 loss than Gingrich has gotten in all his campaigns put together.


47 posted on 02/10/2012 10:40:27 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Right_in_Virginia
WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' PENNSYLVANIA TO WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2844749/posts

Rick is now the strongest GOP candidate in PA. Apparently we Keystone Staters are a bunch of knuckle dragging Papists.

Let's cross our toes and hope he doesn't sign another TARP

Santorum didn't vote or tarp or the GM bailout nor was he for it.

48 posted on 02/10/2012 10:40:50 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: ari-freedom
Oh, for heaven's sake calm down. I don't hate anyone, including Santorum.

I don't want him to be nominated because he's a sure loser in November.Period. Really. Santorum won't even carry Pennsylvania. It's has nothing to do with hating him, I just want to be sure Obama’s voted out of office.

With Santorum as his opponent, Obama can work on his golf game.

And if you thought about this--strategically and not emotionally--you would agree.

But don't burn yourself out. This is a LONG process.

Thanks.

49 posted on 02/10/2012 10:42:09 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Timber Rattler
" Well this news will cause some heads to explode..."

Yeah, they will have to get a fresh supply of sour grapes..
Sorry Losermen.... not classy in losing... they were so sure their guy would win the south and be on top by now...
50 posted on 02/10/2012 10:42:44 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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