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Santorum moves ahead in Michigan (Santorum 39, Romney 24, Paul 12, Gingrich 11)
Public Policy Polling ^ | 2/13/12 | staff

Posted on 02/13/2012 8:12:57 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009

Rick Santorum's taken a large lead in Michigan's upcoming Republican primary. He's at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.

Santorum's rise is attributable to two major factors: his own personal popularity (a stellar 67/23 favorability) and GOP voters increasingly souring on Gingrich. Santorum's becoming something closer and closer to a consensus conservative candidate as Gingrich bleeds support.

Santorum's winning an outright majority of the Tea Party vote with 53% to 22% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich. He comes close to one with Evangelicals as well at 48% to 20% for Romney and 12% for Gingrich. And he cracks the 50% line with voters identifying as 'very conservative' at 51% to 20% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich.

Santorum's benefiting from the open nature of Michigan's primary as well. He's only up by 12 points with actual Republican voters, but he has a 40-21 advantage with the Democrats and independents planning to vote that pushes his overall lead up to 15 points. Santorum is winning by a healthy margin in every region of the state except for Oakland County, where Romney has a 40-26 advantage, and the area around Lansing where Paul actually has an advantage at 30% to 27% for both Romney and Santorum.

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To: conservaterian
"...can someone please tell me how the hell Mitt beats Newt among Tea Partiers and Evangelicals???"

My bet is: 1) Females among Tea Partiers who dislike Gingrich for his marital history and dislike Santorum for his religious convictions 2) Evangelicals among both genders who dislike anyone with a Washington DC resume (Gingrich & Santorum).

101 posted on 02/13/2012 9:25:03 AM PST by drpix
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I like the sweater vests but I would not wear them. I just want a President who will have principles and morals. It will be so refreshing. I can’t wait. By the way, I have a chance of getting my wish. Do you think your candidate will win the nomination? It isn’t looking good.


102 posted on 02/13/2012 9:25:34 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: ichabod1

Were you aware that he lost reelection in his own home state by 17-18%...?


103 posted on 02/13/2012 9:25:34 AM PST by ruschpa
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
If you want to be added or dropped from the Mitten ping list freepmail me.

Sorry for the confusion, magslinger--I emailed myself a copy in a moment of clarity.

104 posted on 02/13/2012 9:25:47 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: jackv

February 28th.


105 posted on 02/13/2012 9:26:06 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Romney should drop out.


106 posted on 02/13/2012 9:26:47 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: ohioWfan

I could care less what you and your kind think......I do quite well all on my own without your definition of all things righteous.


107 posted on 02/13/2012 9:28:48 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Strategerist

Like that isn’t going to happen to any candidate we nominate?


108 posted on 02/13/2012 9:29:21 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Logical me

“The only hope we have is Newt Gingrich.”

I’ll try to break it to you gently.

You ain’t got no hope if Newt’s the only hope you got.


109 posted on 02/13/2012 9:30:28 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Much prefer Newt, but

GO RICK!!!!!


110 posted on 02/13/2012 9:31:30 AM PST by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Is it a three-man race or a two-man race?

or....

Is it becoming a one man race? (I know. Premature, but I can hope.)

Go Rick!


111 posted on 02/13/2012 9:33:52 AM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
"My kind??" LOL! Pray tell, what might "my kind" be?

Someone with moral values, who understands the importance of those values in our leaders? Someone who understands that our Founders understood that without morality in government, America could not last?

Is that what "my kind" is?

112 posted on 02/13/2012 9:35:09 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Good news. Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from the polls on February 28 to Vote Santorum.


113 posted on 02/13/2012 9:35:16 AM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: ohioWfan

I am not a leftist, and been around a very long time. I keep hearing over and over again Newt has a problem with women. Well, I never hear it is about his plan or ideas, or even if he could run the county. I am just saying, it makes me wonder. I will proudly vote for Rick Santorum, and it will not be the first time I cast my vote for a candidate that will not win the general election. I am a 60 year old grandfather and I have seen this story play out before. So call me newbie or dubie, I don’t care. I am still wondering. Interestingly enough some of my ‘conservative’ women friends wonder the same thing at times. Just saying.


114 posted on 02/13/2012 9:37:53 AM PST by dt57
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To: Lazlo in PA

I said it made me wonder. It also makes a lot of my conservative women friends wonder as well. We are not looking for a spouse.


115 posted on 02/13/2012 9:38:02 AM PST by dt57
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; dps.inspect
FWIW, I knew you weren't a 'college kid,' psycho.

At least a college kid has the excuse of being young, inexperienced and gullible.

You, as far as I can tell, have no excuse.

116 posted on 02/13/2012 9:39:09 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: KansasGirl
Not sure what to make of this.

Independents here are largely social conservative and populists. Most of them are Reagan Democrats and distrusting of slick politicians. Newt's baggage hurts him. The more people know of Mitt the more they don't like him. Santorum's the best of the lot, earned his living, and is who he is.

As far as democrats go, PPP, a dem polling firm, had the crosstabs at 4% of the voters being democrat. Most here hate big business. Romney IS that. Newt was the boogeyman for Clinton. Ron Paul is libertarian far right. Michigan democrats love government. Santorum's simply not them.

117 posted on 02/13/2012 9:42:20 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: ruschpa
“Were you aware that he lost reelection in his own home state by 17-18%”

Were you aware that Romney was behind by 25% that same year and did not run for reelection?

118 posted on 02/13/2012 9:42:42 AM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: napscoordinator
Right, the country can and will go to hell in a hand basket under Santorum’s moderate to Liberal fiscal "guidance", as well as his love for bigger (”more efficient”) government. And under him, his love for Earmarks are here to stay.

More importantly, he has no real solution or clue on how to fix this mess, he has merely parroted some of the same ideas and things he heard Speaker Gingrich repeat during the debates. And he certainly has no executive experience or professional background, nor has he fostered any real solutions on his own, that will work.

For years, the Reverend Rick established an indisputable record that mirrors exactly what I described about him.

But the only thing that matters, is that he have “Morals and Principles” (From a narrow social perspective.) while he makes every bit a mess of this country as Obama did, only in a slower and more deliberate way.

119 posted on 02/13/2012 9:43:11 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: dt57
Any conservative woman who would willingly give up her right to vote because some women vote badly, isn't much of an American.

Perhaps you need to find more intelligent, patriotic friends.

Besides that, the problem with women and Newt isn't his looks, as you said, nor is it that Rick is a looker (he's not). It's Newt's repeated infidelity. Even though he's repented from it, it belies a character flaw, and for many people, that's a deal breaker for the standard bearer of the party that stands for values.

btw, that includes my 30 year old son who doesn't care what a candidate looks like.

120 posted on 02/13/2012 9:44:47 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: ohioWfan
I rest my case. You are every bit as self righteous and sanctimonious as your candidate. Hypocrites like you are why religion as a whole is rapidly in decline in this country.

And once again, you attack me on a personal level first. you get it right back. (I learned that from those long nights under enemy fire from my foxhole.)

121 posted on 02/13/2012 9:49:11 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
...as well as his love for bigger (”more efficient”) government.

I think you have your candidates mixed up. That concept is Newt all the way. Have you read any of his books or listen to any of his ideas prior to him running for Pres? They all involve a "Conservative" gov't solution to Lib talking points.

122 posted on 02/13/2012 9:53:31 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: ohioWfan

I don’t think you’re wrong.


123 posted on 02/13/2012 9:54:23 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I understand that the word "hypocrite" is a buzzword for leftists and anti-religious bigots, but please explain your use of the word, as there is absolutely nothing I've said that warrants its use.

I understand your 'rules' psycho. You permit yourself to insult and name-call at any level while whining and bellyaching at the imaginary slights you are offended by in the words of others.

You're a dish-it-out-freely-can't-take-it psycho.

But there's nothing 'sanctimonious' in anything I've said. It's fact. Judeo-Christian morality was a significant building block in this great Republic, and the Founders knew that tearing it down would destroy it.

Now either factually defend your amoral, bigoted position, or cease and desist the nonsense you're posting.

124 posted on 02/13/2012 9:55:09 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: mojitojoe

I don’t think so either. :)


125 posted on 02/13/2012 9:55:53 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: HMS Surprise

I like Gingrich. I believe he is the only one smart enough to save us. Santorum might make a good VP and I would like
Bolton for SOS.


126 posted on 02/13/2012 10:00:23 AM PST by Venturer
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; Impy; Pan_Yans Wife; BufordP; ...

Getting interesting ping!


127 posted on 02/13/2012 10:00:41 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

You still don’t get it. You come to all the pro-Santorum threads to bash him but you NEVER say anything positive about Newt. You are doing more harm to Newt than you even realize. I can’t wait until Santorum wins the nomination. This country needs it’s morals, character, and principles back. Once America is back on track with social issues, the fiscal will follow easily. I LOVE every vote that Santorum gave. Most of the nonsense you spew is add ons to the bills which I am surprised a supposedly education woman doesn’t know that. Perhaps you are not as smart as you think you are.


128 posted on 02/13/2012 10:02:30 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Go Rick! The hard left's worst nightmare.

This sure is fun to watch. :-)
129 posted on 02/13/2012 10:04:03 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: Venturer

I like Gingrich. I believe he is the only one smart enough to save us. Santorum might make a good VP and I would like
Bolton for SOS.

Sadly for you, nobody is voting for Newt and I don’t see him fighting in Michigan or Arizona. I think it is crazy to just care about Super Tuesday while Santorum gets stronger and stronger in the South. I think Gingrich is making a huge error putting all his eggs in the South. He reminds me of Guiliani’s 2008 campaign. He ended up losing because he waited too long to start working for the nomination.


130 posted on 02/13/2012 10:07:37 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: jackv

I thgink it’s the 287th, along with AZ. If Mitt loses MI, he’s toast.


131 posted on 02/13/2012 10:08:14 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Antoninus
Santorum might actually have a chance at reassembling that old Reagan collation.

I would never have thought that he could do it, but apparently he is.

132 posted on 02/13/2012 10:08:40 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: ohioWfan

Take your personal attacks elsewhere, I am ignoring you from here on out.


133 posted on 02/13/2012 10:13:35 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: taildragger

I also think Rick seems blue collar.


134 posted on 02/13/2012 10:15:28 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: napscoordinator

The very fact that you support Santorum and used to bash Newt every chance you got in past threads, is absolute proof that you are not as smart as you think you are.

And like another here, you will also be ignored from here on.


135 posted on 02/13/2012 10:16:17 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Venturer

I have taken a “match your desires to the candidates” test (Sorry don’t have the link now) many months ago when there were something like 8 GOP candidates. Santorum came out as the best match for me. I am very happy at how well he is doing now, obviously. I suspect that if you took a similar test, you would find (as many apparently are) that he is a good match for you, too.


136 posted on 02/13/2012 10:17:05 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: In Maryland

A brokered convention is undoubtedly what she is pushing. Her conditional support for Gingrich, “to keep the process going” was a clear move to get to the convention with no clear winner, and everyone looking for a acceptable compromise... i.e.: Sarah P. Works for me.


137 posted on 02/13/2012 10:21:25 AM PST by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can still go to hell.)
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To: ichabod1

What I like best about Santorum comes out when he speaks off the cuff about the Constitution and Declaration. He doesn’t need any type of prompting, and he makes so much sense... Gingrich is able to do the same thing, but comes across as a bit stiffer when he does so, and strays too often into progressivism when he does for my druthers.


138 posted on 02/13/2012 10:21:40 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

And like another here, you will also be ignored from here on.

Oh man my day just gets better and better. Santorum is gaining in California now. And you ignoring me is the cherry on the cake. You cannot prove your slanderous comments about me bashing Newt. I am a Santorum supporter not a Newt Basher. Now you on the other hand are a Santorum basher and then nothing....not a word of praise for Newt. You are wasting your time on Santroum threads. We are committed. Perhaps you should got to positive Newt threads to stop the bleeding that is occurring with Newt supporters changing to Santorum supporters. Get read for President Santorum. You might cry, but you will be the only one.


139 posted on 02/13/2012 10:22:44 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
“President” Santorum will likely fire Congress and all Democrats the moment he takes office too, fer sher. And abolish Secularism. Now that's change the rest of America will gladly accept! /s (rolling eyes.)

Are you out of your mind or so you only act crazy?

140 posted on 02/13/2012 10:22:46 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: ohioWfan

Good for your 30 year old son and good for you. But you just proved my point. Do you not realize that we are talking about human beings and men in particular. So Saint Rick has never made any mistakes that speak to his character. Give me a break. We all sin and seek forgiveness, including Rick Santorum. Character is built over a lifetime. Jesus had his strongest words to the self-righteous. Seems he thought it the one of the worse sins. Just saying. We are looking for someone with courage and the ability to move the country forward. Like I said I will vote for Rick if he gets for enough. But he will not win. You may not like that, but for what it is worth, get back with me after the election.


141 posted on 02/13/2012 10:24:22 AM PST by dt57
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Paul will never drop out, but it is time for Newt to go

Much of Paul's support will return back to the dems anyway.

142 posted on 02/13/2012 10:24:41 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: ohioWfan; PSYCHO-FREEP
This comment is truly insane. Unbelieveable that anyone other than a hardcore leftist would ever say such a stupid thing.

I just asked him/her if they're really and truly insane or if their crazy act is just an act. I really want to know.

143 posted on 02/13/2012 10:25:07 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Newt was correct that it’s down to a “two-man race”....he just got the most-viable alternative to Romney wrong.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ppp-santorum-leads-romney-15-points_626728.html


144 posted on 02/13/2012 10:26:33 AM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Love it!


145 posted on 02/13/2012 10:33:08 AM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: TShaunK

How has newt “self-destructed?”. I think he has had plenty of help from so-called conservatives, filthy political ads, MSM, and idiots who are hung up on this new term, “electable.”. This alone should make everyone flock to Gingrich.


146 posted on 02/13/2012 10:33:58 AM PST by Toespi
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To: ConservativeTeen
Good, me too whenever we vote in NY.

Hey Mitt, time to quit!

147 posted on 02/13/2012 10:34:15 AM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: napscoordinator

I won’t complain if Santorum wins the nomination. Defeating Romney is our priority right now, and if Rick comes out on top, then so be it. I just never imagined him being someone to bring out Reagan Democrats. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have social conservatism in our corner as a backup plan in case the Obama regime keeps cooking the numbers to make people think that the economy is recovering.

Rick has had several weeks now to come up with material for next Wednesday’s debate. Let’s hope he doesn’t squander this opportunity like Newt in Florida.


148 posted on 02/13/2012 10:34:30 AM PST by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Wow... PSYCHO-FREEP, take it easy.. I only assumed that you may be a college kid based on the fact that most college kids don’t understand our form of government, that a president cannot fire a member of congress... perhaps you were speaking in hyperbole and I failed to understand your meaning....


149 posted on 02/13/2012 10:36:32 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Wow... PSYCHO-FREEP, take it easy.. I only assumed that you may be a college kid based on the fact that most college kids don’t understand our form of government, that a president cannot fire a member of congress... perhaps you were speaking in hyperbole and I failed to understand your meaning....


150 posted on 02/13/2012 10:36:44 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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