Skip to comments.UT/TT Poll: Santorum Crushing GOP Hopefuls in Texas (Santorum 45%, Romney 16%)
Posted on 02/20/2012 5:27:44 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
Santorum would get the votes of 45 percent of the respondents if the election were held today, according to the survey. The other three candidates in the GOP race former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are clustered well behind. Gingrich got 18 percent, Romney received 16 percent and Paul garnered 14 percent.
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I am aware of that. But he did support mandates. Obama will point that out to him, be assured of that. It will give Obama the upperhand.
I intend to vote for our nominee be it Santorum, Newt, uh Romney I would have to seriously think about, but at least he isn’t Obama.
His goal is to get 15% of the vote in Michigan. He should have been living in Arizona, campaigning there non-stop. Romney can’t spend all of his time in both Michigan (fighting Santorum) and in Arizona (fighting off Gingrich). Romney would have to spend all of his time defending his home turf against Santorum, like he is now, leaving Newt competitive in Arizona by the fact that he would be the only person campaigning there.
But what do I know?
! what? I havent seen those! I am a Mormon ads?
Nor have I.
Even Southern rural Democrats are pleading with their party to shut up on the issues of God, gays, and guns, saying the Democratic Party loses elections all over the South by being on the wrong side.
Most Americans are not atheists. Most Americans are not (yet) pro-gay. Even in major urban areas, while most residents don't own guns, they don't want to take guns away from those who do.
Seems to me like Santorum is kicking the Democrats exactly where they need to be kicked by making these issues front and center.
Thanks, that needed to be said.
I see any of the candidates on our side as changing a whole lot.
The negativism around here is ridiculous.
Obama sucks, people know it even though they may not be out there screaming it on the streets.
As Levin said, an orange juice can is better than Obama.
THANK YOU! I don’t get all the idiotic negativity around here by FReepers who think Obama can’t be beaten in November. The truth is, his presidency has been a catastrophic FAILURE by any objective measure and his job approval numbers are WEAK going into an election year! There is absolutely NOTHING positive about his record that he can run on and I don’t care how many hundreds of millions of dollars he has in his “war chest”. Obama is as good as BURNT TOAST in November, though that COULD change if the hand-wringing Negative Nellies on our side don’t stop with all the damn self-defeatist talk!
Rick Santorum is leading for two reasons:
1. The public crusifixion of Newt Gingrich by Mitt Romney, the Media and establishment republicans. Much of which is inaccurate and some plain false. His own moral failings are public knowledge. (I am glad mine arent). But to think the others are innocent of moral failings is to discount much of the gospel. Newt is redeemed and forgiven by God, we would do well to do the same.
2. Ron Paul is unacceptable because of a naviee view of radical Islam and their purposes. Mitt Romney is the worse kind of politician, seeking office solely for the purpose of self interest...and does anything and everything to get elected.
Rick is what most people believe they have left. So they build him up in their own minds in order to get excited about his candidacy. He is an average Jr. Senator, that needs more seasoning, and in a sense a very average communicator. He will lose to Obama.
I AM NOT TRYING TO BE NEGATIVE JUST REALISTIC. THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE RICK SANTORUM MORE THAN HE IS WILL NOT HELP HIM WIN. LOOKING AT HIM REALISTICALLY HELPS US IN MANY WAYS. VETTING IS THE NORMAL COURSE OF ALL GOOD POLITICAL ANYAYSIS.
We’ve seen them during the evening news here.
Many of my Italian American friends in western PA...yes, traditionally vote Rat....will vote for anyone but Obama...you can take that to the bank!
If he wins Michigan, he WILL end up as the nominee”
Let’s play that out...do you think that Santorum can win in November?
I think that is a “maybe”...he has a shot. Not a shoo in, but he has a shot. And I think he has a better shot than Romney or Gingrich.
I would not be opposed to having a contested convention and having some combination of McDonnell/Jindal/Walker come out of that.
Or Santorum with any of those guys at the bottom, that’d be ok, too.
I’d also be ok with Santorum/McDonnell/Jindal/Walker with Christie as VP. (I know them’s fighting words here). But we have to keep our eyes on teh prize here.
What is the most important pro life objective? To beat obama. And to beat him, ideally, with a strong pro lifer. Obviously Santorum is the strongest possible alternative to him in that regard.
But we have an economic agenda as well, and as has been routinely noted, Santorum needs some muscle here from Walker, and he needs to turn his back on George W. Bush.....while still hanging onto the blue collar votes that he has gotten in the past.
In any event...just some random thoughts.
Back to the question: do you think Santorum can win in November? I think he’s got a shot, but he has some real weaknesses.
I guess he's updated, this is from his site: "Enforcing immigration and labor laws including through employer verification including an E-Verify system that is simple, reliable, and protects businesses."
Everyone of our candidates have weaknesses.
Dirty little secret? Obama has far more than our candidates do and he proves that daily.
Once the primaries are over, maybe there will be some time spent pointing that out.
Don’t quite understand your reasoning.
If Santorum continues to rise, he will get a majority of the delegates and there will be no brokered convention.
If he falters and the vote is more divided, it is a faint possibility.
I don’t think it would be that good for the country. If the promises, deals, and horse trading start, Mitt might hold the whip hand.
It would need to go through several votes before an outsider could be considered.
It would be fun television but it’s a ‘be careful what you wish for’ situation.
I strongly suggest all real conservatives get a copy of a new book called REGANS COMEBACK it is a carbon copy of whats happening right now. Basically it states that Regan the new comer was getting wracked by the man from Michigan an during the Texas Primary he became the winner. Remember the establishment was in bed with Ford as the next guy due to run. We do know what happened next don’t we? Pray the same happens for Newt...............
Rick is what most people believe they have left. So they build him up in their own minds in order to get excited about his candidacy.
Hmmm... You seem to be describing the very phenomenon that got OBAMA elected in 2008. HE was a blank slate and tens of millions of voters got excited building up in their minds whatever image of him they wanted.
Bottom line... The election is still 8-1/2 months away and I believe I’m being very REALISTIC in predicting that Obama will be defeated.
Seems to me like Santorum is kicking the Democrats exactly where they need to be kicked by making these issues front and center.”
That is precisely Santorum’s strength. Remember, there are two kinds of indy voters. The fiscally “conservative” socially liberal. These are the indys who the media identify, and they of course voted obama.
But there are also the indys that the media ignores. These are the bitter clingers that have often voted Democratic...basically Reagan Democrats.
Santorum is doing great here, and will do great here. But he does need the other indys to win in November. If the campaign becomes, “Santorum wants your birth control” that is going to be hard to overcome. And that is where obama and Axelrod want the campaign to go.
Santorum’s strength is also his one weakness...perhaps, dare I say it, a blue blood fiscally conservative/socially ambivalent running mate might help. Reagan/Bush.
Oh my goodness. I said it. Many freepers will say under no circumstances. But many of them in other posts will also talk about how meaningless the VP slot is if held by a conservative. If it is meaningless for a conservative, then it is meaningless for a liberal. And again, the overriding objective (no...imperative) is to beat obama.
We shall see how this plays out...but I do agree with you that Santorum has a strength here that the media by its very nature is unable to recognize, seeing as the media is dominated by a bunch of fags and libertines who don’t own guns.
Perry is beloved enough to be the longest ever governor in the state and a man who could win again.
The leftists hate him with a passion because he is too conservative.
I don’t know who you are and what positions you have in Texas but Rick Perry has been great for the state.
That said, I don’t think endorsements help that much no matter who give them.
Has the Texas GOP changed it back to a winner take all
Sorry; my bad. As of right now, Texas is NOT a winner-take-all in the Primary.
“There are no plans or discussions for changing to a winner-take-all system,” Party Spokesman Chris Elam said Tuesday.