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UT/TT Poll: Santorum Crushing GOP Hopefuls in Texas (Santorum 45%, Romney 16%)
The Texas Tribune ^ | 2/20/12 | Ross Ramsey

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: freeperheadsexplode; getoutnewt; newtgetout; poll; ricksantorum; santorum; texas
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To: no dems

Yes Marco Rubio is a must, but I worry about Santorum in PA., and quite frankly in Ohio. He already lost PA by 18, in yes a very rough year. Ohio is a strange state, and much of Santorum’s message will not play well in the large metropolitian areas. Ohio will be won by the one who can appeal to the indepedants in that state who swing back and forth depending on the candidate.

141 posted on 02/20/2012 8:13:32 AM PST by dt57
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To: dt57

dt57 wrote:
I hope you are right. I would really love to be able to say President Rick Santorum said......

I do think he is a long shot, and why I am publically supporting Newt Gingrinch for president.

Rick has yet to satisfy me to his loss in PA. Why did he move to Virgina? Why did he use PA. funds to educate his children and then when confronted refuse to pay the state back when he clearly lived somewhere else? Why did the voters sour on him and vote him out by 18 per cent. Those are important questions, and not about being a hater. They need to be answered better. It is not enough to say it was a bad year for republicans, it was NOT that bad. Having said all that Rick is one of the candidates I will get behind and support if he wins the nomination. Newt would be a more engaging and successful candidate against Obama, IN MY OPINION. I think I can still have an opinion. I would like to be wrong.


I live in Pennsylvania. I don’t claim to know the exact reasons why he lost the state by such a large margin in 2006, but here are some plausible explanations:

1) PA is traditionally a heavily Democratic state and 2006 turned out to be an election that heavily benefited their party nationally. And, yes, it absolutely was a very BAD year for Republicans. After all, the Dems did recapture the House and Senate that election.

2) Many PA conservatives were still upset with Santorum for endorsing liberal establishment “Republican” Arlen Specter in his 2004 re-election bid (Bush endorsed Specter as well) and therefore many conservatives refused to help re-elect Santorum in 2006. Santorum was simply trying to be a loyal “party guy” and he’ll be the first to admit it was a big mistake.

3) Santorum’s 2006 senate opponent was Bob Casey Jr. His father Bob Casey Sr. had long been an immensely popular Democrat politician in PA and his son no doubt tremendously benefited from the association.

Comparing the 2006 elections to the current political climate is apples-to-oranges. These are different times, different worlds. What happened back then is completely irrelevant to the upcoming election.

142 posted on 02/20/2012 8:15:31 AM PST by DestroyLiberalism
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Found it! Thanks!

143 posted on 02/20/2012 8:16:40 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: straps

“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....”

In the end Ford won the nomination and lost to Carter. So you want Newt to win the nomination but lose to Obama? LOL!

I understand what you what you mean but the analogy isn’t the best!

144 posted on 02/20/2012 8:17:26 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: Mountain Mary

Ok, maybe I might look foolish, but I am neither angry nor spiteful. I have a lot of unanswered question for Rick Santorum, and getting little help answering them. Thanks for what you are doing, and I mean that. When I make statements about Rick and ask questions it is because I care, and he worries me a great deal.

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 aren’t). 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.

145 posted on 02/20/2012 8:18:27 AM PST by dt57
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Interesting poll stats:

26% consider themselves in the middle re repub vs dem.

35% of respondants are dems

33% declare themselves repubs.

31% live in the Dallas fort worth area

38% finished high school only.

No doubt these poll results reflect the voting population in texas to a T. (WTF?)

146 posted on 02/20/2012 8:21:16 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: going hot
So the majority of those polled in this poll are democrats who are in the middle politically and have only a high school education, and 45% of them vote for Mr. Santorum.

This is how we are going to win in November? Don't hang up the work gloves just yet.

147 posted on 02/20/2012 8:28:56 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: going hot

The party affiliation stats sound about right - this is an open primary state.

Not sure about education breakdown though. I think Highschool grad or less might be under represented.

148 posted on 02/20/2012 8:35:00 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: magna carta

Its just the “feel good” polling right now in Texas. Once Santornem’s rocket ride fades, you’ll see Newt come back. When no one’s watching and no one knows who they really pull, even the Evangelicals will vote common sense. And common sense is Newt.

149 posted on 02/20/2012 8:36:18 AM PST by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: MrEdd

So what happens in November when those same dems hear the call and bahhh their way to the booth to vote dem?

150 posted on 02/20/2012 8:38:03 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Hawthorn

Texas ain’t a tinfoil hat bunch. RonPaul would have a tough time getting reelected again in Kemah, these debates have really shown the world how loony RP is, there ‘s just not that many Libertarians.

151 posted on 02/20/2012 8:40:19 AM PST by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: FerociousRabbit

You are absolutely right. I don’t know who is running Newt’s campaign but, whoever it is, they need to be fired.

152 posted on 02/20/2012 8:40:37 AM PST by no dems (How did we end up with such an inferior GOP slate of candidates for President this year?)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Thanks, partners.

153 posted on 02/20/2012 8:42:18 AM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Sorry, but that BOOM is no one beleiving UT or Soros’ rag TexTrib really tell the truth about anything TexGOP much less anything Perry has touched. Very poor sources down here, hell might as well start quoting Dallas News.

154 posted on 02/20/2012 8:44:22 AM PST by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: MrEdd; greyfox; writer33; Lazlo in PA; napscoordinator; antonius; CharlesWayneCT
Mr, Edd, I really don't know what to make of your comments. I don't in any way see Christians having our boots on the neck of the Republican Party.

If we did, there's be a lot of broken necks of a lot of people.

People are bashing conservative Christians right here on Free Republic — one of the better conservative Republican websites out there — and the stuff said about conservative Christians in RINO circles is much worse.

Personally, I don't want to see broken necks of non-Christians. Our country has a written Constitution that gives explicit guarantees to people who hold religious beliefs different from the majority. Those guarantees were originally given with Quakers, Roman Catholics and Jews in mind. Today, we as evangelical Christians are being forced to claim those protections against liberal rulers.

I don't have to like the views of my non-Christian colleagues, and I want to see them converted, but men like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson gave them the right to call themselves patriotic Americans under the terms of our Constitution.

140 posted on Monday, February 20, 2012 10:13:32 AM by MrEdd: “Social conservatives are not going to compromise this time around. If you personally are okay with the left getting its way on those issues, I personally am okay with the left getting its way with your wealth, your parents wealth, my wealth, and everyone else’s. As Howlin said, the Christians have oir boot on the neck of the party. we get a social.conservative, or everyone gets the Democrat. There is no compromise here, and that is why Santorum is surging.”

155 posted on 02/20/2012 8:46:13 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: DestroyLiberalism



156 posted on 02/20/2012 8:47:37 AM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: dt57

I wasn’t referring to those like yourself who might have concerns but voice them thoughtfully.

Rick has improved in public speaking, confidence and clarity of message.
What I like about him is that he’s not afraid to stand up for his values and beliefs or take on the media.

You are probably right that he needs more seasoning..but that’s okay. Would we rather have a nominee who is a little wet around the ears but who is willing to grow and learn..or a flip flopping, unscrupulous, power hungry phony who’s been campaigning for seven years, honing his fake message and deceiving the electorate?
As for being an average Jr. senator, that might be true..but I don’t see the problem.
This is a whole new venu and ball game. Anybody can improve.
Game on!

157 posted on 02/20/2012 8:47:52 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Freedom is at stake in this election. Rick Santorum)
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To: magna carta

It is easy to reproduce and have your kid reproduce. In general, illegals are not having trouble with this. The fact that illegals can be grandmas is nothing to worship or pity. Older people use up a lot of medical care and taxpayers get stuck paying for it. We have no lack of poor; there is no need to import same.

158 posted on 02/20/2012 8:50:00 AM PST by Yaelle (I would have paid to see Santorum slap down old Shieffer yesterday. So I donated! Go Rick!)
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To: FerociousRabbit

Newt’s strategy is to let Santornem burn up Mitt’s $, lay low until the Rick fizzle begins and make the move where the high count delegates reside.

159 posted on 02/20/2012 8:51:18 AM PST by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: no dems; All

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is NOT an establishment RINO and if he wins, he will make a fine CONSERVATIVE Senator.

I do not need to make any unsupported accusations against Bush’s ex-solicitor general Ted Cruz, like you seem to feel the need to do against Lt. Governor Dewhurst. You may look into the Cruz’s establishment creditials for yourself, and you will find more of them than are there for Dewhurst.

160 posted on 02/20/2012 8:51:55 AM PST by ngat
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