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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
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1 posted on 02/20/2012 5:27:45 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Ouch, babe.


2 posted on 02/20/2012 5:30:53 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

It shows just how much endorsements really mean since the dearly beloved Rick Perry endorsed Newt.


3 posted on 02/20/2012 5:33:42 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ez

Romney a distant 3rd in Texas :P


4 posted on 02/20/2012 5:34:00 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: freeangel

That one just shows how much Perry is respected, and how likely he was to have carried his own state had his campain continued.


5 posted on 02/20/2012 5:37:45 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: TexasFreeper2009

I wonder if Saint Rick could win West Texas. I am surprised to see that he is leading in TX; I had expected Gingrich to prevail. I imagine many think Gingrich will have pulled out by that time, but Newt says he will be in the running in Tampa!


6 posted on 02/20/2012 5:38:12 AM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: freeangel

More that it shows how utterly hopeless we are in 2012.

If Texas is so dense that it tosses its votes to this guy then we might as well hold the general election in July to save us the grief.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 5:38:33 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: TexasFreeper2009
IMO, the more I see Santorum rise in the pols, the more I see a brokered convention, with Jeb Bush nominated. The Establishment candidate. Only my opinion please don't flame.
8 posted on 02/20/2012 5:39:25 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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9 posted on 02/20/2012 5:40:05 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: freeangel

Newt’s placing in Florida is what is hurting him here. This will probably change in Newt’s favour, if he does very well come Super Tuesday.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 5:40:56 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: duckman

Texas is awash with illegals,I guess Newts amnesty plan of ILLEGAL RESIDENTS WITH 25 yr. roots was deemed unacceptable. We still cannot afford that many getting grants & instate rates.
Santorum does not do amnesty schemes...guess the word got out.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 5:43:36 AM PST by magna carta
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To: duckman

Do you think Italian Americans, many of whom are traditionally Democrat, are contributing to Saint Rick’s surge? Or is it the view that Saint Rick has the moral bearing to lead us to victory?


12 posted on 02/20/2012 5:43:45 AM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: Theodore R.

The religious freedom issue has welded Santorum to the lead in Texas.
This is still a bible belt state (Austen and Houston not withstanding) and that has always been Santorum’s strong issue.


13 posted on 02/20/2012 5:44:52 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: VanDeKoik

What’s the alternative Flip McRomney or Nancy Gingrich.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 5:45:07 AM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: duckman

Santorum is the fallback establishment candidate.


15 posted on 02/20/2012 5:46:07 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Take that, Ann Coulter!


16 posted on 02/20/2012 5:46:51 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

It seems that Ron Paul won’t be able to carry his home state. So of course, according to the Gingrich Rule, Ron needs to drop out.


17 posted on 02/20/2012 5:48:53 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Theodore R.

Santorum is the only one of the four who is not afraid of the MSM or of Obama. Rick feels free to say what he thinks. That is such an awful offense to RINOs!!!!!


18 posted on 02/20/2012 5:50:24 AM PST by abclily
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To: Theodore R.

I only see embarrassment for Santorum and his faith here on FR and on TV. People who meet Santorum like him. Maybe that is why he is surging.

There is a quiet undercurrent out there, people who are fed up with the culture of the country. This election is about more than the economy. The media will just lie and create a false economy to cover Obama.

Saint Rick? Remember Saint Sarah? Those terms are meant to be slams.

Beats being known as a junkyard dog and a person who can’t be trusted.


19 posted on 02/20/2012 5:53:06 AM PST by dforest
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To: Hawthorn

No, no, no.

Think like a Paultard.

Wrong Paul won’t be able to carry his home state - therefore drugs should be legal, then he would win and save us from Obama...


20 posted on 02/20/2012 5:53:25 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: Theodore R.
“Do you think Italian Americans, many of whom are traditionally Democrat, are contributing to Saint Rick’s surge? “
IMO, I think it's the dems pushing Rick. They see him as a ‘quick kill’ for zero.
21 posted on 02/20/2012 5:53:52 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

holy smokes. IF Santorum wins Michigan, he might well end up as the nominee


22 posted on 02/20/2012 5:55:05 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: TexasFreeper2009
With Texas being pushed pretty much out of the picture with a late May or later primary this probably won't impact the nomination.

Link to Poll Data


23 posted on 02/20/2012 5:55:05 AM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Texas has more delegates than Florida, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire combined


24 posted on 02/20/2012 5:56:13 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: abclily

Newt says what he thinks, unafraid.

Your first few words are false.

As far as what Rick thinks about every social, religious, moral and personal issue under the sun?

I don’t care and am sick of it defining a campaign that was ostensibly to save this country from Obama and Reid and the abyss of a third world nation.


25 posted on 02/20/2012 5:57:25 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: dforest

I did not intend “Saint” Rick as an insult, but I know many do. I would be surprised if he could win MI; if so, Romney won’t make it, as I had long predicted.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 5:58:14 AM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
An Internet survey with a low margin of error? For sure Newt has been damaged by the carpet bombing and FL results, but I am not seeing the support for Santorum being as high as this poll indicates.
27 posted on 02/20/2012 5:59:05 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic ( (#withNewt))
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To: deport

naaa. it just means that we Texans will have the privledge of putting Santorum over the top to secure the nomination :)


28 posted on 02/20/2012 5:59:24 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
primaries. They were originally scheduled for March 6 — early voting would have started this week — but have been delayed by redistricting litigation. Texas still doesn't have all of its congressional and legislative maps in place, and May 29 appears to be the earliest possible primary date.

The primaries may be decided before we vote due to law suits by minority groups. I wonder what a poll about how Texans feel about this would turn up.

29 posted on 02/20/2012 6:00:29 AM PST by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: duckman

The Dems candidate has always been Mitt Romneycare. With him, even if they lose he still pushes every one of their major agendas.


30 posted on 02/20/2012 6:01:40 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: freeangel

I’ve got news for you. Well, maybe it’s not “news” to you, but, if Rick PERRY was still in the race, Santorum would beat him down here in Texas also.


31 posted on 02/20/2012 6:02:16 AM PST by no dems (I can't back Santorum anymore. He's so frickin' out of touch with the real world.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Wonder if Romney will now stop the “I am a Mormon” commercials here in Texas?


32 posted on 02/20/2012 6:02:23 AM PST by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: deport

On the other hand, if the race is close at that time, it could be extraordinarily important...as it was when Reagan won it in 1976 against Ford and the establishment.


33 posted on 02/20/2012 6:02:51 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: freeangel

I was one of Perry’s most vocal supporters but Santorium was always my second choice if Perry didn’t make it. His endorsement was meaningless to me...as are ALL others. But they do have their value I suppose...I know there are other Perry supporters who were shocked that I didn’t fall in line behind Gingrich just because he got Perry’s endorsement. I prefer to think for myself. I only get one vote and I intend to cast it myself.


34 posted on 02/20/2012 6:06:35 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Eagles up! Get on the anti-RINO/Romney, pro-Santorum bandwagon, folks!


35 posted on 02/20/2012 6:10:14 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Of the 800 Internet respondents, only 371 were Republicans.

Is the primary in Texas open across party lines?

The article went on to say anyone of the Republican candidates can beat Obama in Texas. That’s encouraging.


36 posted on 02/20/2012 6:12:31 AM PST by conservativejoy
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To: pgkdan

GOOD for YOU! Thinking for yourself, and being an individual, is the essence of Consevatism!


37 posted on 02/20/2012 6:14:07 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

You should keep in mind that all those negative Romney ads directed at Newt haven’t been viewed by most of the country where primaries haven’t happened yet.

Newt’s problem is that he has a history that many won’t forget. He has high negatives and there are many that won’t consider him.

Santorum naturally benefits because of the two opponents left in the race.

Romney and Newt. Sometimes Ron Paul has placed higher than Newt.


38 posted on 02/20/2012 6:15:42 AM PST by dforest
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To: Jonty30

Newt has a bizarre strategy, if he has any strategy at all. He wasn’t on the Missouri beauty contest ballot and essentially ignored Minnesota and Colorado, the wins that propelled Santorum. He didn’t contest in Maine and isn’t really contesting in Michigan or Arizona. That is a lot of states to ignore. He could have set his sites on at least one of them (Colorado or Arizona would have made sense).

Instead, he is spending time in Texas, California and Georgia... basically fundraising and not campaigning. He is pinning all his hopes on Super Tuesday while Santorum gains strength in polls in the southern states, the very states Newt needs to win big in.

Newt is a smart guy so maybe he is just a lot smarter than I am. I am a Newt supporter that just doesn’t get it.


39 posted on 02/20/2012 6:20:15 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: TexasFreeper2009; All

Please look into this organization before bothering with anything they have to say. It is a bunch of leftist trial lawyars posing as a news organiztion.


40 posted on 02/20/2012 6:20:18 AM PST by ngat
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Possible and it would be nice if Texas would be in play that late in the process. We’ll have a better picture after we get passed super Tuesday.


41 posted on 02/20/2012 6:20:54 AM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: freeangel

As a Texan, I can assure you that Perry is not “dearly beloved” here. In fact, he may have hurt Newt in Texas with that endorsement.


42 posted on 02/20/2012 6:22:05 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: VanDeKoik

If Texas is so dense that it tosses its votes to this guy then we might as well hold the general election in July to save us the grief.
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So, who is your choice; if I may ask?


43 posted on 02/20/2012 6:23:03 AM PST by no dems (I can't back Santorum anymore. He's so frickin' out of touch with the real world.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

No band-wagon folk !

The goal is to beat Obama and bring USA back...

Not sure that the gentle Santorum , social christian , is the man....


44 posted on 02/20/2012 6:24:07 AM PST by Ulysse
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To: TexasFreeper2009
naaa. it just means that we Texans will have the privledge of putting Santorum over the top to secure the nomination :)

It's a LONG way until the end of May (29th) (the new projected date -- which depends on redistricting court challenges). You're counting those chickens a bit early.

45 posted on 02/20/2012 6:24:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: conservativejoy

Yes, Texas has an open primary. Kinda fun, actually. Depending on where the hot races are, Independents like me can choose where to vote.

That said, you have to remember that Texas Dems are often to the right of NE Pubs.

And then there’s Ron Paul. I don’t know how he stays in office unless it’s all the pork he sends home.


46 posted on 02/20/2012 6:25:25 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: TexasFreeper2009

This is not likely voters. Is it even Republican voters? Is TX an open primary?


47 posted on 02/20/2012 6:26:43 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: dforest

I am aware that Newt’s past is hurting him. Goodness knows enough FReepers can’t put the sitting on the couch thing with Nancy in perspective. What I don’t understand, especially with FReepers, is that we know how messed up the economy is and we know how we need to make significant changes or our country is done, but few are evaluating candidates based on policy positions and if they can beat Obama. Santorum, nice perfect person he is, doesn’t have a chance of beating Obama. Heck, at this point, if Newt doesn’t make it, I would go with Paul. Scary as his foreign policy positions are, at least we have a chance of economic recovery and can fix the foreign policy stuff later. People NEED jobs so they can feed their families. Newt and Paul are the only two with plans that have a chance of fixing our economy.


48 posted on 02/20/2012 6:27:49 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic ( (#withNewt))
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To: txrangerette

Sorry, but Santorum is the only one (so far) with the straight-forwardness to define the campaign. This makes you sick?


49 posted on 02/20/2012 6:28:02 AM PST by abclily
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To: duckman

IMO, the more I see Santorum rise in the pols, the more I see a brokered convention, with Jeb Bush nominated. The Establishment candidate.
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Oh no duckman; not Jeb Bush. A brokered convention is cool with me; the GOP hasn’t had once since 1940. But, not Jeb Bush. How about Jim DeMint or Paul Ryan prevailing in a brokered convention?


50 posted on 02/20/2012 6:29:06 AM PST by no dems (I can't back Santorum anymore. He's so frickin' out of touch with the real world.)
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