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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“Santorum does not do amnesty schemes...guess the word got out.”
Question: what would you do to remove the illegal immigrants from our country?
Santorum: I’ve said this from the very beginning. What — I’m the son of an Italian immigrant. I believe in immigration. I believe that immigration is an important part of the lifeblood of this country.
But what we have is a problem of an unsecure border. Unlike Governor Perry, I believe we need to build more fence. I need — I believe that we need to secure the border using technology and more personnel. And until we build that border, we should neither have storm troopers come in and throw people out of the country nor should we provide amnesty.
What we should do is enforce the laws in this country with respect to employers, and we should secure the border. And then after the border is secured, then we can deal with the problem that are in this country. But I — I think it’s very important that we understand and we explain to folks that immigration is an important lifeblood of this country, something that I strongly support and something that we have to do legally if we’re going to have — have respect for the law.
So do you type with your fingers as well or only blow it out your #$$. You are an idiot.
I don’t think the Italian demographic is that large outside of the Northeast. It’s not even large enough to give Santorum a victory in NY where there is a huge Italian population.
Uh....wrong. Newt doesn't show any fear standing up to the MSM or Obama either. Standing up to the MSM is why he won South Carolina. Remember?
That being said...in the grand scheme of things...ALL of these candidates are RINO's as measured by FR standards....and I don't say that sarcastically. Romney is a RINO deluxe. Paul is a RINO (because he is more a libertarian). Newt is a RINO...because he sat on the couch next to Nancy and his other environmental tendencies (and other things)...and Rick is a RINO...because he voted for a bunch of lib bills.
Truth be told...NO ONE is snowy white in this race. I'm just voting against the other guy...and I hate that.
But you need to keep your facts straight....
I’m thinking Obozo stepping in it with the Catholic Church, and Rick be Catholic will have a much greater impact than his Italian heritage.
If the Simpson/Smith bill had passed as written, we wouldnt come close to having 7 million illegal aliens holding U.S. jobs today. And millions of Americans who currently are unemployed would have jobs.
But Sen. Santorum did not side with Sen. Simpson. Santorum voted with Abraham and the cheap-labor lobbyists who did everything they could to protect the ability of outlaw businesses to hire illegal foreign labor.
In our NumbersUSA rating system for Presidential candidates, all would be forgiven if Sen. Santorum would make a public pledge to throw his all-out support for a mandatory E-Verify law. But in his answers to all the immigration questions this past year, we cannot find any record of Santorum showing support for E-Verify.
And while other candidates provide pages on their website that give positions on immigration, Sen. Santorum doesnt address immigration on his website.
Santorum’s Senate record shows lack of support for E-Verify. And he has failed in all debate opportunities to show a changed position. - NumbersUSA
LOL. I am sick of hearing those too.
Yes Texas is an open primary in that you don’t register to vote by party affiliation. When you go to the polls to vote on primary day you select which party you wish to vote in and are bound by that selection for any runoff election.
I posted a link to the data up thread which gives you the break outs of party IDs as stated by the respondents.
So your tagline is just an empty platitude then. It means nothing? Nice.
Santorum is the only one of the four who is not afraid of the MSM or of Obama.
The only thing that surprises me is that Romney even polls in the teens in Texas. I have never met a single Romney supporter here.
Lot of support for Santorum here though
I think Newt messed up not participating in MO’s beauty contest. He most likely would have won it and re-gained his footing. However, I think the reason Santorum is leading is because of his attacks on Romney over Obamneycare and TARP.
! what? I haven’t seen those! I am a Mormon ads?
Thanks. We have an open primary in Tennessee as well. As our state get more and moe Red that is less of a problem with crossover mischief makers.
I agree that the faith based message plays well in Texas, here, too. I am still supporting Newt because I like the Plans he is proposing on the Issues. Couldn’t care two hoots about “baggage”. That weapon is used by people who fear he will send them packingfrom their lontime cushy nest in Washington.
I will vote for Santorum if he is the nominee, as long Romney is not part of the ticket. No Romney, not no how!
I think it is sad that these people try to tear down Rick Santorum’s image by trying to turn a positive into a negative. It is, of course, only because they don't believe that there is an effective way to promote their own candidate to the public.
I think Gingrich is awesome. I choose Santorum because I think his positions are better, his record is better and his electability is better. I would vote for Gingrich in a heartbeat in the general or in the primary if I didn't feel there was a better candidate.
Take that, Ann Coulter!
What a traitor to the Conservative cause that despicable witch turned out to be.
To have a chance at changing anything, you have to win key elections. A candidate who cannot win in the primaries has no chance to change anything.
Sorry for the typos in my last message. I am having server problems, and refreshing the page took me back to my uncorrected message. I hit post as fast as I could before I lost service again. I’m a terrible typist anyway!
Bravo, I echo your thoughts. I get my perspective by talking to other people outside of FR.
That is the only way to know what the attitude is from people who do not participate on internet forums about politics.
I see Newt as having a very hard time up against Obama attacking him on Obamacare. It is hard to make a case when you agreed with the primary factor of Obamacare which is mandates. Yes, he may have changed his thoughts on that now. But you know how Obama and the media will spin that. Same with Cap and Trade and global warming.
I will vote for the nominee, but I hope it isn’t Romney.
“Sorry, but Santorum is the only one (so far) with the straight-forwardness to define the campaign”
Newt has plans and timetables. Santorum has “ideals”
Rick feels free to say what he thinks.
And sometimes that is scary. Like, when he said: “Contraception is bad for America”. Or insinuating that women in combat would cause male and female soldiers to have sex on the battlefield....... Rick needs to be a little bit more “swift to hear and slow to speak.” (James 1:19)
“Oh no duckman; not Jeb Bush...”
I am not a Jeb supporter. I would never vote for him after what he did to the Schaivo family and Terri.
With Texas being pushed pretty much out of the picture with a late May or later primary this probably won’t impact the nomination.
In years past, I would agree with you. But, this year.... I think this thing is going to go right up to the Convention. Texas is “Winner-Take-All” with 155 Delegates.
Yep, 155 Delegates; and it’s winner-take-all.
IF Santorum wins Michigan, he might well end up as the nominee
If he wins Michigan, he WILL end up as the nominee.
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.
I don’t really have anything against Jeb Bush personally, but I can’t imagine even the GOP would be idiotic enough to nominate another Bush for president given the rampant anti-Bush sentiment currently out there across the political spectrum. But then again, we ARE talking about the GOP here where idiocy knows no boundaries.
The article went on to say anyone of the Republican candidates can beat Obama in Texas.
Definitely. Texas is the reddest of the red states.
Texas is Winner-Take-All with 155 Delegates.
Has the Texas GOP changed it back to a ‘winner take all’ since the primary will be pushed beyond the Apr 1, proportional requirement?
I think Texas is classified as a semi-cpen (or would semi-closed be the same thing?)primary state.
In Texas, you do not state your party-preference at voter-registration time - but you state which party primary you wish to vote in when you show up at the polling place on primary election day. (they work it so both partied agree to have primary election on the same date - I think they call it a unified primary date). The poll worker asks which party primary you are voting in (you can’t vote in both) and then they stamp your voter registration card and the list with which party primary you voted in and direct you to the ballots with that respective party’s candidates printed. Then, you can only vote in the runoff election of the party primary you voted in that day, which is held a couple of weeks later.
This is basically how you are considered to be a republican, democrat, or other voter in Texas. Actually getting more involved in a political party other than voting in that party’s primary and sending donations, is a whole other story.
But, this year I would bet a lot of people who normally vote in the Democrat Primary will vote in the Republican Primary because the Democrat presidential primary is uncontested. Also, Texas has an interesting republican primary race going on for retiring Senator Kay Baily Hutchison’s seat.
Pork goes good with Beef. Maybe Uncle Paul is trying to ensure variety.
If I ever move to another state, I’d sure like it to be Texas. I like the Attitude!:)
The new MSM meme is “this is Reagan in 1976”
That's what is going to do him in..he has no discerning ability to know when to keep certain matters to himself until the right time...or not speak them at all.
Santorum is all about his career and the sooner people see that the better...he will step over and tromp on whatever he d=feels necessary to advance that...and the very thing that outed him in PA along with a host of other issues his out spokenness created as well as his voting record.
Don't come into the deep end unless you have your scuba gear on honey. ;-)
They have been running in the Austin area.
I heard that Newt has decided to compete in Michigan. Do you know anything about that? I hope he doesn’t; that would just split the Conservative vote there and I’d LOVE to see Mitt Romney lose his home state.
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.
Yeah, because that Barack Obama has done such a FANTASTIC job as president is just SOOOOOOO re-electable with his HUGELY popular policies! The American public just CAN’T get enough of Lord Barry! </sarc>
Seriously, you do realize being a Negative Nelly is counterproductive and does nothing to help our cause, right?
And then obama will get another four years for certain.
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”.
Not sure that the gentle Santorum , social christian , is the man....
Then, pray tell, who is the man (or woman)? We’ve had a sorry lot to choose from this year.
Definitely. Texas is the reddest of the red states.
Sorry..The great state of OKLAHOMA enjoys the enviable reputation of being the “REDDEST” state in the union. Not one democrat county in the entire state. “A Redneck and a Republican paradise”...Heaven.
The individual mandate that Newt supported was a product of the Heritage Foundation. It is really not the same as what is in Obamacare, but Newt has since said that the Conservative mandate idea was also not the best way to go. Newt has no problem admitting when he is wrong. Obama does, and I don’t think he is going to find an answer on his telepromptor that will satisfy voters.
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. He will lose to Obama.
I’m afraid Rick will go down with the “God” issue, the “Gay” issue and the “abortion issue”. Better he should stay neutral
on these issues rather than blunder on. A live and let live attitude might serve him well.
Not sure what’s happening to this state.
If Santorume wins Michigan, he WILL end up as the nominee.
And then obama will get another four years for certain.
Based on WHAT???? You act like Barack Obama has some impeccable and untouchable record as president! I defy you to tell us what you think is so invincible about Barack Obama this November if Santorum is the nominee? Name ONE thing Obama has done that you think a majority of voters are just clamoring to re-elect him?
I get so SICK of all the negative doom-and-gloom hand wringers here on Free Republic given the reality that we have EVERY reason to be positive about the November elections!
This is an internet poll. Garbage.
while other candidates provide pages on their website that give positions on immigration, Sen. Santorum doesnt address immigration on his website.
WHAT???? You’ve got to be kidding. I’ll check that out now.
I'm Italian. My ancestors actually came from the same area of Italy as Rick Santorum, which I only recently learned from reading Santorum’s bio.
I only recently learned the details of Santorum’s ethnic heritage because that has nothing to do with my decision to support Santorum, which was very late in the process and only after I decided he was the only choice left who (mostly) shared my values and had a realistic chance of winning.
On the other hand, a slight rephrasing of the question could change things. I do think Santorum is effectively reaching the blue collar ethnic electorate, which is often Roman Catholic and often votes Democrat. Italians are only one small part of a broader picture, but Santorum’s ethnic heritage and Catholicism gives him credibility with a demographic that is bigger than being Italian.
The old “Reagan Democrats” are not a major force anymore in national politics, but they are important in certain key states which we absolutely must win to retake the presidency this fall, and Santorum has a better shot at winning those states in the general election when most other Republicans.