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Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia
Savannah Morning News ^ | February 21, 2012 | Larry Peterson

Posted on 02/21/2012 7:26:45 PM PST by Steelfish

Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia February 21, 2012

By Larry Peterson A new poll pegs Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as nearly even in Georgia as its March 6 Republican primary approaches.

Gingrich’s double-digit lead has dried up in less than three weeks, and experts say his White House hopes likely are over if he can’t carry his home state.

In a Monday InsiderAdvantage Georgia poll of 711 likely primary voters, Gingrich, a former long-time Georgia congressman and House speaker, had 26 percent.

Former Massachusetts governor Romney had 24 percent and former Pennsylvania senator Santorum 23 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul trailed with 12 percent.

The margin of error for the poll was 3.6 percent, so Gingrich, Romney and Santorum were about even.

The results signalled a dip of 9 percentage points for Gingrich and a gain of 8 for Romney compared to a Feb. 9 Landmark-Rosetta Stone survey. Santorum slipped 3 points; Paul rose by 7.

Before the new survey, Georgia was the only state in which Gingrich led among 11 where voters will cast ballots on March 6.

“If these numbers are correct,” said Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint, “they signal the collapse of Newt as a viable candidate. Georgians may be starting to dismiss him as a serious contender.”

University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said the poll suggests “a substantial collapse” in Gingrich’s support.

“A whole lot of air is going out of his balloon,” Bullock said. “ ... It’s going to be hard to spin this in any possible way.”

(Excerpt) Read more at savannahnow.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; ga2012; gingrich; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; newtistsrendgarments; ricksantorum; romney; santorum
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To: Steelfish

They’re not really even. Willard has kind of a lumpy head.


51 posted on 02/22/2012 10:19:01 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: xzins

There will be no Santorum presidency.


52 posted on 02/22/2012 10:19:39 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: Gator113

same here but I am getting bored and fed up of seeing the usual suspects on certain threads attacking Newt.

Romney is the man to after and then obama, it’s pathetic to see the usual suspects putting up their usual threads thinking that it will help their man .


53 posted on 02/22/2012 10:20:54 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Gator113

Santorum has less chance of being President than Ron Paul.

At least 60-65% of the electorate will not vote for him under any circumstances, once his past statements are examined.


54 posted on 02/22/2012 10:24:49 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Steelfish
Does Georgia allocate delegates statewide or by congressional district?
55 posted on 02/22/2012 10:26:31 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Stop Romney - Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary)
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To: Steelfish

If Newt cannot be President, I like a Secretary of Education Newt Gingrich.


56 posted on 02/22/2012 10:46:19 AM PST by Lexinom
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To: Gator113

Is that a prediction or a prophecy?


57 posted on 02/22/2012 10:53:26 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Romney’s Super Pac is running about $1 million anti-gingrich ads in Georgia. I don’t know if Newt is running any ads in Georgia.


58 posted on 02/22/2012 10:53:55 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish
Rest assured, he won’t self-implode on a moon base.

lol!

59 posted on 02/22/2012 11:09:18 AM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: manc

“.....fed up of seeing the usual suspects on certain threads attacking Newt.”

I am far more than fed up. This all seems to be a game for some folks and a religious crusade for others. It’s sickening.

In just a few more weeks we could very well know the fate of our country, our lives, the lives of our loved ones and the lives of future generations.

Perhaps it’s just me, but the fate of the nation seems kinda important.... much more important than picking someone I’d like to go to church with.

Newt can and will make the changes necessary to turn this country around, quickly and intelligently. Santorum may want to, but I don’t believe that he has what it takes to get the job done.

I literally hate Obama and his tribe... Romney disgusts me.

I think there is value in both Gingrich and Santorum, but for these times, we NEED Newt.

My prayers are for Newt and the survival our country.

President Newt Gingrich—”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


60 posted on 02/22/2012 11:14:39 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: xzins

A prediction.


61 posted on 02/22/2012 11:17:13 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: Gator113

Gingrich is not acting like he’s worried he will lose Georgia. Newt is campaigning in other states.

I predicted by Super Tuesday, he will win Georgia by a comfortable margin.


62 posted on 02/22/2012 11:28:36 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Lets see how his numbers look after three more weeks of Drudge and Mitt double teaming him night and day.

He's going to be walking funny for a long time after they're done with him.

63 posted on 02/22/2012 11:31:27 AM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: Lexinom
Secretary of Education would be a perfect fit for Newt. I know he is, by far, the most popular presidential candidates among hard core Freepers but we represent, what, maybe 15% of the electorate, tops?

My wife (and many in her circle) are about as hard core conservative as you can get and they are not able to overlook Newt's serial adultery. Pennsylvania will be a two man race between Santorum and Romney . . . if Mitt hasn't packed it in by April 24th.

The near unanimous view of conservatives up here is that Rick Santorum has learned a lot from being out of office for six years and he is not only our best bet for putting Pennsylvania into play, but for beating Obama which is job #1.

No matter how you slice it, the vast majority of the Newt voters will not vote for Mitt under any circumstances and vice versa. We're going to need most of all three groups to put together 270+ electoral votes.

64 posted on 02/22/2012 11:36:36 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Red Steel

He certainly has my prayers.


65 posted on 02/22/2012 11:43:43 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: Gator113

Good. Just checking.


66 posted on 02/22/2012 11:45:10 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: American Constitutionalist

If the convention is brokered, the establishment is going to try and shove another ‘moderate’ like Christie or Daniels down our throats.

No thanks.


67 posted on 02/22/2012 11:46:41 AM PST by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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The circular firing squad continues on FR. All of us must realize that Obama and his ilk are the enemy and must be defeated soundly this November. We are fighting tyranny here.
68 posted on 02/22/2012 11:50:24 AM PST by First A Patriot (Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God)
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To: Steelfish

I guess Georgia voters didn’t get stung by NAFTA and the resultant job loss that some other states (including Arkansas) have felt...

You know - the same Gingrich that thought that jobs loss to Mexico was a positive for the US...

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/15/whoops-gingrich-praises-nafta-for-shipping-out-american-jobs/


69 posted on 02/22/2012 12:16:47 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Vigilanteman

That’s exactly right, and I want to see Rick succeed in building such a winning coalition: the socons, the ficons, and the defcons. He could pull a fair number of Reagan Democrats as well.


70 posted on 02/22/2012 1:11:03 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: Steelfish

This is bad news for Santorum. Romney’s strong performance in Georgia in this poll is a sign he is the front-runner.


71 posted on 02/22/2012 1:18:02 PM PST by Redalways
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To: Steelfish

Lol. People just don’t have a clue and it is a sad day for America to throw away an American national treasure like Newt Gingrich. If Brother Love would become the nominee there is going to be some serious buyer’s remorse. It is shameful how he is buying votes, using Christianity to sell himself. Frankly, he is not a whole lot better than Obama and the black vote.


72 posted on 02/22/2012 1:30:22 PM PST by Toespi
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To: gov_bean_ counter

You need to make your comment a little clearer.

And I would vote for GWB today, by the way.


73 posted on 02/22/2012 1:34:18 PM PST by altura
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To: Red Steel
Maybe it is because Newt realizes he has no path to the nomination by winning only the states which Barry Goldwater carried in 1964 (minus Arizona). He has to pick up something outside this region to prove he is still viable.

If he doesn't win Georgia, then he's burnt toast. If he doesn't win something outside the Goldwater five in the southeast, then the best he can hope to do is ride into the convention as a delegate broker between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

74 posted on 02/22/2012 2:03:55 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Redalways
Not really. It is more like proof that Georgia voters are dithering between a favorite son and the only other alternative to Mitt Romney.

No matter where you go, Romney's support has been fairly consistent in the 22% to 40% range.

75 posted on 02/22/2012 2:08:12 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: bigdirty

If he has to fight to win Georgia, he’s kidding himself about winning nomination.


76 posted on 02/22/2012 2:22:47 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: eddie willers
Even McCain voted "NAY" on Sonia Sotomayer...but Santorium voted "YEA." Talk about Satan and pro wacko, leftwing policies that is Sotomayer.

of course we know that Santorum endorsed Romney too. I am starting to question whether he is even a social conservative based on his endorsements

77 posted on 02/22/2012 4:16:27 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1
Sotomayor was appointed by Obama. Santorum was voted out of the Senate in 2006. It's possible that's why Santorum's name is NOT listed among the 9 Republicans that voted for her confirmation.

I want Newt to be our nominee and next president about 10,000 times more than I want Santorum, but we should be more accurate in our statements than the lyin' ass 'Rats and Rinos IMO.

78 posted on 02/22/2012 4:48:37 PM PST by Sal (Soros owns ALL the 'Rats and the GO PEE (self appointed Establishment Elite)
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To: Sal
Sotomayor was on a lower federal court the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit prior to her USSC appointment. I could be wrong on this but I think that lower federal court also requires Senate confirmation for the job? So I guess that's when Santorum could have voted for or against her confirmation. I guess it is claimed he voted for? Don't know can anyone confirm or deny?

Aside: All GOP senators seem to lose their brains when it comes to voting for democrat-chosen supreme court wannabes. They allow utter nincompoops, selectees with utter empty judicial records to slide into the supreme court. Even the great legal liberal Lawrence Tribe thinks Sotomayor is a boob!

79 posted on 02/22/2012 5:06:55 PM PST by Reily
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To: Sal

Sal, you can find your answer here.

XML U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 105th Congress - 2nd Session: as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Nomination (Nomination: Sonia Sotomayor to be U.S.Circuit Judge, 2nd Circuit )

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=2&vote=00295


80 posted on 02/22/2012 8:00:12 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Leep

After their terrible performances in the debate, I doubt Santorum or Romney will have much in the way of support in Georgia.

Newt Gingrich did very well in the debate and went after Obama. That is how it should be: stating what and how you will do things differently than the guy already mucking things up in the White House.

Noe: attacking Obama is important. Romney and Santorum spent far too much time bickering with one another. Not good, in fact, very stupid. Our goal is to unseat BHO2.


81 posted on 02/22/2012 8:06:46 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Steelfish

Did you see the debate? Santorum pooped all over himself!


82 posted on 02/22/2012 8:08:21 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

Only in your mind


83 posted on 02/22/2012 8:23:16 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

LOL!

It’s on tape for all eternity. Ha, ha!


84 posted on 02/22/2012 8:24:56 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll
Did you see the debate? Santorum pooped all over himself!

LOL, I can't decide who stunk it up worse, Santorum or Romney........No joking.

85 posted on 02/22/2012 8:29:08 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Politics is a team sport? This was Santorum’s explanation for supporting Arlen Spector and I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this but newt looked like he had just swallowed a canary.


86 posted on 02/22/2012 8:38:34 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Steelfish

Indeed this would spell disaster for Newt. He needs to win with at least 50% of the vote in his home state. Same is true of Mitt and Michigan or Santorum in Pennsylvania. Only the latter appears to be likely.


87 posted on 02/22/2012 9:57:38 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: redangus

Yeah, what we need is someone who advocates “Big Governemnt solutions” and wants to spend trillions on Space Mirrors to fight global warming with Nancy Pelosi. Maybe someone who would co-endorse a candidate in a Congressional race with ACORN, Maybe someone who advocates Amnesty for illegals, and who bashed Reagan for not seeing the benefits in an all powerful central government improving all of our lives through wealth distribution.

Maybe Rush and Levin have it all wrong, but I would rather vote for someone who until very recently was bashed for being too conservative, then for someone who took payoffs from Fannie Mae and makes propoganda commercials with Nancy Pelosi. Newt has NO chance to win the nomination and couldn’t beat Ron Paul much less Obama.


88 posted on 02/23/2012 2:36:33 AM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: Steelfish
Gingrich will make a good Education Secretary that will help disable and dismantle our corrupt public school system.

People forget that one of Gingrich's first votes in Congress helped establish the Dept. of Education in the first place. He might make a fine Secretary of Education but I doubt he'd oversee the dismantlement of the department.

Otoh, Rick Perry would take a sledge hammer to that sucker.

89 posted on 02/23/2012 5:35:32 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: katiedidit1; SatinDoll; Reily

KDI1, my apologies. I didn’t know Senators voted on court nominees lower than Supremes. Now I do. Thank you, Reily and SatinDoll.


90 posted on 02/23/2012 5:40:18 AM PST by Sal (Soros owns ALL the 'Rats and the GO PEE (self appointed Establishment Elite)
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To: BCrago66
This poll is flawed in a significant way. Go to the cross-tabs, page 5:

Good info bump. The media knows how dangerous Gingrich is to Obama's chances for a second term.

91 posted on 02/23/2012 5:41:29 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: SatinDoll

Thank you for that list. It was startling. 24 Republicans voted yea, mostly the squishes you would expect to. Even Hagel, Lott and McCain voted no. To my shock Helms voted yea.

Just think, if all the Republicans had voted no, she never would have been in a position to destroy our country. Of course, Hussein would have found another destroyer...


92 posted on 02/23/2012 5:52:55 AM PST by Sal (Soros owns ALL the 'Rats and the GO PEE (self appointed Establishment Elite)
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To: NavVet

If your boy win the nomination then kiss the country goodbye because Saint Rick has no prayer, pun intended, of the Bambster. But gawd we all be able to eel good about how much better we were than everybody else even in defeat


93 posted on 02/23/2012 10:04:27 AM PST by redangus
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To: redangus

And Newt, with the highest negatives of any candidate and trailing Ron “crazy” Paul could do better. You make the same argument that the Romneybots make “Vote for my RINO, because he can beat Obama in the Fall. That’s what they said about Ford, Dole and McCain.


94 posted on 02/24/2012 4:07:18 AM PST by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: redangus

I have seen a number of anti-Obama 20- and 30-somethings go berserk about Santorum. One even said he would not only vote for, he would *work* for the Obama campaign to beat Santorum. This guy is very anti-Obama in general.

While I think that is just nuts, from what I can tell, Santorum is a huge turn-off for many younger voters.


95 posted on 02/24/2012 4:14:35 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Steelfish

Gingrich will win GA and Romney will come in a distant third. How well Santorum does in MI will impact how well he does in GA. What doesn’t go to Rick goes to Newt.


96 posted on 02/24/2012 4:20:30 AM PST by EagleInGA (Mittens & the NJ Fat Man? Really?!?!)
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