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Michigan GOP Primary: Romney 40%, Santorum 34%
Rasmussen Reports ^ | Friday, February 24, 2012 | Rasmussen

Posted on 02/24/2012 1:20:43 PM PST by Mariner

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I am surprised with Santorum's staying power. I actually expected Romney to lead by 10pt by today.

I still expect him to win Michigan and Arizona by 10+ points.

1 posted on 02/24/2012 1:20:46 PM PST by Mariner
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To: Mariner
This Michigan survey of 750 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on February 23, 2012

An up to date poll.

2 posted on 02/24/2012 1:26:03 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Santorum has likely crested and is on his way back down.

Who's next? Again?

3 posted on 02/24/2012 1:29:26 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

Gingrich, being a magnanimous man, cleared out of Michigan for Santorum to take on Romney alone.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 1:30:56 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Mariner; Steelfish

Steelfish is not going to like this poll at all.


5 posted on 02/24/2012 1:31:32 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Mariner

Please be smarter than this, Michigan voters.


6 posted on 02/24/2012 1:31:32 PM PST by Yaelle (Rick Santorum 2012)
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To: Red Steel

Yes, he did. God bless Newt Gingrich.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 1:32:52 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Mariner

It certainly won’t be RuPaul that only leaves 1.


8 posted on 02/24/2012 1:33:24 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Yaelle

For any Michigan voter to be so stupid as to fall for this trickery/ambush by Romney and his sidekick, Ru...is beyond belief.


9 posted on 02/24/2012 1:34:32 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Lead kindly Light,,amidst the encircling doom. Lead thou me on.". Cardinal John Henry Newmann, 1833)
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To: Red Steel

I don’t know if it was magnanimus or shrewd political strategery by Newt, but I hope it still works.
Just don’t expect Santorum to return the favor to Newt.


10 posted on 02/24/2012 1:35:00 PM PST by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: Mariner

Ras consistently demonstrates in numbers the demise of the American intellect, values, and her Constitution. Santorum may be a gaffe machine, shooting both feet off in concert with shooting off his mouth, an unnecessarily unsubtle oaf, but he is not an empty suit with hair, and he is a Christian willing to defend the faith of the nation’s founding, its Constitution, its Bill of Rights.

Romney is a proud, fine socialist, at a time when government of, by and FOR a free people is in peril, but key to our survival.


11 posted on 02/24/2012 1:35:29 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Mariner
Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die
Uploaded by AmericanSolutions on Jun 3, 2010
12 posted on 02/24/2012 1:35:34 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Cometh the hour, cometh the man. NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: Mountain Mary
You have to give SOME credit to Santorum.

It's not like he's been helping his own cause over the last couple of weeks.

13 posted on 02/24/2012 1:36:42 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: sillsfan
Just don’t expect Santorum to return the favor to Newt.

In comparison of running a clean race, he is above the rest of the candidates. And no, I don't expect Saint Santo to return any favors. The other three have been running negative ads on and off against Gingrich since Iowa.

14 posted on 02/24/2012 1:38:24 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Mariner

I can no longer invest life energy in a race in which the electorate is so easily swayed by Television Commercials. I think I’ll devote the rest of my year to disrespecting Obama.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 1:38:51 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Mariner; Marguerite; onyx; Christie at the beach

This poll is not surprising after the double team by Ron and Mitt, plus Rick’s debate performance. I expect the margin to widen.

What I’m really wondering is, is there a hope that Newt and Rick could team up? Now that it is pretty obvious that Ron and Mitt have a deal, I don’t see Rick being strong armed into a ticket with Mitt, even if the GOP E may have had that in mind.

I would think that there is too much bad blood on the floor between the two. We need to keep the ticket as conservative as possible.

Newt is by far the superior leader IMHO, but if he and Rick could work together, I think Newt could get enough done in 4 years that he could then step aside and let his VP, Rick, run. In that length of time Rick could learn a lot from Newt and be more ready to lead.

If Mitt and Ron want to play that game, surely we can find a way to out maneuver them.

Would love to see a discussion of this. Thanks!


16 posted on 02/24/2012 1:42:23 PM PST by conservativejoy
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To: ez
"I can no longer invest life energy in a race in which the electorate is so easily swayed by Television Commercials."

Which begs the question: How will Santorum supporters react if he falls back to his historical norms? What will they do if somebody besides Rick wins the nomination?

Will they still vote GOP up and down the ticket?

I'm concerned. It's like when Tebow lost in the playoffs. It's an enormous emotional hit to go from being so high, to landing back on earth.

17 posted on 02/24/2012 1:43:03 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: RitaOK

I do not think Santorum is a gaffe machine. He just doesn’t speak like Gingrich. Let’s put it this way. If this were an advanced debate class, Gingrich would be at the head of the class, a classic A+. (And he didn’t have to sleep with the professor to get it.) Romney would be a struggling B-, saying all the right things, but as if someone else wrote it all for him. George Bush would be failing the class, even with the tutoring he’s getting. (Even if he were sleeping with the prof!) But Santorum would be a clean B. Sharp and quick, says the right things. Graded down from an A for some ums and uhs, and for going on a mite too long.

Santorum scares the irreligious, is all. They are afraid he is only about social issues, and they are tricked into thinking that a godless socialist or a man who says he is religious but doesn’t act upon the tenets of his faith would be better.


18 posted on 02/24/2012 1:43:36 PM PST by Yaelle (Rick Santorum 2012)
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To: ez
I can no longer invest life energy in a race in which the electorate is so easily swayed by Television Commercials.

One rassmussen poll posted by an undercover Romneytard and you're mad at Michigan?
19 posted on 02/24/2012 1:44:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Red Steel
Gingrich, being a magnanimous man, cleared out of Michigan for Santorum to take on Romney alone.

Or Gingrich is too busy trying to save himself from embarrassment of losing in Georgia. [Last report I saw, GA was about a 3 way tie at this point.]
20 posted on 02/24/2012 1:44:47 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Mariner

I’m just glad the governor doesn’t expect us to be team players in November because I don’t think I’m going to feel like taking one for the team if he’s the nominee.


21 posted on 02/24/2012 1:45:35 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: sillsfan

” I don’t know if it was magnanimus or shrewd political strategery by Newt,..... “

THAT is a very good question.

I don’t want to be caught getting cranky again, but I *think*, it was a money crunch, conditioned by that faucet of Adelson’s, being turned on and then at once turned off for whole weeks, leaving hugh gaps in Newt’s financial reach for states beyond the South.

Santorum naturally fed his money bump into the states where it “appeared” after 3 ballot wins that Republicans liked him there, and by several points.....for awhile. Was he lured into Michigan? I think so.

Was Rick displaced by the Arizona debate? Yep.

Newt debated Rick out of Michigan, but Rick missed it, of course.


22 posted on 02/24/2012 1:45:35 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Mariner

No surprise at all; the early Santorum leads were illusory. People of MI nearly always do as expected.


23 posted on 02/24/2012 1:49:11 PM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: Mariner

No surprise at all; the early Santorum leads were illusory. People of MI nearly always do as expected or instructed.


24 posted on 02/24/2012 1:49:29 PM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: cripplecreek; All; Jim Robinson
"One rassmussen poll posted by an undercover Romneytard and you're mad at Michigan? "

Are you calling ME a Romneytard?

25 posted on 02/24/2012 1:49:29 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

I sure did.

Your excitement is obvious.


26 posted on 02/24/2012 1:50:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

No, my interest has waned since Newt tanked. I can’t get excited about anyone else...if Newt makes a comeback, I will get involved again. Otherwise, it’s not worth the effort. People are dolts.


27 posted on 02/24/2012 1:50:54 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: RitaOK
"but I *think*, it was a money crunch"

I think you're correct and Newt was out of gas when the real campaigning was underway in MI. Plus, he has to MAKE SURE he wins GA and TN.

28 posted on 02/24/2012 1:51:35 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Yaelle
Please be smarter than this, Michigan voters.

As the Michigan primary approached in May, 1980, Ronald Reagan seemed to have the Republican presidential nomination all but locked up. He had won several key primaries, many by landslides, and it appeared that his narrow win in Bush's home state of Texas would have just about iced it. However, Bush trounced Reagan in Michigan, which might very well have been the key factor that got him the nod as Reagan's running mate--and ushered in the Bush dynasty. Here's hoping that Michiganders will act smarter.

29 posted on 02/24/2012 1:51:48 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Mariner

Just got my fifth robo call from the Romney campaign today. TV is filled with his attack ads. Santorum is shown with a stupid smile on his face as the narrator “explains” about Rick’s big government background.

Five Romney calls in one day matches my previous record from Tuesday. Gotta believe there will be at least two or three more before bedtime.

If Santorum wins in Michigan, Romney will have truly failed on a vast scale. He must be spending a fortune here.


30 posted on 02/24/2012 1:52:54 PM PST by kjo (+)
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To: ez

It’ll be tight but I think Santorum will pull it off in the end despite the media being in the tank for Romney.


31 posted on 02/24/2012 1:53:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
And you sir are clearly devoid of any knowledge in this matter.

And, as is TYPICAL and CONSISTENT with many Santorum supporters you greet all bad news by calling the messenger names.

Seems that's all you're got.

And that is the sign of a weak mind.

32 posted on 02/24/2012 1:53:48 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

Really?

I guess you agree with the libtards that discussing social values has no place in presidential politics.


33 posted on 02/24/2012 1:54:37 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: TomGuy

LOL. You crack me up, always negative about Newt Gingrich.

Santorum is the one bragging that he will carry the rust belt and carry the blue collar voters.

FWIW, I hope he beats the snot out of Romney in Michigan.


34 posted on 02/24/2012 1:57:39 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Mariner
I am sick of the lies and smears from Romney, and now Santorum is pretending to his prayed for voters that Reagan's right hand man is just another Obama. I'VE HAD IT. Who ever our nominee is...I'M VOTING FOR NEWT, I'll write him in with blood or CARVE it into the voting screen, if I have to!!
35 posted on 02/24/2012 1:59:04 PM PST by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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"I guess you agree with the libtards that discussing social values has no place in presidential politics."

It clearly has a place. It's been happening for about two weeks.

I just don't know if it's helped the candidate much.

36 posted on 02/24/2012 2:00:07 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: conservativejoy

You always have such a bright sunny outlook!

I don’t see your scenario happening, at least not yet!

After Super Tuesday, we shall see.

It’s all about amassing delegates. NO ROMNEY!!


37 posted on 02/24/2012 2:01:31 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Red Steel

Romney/Paul. Puke. Obama is a shoo-in for re-election. Stupid GOP!


38 posted on 02/24/2012 2:01:42 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Yaelle

I agree with you on your debate grading, so far as it goes, but it is not Newt’s *way* with words entirely at all, as it must be with Rick, Romney and Ron in these debates, but with Newt it’s rather the show stopping breadth of his incisive intellect that grasps the evolution of every single issue, one at a time, the evolution of every contender’s stand ON every issue, and succinctly delivers the cause and effect of both the issue and the stand.

Reminds me of a sword fight, where it is, whack, whack, LUNGE. Every. single. time.

If Rick had been a woman, it would be said of him that he was “shrill”, flailing and a little desperate.


39 posted on 02/24/2012 2:03:07 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Mariner; cripplecreek; Jim Robinson

Consider the source, Mariner, and ignore.

Jim, I and everyone else knows you’re NOT a Mitt-witt.

GO NEWT!!!!

GO SANTORUM IN MICHIGAN!

NO ROMNEY, NO WAY!


40 posted on 02/24/2012 2:05:44 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

If Romney wins Michigan he will be the nominee and your little buddy is cheering him on.


41 posted on 02/24/2012 2:08:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: kjo
You have to give it to Romney. The guy has little to no appeal but he's managed to push that empty suit pretty far. He's really an average debater, but he did the deal with Paul, and they laid down a relentless barrage that kept Santorum dancing so fast he couldn't keep up. He also stacked the crowd to make sure all the sounds worked for him. Wonder if a bunch of them weren't also Paul supporters. Mitt's the fixer alright. He may not be able to fix the country, but he'll fix this election for sure.
42 posted on 02/24/2012 2:10:13 PM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: RitaOK
If Rick had been a woman, it would be said of him that he was “shrill”, flailing and a little desperate.


43 posted on 02/24/2012 2:12:01 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Mariner
I'm not a Santorum supporter, but I WILL NOT be voting for liberal Mitt. I can't stand him. The way he destroyed every viable conservative GOP candidate because he could nor run on his record sickens me. He has ran his campaign exactly as if he is a Democrat. Which begs the question, why is he even allowed to run in a GOP primary? Is there any tenant of our platform that he supports (with his record not empty promises)?
44 posted on 02/24/2012 2:12:01 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: onyx

I early voted in the Georgia Primary today.

I won’t say who I voted for but his middle name is Leroy :-)


45 posted on 02/24/2012 2:12:45 PM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: cripplecreek
"If Romney wins Michigan he will be the nominee and your little buddy is cheering him on. "

If I was cheering for Romney I would have been zotted by now.

Something you seem to want for yourself as evidenced by your endless name calling.

46 posted on 02/24/2012 2:13:59 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: conservativejoy

What I’m really wondering is, is there a hope that Newt and Rick could team up?
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Rick, misread his surge- and therefore, was not open to cooperative with Newt.

But, if he loses Migh- he will come to understand that he was undone by the Pauls, spectors simpsons, Drudges, Coulters. limbaughs-—and other Romney establishment minions.

At that point, perhaps he will seek an alliance with Newt- and I hope that they would demand Romney step down in favor of a consensus candidate (e.g. Demint)— or else, they should make clear that they will bolt the party.


47 posted on 02/24/2012 2:14:45 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: KansasGirl
"He has ran his campaign exactly as if he is a Democrat."

That rotten POS has been more effective at "the politics of personal destruction" than any democrat I have seen in my lifetime. Alas, there is a big enough spread in delegates that if all 4 candidates can stay in and win a few, Romney will not get to the magic 1,144 delegates on the first ballot.

Then the grand adventure begins anew.

48 posted on 02/24/2012 2:17:50 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Yaelle

“...or a man who says he is religious but doesn’t act upon the tenets of his faith would be better.”

That’s right, nobody can be as holy as Saint Rick. *vomit*


49 posted on 02/24/2012 2:18:13 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Mariner
Not good,

In addition to Obamacare type program in MA. Romney was also creating a cap and trade, CO2 reduction program for MA. He consulted the science Czar John Holdren. link

50 posted on 02/24/2012 2:18:32 PM PST by opentalk
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