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Poll shows Gingrich expanding lead in Georgia (NEWT 42, R22, S16)
WSBTV ^ | 3-2-12 | Staff

Posted on 03/02/2012 2:47:37 PM PST by VinL

A new poll shows Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum losing ground in Georgia to Newt Gingrich, even after an extensive visit to the state.

The Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll of 950 likely Republican primary voters was conducted Thursday exclusively for Channel 2 Action News.

The survey showed Newt Gingrich earning 42 percent of the vote, Mitt Romney with 22 percent, Rick Santorum with 16 percent and Ron Paul with 5 percent. Fifteen percent of Georgians remained undecided.

A Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll conducted one week ago had Santorum in second place, but the candidate has lost nearly 10 percent of the vote in that time. Romney edged Santorum in the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday.

Newt Gingrich's strategy of blanketing Georgia appears to be paying off. Gringrich has widened his lead from 13 percent to 20 percent, in what has become a must-win state.

Still, Channel 2 political analyst Bill Crane expects many of the undecided voters to go to Santorum.

"Roughly two of every three voters are self-identified evangelical. I still predict he'll pick up the majority of the undecided voters which puts him in a race for second place with Governor Romney," Crane told Channel 2's Lori Geary.

Romney and Santorum must earn at least 20 percent of the vote on Super Tuesday to get any delegates.

The poll, with a margin of error of 3 percent, showed the results are very similar among men and women, but the candidates are in a virtual four way tie among voters age 18 to 34.

Crane told Geary the week has gone well for Gingrich in Georgia, but the real question facing the former House speaker is where to campaign next.

Campaign officials told Geary they expect Gingrich to travel to Georgia on Tuesday, then he'll travel to Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas.


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Would love to see Newt hop over to Tenn and Okla this weekend-- Rick is ripe for the picking.

There's a disturbance in the Force. Newt Skywalker will rise again.

1 posted on 03/02/2012 2:47:44 PM PST by VinL
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To: onyx

Enthusiasm ping.


2 posted on 03/02/2012 2:48:42 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Santorum had his chance, and he blew it.

GO NEWT!


3 posted on 03/02/2012 2:50:04 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: VinL

Newt is my No. 1 choice of the 3. O’d like to see Newt/Perry.


4 posted on 03/02/2012 2:50:12 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: VinL

“A new poll shows Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum losing ground in Georgia to Newt Gingrich, even after an extensive visit to the state.”

Boom goes the dynamite.


5 posted on 03/02/2012 2:51:16 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: VinL

X2.
Good news!


6 posted on 03/02/2012 2:51:16 PM PST by moehoward
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To: VinL

GOOooooo, Gingrich! Woot!


7 posted on 03/02/2012 2:52:30 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: VinL

Thx! Great news! GO NEWT!!!


8 posted on 03/02/2012 2:52:53 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: trappedincanuckistan

-:)


9 posted on 03/02/2012 2:53:47 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

How can we get this poll result reported widely in Tennessee? It would be great if the primary voters in TN could see before they vote that Santorum is fading in a big state.


10 posted on 03/02/2012 2:54:13 PM PST by mtrott
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To: VinL

Go Newt! Come on ya’ll.


11 posted on 03/02/2012 2:54:59 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Irenic

I have been watching Newts speeches there in Georgia. He is doing great there and the people love him.

Newt Gingrich Addresses The Cobb Chamber Of Commerce, Atlanta, Georgia – March 1 2012

http://electad.com/videos/newt-gingrich-addresses-the-cobb-chamber-of-commerce-atlanta-georgia-march-1-2012/


12 posted on 03/02/2012 2:56:49 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Ron Paul and Romney in alliance to take out the conservatives in this election)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I agree with you. I think Santorum is now on the downward slope of the “this week’s anti-Mitt” curve and that we’re going to see Newt make a comeback. The man is just too brilliant to be ignored.


13 posted on 03/02/2012 2:57:26 PM PST by Signalman
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To: mtrott; TexasFreeper2009

One would think with Gallop now showing the divide betwen Rick and Newt at 7— with Romney whittling Rick’s lead to zip in Ohio— that Rick’s clearly losing steam.

Why wouldn’t Newt pivot and make a play for Okla and Tenn?


14 posted on 03/02/2012 2:57:51 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Signalman

Santorum needs to drop out.


15 posted on 03/02/2012 3:01:06 PM PST by petercooper (The one difference between Obama & Romney: Obama is only half white.)
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To: VinL

He should definitely make a quick hit on Oklahoma City and push his $2.50 gas and energy plan. Not only is OK a huge energy state, but people have to drive long distances, which at current prices is costing them dearly to fill their tanks.


16 posted on 03/02/2012 3:04:57 PM PST by mtrott
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To: VinL
Santorum gets rather nasty when he becomes desperate.

There is a thread running claiming that now, Rush, Palin, Beck and Schmuckabee support Santorum.

And the ad being aired in Ohio, is ripe with more Santorum embellishment in regards to the so called celebrities who now “support” his campaign.

I will be glad to see the reality of Super Tuesday come soon. Like all the bloated projections and exxageration in Michigan over Santorum’s dynamic campaign, etc,, blah, blah, blah. Then reality came..........And it will come again, and again. And like the way McCain came out of nowhere, much later in the primary, I am hoping Newt will do the same, and pull an upset like McCain did.

17 posted on 03/02/2012 3:11:49 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I believe Rush supports Romney- and I’d be disappointed if Gov. Palin went with Rick over Newt.


18 posted on 03/02/2012 3:14:15 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

42 + 22 + 16 + 5 = 85%
What happened to the other 15%?
I’m not the brightest bulb in the box, but... where’d they go?


19 posted on 03/02/2012 3:15:10 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: TexasFreeper2009

You’re back!!!! Good for you. You just put me a very good mood.

Welcome home....

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


20 posted on 03/02/2012 3:15:55 PM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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