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Poll shows Gingrich expanding lead in Georgia (NEWT 42, R22, S16)
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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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To: mtrott

He is going to be in Ohio on Saturday, he will do the Huckabee Forum on Saturday night. Sunday is reserved for the Sunday show (NBC, CBS, ABC), don’t know yet where he is going to campaign. Jackie, J.C and Herman are all over TN today and tomorrow, as well as OK on Monday.


21 posted on 03/02/2012 3:17:10 PM PST by georgiagirl_pam (STEP ONE: SECURE YOUR DOOR (gives you more time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: carriage_hill

What happened to the other 15%?
I’m not the brightest bulb in the box, but... where’d they go?


From the article.

....Fifteen percent of Georgians remained undecided.....


22 posted on 03/02/2012 3:17:34 PM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I noticed that some time ago. I would see him in the debates or in other encounters taking little shots here or there against the other conservatives in the race. That was where I first developed my distaste, as it always struck me as whiny and desperate. I didn’t like his excited distortion of 999 either, that time he was waving his arms around and telling the audience “Do YOU want to pay a sales tax now!?” He was also engaged in this in Florida as well, which it seems I was the only one who noticed since it was after Florida that Santorum surged.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Once Santorum starts to hurt, watch him seriously unload on Newt. It’s not going to be pretty.


23 posted on 03/02/2012 3:19:25 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: VinL
The ad running, is claiming that Palin supports Santo, based on her earlier comment that Santorum is against Abortion and she approves of that position, but does not endorse him or campaign for him, but they are volunteering her for that purpose anyway. The move is completely classless. Which is typical for Santorum.
24 posted on 03/02/2012 3:20:42 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

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

I would need to see proof that Palin supports Saintorum.


25 posted on 03/02/2012 3:20:54 PM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

They say Romney’s putting in truckloads of money in Ohio— doubt Rick can withstand that-—


26 posted on 03/02/2012 3:21:20 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Ah, that’s THIS Saturday. I thought maybe it was last Saturday. I started a new job today so I lost track of everything. I’m looking forward to it.


27 posted on 03/02/2012 3:22:30 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Yes, I see that he has three events in OK on Monday. Tulsa, OKC, and Midwest City! This is good.


28 posted on 03/02/2012 3:22:45 PM PST by mtrott
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To: VinL
Santorum is losing ground fast there, as we type. He went from an 18 point lead, to tied in less than a week.

Newt is also starting to gain in some of the internals that are coming out, in most of the Super “T” states.

29 posted on 03/02/2012 3:25:38 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Santorum gets rather nasty when he becomes desperate.

Big time. This is the first thing I noticed about him.

30 posted on 03/02/2012 3:29:35 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Gator113

The new ad from Santorum is claiming exactly that. It is phony but true. And they are making the claim based on a nonspecific statement from Palin.

Go see it for yourself; (I’ll post this, first and then find the link for you)


31 posted on 03/02/2012 3:30:28 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

It’s time for Palin to come out with a statement correcting the misconception. I’m a bit aggravated at her for not helping Newt more.

Those of us who are just working class folks are concerned about how the results of this election are going to impact the price of gas, food, electricity, and everything we consume. This is not a popularity contest. Obama and Chu want $ 10.00 per gal. gasoline!

We only have one man in the race with a Plan to bring down those prices, and I cannot understand how people can be foolish enough not to support Newt Gingrich.


32 posted on 03/02/2012 3:32:23 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Gator113

Here you go, read the context and see how Santorum is BSing his level of support again. (I suggest you don’t post to it to promote it any further, It had died out rather fast and should stay that way.)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2853718/posts


33 posted on 03/02/2012 3:36:07 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: conservativejoy

It frustrates me to no end. The stupidity is beyond all normal logic.


34 posted on 03/02/2012 3:38:24 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; conservativejoy

I agree- in her defense- Rick was way up in the polls- and those are all her supporters. I have to think she would antagonize a lot of her base, if she came out for Newt—— though, I wish she would.


35 posted on 03/02/2012 3:43:34 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Newt’s site says Cain and his daughter are doing a bus tour in Tennessee today and tomorrow.

Cue joke about whether it’s safe for Newt to leave his daughter alone with Cain. ;)

http://www.newt.org/news/herman-cain-and-jackie-gingrich-cushman-to-tour-tenneseee-on-march-2-and-3/


36 posted on 03/02/2012 3:44:29 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: conservativejoy

Correction, Obama and Chu want $9.99 per gallon gasoline. It’s Obama’s 999 plan. It’s just not the price of a pizza anymore...it’s also the price at the pump.


37 posted on 03/02/2012 3:46:41 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I found it... you’re too late on your suggestion. I had already fired a couple of rounds. ;>)


38 posted on 03/02/2012 3:47:31 PM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

* thanks! :)


39 posted on 03/02/2012 3:49:24 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: JediJones

Great line, sadly true. I’m all for Romney and Santorum supporters paying $ 9.99 per gal. for gas, since they seem determined to do so. I just wish everybody didn’t have to be punished for their stupidity.


40 posted on 03/02/2012 4:01:17 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Gator113

Palin does not support Santorum. I would love for her to come out and level him for saying she does.


41 posted on 03/02/2012 4:03:41 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: conservativejoy

The tough part about campaigning in 2008 was convincing people that I wasn’t just making up these kind of quotes from Obama, about electricity prices necessarily skyrocketing and so forth. Most people cannot even fathom that anyone in the world thinks the way progressives do. A lot more time needs to be devoted to explaining what the left is and what their agenda is. That’s why Newt can be a great candidate. He understands the left and can explain credibly and convincingly how out-of-touch they are. Santorum understands the left pretty well, but as Rick Tyler said, he can barely speak English. Romney has already said he refuses to to call Obama a socialist. He isn’t even going to try to explain what the left is. He’s just going to try to say he can “run things” better than Obama in a very generic fashion. He’s unilaterally disarming on 90% of his argument against Obama that way and will naturally make it much tougher to win.


42 posted on 03/02/2012 4:09:49 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: JediJones

That’s pretty cold: Jedi. -:)


43 posted on 03/02/2012 4:13:06 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Newt is expanding out to other states by going on the offense in the next few days before Super Tuesday in Ohio, Oklahoma, to go along with Tennessee and Georgia.

And to note, JD Hayworth is in Idaho campaigning on behalf of Newt.


44 posted on 03/02/2012 4:14:36 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: conservativejoy

Yes, I hear you.

The problem is that, unfortunately today and for the last 30 years, the American people have listened to the wrong people. The leftist congress critters go on TV and say, “well, even if we started drilling now, it wouldn’t make any difference for 10 years(or whatever figure they were spouting at the time). And the media would not challenge them on their assertion, would not check with actual exploration and production people, would not check with market traders to see how a serious energy policy might affect market prices. It is so frustrating, I could just go Galt on them.


45 posted on 03/02/2012 4:19:06 PM PST by mtrott
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Newt and Paul are going to be on CBS Face the Nation...


46 posted on 03/02/2012 4:22:38 PM PST by true believer forever (Save the Irish Setters - Vote Newt!)
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To: true believer forever

actually, this is is Sunday schedule, per his site:

CNN, State of the Union, 9:00am ET;
C-SPAN Washington Journal; 9:30Am
NBC- Meet the Press
ABC- This Week
CBS- Face the Nation


47 posted on 03/02/2012 4:30:42 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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He's made this kind of claim before I believe, but he's certainly at it now.

Only Wednesday Santorum was falsely claiming he had OK Sen. Inhofe behind him.

Liar! Liar!

48 posted on 03/02/2012 4:32:45 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: true believer forever

Dang, now Newt.org shows Newt will appear Sunday morning on State of the Union, CSPAN Washington Journal, Meet the Press, ABC This Week, and Face the Nation!


49 posted on 03/02/2012 4:34:02 PM PST by mtrott
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To: JediJones

A Romney nomination will be a Disaster. He will be billed as a Robot from Kolab right out of the shute, and then things will really get nasty.

Rick is another disaster waiting to happen. He has already given them an arsenal of material in stupid comments he has made. When he isn’t giving an empty Rah Rah speech, he has a difficult time speaking. That explains a lot about why his supporters have a hard time when asked Why they support him and what his positions are.

Get Rick flustered and defensive and he will self destruct. The real Rick is not the persona he has sold to the rubes.

I understand fully your frustration in campaigning. I think people should have to pass a test to vote.


50 posted on 03/02/2012 4:39:46 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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