I would venture to say, that would count for MOST of us.
Absolutely true. I am terrified of the possibility that Rick Santorum could be POTUS. He has absolutely no leadership experience, he is a follower not a leader. His thought process is elementary and lacks any originality. He seems intimidated when interviewed. He would buckle in a crisis. I know I will be bruised, but since he and Romney both have issues of “selling out,” I will take Romney because of his business experience and leadership. Keep in mind, I am Newt all the way, I am from Ohio, already voted. But if my choice was Romney or Santorum........sorry.
Bruce is right about some Gingrich supporters, and the same could be said for a fair number of Santorum supporters.
I believe it was CharlesWayneCT, or perhaps writer33, who posted polling data several weeks ago on voters’ second choices. Do we have any current polling data on second choices?
That might help answer the question of whether a two-candidate or three-candidate race is best to defeat Romney.
Note that in the article that generated this very thread, Newt Gingrich said all the candidates have strengths and weaknesses and the current vetting process is helpful. I was saying that weeks ago when Free Republic was filling up with calls for Santorum to drop out. I believed that then, I think I still believe it even after Super Tuesday, and while a major loss for Gingrich throughout the Deep South could change my mind, I think Gingrich has a good chance to win the south.
Since we don't yet have that vote data and won't for some time (possibly too late), what we really need now is polling data on second choices.