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GOP Insiders More Confident Than Ever of Romney Win
National Journal ^ | 11/02/2012 | Alex Roarty and Peter Bell

Posted on 11/02/2012 8:18:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Republicans have never been more confident that President Obama will lose re-election, according to the latest National Journal Insiders Poll, but Democratic conviction their party's leader will earn a second term still hasn't wavered.

On average, GOP insiders polled by National Journal gave Obama slightly less than even odds he'll occupy the White House another four years. The 4.6 average score - based on a 1 (no chance at re-election) to 10 (virtual certainty) scale -- was a precipitous drop since the last Insiders Poll, a late September survey in which Republicans pegged the score at 5.8. That poll was taken before the first presidential debate in early October, after which Mitt Romney's support surged. In April, Republican Insiders rated Obama at exactly even odds.

Democratic optimism in the last month has also dipped, although the change has been far less significant than the GOP's. They gauged Obama's chances at 7.2, down one-half from last month but still higher than their expectation in April.

A majority of Republicans, 76 percent, say Obama has a moderate chance of re-election (a score between four and six). Seventy-four percent of Democrats say he has a strong chance (a score between seven and 10).

On a scale of zero (no chance) to 10 (virtual certainty), how likely is it that President Obama will win reelection?

  Democrats
(102 votes)
Republicans
(98 votes)
CURRENT AVERAGE 7.2 4.6
Sept. 22 7.7 5.8
April 28 7.1 5.0
Slight chance (1-3) 1% 17%
Moderate chance (4-6) 26% 76%
Strong chance (7-10) 74% 6%


On aggregate, the combined score of Insiders from both parties gives the president slightly less than a 60 percent chance at reaching 270 electoral votes.

A fierce debate over which campaign has momentum, if there's any at all, has consumed the presidential race of late. But many of National Journal's GOP Insiders are convinced the trend favors Romney and will propel him to victory.

"This is the first time that I really feel the momentum swinging to Romney," said one Republican. "It has been a slow progression for the Republican since early September, but it is steady and no matter what Obama throws at him, it doesn't hurt."

Said another Republican, "The trend is definitely in favor of Romney -- with independents leading the way."

Romney has stirred hope among Republicans that he's expanded the number of battlegrounds in which he's competing with the president, placing ad buys in once safely blue states like Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Democrats have called the move a bluff -- public polling indicates Obama does carry at least a small lead in each of the trio.

"Obama's held on to his defensive perimeter longer than anyone expected, but he's also left his flanks exposed in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota," one GOP Insiders said.

National polls depict the race as a dead heat, with many even giving the GOP presidential nominee a slight edge. But battleground-state polling is more favorable for the president.

"Romney has not gained ground in the key battleground states," said a Democratic Insider. "It is hard to see him winning Florida, Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio, and it looks like he needs all of them."

Said another, "I was a 9 before the debates -- Romney has momentum but still has a difficult electoral map."

One more Democrat chimed in: "It's all about the swing states. Every national poll that's reported is increasingly irrelevant as the President leads in Ohio, Wisconsin, and others."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; romney

1 posted on 11/02/2012 8:18:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How many insiders of either party would not say they were confident of their guys win this close to election day?


2 posted on 11/02/2012 8:23:59 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Rompney!


3 posted on 11/02/2012 8:28:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (WINNING IS EVERYTHING!)
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To: stuartcr
How many insiders of either party would not say they were confident of their guys win this close to election day?

I remember when I was in journalism and sat down for an interview with Newt Gingrich, 3 days before the 2006 midterm and asked for his prediction on congressional races. He told me that the GOP would hold a small majority. At the end of the night it was a rout. Since then I have held skepticism on what party insiders say, but if some insiders on the Dem side are saying Obama is going to lose it looks good.

4 posted on 11/02/2012 8:32:54 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: stuartcr

I distinctly remember some GOP insiders beginning to bash the McCain campaign right around this point of the 2008 race.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 8:33:00 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s no doubt in my mind that Romney’s campaign feels confident of a win, especially in Ohio. If he were losing Ohio and needed to pick up a state, as is the current media meme, he’d be living in Wisconsin and Iowa, both of which are more favorable prospects than Pennsylvania.


6 posted on 11/02/2012 8:33:26 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (O-H-I-O, Barry - misspell our name and we kick you out!)
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To: stuartcr

I’m trying to remember back in 2008. Even though the polls shifted WAY over toward The One after the financial debacle, I seem to remember McCain’s cronies saying things were looking good near the end. I may be mistaken...


7 posted on 11/02/2012 8:35:21 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: stuartcr

This is an anonymous survey, so it has value. The insiders were all over McCain in 08, with constant leaks to the press. Haven’t heard any of that this year.


8 posted on 11/02/2012 8:45:05 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: TonyInOhio

“If Romney were losing Ohio and needed to pick up a state, as is the current media meme, he’d be living in Wisconsin and Iowa, both of which are more favorable prospects than Pennsylvania.”

Good point. And it’s the kenyan who has been camped out in Iowa since the convention. He must hate being there. LOL.


9 posted on 11/02/2012 8:47:40 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: stuartcr
Republicans have never been more confident that President Obama will lose re-election

Republican insiders must be avoiding FR then. One look at the latest posts and that confidence would be gone, gone, gone.

10 posted on 11/02/2012 8:55:01 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: Personal Responsibility

That’s right. Include bashing of McCain and Palin. This time I at least haven’t heard any “insider” bashing of either Romney or Ryan. That to me is a big difference.


11 posted on 11/02/2012 8:55:43 AM PDT by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: hcmama

Very true!!


12 posted on 11/02/2012 8:57:13 AM PDT by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Republicans have never been more confident that President Obama will lose re-election... A majority of Republicans, 76 percent, say Obama has a moderate chance of re-election"

The author needs to look up the definition of the word "confident".

13 posted on 11/02/2012 9:06:10 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal (On November 6th, AMERICA tells Obama to stand down.)
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To: hcmama

That is not a quote from what I said


14 posted on 11/02/2012 9:06:33 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Personal Responsibility

I remember McCain’s staff beginning to bash Sarah Palin at this point in 2008. There was no surer sign of impending defeat as Nicolle Wallace and the Lex Luther looking guy (can’t recall his name) attempted to save their own careers by blaming Palin.


15 posted on 11/02/2012 9:06:48 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: SeekAndFind

..it is in the media’s interest to keep everyone’s attention fixed on this as a photo-finish rather than a Secretariat-like runaway—which is what I sense is happening...


16 posted on 11/02/2012 9:07:23 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: stuartcr

It’s from the article.


17 posted on 11/02/2012 9:08:37 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: stuartcr

Um, 2008? Don’t you remember the campaign bashing from almost a week out?


18 posted on 11/02/2012 9:28:30 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: LS

I must have still been in shock from McCain getting the nomination...


19 posted on 11/02/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: TonyInOhio

Ohio is looking good. NV is looking bad. I was wondering why Romney was paying so much attention to NH, and then figured it out (duh); if Romney wins Ohio, NH puts him over (as does any state), the old 3-2-1 strategy.


20 posted on 11/02/2012 9:53:17 AM PDT by TomEwall
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To: SeekAndFind

Let the dumbass democrats ignore the 2010 elections...so be it! The suicide watch is on for the whack left.


21 posted on 11/02/2012 9:54:39 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind

Okay so this is the ONE poll that scares me (cause the GOP Wizards of Smart are right approx. 0.001% of the time)


22 posted on 11/02/2012 9:55:38 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

23 posted on 11/02/2012 9:58:07 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: hcmama

Steve Schmidt ... he’s that “Lex Luthor looking guy.”


24 posted on 11/02/2012 10:07:03 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SeekAndFind
All while the voting machines in at least 6 states are changing votes from Romney to Obama. Can Romney win an election in New Venezuela Norte?
25 posted on 11/02/2012 11:53:43 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: TomEwall

Yes, but the “1” can be NH or CO or IA or WI or any other state.


26 posted on 11/02/2012 12:45:20 PM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: hcmama
They have access to much better polls.

Get a grip.

27 posted on 11/02/2012 12:47:01 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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