Polls (GOP Club)

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  • Newt Gingrich, not Mitt Romney helped by South Carolina's undecided voters

    01/20/2012 9:14:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 21, 2012 | John Gizzi
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With a just-completed Clemson Palmetto (S.C.) poll showing 20 percent of likely voters in today’s Republican presidential primary undecided, many political pundits are convinced that the race could go to either Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. One of Gingrich’s top supporters in the Palmetto State argued otherwise, stating that those who are undecided are more likely to fall into the camp of the former House speaker than that of the former Massachusetts governor. (VIDEO AT LINK) “These [undecided] voters are conservative, and Mitt Romney has always had the problem of proving he is genuinely conservative,” Mike Campbell,...
  • Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich leading, 20% of S.C. voters still uncommitted

    01/20/2012 5:53:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Clemson University ^ | January 20, 2012 | Dave Woodard and Bruce Ransom
    CLEMSON, S.C. — With polls opening in less than 24 hours for the important South Carolina presidential primary election, the final Palmetto Poll shows Newt Gingrich leading over Mitt Romney in a gritty battle fraught with personal attacks and breaking news about the candidates’ personal lives. That’s the finding of the third Clemson University 2012 Palmetto Poll, a sample of 429 South Carolina GOP voters who indicated they plan to vote Saturday. The telephone poll was initiated Jan. 13 and recalibrated Jan. 18-19 to measure changing dynamics. Twenty percent of the likely voters remain undecided. “We expect a reaction by...
  • Insiders Divided Along Party Lines Over Impact of Primary on Romney

    01/20/2012 2:37:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal's Hotline On Call ^ | January 20, 2012 | Taylor West and Peter Bell
    If frontrunner Mitt Romney survives the Republican primary process and becomes the party's presumptive nominee, a majority of Democrats surveyed in this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll say he will enter the general election campaign a weaker candidate than when he began his run. But by an overwhelming margin, Republican Insiders feel the primary campaign has been a benefit, leaving Romney stronger and more prepared to take on President Obama. (GRAPH AT LINK) Many Republicans feel the primary process has been a critical pressure-test for Romney's campaign skills, resulting in a more honed and prepared candidate. "He has weathered...
  • Limbaugh and Palin defend Newt amid ex-wife onslaught

    01/19/2012 7:38:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 19, 2012 | Maggie Haberman
    Newt Gingrich, who's tried to contain damage from sordid claims his second wife Marianne Gingrich over the last 24 hours, was bolstered on conservative talk radio earlier today by Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Limbaugh suggested an effort to try to "clear the field" on the GOP side, saying, "What needs to be said about Newt? It's out there. It's out there. I don't know. Fifty percent of the country has been divorced. I don't know...You have to think with Values Voters, yeah. Got any Values Voters? ...Well, they knew that Newt was divorced. They knew the first divorce story...
  • Gingrich Hoping for Boost From Sarah Palin

    01/18/2012 11:10:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 19, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On June 3, 2010, a phone rang at the campaign headquarters of Iowa gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad. Leo Hough, a receptionist, picked up and was greeted by a familiar voice. It was Sarah Palin, calling to let the campaign know that she was about to endorse Branstad on Facebook and Twitter. There had been no previous discussions between the former Alaska governor and the candidate, who was as pleasantly surprised as everyone else when told the news. That episode is typical of how Palin has made endorsements: suddenly, independently and without fanfare. After leaving an indelible mark...
  • Cunning Sarah Palin gives boost to Newt Gingrich (Mild Barf Alert)

    01/18/2012 10:53:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 19, 2012 | Margery Eagan
    You’ve got to admire Sarah Palin’s cunning — even if your eardrums can’t take her squeal. If Newt Gingrich wins Saturday in South Carolina, she can claim total credit. She just endorsed him — sort of. If he even gets close — and he’s closer to Mitt Romney in two new polls — she can point to her last-minute vote of confidence. “If I had to vote in South Carolina,” she told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday, “in order to keep things going, I would vote for Newt.” If things don’t go well, hey, she’s got lots of wiggle...
  • Romney ridicules Gingrich on job creation (Desperate!)

    01/18/2012 6:41:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 18, 2012 | Michael Finnegan, Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta
    Mitt Romney waged a new onslaught against Newt Gingrich on Wednesday amid signs that the former House speaker was gaining traction in his drive to emerge as the sole viable alternative for the Republican presidential nomination. In a rare departure from his usual practice of ignoring GOP rivals and engaging President Obama instead, Romney ridiculed Gingrich for taking credit for millions of jobs created when he served in Congress. "Congressmen taking responsibility or taking credit for helping create jobs is like [former Vice President] Al Gore taking credit for the Internet," Romney told supporters at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C....
  • Should Sarah Palin be Getting Involved in the GOP Primary? [POLL]

    01/18/2012 2:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | January 18, 2012 | Chad Hasty
    Sarah Palin isn’t running for President, but she may be trying to influence how people vote. According to ABC News, Palin said that if she lived in South Carolina, she would vote for Newt Gingrich. “Just one week after her husband Todd Palin “went rogue” and endorsed Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said tonight she would vote for Gingrich “if I were a South Carolinian” — the closest she has come to an endorsement in this race. Palin said tonight on “Sean Hannity” that she wants to see the race continue because “iron sharpens...
  • Newt Gingrich allies in South Carolina and Florida smell victory

    01/18/2012 12:15:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 18, 2012 | John Gizzi
    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich​’s outstanding debate performance on Monday and key endorsements could set the stage for a strong showing by Gingrich in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, which would position him for a possible win in the Florida primary on Jan. 31 and a chance at the Republican nomination for President this summer. That’s what the two former Republican U.S. Representatives who are chairing Gingrich’s campaign in those two key states told HUMAN EVENTS yesterday. Following what even Gingrich’s enemies say was a virtuoso performance in the debate at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Monday evening, former Reps. John Napier (S.C.) and...
  • Facebook/POLITICO poll: South Carolina users cool to tea party (Baloney Alert!)

    01/17/2012 11:52:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 14, 2012 | Emily Schultheis
    Almost two-thirds of adult Facebook users in South Carolina say they aren't fans of the tea party, according to a Facebook poll conducted today with POLITICO. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they are "not at all supportive" of the tea party, compared with 20 percent who were "somewhat supportive" and 18 percent who were "very supportive." Of those surveyed, women were slightly less supportive of the tea party. Just 35 percent were either "somewhat" or "very" supportive of the movement, compared with 42 percent among men. The results only represent the sentiment of South Carolina users on Facebook, not...
  • Why Romney is Weak vs. Obama

    01/14/2012 10:48:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 13, 2012 | Quin Hillyer
    Since I wrote this little blog post the other day, picked up at Real Clear Politics, all of a sudden (by coincidence; I'm not claiming I had anything to do with it, but just am remarking on how rapidly the 'meme' has taken off) all sorts of people are suddenly realizing that Mitt Romney is hardly the candidate with the best chance to beat Barack Obama. It certainly isn't all at the Center for Individual Freedom, but we did have a written colloquy on the subject the other day, with Troy Senik and Ashton Ellis insightfully joining me in weighing...
  • 3 Polls Show Newt Gaining on Romney

    01/13/2012 9:31:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 13, 2012 | Jim Meyers
    Three new polls show former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gaining on Mitt Romney in South Carolina and emerging as the clear conservative choice of voters who are not backing the former Massachusetts governor for the Republican presidential nomination. An Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion Research survey completed on Thursday shows that Gingrich is actually in a statistical tie with Romney in South Carolina, with 21.3 percent of the vote to Romney’s 23.1. Gingrich leads Romney in several demographic groups, including voters 18 to 29 years old, black voters, male voters, and Independents. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum each received 13 percent of...
  • Winners and losers from the SC polls

    01/13/2012 5:08:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The State ^ | January 13, 2012 | Andy Shain
    Call it the case of the rising Texan and plunging Pennsylvanian. Here’s how GOP presidential hopefuls fared in a second round of South Carolina polls released Friday. (The fine print: Two sets of polls from Rasmussen Reports, Public Policy Polling and American Research Group have been released in the past week -- before and after the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday): Winner: Ron Paul Who cares if the Texas congressman has made one announced campaign visit in South Carolina since finishing second in the New Hampshire primary. He’s got the momentum, gaining 22 percentage points combined in the three polls...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul Kills Conservatives

    01/11/2012 7:51:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    EIB Network ^ | January 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I did not have cable TV on last night. I didn't. I was reading. I watched a couple of movies, but I did not have the TV on last night. (laughing) I take it back. One clarification. I did turn on Fox at about 7:55pm 'cause I wanted to hear O'Reilly read the e-mail. That's my favorite part of his show. And O'Reilly wasn't on. They were doing coverage from New Hampshire, and they were proclaiming Romney the victor. It was over. So Romney had his seven electoral votes. Okay, the only thing that interests me now...
  • In GOP primaries, it’s Romney or non-Romney (Milt the new Jimmy Carter?)

    01/10/2012 7:45:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vermont Digger ^ | January 10, 2012 | Ken Dean
    Sarah Palin, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann are gone. Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Willard Mitt Romney remain, and are hoping to be the fresh new challenger facing President Barack Obama in November. One of these will be elected president of the United States in 2012 and serve a four-year term, as leader of the free world. The quasi-fascinating process started in Iowa Tuesday, Jan. 3, and continued in New Hampshire Jan. 10. South Carolina Jan. 21 and Florida Jan. 31 are next. Nevada and Maine Feb. 4, follow on the 2012 Republican primary/caucus...
  • My New Hampshire Predictions

    01/10/2012 3:49:23 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 11 replies
    WeArePolitics ^ | 1/3/2012 | Bill Knowles
    The gloves have come off by the other candidates now in response to all of the mudslinging being done at the hands of the Romney and Paul campaigns so the New Hampshire Primary is proving to be a little more contested than originally thought and is proving that it may not be the coronation that Mitt Romney expects. I came fairly close with my predictions for Iowa, correctly nailing that Bachmann would end her race by the end of the week and calling Mitt Romney the winner, albeit by 8 votes. I thought Santorum would run fourth, but did expect...
  • Poll: 58% of Republicans want more presidential choices

    01/09/2012 11:44:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 9, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    The nominating process may officially be underway, but Republicans have yet to enthusiastically embrace a potential nominee for president - and despite the late date, most would like to see other candidates enter the race, according to a new CBS News poll. The survey finds that 58 percent of Republican primary voters want more presidential choices, while just 37 percent say they are satisfied with the current field. The percentage of Republican primary voters that wants more choices has increased 12 percentage points since October. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the nomination, has struggled to break 30 percent support in...
  • Obama’s re-election and other perilous predictions for 2012 (Huckabee will be Milt's VP pick?)

    01/08/2012 1:32:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 8, 2012 | Andrew Steele
    Predictions in politics and government are a fool’s game. The systems involved are chaotic and complex. The players change motive or exit the game unexpectedly. Choices are made for reasons that are often hidden, illogical or against one’s own self interest. Despite this, last year I went out on a limb with 10 perilous predictions for 2011. Surprisingly, eight of the ten guesses are generally correct, albeit some achieving the predicted result in different ways than envisaged. For instance, Stephen Harper did get his majority, but at the expense of the Liberals, rather than through NDP losses. Gas prices failed...
  • Taking gloves off on GOP frontrunner, Jon Huntsman smacks Mitt — in Mandarin!

    01/08/2012 8:07:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/8/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    What was going through the minds of the GOP candidates Saturday night when they engaged in a circular firing squad — and largely gave GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney the kid glove treatment at the big televised ABC debate? As California Democratic campaign consultant Bob Mulholland laughingly told us afterwards (he got a ticket to sit in the debate hall at St. Anselm College): “What was wrong with these guys? If any one of them had punched him out, they would have made the headline of the night.” Yeah, well, move along, there’s nothing to see here. The guy who showed...
  • FRepp this Poll! Should the U.S. reduce the size of the Defense Department?

    01/07/2012 3:57:57 PM PST · by Military family member · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/7/2012 | Fox News
    Yes, with the wars winding down it's time to turn the page I'm ok with reducing the size of our military and increasing our weapons and unmanned vehicles No, our security operations are already taxed to the limit Don't want to, but we have to I'm ok with it as long as the forces themselves are unaffected
  • A Redstate Exclusive: Ex-Staffer Calls Ron Paul ”The Original 9-11 Truther”

    01/03/2012 9:04:34 PM PST · by mikeymike143 · 4 replies
    Redstate ^ | Dec 30, 2011 | I am(mikeymike143)
    ”When Al- Qaeda attacked our country on 9-11, Ron Paul told us the CIA was behind it. And that Bush and Cheney knew about the attack in advance.” That is a quote from ex-Ron Paul staffer and confidant Eric Dondero about Ron Paul. Eric called Paul ”the original 9-11 truther”. This makes sense on so many fronts. When Congress was getting ready to vote on a military response in Afghanistan, Ron Paul initially OPPOSED responding to the attack, and expressed no concern about those who died that day. In fact, his only concern was that this attack would be used...
  • She the People: our predictions for Iowa

    01/02/2012 1:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's She the People Blog ^ | January 2, 2012 | Melinda Henneberger
    Welcome to the Post’s new politics and culture blog, “She the People: The World as Women See It.” Though dedicated to the proposition that politics properly understood encompasses just about everything, I thought we’d start with some predictions about Tuesday’s caucuses in Iowa, where a bunch of our writers rang in the new year with Republicans. My own bet is that Rick Santorum will indeed score the surprise of the night, just as he told me he would . Yet even if he wins outright, four years from now in Iowa, I further predict that we in the media will...
  • Who Are the 25 Most Powerful Unelected People in America? (They know Palin would head the list)

    01/01/2012 6:11:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Nieman Watchdog ^ | January 1, 2012 | Barry Sussman
    I got an email from my nephew Daniel Sussman the screenwriter. He has been living in Greece for a while and thus has a calm, detached perspective on what’s going on in American politics. He wrote: Okay, maybe this is naive, but… Just about every sane person is (or a significant number of people are) appalled by the field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination. I would like to know two things: 1. Who are the Republican politicians who are better qualified? Who are the statesmen? These people must exist. And if they don’t, make them up. Maybe they’re...
  • InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research (Iowa: Milt, RuPaul and Newt tied around 17%)

    12/30/2011 2:07:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 28, 2011
    Iowa GOP Presidential Poll – 12.28.11 Among Registered Voters Who Will be Voting in Iowa's Republican Presidential Primary InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research 2011 1. If the Republican presidential caucus or primary were held today, would you vote for Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, someone else or do you not know who you would vote for? (CHART AT LINK)
  • Perry's final days?

    12/29/2011 8:36:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is pretty much done for if he finishes too poorly in Iowa, where he has spent far and away the most of any candidate. Politico’s Mike Allen reports that “Rick Perry is the king of the airwaves,” having spent about $2.9 million on ads in December alone. His super PAC has spent an additional $1.3 million. Yet in the CNN-Opinion Research poll released Wednesday, Perry is in fifth place in Iowa at 11 percent. In RealClearPolitics’ average of Iowa polls, Perry is in fourth, with 12 percent. Perry’s days are numbered if he spends more than...
  • CNN Poll of New Hampshire

    12/28/2011 8:37:17 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 37 replies · 1+ views
    New Hampshire CNN Poll released today: Romney 44% Paul 17% Gingrich 16% Huntsman 9% RS 4 MB 3 RPerry 2 none 5
  • Huckabee Predicts Romney Will Win Iowa

    12/25/2011 11:35:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KDFW-TV ^ | December 25, 2011
    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee predicted Sunday that Mitt Romney will win the Iowa caucuses despite not having spent much time or money there. Huckabee, 56, made the prediction in an appearance on "FOX News Sunday," but warned Ron Paul could still pose a serious challenge to the former Massachusetts governor. "I would probably say that Mitt Romney will end up winning it today," Huckabee told host Chris Wallace. "Now, I think, again, Ron Paul, because of his organization, that is where Mitt is at a disadvantage. He doesn't have the devotion," he went on. "If the weather is good,...
  • CafeMom Talks to Newt Gingrich on Dec. 30: Join the Discussion!

    12/25/2011 11:19:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Cafe Mom at The Stir ^ | December 20, 2011 | Lindsay Ferrier
    With just days remaining before the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential candidates have gone into high gear in a last-ditch effort to win over the state's Republican voters. Having surged recently in Iowa polls (although the latest poll puts those numbers in question), Newt Gingrich is the headline-maker these days, and we know you have a lot of questions about how his plans and policies would benefit you and your family if he were elected president. That's why CafeMom is hosting a "Coffee Break" between moms, Newt Gingrich, and his wife Callista, at Java Joe's in Des Moines on Friday, December...
  • Iowa and the Future of the GOP

    12/24/2011 6:01:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 24, 2011 | David Yepsen
    No matter the outcome, Ron Paul's strength indicates a resurgence of the libertarian and isolationist wings of the Republican Party. Judging by some of the television images of the 2012 Republican presidential race in Iowa, the contest is among a bunch of small-bore candidates courting farmers and born-again Christians out on the chilly prairie. Look again. The 2012 Republican contest in Iowa is very much a battle over what the GOP should stand for in the years ahead. Just as Republican leaders in Washington can't seem to reach a consensus on what they're for, so can't rank-and-file party activists here....
  • Clemson University’s Palmetto Poll (South Carolina: Newt's numbers have TRIPLED in 1 month)

    12/19/2011 11:37:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Clemson University ^ | December 19, 2011
    Clemson University’s Palmetto Poll Executive Summary December 2011 With only one month to go before the important South Carolina presidential primary, a poll of likely voters in the Palmetto State shows Newt Gingrich surging, Romney on a popularity plateau, and the rest of the field of GOP presidential contenders stagnant or falling behind. The second Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich with more than three times the support he had just one month ago, up from 11% to 38%, while Romney remains at 21%, virtually the same (22%) number he had last month. With the exception of Ron Paul, who has risen...
  • Poll: Palin Running Now? (FReep it!)

    12/19/2011 8:38:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    WLUC-TV ^ | December 20, 2011 | David Fath
    Poll: Palin Running Now? Former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is hinting she might get into the presidential race. John McCain's running mate told the Fox Business Network she's still unsure about 20-12. Palin said, "You know it's not too late for people to jump and who knows what will happen in the future." Palin announced in October she would not seek the Republican nomination, citing how a national campaign would effect her family. Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Do you expect Sarah Pain to change her mind, and enter the GOP Presidential race? Yes or no?...
  • Ron Paul, enemy of Iowa

    12/16/2011 10:21:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Iowa radio host and weathervane of the state's evangelical political opinion raises fears for Iowa's first-in-the-nation status should it select Ron Paul on caucus day. "One thing is for certain," Deace writes. "if a candidate with Paul’s foreign policy views wins the Iowa Caucuses that will be the final nail in Iowa’s first in the nation status. Like it or not, the media and the Republican Party itself will simply discredit the results and start the process over in New Hampshire." Chris Wallace made a similar point on Fox News before last night's debate: "The Ron Paul people are not...
  • Newt Gingrich implodes the conventional wisdom

    12/16/2011 8:32:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Standard-Examiner ^ | December 16, 2011 | Joe Gandelman
    HILLSBORO, Missouri -- What if a state held a non-binding presidential primary and the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination wasn't on the ballot? That'll happen in Missouri on March 17 and just weeks ago the always correct (except when it's wrong) conventional wisdom insisted this illustrated how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had no "ground game." And so, it was implied, Gingrich was doomed in his battle against his prime challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Until now. If you've been woken up with a "BOOM!" it was the sound of the conventional wisdom imploding. The catalyst was...
  • Gingrich early front runner among Pa. voters

    12/15/2011 2:12:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WHTM-TV ^ | December 13, 2011 | Myles Snyder
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A new poll shows Pennsylvania Republicans favor Newt Gingrich as the GOP Presidential nominee. In the Susquehanna Polling and Research poll released Tuesday, the former House Speaker has a 17-point lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. In a hypothetical match-up with Republican voters, Gingrich leads the race with 35 percent, followed by Romney with 18 percent. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was the favorite among 18 percent of voters, while eight percent said they planned to vote for former Texas congressman Ron Paul. Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachman received six percent of the vote and Texas...
  • Today’s other Iowa poll (Perry in 3rd ahead of Milt?)

    12/13/2011 7:38:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2011 | Karl
    Commenters to my prior post about the PPP poll showing Ron Paul within a point of Newt Gingrich in Iowa pointed to the new Insider Advantage poll also released today: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to hold a strong lead in Iowa, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has moved into third place ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich leads the field with 27 percent support while Texas Rep. Ron Paul comes in second with 17 percent (up from 13 percent in an Insider Advantage poll released in late November). Perry...
  • Matthews: Newt a 'devil' sent to 'kill' Obama

    12/13/2011 5:12:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 13, 2011 | Joel Gehrke
    Remember when liberals blamed Sarah Palin's rhetoric for the shooting Rep. Gabbie Giffords, D-Ariz.? Hold that thought, and consider that MSNBC's Chris Matthews developed a sustained allusion to Goethe's Faust in order to call Newt Gingrich a "false god of hatred" and a "devil" sent by the Republican primary voters to "kill" President Obama. "Why are [Republicans] on the verge of enlisting in the Army of Newt?" Matthews asked rhetorically last night. "Because he voices in cold, nasty, deadly tones the words of their contempt. Because he an opportunist ready to seek any route to his opponent's heart and thereby...
  • DId Palin, Paul Ryan and company decide Obama was unbeatable because of his fundraising ability?

    12/13/2011 2:30:15 PM PST · by packback · 42 replies
    Milwaukee Story Blog ^ | 12.14.11 | William Chocher
    And with Obama already able to charm hundreds of thousands of free advertising out of the media, both liberal and so-called moderate media outlets, it gives him a clear message control advantage going into the general. Obama is predicted to raise close to $1 billion for the general and it is difficult to see Romney or Gingrich tapping into both small time donors, big time PAC and draw the crowds Obama draws to fundraisers to raise cash. It just won't happen.
  • Tak Show Host Michael Savage Offers Gingrich $1 Million To Drop Out Of PResidential Race

    12/13/2011 9:00:56 AM PST · by Billlknowles · 18 replies
    WeArePolitics ^ | 12/13/2011 | Bill Knowles
    Controversial radio talk show host Michael Savage, citing several reasons why he can't defeat President Obama, has offered presidential candidate and former Speaker of The House Newt Gingrich $1 million dollars to drop his bid for the GOP nomination. Savage goes on to tell Gingrich to 'put his ego aside' and 'if he really loves the country as much as he says' to 'do what's right for America' and 'take the money'. The problem is several of the reasons that Savage cites are just not true. According to Savage: •WHEN HE WAS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, GINGRICH FAILED TO DELIVER...
  • Republican Eyes on Michigan for First Time Since '88

    12/13/2011 12:08:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | December 13, 2011 | John Gizzi
    BLOOMFIELD, Mich.—Not since George H.W. Bush​ carried Michigan over Michael Dukakis in 1988 has a Republican presidential candidate won the Water Wonderland’s electoral votes. In the 24 years since, Democrats have all swept Michigan with ease. In ’08, John McCain​’s high command publicly wrote off Michigan, causing major embarrassment to his instate supporters. But 2012 will be light years' different from those races, vows State Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak. In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS on Sunday, the party chieftain said without hesitation: “The race here is so close that [Michigan’s 16 electoral votes] are Barack Obama​’s to lose.”...
  • Obama Says:It Doesn't Matter Who The GOP Nominee Is.Obama Relying On Voter Fraud Again In 2012?

    12/12/2011 6:18:34 PM PST · by The_Obama_Gerbil · 12 replies
    When Obama told CBS(was it on CBS?) that he wasn't concerned over who the GOP nominee would be,what did you think? One possibility was that he assumed he would win on "Like-A-Bility"? Oh Really,If Obama is so well liked,then how come no one wants to be seen with/or be associated with the President? Did any of you wonder if what Obama really meant was,"It doesn't matter who my opponent is,the DNC/Chicago Thug Machine is working on a voter fraud committee creating 25 Million Registered Voters in the 7 swing states I will need to win back in 2012. Now that...
  • Newt's Rise: It's the Persuasion, Stupid

    12/12/2011 12:11:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 12, 2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    While the entire elite insider structure of both parties in a full tizzy over the out-of -the crypt rise of Newt Gingrich -- and the national pundit class totally vexed by it -- allow me to unlock the deep dark mystery that has them all scratching their pointy little heads. It's the persuasion, stupid. Now before you slough that off as too simple and too shallow of an analysis, keep in mind how rare true persuasion is these days in politics. And by true persuasion, I mean the ability to persuade voters to consider changing their minds to agree with...
  • Election 2012 by the numbers (take 2)

    12/11/2011 11:43:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2011 | Joseph Curl
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: Just how big a hill do the Republicans have to climb to win the White House in 2012? Consider this: In 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain in the electoral vote by a tally of 365-173. So, if, on Election Day next year, Mr. Obama loses Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana and New Mexico - a whopping 95 electoral votes from states he carried in 2008 - he would still win. Just barely, with a right-on-the-button 270, but he’d win. That’s how big a hill. Sure, Virginia and Indiana and North Carolina are all leaning hard toward...
  • Assuming Corzine Has Handed Jersey To GOP,Only Leaves Ind,NC,Virginia,Ohio&Fla/Penn.&Obama Is Done!

    12/11/2011 5:46:39 PM PST · by The_Obama_Gerbil · 33 replies
    Let's just assume that thanks to Jon Corzine, Obama has lost Jersey,and add to that Indiana,Ohio,Virgina & North Carolina. All we need is Pennsylvania or Florida and Obama loses. Either that, or a combination of other swing states like Colorado,Nevada and Michigan. No matter how you do the math, Obama's chances of winning are as equal to M.C. Hammer making a Comeback!
  • Congress (Approval 13%) - America’s Legalized Criminal Institution

    12/09/2011 3:32:22 PM PST · by TLittlefella · 4 replies
    A recent Gallup poll (November 2011) indicated only 13% of Americans approved the job our Congress was doing. Approve 13% Disapprove 82% No Opinion 5% There is little doubt, given the opportunity, those 82% of Americans that disapprove of the job Congress is doing would replace them all in a heartbeat. There have been a lot of books detailing the corruption, arrogance, and incompetence of our Congress. All those books suggest the 82% disapproval rate is well deserved. Read any of the following books and if you are in the 13% or 5% percent category you will quickly join the...
  • Gingrich edges Romney in DE GOP Straw Poll

    12/09/2011 9:29:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WDEL-AM ^ | December 8, 2011 | Frank Gerace
    The current national Republican favorite has won in the Delaware Republican Party's 2012 Presidential Straw Poll. State GOP Chairman John Sigler tells WDEL News it was a squeaker. (AUDIO AT LINK) Michelle Bachmann and Jon Huntsman tied with 2 percent each, Gary Johnson tallied 1 percent, and there was a write-in vote for Sarah Palin. Sigler says it's too early to tell which candidate will win the nomination, because each candidate seems to "peak" at various times, and there may not be a clear-cut front-runner before the April 24th primary.
  • Newt Nation (He's WAY up in the state polls)

    12/07/2011 5:24:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 7, 2011 | Mark Halperin
    Fresh TIME/CNN first-in-the-nation polls show Gingrich dominating Iowa, South Carolina and Florida — and within striking distance in New Hampshire. Iowa: Gingrich 33 — Romney 20 New Hampshire: Romney 35 — Gingrich 26 South Carolina: Gingrich 43 — Romney 20 Florida: Gingrich 48 — Romney 25 See the full results, including how the other candidates stack up, here. Halperin's Take-Static analysis: Gingrich will be the Republican nominee....
  • Steve Forbes Says Perry Has 'Chance to Move Up'

    12/07/2011 3:30:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 7, 2011 | Hiram Reisner
    Publisher Steve Forbes says he has no trepidation in backing Rick Perry for president, despite his low poll numbers, because the presidential race remains “fluid.” Forbes — who ran for president twice himself — also told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that he has no trouble with Perry’s occasional gaffes, as the Texas governor comes “across much better in person.” “I think this race has proved it is a very fluid situation and already Newt Gingrich is starting to get some of the flak that every temporary front-runner seems to get,” Forbes said. “So I think this is going to be...
  • Hot Air Presidential Survey Results for December

    12/02/2011 8:09:30 PM PST · by Windflier · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 2, 2011 | Patrick Ishmael
    Hot Air Presidential Survey Results for December posted at 4:06 pm on December 2, 2011 by Patrick Ishmael For the second survey in a row, Newt Gingrich leads the pack with nearly 50% of the vote. Rick Perry has moved back into second place, coming in just ahead of Mitt Romney, who finishes third. Herman Cain has dropped from second place to fourth — this after Cain led the survey only four weeks ago. Rick Santorum surges into fifth, nearly quadrupling his vote total from two weeks ago. Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann round out the main group. Over 7500...
  • Will Herman Cain's demise see Sarah Palin return?

    11/30/2011 9:57:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 30, 2011
    AS FORMER Republican frontrunner Herman Cain looks likely to exit the race for next November's presidential election, the GOP right's one-time darling, Sarah Palin, has been called back to the fray. The Daily Beast claims that Cain has told his campaign staffers he is "reassessing" his run in light of recent allegations that he'd had a 13-year extramarital affair which only ended shortly before he launched his bid for the party nomination. "We have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some peoples’ minds as to whether...
  • California Republicans still favor Romney but Gingrich now in second

    11/30/2011 9:25:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/30/11 | Dan Smith
    California Republicans still favor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the GOP's presidential primary sweepstakes, but they have a new No. 2: Newt Gingrich. A new Field Poll shows the former House speaker has displaced Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the prime challenger to Romney in the Golden State. Romney leads the field at 26 percent, with Gingrich close behind at 23 percent.