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Polls (GOP Club)

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  • Deep South abandons Dems

    01/23/2012 2:56:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 22, 2012 | Salena Zito
    PROSPERITY, S.C. - Erik Grantham walked out of Stable Steak House on Main Street, through a door hand-painted in bright yellow with "Jesus is the reason." "I have not been home in months," he said, leaning against his truck as if to emphasize his exhaustion. "I am a welder, but there is no work at home, so I travel, going from job to job across the state." Dressed in stained overalls and sipping a Coke, he said he would not be home for Saturday's Republican primary. He hopes to be there for November's election, to make his voice heard. "I...
  • Newt Surges to Lead in Fla., Romney Trails by 8 Points

    01/23/2012 2:38:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 22, 2012
    Newt Gingrich has now surged to a significant lead over Mitt Romney in Florida, leading the former front-runner now by 8 points, according to a new poll by InsiderAdvantage completed Sunday night of likely Republican primary voters. The InsiderAdvantage poll of of 557 registered Republican voters is one of the first polls taken in Florida in the aftermath of Gingrich's double-digit win in the South Carolina primary Saturday. The poll results follow: Gingrich: 34% Romney: 26% Paul: 13% Santorum: 11% Other: 2% No opinion: 14% The InsiderAdvantage poll was the first major poll last week to show the significant surge...
  • Winning South Carolina template could work for Gingrich campaign in Florida

    01/22/2012 6:00:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2012 | Justin Sink
    While Gingrich's come-from-behind victory in Saturday's South Carolina primary has put a halt to discussions of Mitt Romney as the inevitable GOP nominee, the former Massachusetts governor remains the heavy favorite for the next primary contest in Florida and the Republican nomination. For the former House speaker to fully claw his way back into contention, he'll have to put together a remarkable week in the lead-up to the Jan. 31 Sunshine state primary. Luckily for Gingrich, he already has a template: his successful effort in South Carolina. The former Speaker's upset win in the Palmetto state — he was trailing...
  • State of play in Florida: Challenges and opportunities for Newt

    01/22/2012 2:23:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 22, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, 40 percent to 28 percent, over Mitt Romney. He also won every Congressional district and, in doing so, won all of South Carolina’s 25 delegates. Now the battle heads to Florida, which holds its primary on Jan. 31. Here are five things to look for as the race heads to Florida. 1. Momentum versus organization Newt Gingrich will come into Florida with momentum, gained from winning South Carolina’s primary, which every Republican presidential nominee has won since 1980. But Romney has a head start in Florida. He has hundreds of thousands of absentee...
  • Rick Santorum the 2012 version of Mike Huckabee

    01/21/2012 4:11:41 PM PST · by packback · 12 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 1.21.12 | Robert Wilkens
    With Rick Santorum’s performance tonight there will likely be pressure from the GOP establishment on the former Senator from Pennsylvania to drop out of the GOP presidential primary race. So far Santorum mirrors the 2008 Huckabee campaign, obviously because of the win over Romney in Iowa, but also the bare-bones structure of his campaign and lack of fundraising ability.
  • Newt's Path To The Nomination

    01/21/2012 8:15:33 AM PST · by Billlknowles · 14 replies ^ | 1/21/2012 | Bill Knowles
    A lot of things have transpired over the last 48 hours to completely change the dynamics of the race for the Republican nomination: 1. Rick Santorum was declared the winner in the Iowa Caucuses showing that Mitt Romney is in fact beatable. 2. Rick Perry has bailed out of the Presidential race, endorsing Newt Gingrich, and saying that he will actively campaign for the Speaker. 3. The most current polls in South Carolina show that Romney's support is starting to erode, while the same polls are showing that Gingrich's is growing daily. Four polls, Clemson/Palmetto, Public Policy Polling, Rasmussen and...
  • 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...