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  • Mitt Romney Leading Polls in Florida [Pollster: "I Think If Romney Wins This, It's Over For Newt"]

    01/27/2012 8:46:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 94 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 27, 2012 | Paul West
    Mitt Romney Leading Polls in Florida Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of Newt Gingrich in Florida with a nine-point lead, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. 'I think if Romney wins this, it's over for Newt,' one pollster says. Fearful GOP leaders pray Newt Gingrich can be stopped in Florida By Paul West January 27 — After months of gyrating front-runners and inconclusive voter tests, a victory by Mitt Romney in the looming Florida primary would send the 2012 campaign down a well-worn path — pointing the most established GOP contender toward a highly competitive race against President Obama in...
  • Romney Holds 8-Percentage Point lead in Florida [Romney Gingrich [Head-to-Head 50%-48%]

    01/27/2012 6:56:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    YahooNews ^ | January 27, 2012 | Andy Sullivan
    Romney Holds 8-Percentage Point lead in Florida By Andy Sullivan JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened up a lead of 8 percentage points over rival Newt Gingrich in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in Florida, as he regains front-runner status in the Republican race. The online poll released on Friday showed Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and private-equity executive, ahead of Gingrich by 41 percent to 33 percent among likely voters in Florida's January 31 Republican primary. It confirms Romney's recovery in polls, aided by strong debate performances, after a stinging defeat at the South Carolina primary vote...
  • Poll: Romney Back in Control in Florida (Insider Advantage)

    01/25/2012 7:41:26 PM PST · by VinL · 117 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 1-25-12 | Adams
    Mitt Romney now leads Newt Gingrich by eight points in the volatile GOP presidential race in Florida, according to a new poll from Insider Advantage. In another Insider Advantage poll released Monday, Gingrich, riding a wave of momentum after his resounding victory in the South Carolina primary, led Romney by eight points, 34 percent to 26 percent. Now, however, after several days in which Romney has hammered Gingrich over his consulting work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, the former Massachusetts governor leads the former House speaker, 40 percent to 32 percent. In addition to slamming Gingrich on Freddie Mac, Romney...
  • Insider Advantage Poll: Romney 32, Gingrich 21, Paul 14 (South Carolina)

    01/16/2012 8:15:21 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 152 replies
    humanevents ^ | Monday January 16, 2012 | John Hayward
    The latest Insider Advantage / Newsmax poll of likely South Carolina voters, taken on Sunday, shows Mitt Romney opening up a commanding 11-point lead… and that was before Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney. Hell, Huntsman’s still a point ahead of Rick Perry in this poll. Mitt Romney - 32 Newt Gingrich - 21 Ron Paul - 14 Rick Santorum – 13 Jon Huntsman – 6 Rick Perry – 5 Strangely, according to the poll breakdown, Newt Gingrich scored exactly zero among the youngest cohort of voters, ages 18-29. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were tied...
  • Final PPP NH poll: Romney 35, Paul 18, Huntsman 16, Gingrich 12, Santorum 11

    01/08/2012 8:31:13 PM PST · by lilyfreeper · 111 replies
    PPP polling firm ^ | Jan 8th | ppp
    Santorum's so-called surge is all but gone. Huntsman is catching up.
  • WSJ/NBC Poll: Cain, Perry Woes Bolster Romney and Gingrich [Romney/Cain:56%-43%]

    11/13/2011 2:58:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | November 13, 2011 | Jonathan Weisman
    NOVEMBER 13, 2011 WSJ/NBC Poll: Cain, Perry Woes Bolster Romney and Gingrich By Jonathan Weisman A week of turmoil in the race for the Republican presidential nomination has damaged Herman Cain and devastated Texas Gov. Rick Perry, all apparently to the benefit of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to new polling numbers from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey. (The full results are here.) Republican presidential hopefuls (L-R), Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry at the South Carolina Presidential Debate at Wofford College Saturday. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images) The Journal/NBC News polling team late last week...
  • NEW POLLS SHOW ROMNEY AHEAD IN FIRST FOUR STATES

    10/27/2011 1:55:39 AM PDT · by personalaccts · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/26/11 | Steven Shepard
    By Steven Shepard October 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM | 762 Comments Share Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads in new CNN/Time polls of the first four states on the Republican presidential nominating calendar -- Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida -- though in Iowa and South Carolina, Herman Cain runs a close second. Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, runs second in each of the four states, and in three of the four states, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, runs third. Notably, the best that Texas Gov. Rick Perry can manage in any of the states is a...
  • Nevada Poll: Romney 38, Cain 26, Gingrich 16

    10/24/2011 9:52:22 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/24/11 | MICHAEL WARREN
    A new poll from Magellan Strategies, a Republican-affiliated firm, shows Mitt Romney with a large lead in Nevada. According to the survey of 673 likely Republican caucus goers in Nevada, Romney leads with 38 percent, Herman Cain comes in second with 26 percent, and Newt Gingrich is in third with 16 percent. The remaining candidates all received less than 10 percent.
  • CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama

    09/26/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 337 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 9/26/11 | cnn political unit
    According to the survey, which was released Monday, 28 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Perry as their party's presidential nominee, with Romney at 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at ten percent, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, all at seven percent. The poll indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at four percent, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at three...
  • Gallup: Perry emerges as Romney's main rival (Palin numbers very interesting)

    07/27/2011 6:19:11 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 51 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 07/27/11 | staff
    . Palin's ideological divide. This is weird. She actually scores better with self-described "liberal" and "moderate" Republicans (14%) than with "conservative" Republicans (11%). In fact, she doubles Bachmann among liberals and moderates, and Bachmann beats her among conservatives.
  • PPP: Bachmann Now Polling Ahead of Romney Nationally

    07/20/2011 3:14:43 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 49 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 20, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Left-leaning PPP is showing GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann ahead by a point nationally now with 21% to Romney's 20. Interestingly, undeclared Rick Perry is in third with 12%, followed by Cain with 11% with Ron Paul (9%), Newt (7%) and T-Paw (5%) rounding it out. Funny then the timing with the big headache story, looks to me like Team Mittens might be in panic-mode... they surely see and feel the momentum going against them has grown to a swell. But while fervent Herman Cain supporter Stacy McCain thought he was witnessing a Bachmann "implosion" as the dubious migraine narrative hit...
  • PPP Poll : Texas lukewarm on Perry bid. Obama 47, Perry 45

    06/29/2011 1:41:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 06/29/2011 | Tom Jensen
    A potential Rick Perry Presidential bid has been getting oodles of attention in the last few weeks. There's one place where voters aren't real into the possibility though- Texas. Only 33% of voters in the state think he should make a bid for the White House compared to 59% opposed to him running. More surprising than that? Perry actually trails Barack Obama 47-45 in a hypothetical match up in the state. Perry's trailing Obama certainly has nothing to do with the President being popular. Only 42% of voters in the state like the job he's doing to 55% who rate...
  • Mitt Romney Leading in Florida; Palin, Bachmann Battle for Second

    06/23/2011 1:48:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | June 23, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A poll released from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with connections to prominent national Democrats, found that former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is leading the pack of Republican hopefuls seeking their party’s presidential nomination in Florida. A PPP poll back in March found Romney tied in Florida with a rival from the 2008 Republican primaries, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, with 18 percent each. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was right behind them with 15 percent. Since then, Huckabee has announced that he is not running for president,...
  • Rasmussen: Plurality of GOP primary voters prefer Palin to stay out in 2012

    06/16/2011 2:20:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 256 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/16/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Rasmussen released the second part of its GOP primary polling this morning, this time concerning those potential candidates not in the race. The survey of likely Republican primary voters does not indicate a massive desire for more candidates to jump into the race, but support for bids by Rick Perry and Rudy Giuliani exceeds opposition. That isn’t true for Sarah Palin: A plurality of Republican primary voters think it would be good for Texas Governor Rick Perry to jump into the party’s presidential race and bad for the party if former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joined the field. They are...
  • WSJ poll: Romney 30, Palin 14, Cain 12, Perry 8

    06/15/2011 7:42:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/15/2011 | Allahpundit
    A bad poll for everyone involved, including Mitt. Granted, he’s gained nine points since the last time the Journal surveyed the race (Huckabee was still in play at the time), but only 45 percent of Republicans say they’re happy with the field as is. Four years ago at this time, that number was 73 percent. Just 24 percent say they’re confident in Romney’s ability to be president; in 2007, even John Edwards hit 31 percent. Clearly the base wants more options and the Palin/Cain/Perry constituencies aren’t natural defectors to Romney, so one of those three is bound to start consolidating...
  • Bin Laden Bump Gone, New Poll Shows [Romney 21% Palin 17%]

    06/07/2011 4:29:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 7, 2011 | Steven Shepard
    Bin Laden Bump Gone, New Poll Shows By Steven Shepard Any political benefit President Obama received from the death of Osama bin Laden is gone, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows Obama facing a tough re-election battle against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. A slight plurality of Americans now disapproves of Obama, a significant drop since a one-day poll conducted the day after the bin Laden killing showed Obama's approval at a robust 56 percent. Today, just 47 percent of Americans approve of Obama, while 49 percent disapprove. A majority of independents, 53 percent, disapproves of...
  • Herman Cain, Sarah Palin tied for second in Iowa

    06/01/2011 10:03:47 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 65 replies
    ajc ^ | 6-1-11 | j galloway
    Herman Cain’s scrappy campaign for the GOP presidential nomination is making an impression. From Public Policy Polling of North Carolina: Mitt Romney has the lead in PPP’s first Iowa poll since Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump exited the race, but with six different candidates polling in double digits it’s clear this thing is wide open. Romney polls at 21%. Sarah Palin and Herman Cain are tied for second at 15%. Newt Gingrich is 4th with 12%, Michele Bachmann 5th with 11%, Tim Pawlenty 6th with 10%, Ron Paul 7th with 8%, and Jon Huntsman 8th with 0% (only one respondent...
  • Romney first, Palin second in Morris poll post-Huckabee and Trump

    05/25/2011 9:40:20 PM PDT · by techno · 51 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | May 25, 2011 | techno
    Mitt Romney 25% Sarah Palin 16% Newt Gingrich 11% Everybody else below 6%
  • Palin might not get Huck's backers (They're in a panic!)

    05/18/2011 1:56:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2011 | Christian Heinze, founder GOP12 (Gay Group)
    Mike Huckabee’s supporters might not rush to the side of Sarah Palin, despite the conventional wisdom that she’ll be the key beneficiary of his decision not to run for president next year. Both the former governor of Arkansas and former governor of Alaska are populist Republicans with strong evangelical credentials. Yet there are some significant differences between the two that suggest Huckabee supporters might not flock to Palin en masse. Style Palin’s and Huckabee’s rhetorical styles couldn’t be more different. Palin mocks her Democratic opponents; Huckabee tends to engage them and look for common ground. When first lady Michelle Obama...
  • PPP New Hampshire Poll: Romney leads in NH, Donald Trump makes things interesting

    04/05/2011 9:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Romney leads in NH, Trump makes things interesting Mitt Romney's still the clear early front runner to take the Republican primary in New Hampshire next year but for the first time in our polling of the race PPP finds someone within single digits of him...Donald Trump. If Trump actually run 21% of New Hampshire GOP voters say they'd vote for him, compared to 27% for Romney. The key to Trump's relatively strong showing? He does well with birthers and Tea Partiers, two groups he has seemed to actively court with his public comments of late. 42% of primary voters firmly...
  • Hotline's Presidential Power Rankings (Gov. Sarah Palin on the rise!)

    03/24/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Journal ^ | march 24, 2011 | Staff
    Third Edition: Pawlenty's In, Thune's Out, And The 'Invisible Primary' Is Slowly Drawing To A Close. After months of masking their intentions while nimbly navigating the invisible primary, White House candidates are beginning to show their hands. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty became the first top-tier candidate to formally announce an exploratory committee this month, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is close to doing the same - moves that will likely trigger a run of announcements from other contenders in the coming weeks. With the Iowa caucuses tentatively slated for February 6, 2012, candidates have roughly 10 months left...
  • Mitt Romney, Tea Party Favorite (Say What?)

    Mitt Romney is the choice of nearly one in four of those who agree with the tenets of the tea party, according to a new Pew poll, a surprising result that suggests the former Massachusetts governor’s support heading into 2012 may be broader than previously assumed. Among tea party supporters, Romney took 24 percent to 19 percent for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 15 percent for former House speaker Newt Gingrich and 13 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, long considered the tea party’s 2012 candidate-in-waiting, took just 12 percent — another piece of evidence...
  • Romney beats Obama in National Poll, Palin and Romney top GOP frontrunners

    01/30/2011 5:32:47 AM PST · by conservativeforpalin · 60 replies
    Politicons ^ | January 28th | Henry D'Andrea
    Our new National Poll shows that Mitt Romney could beat Barack Obama in 2012. In our national poll conducted this week, we asked voters where they stand with Obama and the 2012 Presidential election. First, our poll showed Obama with a 46% approval rating and 54% disapprove. Which is a -4% spread from Real Clear Politics approval average. Overall though, Obama still beats all GOP candidates in a general election.
  • Nowhere for Romney to Go But Down

    01/07/2011 2:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Slate's Weigel Blog ^ | January 7, 2011 | David Weigel [Journ-o-list]
    Congratulations, Mitt Romney! You have won the Hillary Clinton seat for the 2012 primaries. You're the long-distance frontrunner who is now expected to win New Hampshire. The Magellan poll of "likely 1,451 Republican primary voters," about 2/3 GOP registered and 1/3 independent: Mitt Romney - 39 percent Sarah Palin - 16 percent Mike Huckabee - 10 percent Newt Gingrich - 8 percent Ron Paul - 7 percent Tim Pawlenty - 4 percentanother candidate - 4 percent Rick Santorum - 3 percent Haley Barbour - 1 percent Romney has to be considered the frontrunner, even though he's polling only 7 points...
  • Obama would easily win Nevada again...except against Romney

    01/07/2011 10:17:46 AM PST · by speciallybland · 72 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 01/07/2011 | Tom Jensen
    Barack Obama would easily take Nevada if he had to stand for reelection today...unless the Republicans nominated Mitt Romney. Obama has early double digit advantages against Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin in the state but has just a single point edge over Romney. Nevada is one of the few swing states we've polled in the last couple months where more voters approve (50%) than disapprove (46%) of Obama. Like everywhere else in the country Democrats are largely happy with him and Republicans are most unhappy- what sets apart his numbers in Nevada is his popularity with independents, 55%...
  • NH poll shows Romney with 23-point lead over Palin (The early, early show)

    01/07/2011 9:36:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    It will be more than a year before New Hampshire voters trudge to the polls for the first primary in the nation, but the New Hampshire Journal feels it’s just the right time to take the Granite State temperature on the Republican field. As expected, Mitt Romney from neighboring Massachusetts takes the early lead in the poll, but perhaps the extent of that lead will provide a mild surprise. Romney leads Sarah Palin by 23 points, and Mike Huckabee is the only other candidate in double digits: Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in New Hampshire in...
  • Poll: Romney starts with big lead in New Hampshire

    01/07/2011 5:43:07 AM PST · by speciallybland · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/2011 | Shane D'Aprile
    A new poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the early frontrunner in New Hampshire, where he holds a commanding 23-point edge over his closest potential rival -- former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The New Hampshire Journal poll, conducted by the Republican firm Magellan Strategies, found Romney comfortably at the head of the pack of rumored 2012 hopefuls with 39 percent of the vote. He's followed by Palin at 16 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 10 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 7 percent. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim...
  • Breaking: First New Hampshire GOP Primary Poll Results Are In (Mitt in first, Sarah in 2nd)

    01/06/2011 5:15:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 6, 2011
    Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in New Hampshire in the early stages of the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, according to a new survey commissioned by NH Journal and conducted by Magellan Strategies. The survey is the first statewide survey of Granite State Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in 2011. Romney leads former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 23 points, with Romney earning 39% and Palin earning 16%. Mike Huckabee (10%)...
  • Palin Trails Other Potential 2012 Presidential Candidates Among Republicans

    12/29/2010 2:55:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 223 replies · 26+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 29/12/10 | Bruce Drake
    Reporting on each new poll that throws cold water on Sarah Palin's chances as a presidential candidate may be starting to sound like it's piling on. But not only have recent surveys shown that big percentages of the general public don't look kindly on a Palin candidacy, a new poll by CNN/Opinion Research finds that she makes the worst showing among fellow Republicans when compared to potential GOP contenders considered for the moment to be in the top tier. Fifty-one percent of Republicans who were surveyed in the poll conducted Dec. 17-19 said they were not very likely or not...
  • WSJ poll: Obama leads Romney by seven, Palin by 22 (barf alert!)

    12/15/2010 6:00:53 PM PST · by Justaham · 67 replies · 1+ views
    hotair.com ^ | 12-15-10 | Allahpundit
    It’s a poll of adults, not even of registered voters, and the sample’s probably tilted a bit too far towards Democrats (42/33 if you include leaners), so scale the Republican numbers up by four or five points. An interesting trend for Romney: After seeing his favorables dip just before the midterms, he’s now back to where he was in July 2009. An early indicator that as the ObamaCare debate recedes, some conservatives are turning less chilly towards him?
  • Poll: 57 Percent View Palin Unfavorably

    12/14/2010 5:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies · 3+ views
    National Journal ^ | 12/14/10 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to be a highly polarizing figure, with a whopping 57 percent viewing her unfavorably according to a new poll. The Bloomberg survey, released Monday, also found that the negative feelings about Palin are particularly strong. A third -- 33 percent -- said they view Palin "very unfavorably." That's the same percentage that viewed her favorably cumulatively -- respondents who either viewed her "somewhat" or "very" favorably (!). The survey results indicate that Palin faces a significant image problem as she decides to run for president. Just look at how Pres. Obama's numbers compare. Obama...
  • Palin barely tops muddled national GOP presidential picture

    12/08/2010 4:43:50 AM PST · by techno · 52 replies
    public policy polling ^ | December 8, 2010 | techno
    Overall: Palin 21% Gingrich 19% Romney 18% Huckabee 16% Conservatives: Palin 24% Gingrich 23% Romney 15% Huckabee 14% Men: Palin 23% Gingrich 23% Romney 16% Huckabee 11% 46-65 age category: Palin 21% Romney 18% Gingrich 17% Huckabee 14% 65+ age category: Palin 23% Romney 19% Gingrich 17% Huckabee 17% This is the first time that Palin has led in any national PPP poll of GOP contenders and among these categories. Could this be a preview of coming attractions? Yes, there is no frontrunner right now as Karl Rove suggests. But could Palin become a clear frontrunner by the end of...
  • Mitt Romney in 2012? (Blech!)

    12/02/2010 10:46:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    New England Cable News ^ | December 2, 2010 | Alison King
    Will Mitt Romney make a Presidential run in 2012? Speculation is growing after Romney made an appearance on the Tonight Show. But if the former Massachusetts Governor has Presidential dreams, he may have a hard time breaking into the public spotlight thanks to Sarah Palin who seems to be everywhere these days. Mitt Romney: If you see me sign up for a gig on Fox News it's a sure sign I'm running for President. Mitt Romney, on Jay Leno Wednesday, continued his coy routine on his plans for 2012, but he did get in that not so subtle jab at...
  • Sarah Palin circles around ol’ Mitt Romney

    11/29/2010 10:11:37 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 44 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 30, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney is looking to recapture the limelight from pop culture and new media megastar Sarah Palin when he sits down with “Tonight Show” retread Jay Leno tomorrow night in a move some GOP observers dismiss as straight out of TV’s dark ages. “On the hipness scale, this is far from Bristol Palin on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ It’s more like Richard Nixon on ‘Laugh In,’ ” scoffed Democratic consultant Scott Ferson.
  • Opinion: History Says Mitt's the Man for 2012

    11/30/2010 3:23:19 AM PST · by Rome2000 · 139 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | 11/29/10 | Michael Medved
    Opinion: History Says Mitt's the Man for 2012 Michael Medved Contributor AOL News (Nov. 29) -- Conventional wisdom says the battle for the GOP nomination in 2012 is wide open and unpredictable, but Republican history suggests that there is an obvious front runner who is nearly certain to represent his party in the presidential race. For nearly 70 years -- long before most of the current contenders were even born -- GOP leaders and primary voters have displayed a shockingly consistent tendency to pick a candidate whose previous national campaign, whether successful or not, suggested it was "his turn." This...
  • Don't Run Sarah!

    11/25/2010 9:10:56 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 214 replies
    I spent only a few hours with the former governor, helping to prepare her for the vice presidential debate in October 2008. And during that brief window, I saw Palin at one of her most vulnerable moments, when any result other than a complete train wreck seemed impossible. And yet I also saw a determined woman buckle down, recover her confidence and then storm the national stage where she more than held her own against a seven-term senator. Did she face some tough slogging to reach her remarkable perch? Sure, you betcha. I admire her tenacity, her verve, her moxie,...
  • Sarah Palin's Mike Huckabee problem

    11/23/2010 8:14:30 AM PST · by onyx · 210 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6:00 AM ET, 11/23/2010 | By Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez
    1. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday that Sarah Palin might well "run away" with the Republican nomination for president. It's funny Huckabee should say such a thing, because he's got a lot of say over whether she does just that. And it has to do with whether he even runs in the first place. As potential 2012 candidates weigh their prospects and determine their plans for the next presidential race, one thing is clear: that Huckabee and Palin inhabit largely the same space -- i.e. they each would perform well without the other, but they might undercut each...
  • And the GOP primary numbers...

    11/09/2010 1:09:43 PM PST · by speciallybland · 42 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 11/09/2010 | Tom Jensen
    PPP numbers looking ahead to the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination contest in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania find Mitt Romney looking strong in New England and the West and Mike Huckabee with a slight edge in the Midwest. In the critical early state of New Hampshire Romney continues to hold a dominant polling advantage, with 40% to 13% for Huckabee and 10% each for Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. If Tim Pawlenty, Mike Pence, Mitch Daniels, or John Thune somehow emerges as the winner in New Hampshire they'll be able to truthfully say they started out with...
  • Poll : Obama would lose to both Huckabee or Romney in 2012 White House race

    11/04/2010 10:28:23 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 94 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | NOVEMBER 3, 2010 | CLEMENTE LISI
    President Obama's Democratic party lost the midterm elections this week and he could very well lose his bid for a second term in 2012, according to a shocking poll released today. Obama would lose in a hypothetical race against former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 52 percent to 44 percent, according to CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would also defeat Obama 50 percent to 45 percent in the race for the White House in 2012.
  • GOP Voters Like Three Candidates Best for 2012

    11/04/2010 11:09:31 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 30 replies
    OK, the election’s over, and the message from most voters was that they didn’t care much for President Obama’s agenda. Now the focus is on the race for the presidency in 2012. On the Republican side, it’s a dead heat between the ex-governors – Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Sarah Palin of Alaska, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary voters. Asked who they would vote for if the Republican presidential primary were held today, 20% say Romney, 19% Huckabee and another 19% Palin. (To see survey question wording, click...
  • The GOP Hearts Romney, Palin, Huckabee

    09/30/2010 1:37:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 30 replies
    Reason ^ | 9/30/10 | Pete Suderman
    If Gallup’s newly-released poll looking at the GOP presidential field tells us anything about the current mood of Republican voters, it’s that despite the GOP base's much-publicized outrage over the nation's lack of fiscal restraint, they’re not terribly focused on candidates with strong records of limiting government spending. None of the top three candidates—Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee—have particularly distinguished themselves as serious government cutters. As governor of Arkansas, for example, Huckabee allowed state spending to rise by 65 percent, raised the average tax burden by 47 percent, and expanded the state’s government workforce by 20 percent. Romney,...
  • Romney leads Palin among possible GOP contenders, poll finds

    09/24/2010 5:40:14 PM PDT · by pissant · 78 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/21/10 | Margie Taley
    WASHINGTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the early frontrunner among potential Republican candidates for president in 2012, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. While former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin commands the national spotlight, turning out "tea party" activists and headlining rallies, for now it's Romney who claims the lead at 25 percent, months before an official field takes shape. Palin, GOP nominee John McCain's 2008 running mate, took second with 18 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for third place with 16 percent. Finishing out the pack were Minnesota Gov. Tim...
  • Palin 2012 in Alaska (PPP Poll Shows 62% of Alaska Republicans Oppose her running for President)

    09/01/2010 8:19:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 09/01/2010 | PPP
    If Sarah Palin runs for President in 2012 she can't count on a whole lot of support back home. 62% of Alaska Republicans are opposed to her making a White House bid and she gets only 17% in a hypothetical 2012 primary in the state tying for her second with Mike Huckabee behind Mitt Romney. It's not that Alaska Republicans don't like Palin- a majority of them still do. But there's a significant disconnect between GOP voters in the state liking Palin and thinking she should run for President, a divide we've seen with Republicans nationally and one that presents...
  • Now CNN is trying to say that most tea party supporters favor Romney

    08/13/2010 12:22:41 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Friday August 13, 2010
    See how they try to lead people into buying into certain "convention wisdom's"....this is silly and CNN knows it, and the RINO's in the party of course will claim that they support the teas party when they actually don't. "More than half of all Republicans we questioned consider themselves Tea Party supporters or active members of the Tea Party movement," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Romney tops the list among Tea Party Republicans; Gingrich is next on that list and Palin is in third." -CNN
  • Mormon Twentysomething: Debunking a Mormon/Romney conspiracy theory

    08/14/2010 1:24:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Mormon Times ^ | August 13, 2010 | McKay Coppins
    It is a truism of modern media that few subjects draw more attention than politics. If you're a savvy journalist or blogger looking to attract page views in today's 24-hour news cycle, the shortcut to success requires slapping some political "analysis" on to whatever story you're covering, like so: "University releases groundbreaking cancer study: What does it mean for Obama?" Of course, I've been guilty of this to some extent in my (young) journalism career. And having spent the past few months interning at a national news outlet with a website that has scores of competitors, I understand all too...
  • 2012 poll shows Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin neck and neck

    08/13/2010 9:39:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 129 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | August 14, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney - believed by many political observers to be a clear GOP front-runner in the 2012 presidential race - is virtually in a dead heat with contender Sarah Palin, according to a new CNN poll. The poll shows Romney only 3 percentage points in front of former Alaska Gov. Palin, within the margin of error. “It’s a pretty open contest, and that’s interesting in and of itself,” said Suffolk University political professor John C. Berg. “It means the primary contest will be tighter.” Only months from the unofficial start of the 2012 presidential campaign, Romney...
  • Romney continues to lead in NH

    07/28/2010 8:27:12 AM PDT · by speciallybland · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | July 28, 2010 | Tom Jensen
    Mitt Romney continues to look like an overwhelming early favorite for the 2012 New Hampshire primary but the most surprising thing about our newest set of numbers there may be that Ron Paul's in third place, outpolling Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin (albeit by small margins.) Romney leads the way with 31% to 14% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Paul, 12% for Huckabee, 9% for Palin, 3% for Tim Pawlenty, and 1% for Mitch Daniels. Observations from the numbers: -Among voters who are more likely to support a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin...Romney leads...with 29% to Palin's 21%. We've written...