Open thread: Florida; Update: Romney raised $24 million in fourth quarter; Update: Romney wins

posted at 7:14 pm on January 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

Drudge says the exit polls show Romney by 14 so we should get a call promptly at 8 p.m. ET. You’re watching for the final margin and for Newt’s speech afterward. If Mitt makes it to 50 percent in a closed primary he’s got a dynamite talking point tomorrow; if Gingrich holds him to a single-digit spread, then … “moral victory” I guess? (Newt assured ABC this morning that “I’m not going to lose big in Florida.”) Romney’s speech should be the standard “you can tell I’m conservative because I love America super lots” message but Newt’s could go different ways. Gracious loser? Big-picture “vision”? Pep talk to his supporters to battle on towards the convention? Or something bitter about how Romney hates religious liberty and Holocaust survivors? Maybe it’ll be all four, with Good Newt and Bad Newt battling for his soul before our very eyes.

Full exit polls are coming at eight but first a few scraps from CBS:

Two in three Florida primary voters say the presidential debates were an important factor in their vote, according to early CBS News exit polls. That’s a positive sign for Mitt Romney, who was widely seen as besting rival Newt Gingrich in the two Sunshine State debates over the past week…

Electability was what Florida Republican voters were seeking in a candidate: 45 percent said the most important candidate quality is that they could defeat President Obama. That was followed by having the right experience (20 percent), having strong character (17 percent) and being a true conservative (13 percent)…

A majority of Florida Republican voters – 57 percent — were happy with the candidates on the ballot. But in a potentially troubling sign for Republicans in this swing state, 39 percent said they were not satisfied.

More from our Greenroomer Karl, who culled Fox News’s exit poll data from Twitter: “Romney winning 58% of those who say beating Obama is biggest priority. Romney winning seniors by 15% over Newt. Romney is last among those who say electing a ‘true conservative’ is most important (shocka). Romney winning Hispanics by 27%. Gingrich only leading Romney among evangelicals by 4%.” Seniors used to be Newt’s bread and butter; hard to imagine anyone staying competitive in Florida when you’re in that deep a hole with that demographic. One other fun fact via the NYT:

Negative ads were so prevalent in the final week before the Florida primary that they accounted for 92 percent of all campaign commercials that ran.

And the most heavily broadcast commercial this past weekend was not one featuring Mr. Romney or Mr. Gingrich but Tom Brokaw, the former NBC News anchor whose image the Romney campaign co-opted for an ad that used a 25-second clip from an old newscast on Mr. Gingrich’s political troubles.

A consolation prize for Santorum fans tonight: According to PPP, he leads Romney by 11 points in next week’s nonbinding primary in Missouri and fares better head to head against Romney in Ohio than Gingrich does. His favorable ratings are also vastly higher than Mitt’s and Newt’s in both states. If Gingrich dropped out soon, Santorum would stand a real chance of consolidating the Not Romney vote and winning the nomination. But watch the clip below; Newt’s promising to battle on for another six to eight months if need be, and there’s every reason to believe he’ll do it. You know who that benefits?

Here’s the Google Florida results map, or of course you could follow along in the sidebar with the handy Townhall election widget. Lots of updates coming, especially once we get the full exit polls, so stand by. For what it’s worth, I’ve now settled on a candidate to support in the race. He isn’t perfect — who is? — but he’s more human than Romney and less destructive than Newt. Meet the solution to our problems.

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Update: Let’s get the ball rolling tonight with Rick Tyler of Newt’s Super PAC wondering whether a “birth defect” might be the cause of Romney’s lying.

Update: Most polls in Florida closed at 7 p.m. but the panhandle is open until eight. Even so, as of 7:15 ET, results are already being reported. As I write this Romney has nearly 100,000 votes in the bank and is above 50 percent. Stay tuned.

Update: Romney and his PAC spent $15 million on ads in Florida. Total number of positive ads he ran in the state: One. It ran 15 times. And it wasn’t even in English.

Update: Zeke Miller of BuzzFeed wonders whether and when Newt will follow Hillary’s path from 2008 in rallying behind the nominee in hopes of a cabinet position. My guess, given Gingrich’s temperament: Never. In fact, given how deep the bitterness runs, Newt might take this as his reward:

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll last week, 49 percent of the respondents nationwide held an unfavorable view of Mr. Romney, while only 31 percent had a favorable one. That is a reversal from last September, when more people held a favorable view of Mr. Romney than an unfavorable one.

Independents, in particular, now have a less favorable opinion of Mr. Romney, with favorable opinions dropping from a high in the mid-40s in late November to a low of 23 percent last week, according to the Post/ABC News poll.

Update: Your photo of the day. Think Newt’s pessimistic about tonight?

Update: Just across the wires, Romney’s fundraising haul was as impressive as you’d expect last quarter: $24 million, up from $14 million in the third quarter and more than double Newt’s take of $10 million. Gingrich may want to run for another six or eight months but right now there’s only one guy in the field who can afford to do that in a meaningful way.

Update: Promptly at 8 p.m., everyone calls Florida for Romney. Now we wait for the margin and to see which Newt we get during the concession speech.

Update: Full exit polls from CNN right here. Back in a few minutes with highlights.

Update: The story of the exit polls is simple: Romney beat Gingrich across the board, in virtually every single demographic except the utmost conservative (“strong” tea party supporters, those who say abortion should always be illegal, etc.). A sample of his margins of victory: Women by 22, Latinos by 23, seniors by 17, married women by 23 (Marianne’s revenge?), tea-party supporters by two, Catholics by 26 (likely a byproduct of Romney’s advantage among Latinos), those who said the economy is the most important issue by 20, and even those who say they’re falling behind economically by a single point. As I write this, with two thirds of all precincts reporting, he’s at 46.9 percent. He probably won’t get to 50, but he may very well top the combined total of Gingrich and Santorum, which stands right now at 44.8 percent.

Update: Chris Cillizza notes that not only was the Florida electorate more Republican than that of the previous three states (thanks to the closed primary), it was also more conservative than it was four years ago when McCain won. Expect to see Team Mitt pointing that out early and often tomorrow as proof of his appeal to the right. Meanwhile, John Ellis wonders if the media’s interest in Newt is about to evaporate:

The big dogs, of course, will keep at it. Dan Balz of The Washington Post and John Heilemann of New York Magazine won’t be touched. But everyone who isn’t a brand name political reporter is back on the leash. The army is already starting to demobilize as you read this. It just doesn’t know it yet.

This is how it ends for Newt Gingrich. On the day after the South Carolina primary, he had two busloads of reporters, bloggers and electronic media types following his every word. Tomorrow, he won’t need two buses. He’ll be lucky if the seats are filled on one.

Presidential candidates survive on the oxygen of media coverage. It’s what keeps them going, enables them to keep raising money. Once the coverage is withdrawn, it’s only a matter of time before their candidacies expire. Out of sight, out of mind, out of money.

After tonight, all but one of the GOP presidential candidates will start being taken off life support. By the time we get to Super Tuesday in early March, you probably won’t even remember Rick Santorum’s name.


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Fox News will open their show by calling it for Mitt. But they did the same thing with Newt in SC and were right.

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

whaddaya know, I got a first.

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I wish we’d had more debates.

Sarjex on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

three?

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Meet the solution to our problems.

i feel your pain.

sesquipedalian on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Will Newt Gingrich successfully liberate Auschwitz by defeating the Jew hating Mitt Romney?

1punchWill on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

KNOCK OUT NEWT GINGRICH

1punchWill on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

No Mitt-No Newt.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Update: Let’s get the ball rolling tonight with Rick Tyler of Newt’s Super PAC wondering whether a “birth defect” might be the cause of Romney’s lying.

I’ll say it again.

Newton. Leroy. Jenkins.

KingGold on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Get the Tylenol ready.

squint on January 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Third!

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

RINO Romney won, get all excited

Dollayo on January 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I already know the outcome. mitt will win and the krap slinging will continue till newt and the others quit?

I have to say, mitt is one slimy critter, but a tiny bit not as slimy as bho?
L

letget on January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I call conspiracy! I went for three and got a message that I was posting too quickly! It’s the Bishop fix! I knew it! *c’mon Bishop, what’s your secret? You hookin’ AP up with dates, or what?*

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

But can the Sweet Meteor of Death beat Obama in 7 3-hour Lincoln-Douglas Debates? Seems like a meteor might just stand there like a hunk of rock.

Waggoner on January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

How can they call it when the panhandle is still voting

Bowling for dollars tonight

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Ass whopping has commenced on Fox News…52% already. The beat down is in progress…

Chudi on January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

+20 blowout? Romney wins conservatives, Tea Partiers, moderates, Evangelicals, college grads, all 5 regions of Florida.

haner on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Let’s get the ball rolling tonight with Rick Tyler of Newt’s Super PAC wondering whether a “birth defect” might be the cause of Romney’s lying.

President Gingrich’s Chief of Staff, right there.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Hey, those seniors lived through the Gingrich years, they know what the real Newt is all about.

BettyRuth on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Dude, Palin is getting trounced in Florida.

kunegetikos on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Newt staying in benefits Romney. Yet, Newt keeps telling Santorum to get out now…hmmm

Newt always telling others what they should do while he does what he wants. In other words, do as I say not as I do….

uhangtight on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Newt will take the first rocket to Newtropolis tomorrow morning.

csdeven on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Newt needs to stop blaming his failure on Santorum. Even Santorums votes, if he were to get all of them, wont save Newt.

Adios fat boy!

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

gop voters lovin them some Progressives tonight.

The republican party has no soul. It has become the Bush squishy pale pastels that the now Radical Reagan warned us about.

republicans want a turn at the Federal teat just like the Dem voters do. They are voting for it tonight.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

T-Minus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2012 Presidential Preference Primary
Florida election results will be released on election night, January 31, at 8 pm Eastern to accommodate voting in the Central time zone counties.

Please be aware that while Florida polls close at 7 pm, Florida has two time zones and therefore voting will not be completed statewide until 7 pm Central/8 pm Eastern.

Countdown Clock

http://enight.dos.state.fl.us/

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 7:21 PM

The fact that Newt is getting beat by double digits in a state that favors him (because of all the old voters) is telling.

ArkyDore on January 31, 2012 at 7:21 PM

haner on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I knew you wouldn’t do it.

Flora Duh on January 31, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I wish we’d had more debates.

Sarjex on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Why? so Newt could lose by more?

BettyRuth on January 31, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Dude, Palin is getting trounced in Florida.

kunegetikos on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

lol so true. I’ve heard her endorse Newt 3 times (informally) in the past 3 days.

Sister, your days are over. Go make a DVD about yourself or something.

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Romney will walk with Fl, but I hope Newt tells the whiners to go frack themselves when they start the party unity crap. Take it to the convention and burn it down. I am not wasting my time on another McCain.

Southernblogger on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

President Gingrich’s Chief of Staff, right there.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Gingrich is so close to locking down the Santorum endorsement.

KingGold on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Who is the guy that always says, “The GOP will betray you?” GOP is CINO (conservative in name only). Third party starting in ’13. Scroo this.

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I already know the outcome. mitt will win and the krap slinging will continue till newt and the others quit?

I have to say, mitt is one slimy critter, but a tiny bit not as slimy as bho?
L

letget on January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Great, dig the hole with a smaller shovel and in exchange, Republicans will get all the blame for the entire debt, what a deal!! Let’s definitely go with the “not as slimy” candidate.

Dollayo on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

If you don’t have toenail fungus, you’re the establishment. – Sarah Palin.

csdeven on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Can’t wait for the Obama/Mittens “debate”. I expect a tit for tat “style off” right out of Zoolander. A pose..a coordinated smile/head tilt…a knowing lip-purse..a nod of “that was a good one” kudo.
Make it stop.

Mimzey on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Maybe it’ll be all four, with Good Newt and Bad Newt battling for his soul before our very eyes

Oh Allah, Sometimes i just love your way of describing it

OrthodoxJew on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

WPBF-ABC News
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Florida – County Vote Results
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President – GOP Primary
January 31, 2012 – 04:02PM ET

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_county/FL_President_0131.html?SITE=WPBFTVELN&SECTION=POLITICS

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Mitt-mentum!

changer1701 on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Romney = Obama with slicker hair and healthcare first.

The Conservative movement is DEAD DEAD DEAD in the gop.

TALK radio big loser tonight as well.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

“Good Newt and Bad Newt battling for [Gingrich's] soul before our very eyes.”

I hate to say it Allah, but Bad Newt won a long time ago.

captn2fat on January 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I knew you wouldn’t do it.

Flora Duh on January 31, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Yeah, same here. He’s now 0 for 2.

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Sister, your days are over. Go make a DVD about yourself or something.

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Does that same sentiment apply to Michael Reagan?

Flora Duh on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Too Close to Call……Prediction!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

obamney outspent newt $17M to $4M and wall street money involved. obamney was desperate after south carolina.

Mr. Sun on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Conservativism has been sacrificed on the altar of “Electability’….

Expediency has it’s price Republicans.

newtopia on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Mitt is the problem to our solutions. He is the only one who can create the problems we need in answer to the solutions we have envisioned.

Leading from behind is the one true path allowing you to Mittchange your Mittopinions so that you are always Mittright in Mittretrospect.

SparkPlug on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Gingrich is so close to locking down the Santorum endorsement.

KingGold on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Did you see Santorum’s new commercial with Obama, Pelosi and Newt on the back of playing cards? I don’t see Santorum endorsing anyone for awhile.

BettyRuth on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Romney will walk with Fl, but I hope Newt tells the whiners to go frack themselves when they start the party unity crap. Take it to the convention and burn it down. I am not wasting my time on another McCain.

Southernblogger on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Might as well vote for Obama then, right?

changer1701 on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I have a feeling “None of the Above” would have won hands down.

jrnlz on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Drudge has Romney at 49% which I am assuming is an exit poll. If only other primaries were closer together. I am ready for Newt(hump)bots heads’ to explode.

ArkyDore on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Anyone but Obama.

Anyone but Obama.

Anyone but Obama.

Anyone but Obama.

Wethal on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

“This is shocking considering Romney has been taking food away from holocaust victims.” -Newt

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Time now to get down-ticket candidates elected. Make Mitt follow-up with his promises. Repeal 0bamacare, remove the czars, and start pulling back the EPA and the NLRB.

Mirimichi on January 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

obamney outspent newt $17M to $4M and wall street money involved. obamney was desperate after south carolina.

Mr. Sun on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Apparently, it worked. Maybe if Shel Adelson had kicked down another $5 million, Newt wouldn’t be getting his d!ck knocked in the dirt right now.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

obamney outspent newt $17M to $4M and wall street money involved. obamney was desperate after south carolina.

Mr. Sun on January 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Hahahahahahaha!!!!

And Neutron Newt played the Godwin card because he is confident in a win tonight.

csdeven on January 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

For what it’s worth, I’ve now settled on a candidate to support in the race. He isn’t perfect — who is? — but he’s more human than Romney and less destructive than Newt. Meet the solution to our problems.

“I can’t find a candidate I like, so I’d rather have the world explode.”

G. Zass Burgess, people. Politics is supposed to disappoint you. If you hate your leaders, wait a while and you’ll love them again. Love your leaders? Vice versa.

KingGold on January 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

If your not a csdMormon you’re not a csdHuman – Mitt csdRomney.

SparkPlug on January 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen: A message from POTUS, FLOTUS and the DNC:

Let it be known:

The Mainstream Media and the Barack Obama Administration has just chosen your nominee in 2012.

Willard a/k/a Mitt Romney!!!!

Embrace it. You have no choice.

Now, vote.

Key West Reader on January 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Might as well vote for Obama then, right?

changer1701 on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

What’s the difference?? Romney is white, Obama is black. They are twins otherwise.

Southernblogger on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Repeal 0bamacare, remove the czars, and start pulling back the EPA and the NLRB.

Mirimichi on January 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I’ll believe that Mitt will do any of those when I see it. And I’ll gladly admit I’m wrong, but I’m not holding my breath.

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Looks like we’ve got a Romney landslide on our hands. Thank God.

therightwinger on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Wethal on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Will you embrace Obama’s White Twin?

Key West Reader on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

gop voters lovin them some Progressives tonight.

The republican party has no soul. It has become the Bush squishy pale pastels that the now Radical Reagan warned us about.

republicans want a turn at the Federal teat just like the Dem voters do. They are voting for it tonight.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

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canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Let’s get the ball rolling tonight with Rick Tyler of Newt’s Super PAC wondering whether a “birth defect” might be the cause of Romney’s lying.

What in the heck is wrong with this campaign?

JPeterman on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Romney fans: Defend Romneycare!!!

What’s so great about it? A top down gov’t run health care system that has destroyed private insurance! Costs have gone up and it lost over 18,000 jobs.

It’s the blueprint for Obamacare, yet the guy who implemented Romneycare with the help of Teddy Kennedy is now the one that’s going to repeal Obamacare!

I call BS!!

LevinFan on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Might as well vote for Obama then, right?

changer1701 on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

You don’t think there are a vast number who just won’t vote for either? Ha. Ha.

Marcus on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

…Take it to the convention and burn it down….

Southernblogger on January 31, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Somehow that doesn’t really strike me as being a winning strategy.
Let’s back whoever the candidate ends up being, Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum, since a second Obama term would be much worse.

captn2fat on January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Looks like we’ve got a Romney landslime on our hands. Thank God.

therightwinger on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Yikes. I would hate to get Romney landslime on my hands. Better wash it off quick.

SparkPlug on January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Looks like we’ve got a Romney landslide on our hands. Thank God.

therightwinger on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Your statement and your username vastly contradict each other.

newtopia on January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I cannot wait until we get out of these open primary states and finally get to one with a proper closed system where all those moderates, independents and crossover Democrats can’t mess up the results by voting in our primary!

Oh wait….

alchemist19 on January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I don’t know why we keep hoping for conservative candidates, all conservatism gets anymoer in the GOP is lip service. Conservatives are to the GOP what blacks are to the Democrats.

neuquenguy on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

The usual maniacs are somehow turning this into a Palin thread. God, Republicans are idiots.

Dude, Palin is getting trounced in Florida.
kunegetikos on January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Conservativism is getting trounced, and you’re giddy about it.

Dongemaharu on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

With 40% reporting, Romney has 50%! I guess Limbaugh wasted his vote, and shows that he has NO influence in the state he lives in.

lhuffman34 on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Obama is less effective than LBJ, and Romney is Nixon 2.0. Given the choice, 2nd Obama’s term is indeed preferable.

The economy will be sluggish in 2012/2013 as well, so 2014 will look very good for the opposition party, the GOP. Then one can hope for some halfway decent nominee in 2016.

Yes, we can!

buridan on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Florida officially becomes a RINO only state tonight, celebrate your victory Mittenheads. Phuck Florida it can go to he11…

SWalker on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Update: Romney and his PAC spent $15 million on ads in Florida. Total number of positive ads he ran in the state: One. It ran 15 times. And it wasn’t even in English.

Now, come on. Romney has a hammer, and Newt Gingrich is a field of nails.

But, yeah. Negative attacks sunk Gingrich, and they’ll sure as hell sink Obama.

KingGold on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

First and foremost, I voted for Newt, just so you know where I’m coming from. Have you ever heard “He won the battle, but he lost the war?” Newt was outspent, in Florida, by 3 to 1. I was sooooo sick of seeing Romney ads, there was no way I would vote for him. (Truth be known there was little chance in the first place. ) Florida is a diverse state with conservatives, moderates, and independents. Granted, it was a Republican only vote, but there are many Republicans here from the Northeast.

Now, all that being said, Gingrich has still proven he can do stupid things. The ad about Romney vetoing paying for Kosher food in nursing homes was a bozo ad. The place where Romney is most vulnerable, on Romneycare, was only hit in a minor way.

Romney spent something like $21 million for 50 convention votes, sounds like a lot to me. He certainly pulled out all the stops but, I really have to wonder how much spending $21 million for those conservative votes in Texas (which are many) will do for him.

bflat879 on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Will you embrace Obama’s White Twin?

Key West Reader on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Key West Reader:

Wait a tic,there better well be,a d*mn different Birth Certificate,
and not from Hawiia,or Mexico either!!(snark):)

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Breaking news

Florida voters to Conservative Talk radio…….YOU SUCK!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

So I’m assuming that all you Romney haters sat out the 2000 and 2004 elections, since W was every bit as much of a RINO as Romney?

ardenenoch on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

You stupid American People.

What ever made YOU rubes think that you’d have a “vote”? You are a laughable bunch, to be sure. We’ve been watching you since around April 2009 and both parties got together and we laughed and laughed and laughed.

We laughed at your signs, we laughed at your tea party, we laughed at your efforts to reclaim your so called Constitution.

We laughed as you gathered in DC. Even Harry Reid said that he “smelled you” as you traversed the halls of the People.

Well, let US tell you something you stupid freaking rubes. You’re finished. We’re not listening to you because we don’t have to. Oh, and those idjits you installed in 2010? GONE! We’re redistricting them out of existence.

Go away you stupid idiot people.

Obey.

Key West Reader on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I don’t know why we keep hoping for conservative candidates, all conservatism gets anymoer in the GOP is lip service. Conservatives are to the GOP what blacks are to the Democrats.

neuquenguy on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Pretty much. Pretty sad too. After 2010 we finally had some hope to get some serious conservatives, now it’s back to the same old garbage as usual.

Yay, John McCain 2.0. Good job Florida, you should lose ALL of your delegates!

LevinFan on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I guess Limbaugh wasted his vote, and shows that he has NO influence in the state he lives in.

lhuffman34 on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Now, now.

There’s no evidence he himself didn’t vote for Romney. After all, he never ruled it out, and thought Gingrich was acting awfully childish.

KingGold on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Your statement and your username vastly contradict each other.

I too, hate when the GOP selects electable nominees.

therightwinger on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Bombshell election result

Delusional and insanely arrogant fat man loses.

Who would have believed it?

JackieB on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

What in the heck is wrong with this campaign?

newt for one, and…no that’s all

runner on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Hang in there Sweet Meteor of Death…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

If Gingrich dropped out soon, Santorum would stand a real chance of consolidating the Not Romney vote and winning the nomination.

Baloney.

VorDaj on January 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

So I’m assuming that all you Romney haters sat out the 2000 and 2004 elections, since W was every bit as much of a RINO as Romney?

ardenenoch on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Naw, we all voted for him….AND WE LEARNED FROM IT!!!!

ElectricPhase on January 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I cannot wait until we get out of these open primary states and finally get to one with a proper closed system where all those moderates, independents and crossover Democrats can’t mess up the results by voting in our primary!

Oh wait….

alchemist19 on January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I see someone poured a little extra “clever” on their hotcakes this morning.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I dont agree that they should be reporting the results if the polls are still open.

BedBug on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Baloney.

yeah, and then what ?

runner on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Breaking news

Florida voters to Conservative Talk radio…….YOU SUCK!!!

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Thanks for confirming that Mittbots are NOT conservatives and neither are you.

Just what we need. A John Mccain 2.0, yeah I’m sure he’ll really fix things and make some serious reforms….. good job.

LevinFan on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

It won’t be long before Gingrich explodes with bile and self-destructs now. Thank goodness those who were fooled by his pretense as a conservative and an outsider instead of a self-absorbed backstabbing parasite who has spent the last 35 years sucking off the federal teat or the notoriety he gained from it didn’t amount to that many.

A conservative? A leader? We booted his butt out because he was incompetent and intent on trading away the gains we made with Contract provisions. Ask Steve Largent, who led the conservative rebellion.

Adjoran on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Wethal on January 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Will you embrace Obama’s White Twin?

Key West Reader on January 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

LOL. Mammy Obamney is proud of her MittBarry pie recipe.

SparkPlug on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Conservatives are to the GOP what blacks are to the Democrats.

neuquenguy on January 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Yep. And they’ve taken advantage of this Con for the last time. RINOs can eat it. I’m done with them if this crap continues. (Dole, McLame, Mitt).

predator on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I cannot wait until we get out of these open primary states and finally get to one with a proper closed system where all those moderates, independents and crossover Democrats can’t mess up the results by voting in our primary!

Oh wait….

alchemist19 on January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

You had me going for a second. Indeed, South Carolina is the open primary. True conservative republicans only can vote in FL.

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

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