Rasmussen in AZ: Romney 48, Gingrich 24

posted at 2:30 pm on February 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen has a couple of interesting polls out today on the Republican primary race, but none yet in Nevada, which I presume will come tomorrow.  Instead, Rasmussen focuses on the Arizona primary that will take place in less than four weeks and act as a springboard for Super Tuesday.  Mitt Romney holds a 2-1 lead and almost a majority, 48/24 over Newt Gingrich:

A new telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Arizona shows Romney with 48% support, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comes in a distant second with 24%. Thirteen percent (13%) prefer former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and six percent (6%) support Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty-three percent (53%) of Arizona GOP primary voters are already certain of their vote, but 42% say they still could change their minds. Six percent (6%) have no initial preference yet. Voters already sure of their vote include 62% of those supporting both Romney and Paul, 48% of Gingrich’s voters and 46% of Santorum’s.

As is the case virtually everywhere else, the economy is the top voting issue for Arizona GOP primary voters. Forty-nine percent (49%) say economic issues are the most important in terms of how they vote, while 24% say fiscal issues like taxes and government spending are the most important. In Arizona, 47% of GOP primary voters rate their personal finances as good or excellent, while 16% rate them as poor. While 20% say their finances are getting better, 51% say they are getting worse.

Romney is seen as the Republican candidate who would do the best job managing the economy by 54% of primary voters in Arizona, while just 22% view Gingrich that way.

There probably isn’t much mystery to dispel from the internals, but let’s take a look anyway.  The gender gap is back in a big way for Gingrich in Arizona; Romney beats him among women by 33 points, 51/18.  Romney unlocks the “very conservative” demographic in the state, winning by 17, 44/27, and taking majorities in the other two ideological categories.  Gingrich has a slight edge among Tea Party backers, 39/33, but loses to Romney by double digits in every religious, age, and income demographic.

The reasons for Gingrich’s problem are familiar.  His favorability is relatively low at 55/41, with only 16% having a very favorable impression of the former Speaker.  Among women, it’s 49/47. Romney has a 78/21 favorability rating.  Only Ron Paul does worse than Gingrich at 34/61, while Santorum does nicely at 63/29.  On personal character, Romney takes 44% of the respondents, Santorum comes in second at 34%, while Gingrich comes in last at 7%.

Could this change?  There is only one debate on the schedule, but it will be in Arizona, six days before the primary.  Michigan will hold its primary on the same day as Arizona, so Gingrich may choose to split his time or default in Michigan, where Romney will undoubtedly be strong.  However, Gingrich probably can’t win by going negative, not with personal ratings like these, so unless he uncorks a beauty of a performance in that debate, he’s going to get buried.  Meanwhile, Romney gets 57% of the voters who say they’ve made up their minds, and 44% of those who could still change, while Gingrich gets 22% and 30%, respectively.

In Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll, Barack Obama ends up in virtual dead heats with three of the four Republicans in the race.  Guess which one Obama beats outside of the MOE?

In potential Election 2012 matchups, it’s President Obama 46% and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 45%. However, if former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee, the president holds an eight point lead, 49% to 41% (see tracking history).  These matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).  Rick Santorum trails the president by two points, 46% to 44%. Ron Paul trails by three, 45% to 42%.

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Mormons voting Mormon is the only reason will win Nevada and Arizona.

CoolChange80 on February 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Like those Mormon strongholds of New Hampshire and Florida, right?

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EyeSurgeon on February 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

…and 35 votes from Iowa. Let me reiterate…no one on this blog was crying about Mormons finically suppoting the movement against prop 8. That money helped defeat it. The hypocrites are only peeved when a mormon is beating their candidate.

rubberneck on February 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Just so you don’t ‘cash in on it”

Romneyteurisms™ of the Day.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

For the record, I’m not a Newt supporter, either, as he’s just as bad as Mitt…

WolvenOne on February 2, 2012 at 3:11 PM

“One candidate ran an effective, efficient, well organized campaign, and the other did not…”

Who? Mitt?

All he did was flood the airwaves with negative ads, and I didn’t even think he did that well in those two debates. It only looked like Mitt did well because Newt constantly shot himself in the foot.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

The same state that gave us John McCain (and his pet piglet) and Janet Napolitano? That Arizona?

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

South Carolina gave us Lindsey Graham so should we not care what that place thinks either?

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

More sheeple fooled by polls and endless tv ads. It’s over for this country. Too many lazy people not paying attention.

Decoski on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Ed,
Being from Arizona and LDS, I know a little bit about my State and those numbers are likely much worse for Gingrich. Romney has the backing of McCain (who I did not vote for in his last Senate run) and still has a good following in AZ (as attested to his Senate win), he has the backing of Jeff Flake, one of Congress’ MOST fiscally savvy members, and many folks in the AZ Legislature are LDS and very popular in the State. He will likely not do to well in the Tucson area (Gabby Giffords) and where liberal U of A is located.

One other note, in 2008 Romney had already bowed out by FL and so there were A LOT of LDS members that did not have a chance to vote for Romney so I am sure he will have an extremely HIGH turnout here and this also applies to Nevada AND Colorado as well with the high LDS population there. So it will be tough rowing for Gingrich over these next few weeks.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Mormons voting Mormon is the only reason will win Nevada and Arizona.

CoolChange80 on February 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

…and yet Christians not voting for Mitt because he’s a mormon had nothing to do with SC, right?

But yeah, once again the Mooners huffing about Newt are forced to ignore reality. Obama would dismantle Freddie Mac Gingrich like a 30 piece drum kit.

Swerve22 on February 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The same state that gave us John McCain (and his pet piglet) and Janet Napolitano? That Arizona?

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Arizona also gave us Jan Brewer.

South Carolina gave us Lindsey Graham so should we not care what that place thinks either?

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

South Carolina also gave us Jim DeMint, Tim Scott, and Nikki Haley.

I think the State both of you were looking for is Massachusetts, who gave us Scott Brown, and Mitt Romney, the current liberal front-runner of our party’s nomination.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Gingrich still has a clear shot at the nomination. All he has to do is get the 19th Amendment repealed.

this is totally true

gerrym51 on February 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

It only looked like Mitt did well because Newt constantly shot himself in the foot.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Did it scare you to write that as much as it did me to read it?
Either of those two have a long way to go if they expect to compete with Obambi’s machine.

rightoption on February 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Breaking news: Newt Gingrich rly unlikable and annoying.

therightwinger on February 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Conservatives now have about 9 months to seriously consider pulling the lever for President Obama. The truly nightmare scenario here is having a President Romney, a Republican Senate and House and a debt crisis that leads to default or emergency austerity measures that are only heightened by filibustering Dems who suddenly “see the light” about our crushing debt crisis – and play politics with the country’s solvency.

If Republicans get fingered for the coming debt implosion, and they will if they sweep this fall, then it’s a generation of ‘fiscally responsible socialism’ for everyone. Best case scenario for conservatives is having the status quo, where Dems still own the majority of DC and the looming crisis but can’t enact sweeping social engineering changes like they did in 2009.

newtopia on February 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Just to add to that I looked back at it yesterday and in 2008 Romney only lost the Arizona primary to McCain by 10 points (45-35). I didn’t really appreciate how large and strong the LDS vote was until then.

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Gingrich is falling apart as Ed noted in his other article because Gingrich has NO GROUND game and it will become MORE APPARENT over these next weeks/months where it takes a Presidential campaign to run a Presidential campaign! Gingrich was not taking this too seriously as he was more interested in selling his books and videos. It was not until he started to spike in polls and combined with the implosions of the other candidates that he started to take it more seriously…albeit too late. Meanwhile Romney was doing what a presidential campaign should be doing and that was signing up voters and getting on ALL 50 States ballots.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

All true. Too bad Romney is a Democrat.

ElectricPhase on February 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Did it scare you to write that as much as it did me to read it?

Yes, but I needed to write to illustrate a point, which you made shortly after:

Either of those two have a long way to go if they expect to compete with Obambi’s machine.

rightoption on February 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

…Which is why I’ve said that we might as well go with Santorum, who can at least articulate conservatism, and can make a play for the Rustbelt States. Hell, I stand by my claim that even Ron Paul would fare better than Mitt or Newt.

Now just imagine five or six more months of this nonsense occurring almost everything single day, where more baggage on Newt is released and Mitt continues to step in buckets of manure.

Just go with Santorum already so he can be fully vetted.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The same state that gave us John McCain (and his pet piglet) and Janet Napolitano? That Arizona?

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Arizona also gave us Jan Brewer.

South Carolina gave us Lindsey Graham so should we not care what that place thinks either?

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

South Carolina also gave us Jim DeMint, Tim Scott, and Nikki Haley.

I think the State both of you were looking for is Massachusetts, who gave us Scott Brown, and Mitt Romney, the current liberal front-runner of our party’s nomination.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Massachusetts also gave us…
John Adams, John Quincy Adams and George H. W. Bush (yes, he was born there)
My favorite though? Minnesota. They gave us Jesse Ventura, Al Frankin, Keith Ellison and… Ed Morrissey.

V7_Sport on February 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

My dog wrote this. Is he smarter than us?

rightoption on February 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Well done!

Key West Reader on February 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If Republicans get fingered for the coming debt implosion, and they will if they sweep this fall, then it’s a generation of ‘fiscally responsible socialism’ for everyone. Best case scenario for conservatives is having the status quo, where Dems still own the majority of DC and the looming crisis but can’t enact sweeping social engineering changes like they did in 2009.

newtopia on February 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

There’s no winning by losing here. Look at how Obama has abused Executive Orders…you believe he’ll let a silly thing like a divided Congress stand in the way of what he wants to do? Besides that, you operate from the assumption that the GOP will hold the House and possibly take the Senate. That is NOT happening if conservatives are encouraged to stay home or, worse yet, vote for Obama.

changer1701 on February 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Just to add to that I looked back at it yesterday and in 2008 Romney only lost the Arizona primary to McCain by 10 points (45-35). I didn’t really appreciate how large and strong the LDS vote was until then.

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The LDS population and voters have a STRONG love of this country as we believe America was founded and guided by the Lord so that a country could exist where His Gospel could flourish upon the land. For this to happen the Lord would need a FREE country so people could worship freely and the way they pleased.

So, yes, Mormons are VERY patriotic and look forward to casting our ballots EVERY election NOT just this election because of Romney…that is just an added bonus…because as you know some on this site believe we want to take over the country which is totally false! Mormons believe in freedom of religion and will do what is lawfully necessary to protect that right. I, myself, am in the military and many serve the country this way…or in other relevant branches of the gov’t.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Massachusetts also gave us…
John Adams, John Quincy Adams and George H. W. Bush (yes, he was born there)
My favorite though? Minnesota. They gave us Jesse Ventura, Al Frankin, Keith Ellison and… Ed Morrissey.

V7_Sport on February 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Missouri gave us Jessie James.

Kaffa on February 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

All true. Too bad Romney is a Democrat.

ElectricPhase on February 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Funny!

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

V7_Sport on February 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

And here I thought we were only discussing modern-day Republican embarrassments, but in that case, you’re right about Bush 41.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

You can spin this canard all you want, but the fact is the VOTERS are the ones giving us Mitt, not the “higher powers”.

xblade on February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You’re right of course, but so is evergreenland. Give Newt Romney’s money and the establishment support and you could flip the current numbers. Money wins every time, because many people have no business voting whether they have the right to or not. “We the people” are weak mindless numbskulls when it comes to voting and protecting our culture and nation.

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

The idea that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are splitting the conservative vote was proved wrong — again. Not only did Mitt win more support from conservatives and Tea Party supporters than either candidate, Mitt garnered more votes than both candidates combined.

Wags on February 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

“One candidate ran an effective, efficient, well organized campaign, and the other did not…”

Who? Mitt?

All he did was flood the airwaves with negative ads, and I didn’t even think he did that well in those two debates. It only looked like Mitt did well because Newt constantly shot himself in the foot.

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Many many would disagree, but we don’t have to beat that to death.

You said it yourself, Newt constantly shot himself in the foot. Besides that, Newt would face just as much if not more negative advertising from Obama. If a candidates prospects collapse from a mere week of negative advertising, then there is no chance that candidate could possibly run the marathon of a six month long general election campaign.

WolvenOne on February 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Any bets on how long it takes for Mittens to pander for the fabulous Mormon vote?

platypus on February 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

You can spin this canard all you want, but the fact is the VOTERS are the ones giving us Mitt, not the “higher powers”.

xblade on February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You’re right of course, but so is evergreenland. Give Newt Romney’s money and the establishment support and you could flip the current numbers. Money wins every time, because many people have no business voting whether they have the right to or not. “We the people” are weak mindless numbskulls when it comes to voting and protecting our culture and nation.

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I think by the Spring the word “Establishment” will be banned from our lexicon! I, as a TPer, do not understand this Establishment crap as I have ALWAYS been a conservative and voted accordingly and yet have been called RINO and moderate and Mittbot, etc that is just ridiculous!

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Still, Mitt benefited from a six-year campaign, Fox News, name recognition, wealthy donors, Fox News, the establishment/RNC, the conservative-vote being split among several candidates, Fox News, the old Republican rule that states the main loser of the previous campaign becomes the new front-runner, nasty attacks destroying his opponents, and did I mention Fox News?
Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

How did Fox News benefit Mitt Romney? Ann Coulter and…….?

Newt Gingrich was a paid contributor. Rick Santorum was a paid contributor. Sarah Palin is a paid contributor. People like Brit Hume and Charles Krauthammer alternate between making favorable and unfavorable comments. Huckabee has been more supportive of Mitt lately (or perhaps it’s more accurate to say he has said negative things about Newt’s bad antics) but this has hardly been a continuous stream of support…

Buy Danish on February 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Some post FL numbers:

Mitt had a broad base of support, winning among conservatives, Tea Party members, Evangelicals, women, men, and Hispanics.

With over 770,000 votes, Mitt received the most votes in Florida GOP Primary history.

The idea that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are splitting the conservative vote was proved wrong — again. Not only did Mitt win more support from conservatives and Tea Party supporters than either candidate, Mitt garnered more votes than both candidates combined.

Mitt won Hispanic voters, a key swing voting bloc in the general election, increasing his support of 14% in 2008 to 54% in Tuesday’s results.

Every GOP candidate who has won Florida has gone on to win the nomination.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Any bets on how long it takes for Mittens to pander for the fabulous Mormon vote?

platypus on February 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

platypus…
There is NO need for pandering as MANY members, but not all, will back him because we KNOW who Romney is and what his values are as a fellow member.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You’re right of course, but so is evergreenland. Give Newt Romney’s money and the establishment support and you could flip the current numbers. Money wins every time, because many people have no business voting whether they have the right to or not. “We the people” are weak mindless numbskulls when it comes to voting and protecting our culture and nation.

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Because the establishment sent Newt on his cruise so he’d pay less attention to getting registered in Virginia?

Establishment or no establishment, that decision was all Newt.

Betenoire on February 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

You’re right of course, but so is evergreenland. Give Newt Romney’s money and the establishment support and you could flip the current numbers. Money wins every time, because many people have no business voting whether they have the right to or not. “We the people” are weak mindless numbskulls when it comes to voting and protecting our culture and nation.

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Well if you have a better idea than democracy Mr. Chuchill and I are all ears.

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

You thought Chicago thuggery was bad, wait till you see Mormon thuggery. And NO, I AM NOT KIDDING.

stenwin77 on February 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Ah yes, that damn Mormon thuggery. What with the green jello salad assaults, the wave after wave of pleasant neighbor kids fighting over who gets to mow the old lady’s lawn, and those pesky perky jerks on bikes who keep offering to share a message about Christ. OH THE HUMANITY!!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!

AttilaTheHun on February 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I think by the Spring the word “Establishment” will be banned from our lexicon! I, as a TPer, do not understand this Establishment crap as I have ALWAYS been a conservative and voted accordingly and yet have been called RINO and moderate and Mittbot, etc that is just ridiculous!

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

There’s an excellent article regarding the “establishment crap” you refer to (link below). It is not a myth and if you truly are a conservative, then you should know the amount of money at stake in elections. Read the article. You may find it enlightening.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/the_republican_establishments_strategic_blunder.html

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Well if you have a better idea than democracy Mr. Chuchill and I are all ears.

alchemist19 on February 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I have no criticism of the system…only the mindless numbskulls who have taken the gift of freedom and the responsibility of voting and turned it into an American Idol contest by failing to educate themselves regarding the candidates.

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Just so you don’t ‘cash in on it”

Romneyteurisms™ of the Day.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

After things he said yesterday, shouldn’t it be more like:

Romneyaneurisms™ of the Day?

stukinIL4now on February 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I think by the Spring the word “Establishment” will be banned from our lexicon! I, as a TPer, do not understand this Establishment crap as I have ALWAYS been a conservative and voted accordingly and yet have been called RINO and moderate and Mittbot, etc that is just ridiculous!

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

There’s an excellent article regarding the “establishment crap” you refer to (link below). It is not a myth and if you truly are a conservative, then you should know the amount of money at stake in elections. Read the article. You may find it enlightening.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/the_republican_establishments_strategic_blunder.html

cajunpatriot on February 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I will read the article. I know there is money at stake BUT there is money at stake in almost all pursuits good and bad. I was more referencing MY inclusion into THIS Establishment and I do not remember signing up for it or if I did I’ve lost my membership card. Do you know where I can get a spare? ;o)

and yes…I truly am conservative like MANY who are voting for Romney. you know we could say the SAME thing about Gingrich when you look at his record which is plentiful of liberal IDEAS and policies he has supported.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Must be a lotta little hobbits in AZ following their giant hobbit McShame.

stukinIL4now on February 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

here is something Hugh Hewitt pointed out:

“The Las Vegas Review Journal projects a big win for Romney in Saturday’s caucuses, which would mean back-to-back blowouts in swing states, and three in a row in blue-states-that-must-turn-red-to-win category.” http://www.hughhewitt.com/blog

This is what Romney can put into play are States like Nevada, NH, FL, MI, MN, PA, OH, etc that will stunt Obama’s path back to the WH.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

But, but, but, but, but, but, but Romney has a cap of 25% with republicans.

I know that is true because, because, because, because HotGas bloggers have been telling me that for 9 months.

Can you say….ooops.

How bout an apology Ed and Allah???

Jailbreak on February 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Check the polls folks, he may not be as Conservative as we would like, but Romney is the only one that can beat Obama in the general. Most voters are not as conservative as Hot Air readers.

The Opinionator on February 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

You thought Chicago thuggery was bad, wait till you see Mormon thuggery. And NO, I AM NOT KIDDING.

stenwin77 on February 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

In my experience, Mormon thuggery consists of my Mormon buddy’s wife forcing me to eat another slice of her pie.

troyriser_gopftw on February 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The same state that gave us John McCain (and his pet piglet) and Janet Napolitano? That Arizona?

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

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Your a scumbag for trashing an American War hero like McCain. You don’t like his politics- fine. But there is no conservative value or principle that I know of, that trashes any of those who have sacrificed and have served our country with military honor. Your lack of decency disgraces you.
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“you might just be a liberal if……….

FlaMurph on February 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

All true. Too bad Romney is a Democrat.

ElectricPhase on February 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

the good news though, is he’s not a statist marxist hell bent ion destruciton of the country. so even he is a shoe in. and he’s totally convictionloess, and can be molded by our side. and shaped. and fixed. seems like a good deal.

t8stlikchkn on February 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Aizen on February 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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I’ve watched FOX news for 6 years and you sir- ARE LYING. Take your liberal OWS pov and go back to Huffpo where you came from.

FlaMurph on February 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

In my experience, Mormon thuggery consists of my Mormon buddy’s wife forcing me to eat another slice of her pie.

troyriser_gopftw on February 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

its really funny to hear people prattle on here about mormons, mormonism. like about 1% even know he’s a mormon. less than that care. its funny. i wonder where people get them emotional energy to invest in trivialities. they need more to do i think. funny.

t8stlikchkn on February 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

But, but, but, but, but, but, but Romney has a cap of 25% with republicans.

Eric Ericson? is that you?

hanzblinx on February 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Missouri gave us Jessie James.

Kaffa on February 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

the war of nirthern aggression changed folks man. give him a break.

t8stlikchkn on February 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Key West Reader on February 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Thank you. Sorry about the time lapses, I’ve a shop to run.

rightoption on February 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Mormons voting Mormon is the only reason will win Nevada and Arizona.

CoolChange80 on February 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Agreed. Sad, but true. Look at LDS support of Harry Reid in NV, religious affiliation matters more than conservative principles for these people.

Norwegian on February 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

…the war of nirthern aggression changed folks man. give him a break.

t8stlikchkn on February 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

We call don’t call it ‘The War of Northern Aggression’ here in Indiana. We also have an expression, ‘…faster than Grant went through Richmond’. It connotes ease and speed of execution.

troyriser_gopftw on February 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

We call don’t call it ‘The War of Northern Aggression’ here in Indiana. We also have an expression, ‘…faster than Grant went through Richmond’. It connotes ease and speed of execution.

troyriser_gopftw on February 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

how many failed generals was it you had to fire to get to grant? :) peace, my yankee brother.

t8stlikchkn on February 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

FlaMurph on February 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Go back where you came from, noob trash. McCain’s a great war hero. As a politician he sucks.

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The LDS population and voters have a STRONG love of this country as we believe America was founded and guided by the Lord so that a country could exist where His Gospel could flourish upon the land. For this to happen the Lord would need a FREE country so people could worship freely and the way they pleased…

Mormons believe in freedom of religion and will do what is lawfully necessary to protect that right. I, myself, am in the military and many serve the country this way…or in other relevant branches of the gov’t.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Thank you for that post, and thank you for your service.

Mr. Arkadin on February 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Mormons voting Mormon is the only reason will win Nevada and Arizona.

CoolChange80 on February 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Agreed. Sad, but true. Look at LDS support of Harry Reid in NV, religious affiliation matters more than conservative principles for these people.

Norwegian on February 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Reid pulls from the democrats in Vegas…He does not draw much LDS support BECAUSE of HIS PARTY. If you do not live out here then you do not understand LDS thinking. The Party HE represents does NOT represent what the majority of Mormons believe in. Even though Reid, as a Mormon, personally does not believe in abortion as LDS Doctrine states except in the case of rape, incest, or life of mother.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The LDS population and voters have a STRONG love of this country as we believe America was founded and guided by the Lord so that a country could exist where His Gospel could flourish upon the land. For this to happen the Lord would need a FREE country so people could worship freely and the way they pleased…

Mormons believe in freedom of religion and will do what is lawfully necessary to protect that right. I, myself, am in the military and many serve the country this way…or in other relevant branches of the gov’t.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Thank you for that post, and thank you for your service.

Mr. Arkadin on February 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Thank you, sir!

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Anyone who thinks that there’s no difference between Romney and Obama is a complete IDIOT.

Bush’s domestic policy was far from Conservative. But if Bush was POTUS over the past 3 years, this recession would have been over by now. He spent like a drunken sailor, he did nothing to address illegal immigration, he went nowhere trying to reform Social Security, but he was able to get the economy back on track after 9/11.

You know why? Because he didn’t hate this country and didn’t want to destroy it. Bush and Clinton both proved that you expand the government and get further and further away from the strict principles of the Founding Fathers, and still have a strong economy. It’s certainly not ideal, but it’s about a million times better than what we have now.

I’ll take Romney over Obama in a heartbeat. I’d Clinton over Obama in a heartbeat. And I’d go out and campaign for Joe Liberman in a heartbeat, if he was running against Obama, in spite of the fact that the jerk voted in favor of Obamacare. Harry Truman wanted socialized medicine, but he wasn’t a freakin’ punk rock era America hating college campus Leftist. GET A GRIP, PEOPLE!

ardenenoch on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Agreed. Sad, but true. Look at LDS support of Harry Reid in NV, religious affiliation matters more than conservative principles for these people.

Norwegian on February 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Most Mormon’s would love to see Dirty Harry Reid excommunicated. You should have seen the uproar a few years back when an LDS Blog named Reid man of the year… much gnashing of teeth.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Even though Reid, as a Mormon, personally does not believe in abortion as LDS Doctrine states except in the case of rape, incest, or life of mother.

g2825m on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

But Reid will gladly go along Obama’s policy of forcing Christian hospitals and health care workers to violate their consciences when it comes to “women’s reproductive health.” I do believe you when you say he’s an anomaly, I have lots of Mormon neighbors and they tend to be conservative.

Do you know who Matt Salmon is? IMO he’s one of the most honest politicians ever to grace Arizona and he almost won the governors race. If he had, we wouldn’t be plagued with Janet Napolitano. A week before the election someone in Napolitano’s group ran the religion card against him, and sadly, it worked. He had been polling significantly in front until then.

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Sarah Palin brought me into the GOP and Romney will lead me out. Way to go, guys.

alwaysfiredup on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Most Mormon’s would love to see Dirty Harry Reid excommunicated.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Heh. Most Catholics would love to see the same happen to Pelosi.

sloopy on February 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Rasmussen in AZ: Romney 48, Gingrich 24

Huzzah! Guess Trump knows how to back a winner after all.

captn2fat on February 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Smart conservatives who want to defeat Obama are for Mitt Romney.

Romney is a winner and will be an excellent president. We all know it.

bluegill on February 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Voting for Romney is voting for another RINO like Scott Brown! And EVERYONE knows it! A person DOES NOT “change” their previous BELIEFS in such a short period of time—IT JUST DOES NOT HAPPEN! And when they do change their lifetime beliefs in such a short period of time, they CANNOT be “trusted”!

DixT on February 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

But, but, but, but, but, but, but Romney has a cap of 25% with republicans.

I know that is true because, because, because, because HotGas bloggers have been telling me that for 9 months.

Can you say….ooops.

How bout an apology Ed and Allah???

Jailbreak on February 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Those people don’t know the difference between a 25% Ceiling and a 25% Floor.

lhuffman34 on February 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

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