PPP: Santorum up by 10 among election-day voters in MI

posted at 8:40 am on February 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How close will tonight’s contests in Arizona and Michigan be?  The Arizona primary looks so much like a blowout for Mitt Romney that the Arizona Republic didn’t bother to write a front-page story about it, only offering a not about checking the paper’s website for election results later tonight.  Michigan will be the battleground tonight, and Public Policy Polling says that Rick Santorum may have recaptured the momentum over the weekend — but with a twist:

It’s always good to be cautious with one night poll numbers, but momentum seems to be swinging in Santorum’s direction. Romney led with those interviewed on Sunday, but Santorum has a 39-34 advantage with folks polled on Monday. The best sign that things have gone back toward Santorum might be that with those polled today who hadn’t already voted, Santorum’s advantage was 41-31.

Much has been made of Democratic efforts to turn out the vote for Santorum and we see evidence that’s actually happening. Romney leads with actual Republican voters, 43-38. But Santorum’s up 47-10 with Democratic voters, and even though they’re only 8% of the likely electorate that’s enough to put him over the top. The big question now is whether those folks will actually bother to show up and vote tomorrow.

It’s not all due to Operation Chaos, or Insanity, or whatever it’s called.  Romney may have booted Michigan over the weekend:

Romney hasn’t made a good last impression on Michigan voters. His favorability in Sunday interviews was 57/36, but in Monday interviews it was only 47/48. Santorum saw little difference in his reviews between the two days: 54/39 on Sunday and 56/36 on Monday. If Romney does indeed end up losing tomorrow there’s not much doubt he will have blown it in the final 48 hours.

It might also be that Santorum has been emphasizing economics the last few days in Michigan.  He took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to compare tax plans.  Santorum borrowed Newt Gingrich’s criticism that Romney only wants to tinker around the edges, and added a swipe at Romney’s “last-minute conversion” to tax reform as well as repeating the accusation of Romney being an “Occupy Wall Street” candidate:

Meanwhile, my opponent in the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney, had a last-minute conversion. Attempting to distract from his record of tax and fee increases as governor of Massachusetts, poor job creation, and aggressive pursuit of earmarks, he now says he wants to follow my lead and lower individual as well as corporate marginal tax rates.

It’s a good start. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough. He says his proposed tax cuts would be revenue neutral and, borrowing the language of Occupy Wall Street, promises the top 1% will pay for the cuts. No pro-growth tax policy there, just more Obama-style class warfare.

Will this be enough to carry Michigan over the lead Romney presumably has built in early voting?  Having a ten-point advantage on Election Day would be significant if it remains, especially since only 17% of PPP’s sample say they have voted early — but Romney has a 27-point lead among them, 56/29.  Assuming that the Monday-only numbers and the early voting figures from PPP are accurate and predictive, a turnout like the one in 2008 would result in a narrow victory for Santorum, 38.9% to 35.2%.  That would produce a nearly even split in delagates, but give Santorum a boost heading into Super Tuesday.  If he can’t close the deal in Michigan, then next week will be a very tough sell.


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He is still not winning. Intrade has him down

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Go Big Union…LOL

rich801 on February 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

the day that the Romney campaign dies….?

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Good. The Republican Party needs a good dose of psychiatric ECT for foisting Romney on us from the beginning when we were screaming we wanted to return to Conservative Roots.

Marcus on February 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Tomorrows headline;

Santorum Freeps Michigan Primary Using Democrat Voters.

Marcus Traianus on February 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Go Rick!

thedevilinside on February 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Still HotAir radio silence about Santorum’s supporting Planned Parenthood

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

How close will tonight’s contests in Arizona and Michigan be? The Arizona primary looks so much like a blowout for Mitt Romney that the Arizona Republic didn’t bother to write a front-page story about it, only offering a not about checking the paper’s website for election results later tonight.

Does this mean Newt is done as he focused on Arizona?

jonkk on February 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

He is still not winning. Intrade has him down

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Well, that settles it then. I’m not even going to bother looking at the results.

forest on February 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Newt still has the better plan. Go Newt!

tinkerthinker on February 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Latest Romneycare gaffe. He is outraged that santorium is seeking democratic votes via robo calls. Says it’s a new low in politics. Yet in 2008, michigan presidential primary, romneycare did robo calls seeking democratic votes.

How do you say, flip flop. Is this guy romneycare any more phoney!

Danielvito on February 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Mother of mercy, is this the end of Willard?

Emperor Norton on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Still don’t like any of them.

9th look at Fred!

Darksean on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Two big government statists enter, one leaves. We lose either way.

mythicknight on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Does Mittens have any more “Home States” where he could possibly eke out a win? Utah, perhaps?

Naturally Curly on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

It’s possible that Santorum could manage to eke out a win in Mich, but such wild day-to-day swings in PPP data could just as easily suggest issues with PPP’s (a Democrat outfit) techniques.

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 8:52 AM

It’s not all due to Operation Chaos, or Insanity, or whatever it’s called

Yeah it pretty much is. Congrats, your boy is the one democrats want to face in the fall. You’ve been doing Obama’s work the entire time. Take a bow.

Zaggs on February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

It might also be that Santorum has been emphasizing economics the last few days in Michigan.

By slamming those who opposed the auto-bailout? He’s saying that opposing the auto-bailout is slapping workers in the face or something. He’s running an union democrat campaign at this point.

And Romney needs by a big margin among voters who say they prioritize the economy .

The pro-Santorum spin Ed uses is becoming sort of creepy. Fanaticism is never pretty to see.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well, I guess for the first time, I will have trouble going to the polls to vote for a Christian who is dishonorable. He touts his ethics (being a good Christian) and yet he PANDERS to the unions and the dems. What will he owe them if he gets in?

Bambi on February 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Will we have a new definition of ‘Rick Rolling’ after tonight’s results come in?

meci on February 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Still HotAir radio silence about Santorum’s supporting Planned Parenthood

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Doesn’t matter anymore around here. Santorum could come out with a plan that supported huge government union pay increases and it would be seen as a shrewd political move while Romney could cure cancer and the site would be wondering why not AIDS or if there were government funds involved. The Romney hate hit it’s irrational stage a long time ago.

Zybalto on February 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Prediction Santorum….Clean Sweep!

canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Any vote for Santorum is a vote for Obama.

Obama would destroy Santorum in November. Wake up, Michigan.

After finishing off Santorum by Labor Day, the Dems would be delighted to take back the House, too.

Santorum is going to be punished next week and beyond for these filthy tactics – relying on people who would vote against him in November. It is a new low.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I’ll vote for you Rick…just toss me an earmark or two and I’ll give up sex with condoms.

DHChron on February 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Still HotAir radio silence about Santorum’s supporting Planned Parenthood

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

What about Ann Romney donating to Planned Parenthood?

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

when the poll favors your candidate its correct. when it doesn’t its wrong. Live by polls die by polls.

gerry-mittbot-getting tired of polls(that i don’tlike)

LOL

gerrym51 on February 28, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Reagen Dems good, Santorum Dems bad. That logic is going to loose big.

meci on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

2012 MICHIGAN PRIMARY
Watch history happen with our live results
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canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The pro-Santorum spin Ed uses is becoming sort of creepy. Fanaticism is never pretty to see.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

The pro-mitt spin is even creepier, funny how people can’t see their own fanaticism but gripe about others…

tinkerthinker on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

A close race between Mr. Tree Height and Mr. College Snobs.

Brokered convention, please.

YYZ on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

When are Republicans going to stop having open primary voting? It is beyond stupid to allow your opponents to pick your candidate.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Still HotAir radio silence about Santorum’s supporting Planned Parenthood

Ann Romney once wrote a check to Planned Parenthood for $150, using a checking account she held jointly with Willard.

Emperor Norton on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Rick Santorum to MI Democrats:

-Vote for me because you know I’m a religious liberal progressive

-Vote for me because obama will clean my clock in the general and phone in his re-election.

What other reason would a dem have to vote for Mr. Sweatervest?

aniptofar on February 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Here comes another unelectable Republican presidential nominee. Thanks a lot culture warriors. Four more years of Obama. More government by unions for unions. Thanks a lot.

fleiter on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I might quit this site if this radical wins.

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What about Ann Romney donating to Planned Parenthood?

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Yes, because a private donation of $150 is just the same of using millions of others people money against their will.

You must be a liberal.. oh wait.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

the day that the Romney campaign dies….?

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

ted c:*Sniffle*..(sarc)!:)
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canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Santorum Freeps Michigan Primary Using Democrat Voters.

That headline? We’ll see how well that plays with GOP primary voters on Super Tuesday.

Santorum is “running a union democrat campaign at this point.”

Santorum has always supported unions.

I question this PPP poll for the simple reason that the entire difference shows up between Sunday and Monday; OUTLIER.

The pro-Santorum spin Ed and his co-hort Matt Lewis have been pushing is

“sort of creepy.”

It’s fanatical and it reminds me of “JOURNO-LIST.”

mountainaires on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Still HotAir radio silence about Santorum’s supporting Planned Parenthood

Dante on February 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Maybe because LifeNews debunked it last week after Ron Paul launched that attack.

Ed Morrissey on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

When are Republicans going to stop having open primary voting? It is beyond stupid to allow your opponents to pick your candidate.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Stupid party lives up to its name yet again.

angryed on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hilarious that Mittbots accuse someone else of being fanatics. Wait, hilarious isn’t the word. Pathetic, yeah that’s better.

angryed on February 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I might quit this site if this radical wins.

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

liberal4life:

A Quitter..eh,pulling out early….and,Stop Teasing Hot Gas!!!

canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I do find it ironic and amusing that Romney is whining about and accusing democrats of making mischief in primaries where he wins or is ahead! Could it be they want him to be the nominee because they know it’s a win, win for them either way. He’ll lose against Obama, or if he squeaks a win they’ll be able to bully him into capitulating much as they did in Massachusetts.

We are making strides, guys, and fighting against the big moneyed, republican establishment is difficult but very possible. Go Rick!

mozalf on February 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

tinkerthinker on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Its almost as creepy as the folks who who think either of these guys is the equal of Obama.

cozmo on February 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Reagen Dems good, Santorum Dems bad. That logic is going to loose big.

meci on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The voters known as Reagan Democrats voted for Reagan in the general election. The Democrats voting for Santorum in Michigan today are not going to be voting for him in the general election; they’re Obama voters who are trying to screw up the Republican race.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Nominating Santorum would be like sending in a boy to do a man’s job.

The entire general election would be talking about sex, reproductive rights, contraception – with Santorum on defense every day, clarifying and rebutting every asinine statement and policy he’s taken throughout his congrssional career.

Meanwhile Obama and his failed record would be given a pass from Labor Day until Election Day.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Real clear politics has the mitchell/rosetta stone survey done monday night showing Mitt up by one.

Like I said . pick a poll

gerrym51 on February 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Romney leads with actual Republican voters, 43-38. But Santorum’s up 47-10 with Democratic voters,

Well lookie there.

bluealice on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I might quit this site if this radical wins.

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

We will miss your well thought out out logical material over the top ignorant ravings.

cozmo on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Maybe because LifeNews debunked it last week after Ron Paul launched that attack.

Ed Morrissey

Sorry Ed, thats not a “debunk”. The ad said he supported Planned Parenthood. This is what your article says “The ad lists different funding measures Santorum supported as a member of the Senate and makes the claim that, by voting for an overall budget bill that funded the federal government that contained Title X funding, Santorum supposedly supports Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda.”. Did Santorum vote for Title X? Yes. The Paul ad is fact. Santorum trying to roll back history does not negate the fact he voted in favor of Title X. Even santorum admits he voted for it.

Zaggs on February 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I might quit this site if this radical wins.

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

we’d all like you never to come back under any circumstances

gerrym51 on February 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Reagen Dems good, Santorum Dems bad. That logic is going to loose big.

meci on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The Reagan democrats voted for him in the general election and Reagan never campaigned bashing other republicans for opposing bailouts and touting his big labor record.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

What an idiot.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I’m loving the complaints about open primaries..coming from the same folks who have used open primaries to saddle the rest of us with crappy candidates.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Finally a story that does not call Michigan the “home state” of native son Mitt Romney!

I’ve long thought the idea that Romney would win the state in a walk because he was born there and his dad was a governor was overstated. Romney appeals to people around Detroit and Ann Arbor. Santorum appeals to the real people in the state.

May the best non-Romney win!

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

This isn’t just do to some Democrat “Operation Chaos.” Breakdown of independent voters:

Santorum 36%
Romney 30%
Paul 24%
Gingrich 7%

steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

*due to

steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Rick, playing the freeper could blow up in your face. Tsk tsk. Did you get your MoveOn.org membership card?

Philly on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

What an idiot.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

You’ll have to be a whole lot more specific than that! Or was that just a general comment on the whole lot of them?

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

If Romney loses Michigan, watch the NRO-Bush crowd start demanding an end to open primaries, which the rest of us have been demanding since before 08.

Yet another reason to vote for Santorum today: put Willard out of his misery, and end open primaries.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The voters known as Reagan Democrats voted for Reagan in the general election. The Democrats voting for Santorum in Michigan today are not going to be voting for him in the general election; they’re Obama voters who are trying to screw up the Republican race.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Exactly. Santorum is the choice of Democrats, and isn’t because they like him or something…they know he’d be a weaker candidate for Obama. This isn’t rocket science.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

the day that the Romney campaign dies….?
ted c on February 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Romney ain’t going to quit even if he doesn’t win a big union/big evangelical state with an open primary. It’s a wonder he’s even competitive. He must have made quite a mark before he left 47 years ago.

Basilsbest on February 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

If Democrats thought Romney was the weaker candidate (and he might still be) you know damn well that Romney would be appealing to Democrats to help him hurt Santorum. Santorum is not doing anything that Romney wouldn’t do if he (Romney) could convince Democrats to help him.

RBMN on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Assuming that the Monday-only numbers and the early voting figures from PPP are accurate and predictive, a turnout like the one in 2008 would result in a narrow victory for Santorum, 38.9% to 35.2%.

Bottom line: When Pigs Fly, Santorum has a 10-point lead in Michigan.

mountainaires on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

You’ll have to be a whole lot more specific than that! Or was that just a general comment on the whole lot of them?

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

She’s introducing herself.

cozmo on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I might quit this site if this radical wins.

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

That’s never worked, has it? Anyway, Alec Baldwin did it better when he promised to leave the US if W won.

Marcus on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Never before has PPP been so highly touted on a Conservative website. Amazing. Then again, Santorum is popular with Dim-o-crats, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Republican voters in Michigan prefer Romney.

cicerone on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Does Mittens have any more “Home States” where he could possibly eke out a win? Utah, perhaps?

Naturally Curly on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

+1

It depends on the MI results. Stay tuned …

VibrioCocci on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I’m loving the complaints about open primaries..coming from the same folks who have used open primaries to saddle the rest of us with crappy candidates.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It’s not stupid to take advantage of your opponent’s foolishness. It is incredibly stupid to engage in exactly the same foolishness yourself.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I question this PPP poll for the simple reason that the entire difference shows up between Sunday and Monday; OUTLIER.
mountainaires on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What makes it suspect is the extreme nature of the day to day swing. I think the key is here, with the Santorum-Obama alliance skewing the numbers:
“Romney leads with actual Republican voters, 43-38. But Santorum’s up 47-10 with Democratic voters”

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

It’s not all due to Operation Chaos, or Insanity, or whatever it’s called.

What Santorum is doing is called unscrupulous, Ed, and what you’re doing is ridiculously transparent. If you’re going to publicly endorse Santorum’s candidacy as a vote for ethical governance then at least be up-front about his willingness to do whatever it takes to win a primary, even if ‘whatever it takes’ means directly appealing to Democratic Party spoilers raiding a GOP primary.

Who knows, maybe Santorum’s willingness to make shameless moral compromises can be somehow twisted into an argument for his nomination. You can always argue that we’ll need a ruthless, anything-to-win, occasionally amoral nominee willing to get down and dirty in the general election against Obama. It’ll be fun to hear you do it.

troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

There is no way Barry will win in November. Even Paul could beat him. So, in this atmosphere, why not pick a conservative guy who believes in morals, ethics and values like Santorum. That being said, I will vote for Paul or Romney if they are my options. Any would be better than the Godless prick infesting the office now.

Mudhog on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Democrats For Romney

Uploaded by AndyCobbonUTube on Jan 14, 2008

Democrats of Michigan, on January 15th you have a unique and wonderful opportunity to screw over the Republican Party.

For more on why voting for Romney in your primary–however counterintuitive it may be to vote for that flip-flopping, say-anything-to-get-elected, neocon-of-convenience hack–isn’t such a crazy idea, check out:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/1/10/2713/87225

Lest there be any confusion, showing Romney’s old stances as a less-than-diehard conservative in Massachusetts is intended to emphasize his ubercynical ability to shape-shift into desirable forms, not to suggest he’s a somehow tolerable closet moderate who is simply pretending to be a detestable right wing nut. I don’t mean to suggest he should be given the benefit of any doubt in that direction–that’s by no means the reason Michigan Dems should cast their vote for him January 15th.

In the rough and real world of politics, Progressives can’t afford for voting to be an emotional act of personal expression. It has to be pragmatic, strategic, and effective. So, just this weird once…go Romney. Though it burns my fingers when I type it.

steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM

You can always argue that we’ll need a ruthless, anything-to-win, occasionally amoral nominee willing to get down and dirty in the general election against Obama.
troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Aw, com’n – Rick’s not totally amoral, he wants to crack down on contraceptives afterall.

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Who knows, maybe

Santorum’s

Willard’s willingness to make shameless moral compromises can be somehow twisted into an argument for his nomination. You can always argue that we’ll need a ruthless, anything-to-win, occasionally amoral nominee willing to get down and dirty in the general election against Obama. It’ll be fun to hear you do it.

troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Yeah… sounds about right…

Valkyriepundit on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM

So you agree that it’s really happening, that the Dim-o-crats are wanting Santorum to win today and are working to make that happen. So what does that tell you about how they feel the general election will go? They have no fear of Santorum as the nominee. In fact they would be thrilled if that’s how it went.

cicerone on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I might quit this site if this radical wins.

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Hopping in car to drive to MI to vote numerous times for the radical.

Good to know you are bigoted towards catholics as you are towards the mormon.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

When will the abject idiocy of open primaries end?

Archivarix on February 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

For more on why voting for Romney in your primary–however counterintuitive it may be to vote for that flip-flopping, say-anything-to-get-elected, neocon-of-convenience hack–isn’t such a crazy idea, check out:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/1/10/2713/87225
steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM

And which Republican candidates, stood with Obama-Kos in that venture as Santorum is closing ranks with Obama now?

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

“Look, I’m not a big fan of Title X, that is Planned Parenthood. No, I want to defund Planned Parenthood,” he told Hannity.

-LifeNews

I guess that’s why he voted for…Title X

DHChron on February 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

DHChron
after what I read last night, you don’t need no stinkin condoms.
Hehe, I’ll get you back for sex Robot!!!!!!

angrymike on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Two big government statists enter, one leaves. We lose either way.

mythicknight on February 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM

With Santorum we have a chance to repeal Obamacare. With Romney, there’s zero chance.

This isn’t just do to some Democrat “Operation Chaos.” Breakdown of independent voters:

Santorum 36%
Romney 30%
Paul 24%
Gingrich 7%

steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This stuff about “Democrat Operation Chaos” is nothing more than Romney operatives and supporters trying to delegitimize any Santorum victory tonight. We started hearing about it just as the polls began to indicate Romney was in trouble.

Doomberg on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

If [Willard]does indeed end up losing tomorrow there’s not much doubt he will have blown it in the final 48 hours.

And he will owe it all to the bold leadership and the executive skills he learned as Governor and while building Bain Capital and Staples and saving the Winter Olympics . . .and to his wife, Ann . . .

Emperor Norton on February 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

If Romney is going to win the nomination, he’s going to have to step up his game. His approach to opponents, carpet-bombing the hell out of them with 10-to-1 spending on ads, is losing its effectiveness. His disturbingly more frequent off-the-cuff gaffes are hardening into a narrative of an out-of-touch elitist (he’s one tank ride away from cementing it). His occasional leftward tilts don’t help either (indexing the minimum wage, cutting taxes but spanking the upper earners with fewer deductions).

For you Romney supporters: Does he have what it takes to make a midcourse correction?

EMD on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I look forward to it angrymike! that’s a tall order, sex robot is the funniest thing since Debbie Does Delivery

DHChron on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

This stuff about “Democrat Operation Chaos” is nothing more than Romney operatives and supporters trying to delegitimize any Santorum victory tonight. We started hearing about it just as the polls began to indicate Romney was in trouble.

Doomberg on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Right. And I guess the Romney campaign put out the Santorum robocall to Democrats urging them to vote Rick?

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

“Look, I’m not a big fan of Title X, that is Planned Parenthood. No, I want to defund Planned Parenthood,” he told Hannity.
-LifeNews

I guess that’s why he voted for…Title X
DHChron on February 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

In his Obama-coordinated robocalls, Santorum attacks Romney for being against the auto bailouts.

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

So you agree that it’s really happening, that the Dim-o-crats are wanting Santorum to win today and are working to make that happen. So what does that tell you about how they feel the general election will go? They have no fear of Santorum as the nominee. In fact they would be thrilled if that’s how it went.

cicerone on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

From just eleven minutes ago:

Santorum 36%
Romney 30%
Paul 24%
Gingrich 7%

steebo77 on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

If this is an accurate reflection of independent sentiment, it indicates bigger problems for Romney than whether or not Kos’ 20 readers in Michigan decide to go vote for Santorum.

Doomberg on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Humpbot salvation
ah heck, just have the ‘dead democRATS’ vote, Bammy doesn’t need them yet!

angrymike on February 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

By slamming those who opposed the auto-bailout? He’s saying that opposing the auto-bailout is slapping workers in the face or something. He’s running an union democrat campaign at this point.

And Romney needs by a big margin among voters who say they prioritize the economy .

The pro-Santorum spin Ed uses is becoming sort of creepy. Fanaticism is never pretty to see.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Do you ever stop the proliferation of false information? You seem to enjoy the idea of destroying a man at all costs. Before you continue this leap, check out Romney one more time without your rose-color glasses.

PuritanD71 on February 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

So, in this atmosphere, why not pick a conservative guy who believes in morals, ethics and values like Santorum.

Mudhog on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

‘Morals, ethics, and values’? Santorum is a holier-than-thou hypocrite. Not even Ron Paul, a drooling bigot who fundraises on Stormfront, has publicly sought Democratic spoiler votes in open primaries.

troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

With Santorum we have a chance to repeal Obamacare. With Romney, there’s zero chance.

Doomberg on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

You know, despite all the times Romney has said he wants Obamacare repealed, that a president Romney won’t get rid of it?

Who will win tonight?

What are the winning lottery numbers?

Those should be easy for you.

cozmo on February 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This stuff about “Democrat Operation Chaos” is nothing more than Romney operatives and supporters trying to delegitimize any Santorum victory tonight.
Doomberg on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Right. And I guess the Romney campaign put out the Santorum robocall to Democrats urging them to vote Rick?
changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

It was really amazing how Romney forced the Obama-Kossacks to invest their time, money and votes in an attempt to get Democrats to skew election results against him!!!!!

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This stuff about “Democrat Operation Chaos” is nothing more than Romney operatives and supporters trying to delegitimize any Santorum victory tonight.

Doomberg on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Actually, no, it’s not. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/27/dem-strategists-robocall-to-michigan-dems-get-out-there-tomorrow-and-vote-for-rick-santorum/

Syzygy on February 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

So you agree that it’s really happening, that the Dim-o-crats are wanting Santorum to win today and are working to make that happen. So what does that tell you about how they feel the general election will go? They have no fear of Santorum as the nominee. In fact they would be thrilled if that’s how it went.

cicerone on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Democrats also believe that the government should provide a cradle-to-grave security blanket life for every person. Does that make them right (no pun intended)?

VibrioCocci on February 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

DHChron
Is sexbot humpbots salvation’s cuz? Have to show him/her that video.
hehe

angrymike on February 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Sorry neocons but it looks like Rick “Sweater-vest” Santorum polls behind Obama unlike Paul or Romney.

MoreLiberty on February 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Bottom line: When Pigs Fly, Santorum has a 10-point lead in Michigan.

mountainaires on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

mountainaires:If you insist!(sarc)
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The Simpsons: Flying Pig
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlYM_jtqAWM&feature=related

canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Hopping in car to drive to MI to vote numerous times for the radical.

Good to know you are bigoted towards catholics as you are towards the mormon.

HumpBot Salvation on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I thought voting multiple times for a candidate was strictly a Chicago thing. Do you also endure the occasional zombie apocalypse as the dead rise from the grave and swarm the polls in election years?

troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

For you Romney supporters: Does he have what it takes to make a midcourse correction?

EMD on February 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Don’t know, guess we’ll see. I’m not sure he needs a course correction, nor do I think it would matter to those who’ve decided he just can’t be the nominee.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

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