Rasmussen: Romney within 2 in Ohio

posted at 11:00 am on March 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen corroborates the Q-poll from earlier today showing that Mitt Romney has made up significant ground on Rick Santorum in the key Super Tuesday state of Ohio.  While Quinnipiac conducted its survey from Tuesday through Thursday this week, Rasmussen conducted its survey of 750 likely voters entirely yesterday.  Two weeks after being 18 points behind Santorum in Ohio, Rasmussen now has him within two:

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Primary Voters in Ohio, taken last night, shows former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum attracting 33% of the vote and Mitt Romney earning 31%. That’s a significant tightening of the race. Two weeks ago, Santorum led Romney by 18 percentage points.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now in third place with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 11% support. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided.

Conventional wisdom is that the continuing candidacy of Newt Gingrich helps Romney, but Rasmussen finds that Romney does slightly better when Gingrich is taken out of the equation:

If it’s a two-man race, Santorum and Romney are tied at 43% each. That, too, represents a huge change. Two weeks ago, Santorum led Romney by 28 points in a head-to-head matchup in Ohio.

The crosstabs are similar to those in the Q-poll this morning.  There is almost no difference between men and women and the overall margin, so Santorum has no “gender gap” in Ohio.  Santorum does better among younger voters, while Romney has a 15-point edge among seniors.  The split between “very conservative” and “somewhat conservative” are nearly mirror images again, 45/25 for Santorum among the former and 42/24 for Romney among the latter.  Santorum wins Republicans by three, while Romney wins independents by three.  The one interesting difference between the two is that Santorum was winning the highest income group in the Q-poll, while he trails Romney in Rasmussen by six among those who earn more than $100K.

The race is still obviously in flux, and it should be a nailbiter this weekend.  Both men have about the same favorability rating in Rasmussen as well as Quinnipiac (66/31 Romney, 67/29 Santorum), so that won’t be a hinge for late-breaking deciders.  The biggest factor that could come into play from the Rasmussen poll is the candidate strength question, which Romney wins 45/25 and gets a consensus double-digit lead across almost all demos (only a four-point lead among very conservative voters and two points among Tea Party voters, however).  Santorum will have to make the case in Ohio that he’s better positioned to beat Barack Obama in the fall, especially since a plurality of 49% say that’s the most important quality in choosing a nominee.


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4 MORE YEARS!!

4 MORE YEARS!!

angryed on March 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

GO MITT GO!!

Rasmussen Tracking 2/28 – 3/1 1500 LV 48 42 Obama +6

Politico/GWU/Battleground 2/19 – 2/22 1000 LV 53 43 Obama +10

4 MORE YEARS!!

4 MORE YEARS!!

angryed on March 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Santorum won’t leave until Pennsylvania rejects him.

The Nerve on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

If Romney wins Ohio it is all but over.

antisense on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Romney will win.

After Michigan, all that is left of Ricky is a pile of ashes and a charred sweater vest.

Jailbreak on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Romney is now attracting the gun owner and hunter vote, why, because he has no less than three automatic revolvers at home and he once shot a chipmunk with a pellet gun.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I always did think it was wishful thinking on the part of Santorum supporters that he would pick up New’ts voters. They may both be the anti-Romney, but totally different politicians.
Romney by 5 in Ohio.

BettyRuth on March 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

If Santorum loses Ohio, he’s done. Fortunately, Ohio doesn’t allow Democrat voters in a GOP primary, so Rick won’t have the Michael Moore/Daily Kos support this time.

BradTank on March 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

SANTORUM:

Rasmussen Tracking 2/28 – 3/1 1500 LV 46 43 Obama +3
Politico/GWU/Battleground 2/19 – 2/22 1000 LV 53 42 Obama +11
USA Today/Gallup 2/20 – 2/21 881 RV 46 49 Santorum +3

ROMNEY:

Rasmussen Tracking 2/28 – 3/1 1500 LV 48 42 Obama +6

Politico/GWU/Battleground 2/19 – 2/22 1000 LV 53 43 Obama +10

USA Today/Gallup 2/20 – 2/21 881 RV 47 47 Tie

Yep, Romney is the only electable one.

angryed on March 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Romney will win.

After Michigan, all that is left of Ricky is a pile of ashes and a charred sweater vest.

Jailbreak on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Don’t forget the unused condom.

Tater Salad on March 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I always did think it was wishful thinking on the part of Santorum supporters that he would pick up New’ts voters. They may both be the anti-Romney, but totally different politicians.
Romney by 5 in Ohio.

BettyRuth on March 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I still think most Newt supporters would go for Santorum. But it may be irrelevant at this point if Santorum’s overall support is dwindling. It looks like he had his audition for the role of Not Romney this past week and a half and failed to live up to expectations.

Doughboy on March 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

In other words, Romney overtakes Santorum from behind, again. That guy Santorum sure loves him some behind action, I tell you. Almost had me fooled with that anti-gay rhetoric.

Archivarix on March 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Anyone else notice the comments section being strange? I post and it shows up with a time stamp from minutes ago.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Looks like Mittens will be the nominee…

Khun Joe on March 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

after all of this…the last 4 years and ya’ll are going to make me vote for Willard?

*facepalm*

ted c on March 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Anyone else notice the comments section being strange? I post and it shows up with a time stamp from minutes ago.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

its true!!! we’re living in a Time WARP!

ted c on March 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Anyone else notice the comments section being strange? I post and it shows up with a time stamp from minutes ago.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

HA server has incorrect timing. Or perhaps they just give you an extra chance to be first. :)

Archivarix on March 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

HA server has incorrect timing. Or perhaps they just give you an extra chance to be first. :)

Archivarix on March 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yeah, it’s the time setting on the server. Our posts are firing off a few minutes early, too. Working on getting it fixed.

Ed Morrissey on March 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Archivarix on March 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Smart of them, I don’t like sending union goons to rough people up but I do what I have to do.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Anyone else notice the comments section being strange? I post and it shows up with a time stamp from minutes ago.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Not only that, but I’ve commented AFTER other people and had it show up before their comment. Looks pretty freaky if you’re quoting someone!

BettyRuth on March 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Smart of them, I don’t like sending union goons to rough people up but I do what I have to do.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

lolZ!!!

ted c on March 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

“I am big believer in getting money where the money is, the money is in Washington.”

JStew on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

He’s unstoppable.

They say this cat Shaft Mitt is a bad mother
Shut your mouth
But I’m talkin’ ’bout Shaft
Then we can dig it

portlandon on March 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Something you rarely see on the romneycare news network, AKA Fox news is any discussion of Romney’s signature legislation in public office, Romneycare. Last we heard, romneycare’s excuse for his socialism is that he did it in a liberal state massachusetts he won’t do it as president.

To the dimwit romneycare azz lickers, do you buy that. Let’s review, Romney initiated total HC coverage to cover all uninsured in a 2004 proposal. It was eventually enacted in 2006. The state democratic leader only wanted half the uninsured covered in 2004. So romneycare, trying at that time to get re-elected offered pure sociolism, mandatory total coverage.

So his current argue saying he’d do it massachusetts, not the US is total crap. It’s not massachusetts or the united states that wants mandatory coverage it’s freakin Romney.

Do you romneycare tools understand that. Romney’s only signature legislation is sociolism. Do you realize that is who he is. He’s a pure liberal.

God, if you win, what do you get, Obama lite. The most liberal GOP candidate in the history of the party.

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I’m curious, can people in Ohio see the Death Star on clear night this week?

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

“I am big believer in getting money where the money is, the money is in Washington.”

JStew on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I saw this quote from Romney in 2002 being reported on Memeorandum today. Can’t say that I’m surprised he said it. He is, after all, getting plenty of money from Washington and Wall Street for his campaign now.

KickandSwimMom on March 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

MI made a big difference, even if the delegates were, what, around 15-15. If Mitt wins Ohio, then, as the poker player Scotty Nguyen would say, “It’s all over, baby”.

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

As always, the more voters see of the extreme guy, the more they get away from him.

You had a bit of a run Rick. You can tell the grandkids about it someday.

Moesart on March 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

“I am big believer in getting money where the money is, the money is in Washington.”

JStew on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

No clue what the full context of the quote is, but knowing and working within a system, does not imply support of the system.

My business is mainly in Cook County. I have to work within the system that exists there for the good of my business. Doesn’t mean I like it or, if I was in control of the system, I would continue it.

Unfortunately reality is that you only know where one standa once that have authority over the system.

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

George Will may be right and if Romney is the nominee we should probably give up on the White House and focus instead on the Senate and House races. Because either way, if Romney would somehow win and the democrats retain any power and influence in the Congress, they’ll bulldoze right over him and he’d cave like he did in Massachusetts. And do irreperable damage to the republican party for years to come. It’s no wonder the democrats and their media flunkies are gung-ho for him to be the nominee.

mozalf on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

your from mass. and you believe this tripe. I’m from mass. and I think you are a democrat

LOL

gerry-mittbot-see even mass. republicans disagree among ourselves.

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

if you win, what do you get, Obama lite.

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

If he wins the primary there’s a good chance we get the real thing.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I hope Romney wins Ohio and the majority of the delegates on Super Tuesday.

I think Republicans are starting to realize that Obama badly wants to run against Santorum and desperately doesn’t want to run against Mitt.

Obama wants Santorum in the general because he knows that he needs to run against Santorum to win. His actions and how he’s spending his campaign money prove that as a undisputable fact.

I hope all Republican voters going forward don’t give Obama what he wants and vote for Mitt Romney to stave off Democrats stealing this election.

sheryl on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Santorum won’t leave until Pennsylvania rejects him.

The Nerve

As long as h still has money, not even then.

Zaggs on March 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

He’s going to win anyway so why not vote for Romney on Super Tuesday and
end this debacle. Republicans need to get behind one candidate. Santorum keeps complaining that he is losing because Romney outspends him 6 to 1. What will happen when Obama outspends him 20 to 1.Now is not the time for a socially focused President. America needs a fiscally savvy President. Romney as President can then name Newt as the head of a Think Tank and Newt will be happy. He can name Santorum committee chair for solving problems in Social Security and Medicare. He can let Ron Paul give the Keynote speech at the convention and everyone will be happy.
We can then concentrate on arguing about who should be Vice-President.

tmrgt on March 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Conventional wisdom is that the continuing candidacy of Newt Gingrich helps Romney, but Rasmussen finds that Romney does slightly better when Gingrich is taken out of the equation

That’s because Anyone-but-Santorum trumps Anyone-but-Romney.

Tough to do, but the Church Lady has done it.

cool breeze on March 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The context is getting funding for the Olympics and as they point out:

that more than half of the taxpayer money for the Salt Lake City Olympics went for federal, state and local agencies to handle security. And because Romney so aggressively pursued private money, the taxpayer share of the total budget for the Olympics represented 18 percent, compared to 50 percent for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

of course the anti-mitt bots won’t care about context

tbrickert on March 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

MITT ROMNEY is a PALE PASTELS republican.

He could never give this speech believably.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OznoFCZdS8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

PappyD61 on March 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

sheryl on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Oh shut up. Don’t you think everybody here goes to bed praying it would be true Obama “desperately doesn’t want to run against Romney”?

Marcus on March 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

if you win, what do you get, Obama lite.

although i don’t agree How can Romney not be better than Obama.

My opinion is neither Santorum,Gingrich,paul have a chance in the general election.

No guarantee with MITT but he does have best chance.

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

ObamaRomneyCare!

No difference, ultimately leads to the same place, Soylent Green Farewell Centers.

PappyD61 on March 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

of course the anti-mitt bots won’t care about context

tbrickert on March 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

That seems like a big “meh”, especially considering how close those Olympics were to 9/11/01.

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

If the tweeners win were sunk (tweener is someone between liberal and conservative) no tweener by definition has the backbone to stand up to the stateist hordes in DC .

rudee on March 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

romneycare has bought the GOP presidential nomination right in front of our eyes with the help of the GOP establishment. Let’s review.

*Attacked with his surrogates right after the 2008 election his potential rivals i.e Gov. palin. Think Rove, DICK morris, the RNC etc.
*Cornered all the Whale donors over 4 years
*Had a 10 times any other competitor money advantage plus his personal wealth of $500 million. Muscled out viable candidates.
*Had his tools take over the RCC; Gillespie, Rove, Barbour etc.
*Had the first 4 primaries moved up a month to benefit him and his money advantage
*Lost the Iowa caucuses to santorium, first in the nation vote, yet, establishment held results three freakin weeks, incredibly declaring Romney the winner by 8 votes. This was done to give romneycare momentum going into NH. Only about 105,000 voted. Three weeks to count 105,000 votes.
*After losing three states to Santorium 2/7, that following Saturday 2/11, with only romneycare & paul contesting the maine caucuses, The local establishment called the race for Romney the winner by 192 votes with only 95% of the vote counted. One county, a paul stronghold was told not to caucus because of weather that wasn’t that bad. What a difference between iowa & maine, in both cases Romneycare benefited huge.
*Michigan based on the crteria setup prior to the vote, had a breakdown of 15 delegates santorium 15 delegates to romneycare. Yet after the vote the local GOP establishment changed the rules to give romneycare a 16 to 14 delegate win.
*We are now told even after santorium wins in Colorado, mo & minnesota the delegates he won aren’t obligated to vote for him.

None of this will you ever see on the romneycare news network, AKA fox news. The fix is in. At the end of the day the GOP will have cost us the presidency, senate & house because conservatives like me won’t vote. If I get another GOP fundraising letter, I’ll sh*t on it!

The GOP establishment sucks!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

GOP herding instinct

james23 on March 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

David Axelrod would destroy Rick Santorum in 72 hours and then go after the downballot, flipping the House back to Pelosi.

The GOP should NEVER nominate a senator for president – they all LOSE (Goldwater, McCain, Dole) – mostly because they have the baggage of a congressional voting record that gets dissected and distorted – first by the Dems and then the MSM.

When the GOP nominates a governor (Reagan, Bush 43) or vice president (Nixon, Bush 41), they WIN. Why? In part because the American people are looking for executive experience.

The last time the GOP nominated a senator who won the White House was Warren Harding in 1920. No GOP senator nominated in modern America (post WWII) has EVER won the White House.

Want 4 more years of Obama? Nominate Santorum.

matthew8787 on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Are we ready to call it Mittmentum?

Tater Salad on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

My opinion is neither Santorum,Gingrich,paul have a chance in the general election.

No guarantee with MITT but he does have best chance.

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama agrees with this statment.

Obama’s efforts and millions of dollars spent to stop a candidate in another party’s primary is unprecedented for a sitting president.

At this point, a vote for Santorum or Gingrich is a vote for Obama.

sheryl on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Romney is now attracting the gun owner and hunter vote, why, because he has no less than three automatic revolvers at home and he once shot a chipmunk with a pellet gun.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I wouldn’t expect anyone from Massachusetts other than a cop to be well-versed in guns or hunting. My girlfriend’s Boston Irish Catholic, with all that implies, and was convinced I was some sort of secret Militia member when she first saw the various firearms I keep around the house, even moreso when she found that I go to the range every weekend and hunt small game in season. To someone from her background, guns were alien and scary.

Now she shoots like Annie Oakley with the little Baretta Bobcat I bought her. First time she ever fired my Makarov, she put 7 of 8 in the center-mass red on a silhouette at 7 yards. Not kidding. Friends tell me it may be a bad idea to teach a somewhat hot-headed Irish girl to shoot so well. I’ll take my chances.

troyriser_gopftw on March 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

If the tweeners win were sunk (tweener is someone between liberal and conservative) no tweener by definition has the backbone to stand up to the stateist hordes in DC .

rudee on March 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Prior to his winning, Christie was consider a RINO\tweener, yet he is putting up quite the fight for fiscal discipline in NJ. He is doing that with a Dem controlled legislature.

Give Romney a GOP controlled House and Senate, the recent history of Bush’s greatest domestic failure (not controlling spending nearly enough), and we may be surprised.

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I’m the democrat because I’m against Obamacare AND Romneycare and your the republican who supports romneycare the sociolist.

I love your mittbot logic. God, you tools are hopeless!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

George Will may be right and if Romney is the nominee we should probably give up on the White House and focus instead on the Senate and House races. Because either way, if Romney would somehow win and the democrats retain any power and influence in the Congress, they’ll bulldoze right over him and he’d cave like he did in Massachusetts. And do irreperable damage to the republican party for years to come. It’s no wonder the democrats and their media flunkies are gung-ho for him to be the nominee.

mozalf on March 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If George Will believes we should write off the Presidency, he’s lost his mind. Congress is meaningless if Obama is still in the White House. He’s already been candid about circumventing the House and Senate in order to ram his agenda through if necessary. And that’s in an election year. Imagine what he’d do with 4 more years and no concern about answering to the electorate in 2016. Plus let’s not forget that if he gets reelected, Obamacare becomes law and we’re stuck with it forever.

Doughboy on March 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

That’s because Anyone-but-Santorum trumps Anyone-but-Romney.

Tough to do, but the Church Lady has done it.

cool breeze on March 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And he’s done it on his own, without help from anyone.

Priscilla on March 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Ohio=Alderaan.

JohnGalt23 on March 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Washjeff on march 2,2012 at 11:44 AM

Romneys history as an elected official would suggest otherwise ,yes he was gov in a blue state but what kind of spenders do you think we have in DC republican or democrat . Romney is not Christie.

rudee on March 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I love your mittbot logic. God, you tools are hopeless!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

.
You are a liberal because you want ABR so Ocommie can lay them to waste by thrashing the ABR with his Executive experience of which he now has 3 years under his belt. Thats what the democrite is hoping for – ABR.
.
When the Rominator is not out saving people from untold peril, he is slashing and battling these misguided poll numbers you spew, and defying the evil he is presented with. He is a fighter- and will take on anyone.
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The Rominator is practically a superhero.

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

No azzwipe, I don’t want romneycare because he’s a sure loser. Do you even realize your hero HAS NEVER GOTTEN MORE THAN 49% OF THE VOTE IN ANY GENERAL ELECTION.

You have posted more than 10,000 entries kissing romneycare’s azz, maybe if you weren’t so much in the tank you would see the obvious HE HAS NO SHOT TO BEAT OBAMASATAN. HE’s a lightweight!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I love your mittbot logic. God, you tools are hopeless!

WE mittbots like to be consistent

lol

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

troyriser_gopftw on March 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

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The old – maybe irish? -proverb….”Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself“…..may apply here.

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama campaign ad.

Don’t vote for Romney because he will repeal Obamacare.

Or Obama campaign ad.

Don’t vote for Romney because he created Romneycare.

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Romney is not Christie.

rudee on March 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

No he is not, but with a GOP house and senate, I think he wll be much better than Bush,and infinitely better than Obama, was on financial management of the federal government.

What I have not heard is what is the conservative solution, at the state level, when the fedeal government forces a state to provide health care services that are not fully or properly paid for? What is a state to do when a non-free market is imposed on them?

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You have posted more than 10,000 entries kissing romneycare’s azz, maybe if you weren’t so much in the tank you would see the obvious HE HAS NO SHOT TO BEAT OBAMASATAN. HE’s a lightweight!

Daniel,Daniel,Daniel. Were a might TESTY today.

LOL

gerry-mittbot

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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First of all- switch to decaf- soon.
Secondly, I only allow my wife to disparage me in that way, so stop it.
Thirdly, Swing voters don’t share your moral indignation of HC and will not vote for the Satan gamer or Newton Leroy.
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Who ya gonna call ?

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

If Romney wins Ohio, its time to rally behind him and turn our focus to Obama. We can always primary him in 2016.

Lawdawg86 on March 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney is not Christie.

No he’s about 300 pounds less.( I couldn’t resist)

LOL

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The good news is that with Romney poised to win Ohio and thus, all but guarantee himself the nomination, Obama can relax for a bit and enjoy March Madness before getting back to his five remaining years in office.

Inignort on March 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That’s the difference between me and you, you accept romneycare’s words that he will repeal Obamacare. By the way, his polling tells him not to mention romneycare or obamacare or he’ll tank. I on the other hand, look at past deeds as a path to future actions.

Before obamacare, THE ONLY SOCIOLIST HC MANDATE IN THE UNITED STATES WAS PROPOSED AND ENACTED BY ROMNEY, YOUR BINKY.

50 states in the union and THE ONLY SOCIALIST LEGISLATION WAS DONE BY ROMNEY!

I vote on past actions,you vote on a promis. Read my lips, no new HC mandates!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

keep your swing votes, because conservatives like me stay home. No difference between obamacare & romneycare. If you deny that, you are a space cadet!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Santorum won’t leave until Pennsylvania rejects him.

The Nerve on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You mean rejects him …..again.

kurtd on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

No azzwipe, I don’t want romneycare because he’s a sure loser. Do you even realize your hero HAS NEVER GOTTEN MORE THAN 49% OF THE VOTE IN ANY GENERAL ELECTION.

And Santorum got what Percent in his last election?

kurtd on March 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Is this an open primary, so can Democrats vote for Santorum to screw up the process?

NoDonkey on March 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

keep your swing votes, because conservatives like me stay home. No difference between obamacare & romneycare. If you deny that, you are a space cadet!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

If you believe there’s no difference, you have no idea what it is you’re talking about, so remain in your basement with your ear to talk radio in perpetuity.

NoDonkey on March 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Daniel,

you and I live in mass. Mitt will not win mass. in general election

gerry-mittbot

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Not only that, but I’ve commented AFTER other people and had it show up before their comment. Looks pretty freaky if you’re quoting someone!

BettyRuth on March 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

But if they’re libs or certain, um, extrovert supporters of particular candidates, you already know what they’re going to say.

By the way I posted this one second after the block quote cited above. Maybe.

de rigueur on March 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Anyone else projecting delegates through ST? I’ve got Romney at 361 and 49% but that assumes Santorum is going to win OH. If Santorum can take Ohio he’s still in decent shape with Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Missouri on deck.

EddieC on March 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’m at the acceptance stage at this point. The best candidate (Ron Paul) doesn’t have a chance, and the next best (Santorum) will get outspent and so Romney will fool enough undecided voters to vote for him. Although I’m scared what the next four years of an Obama administration will mean for this country, I will take temporary delight chiding you Mittbots in saying, “see, I told you so…” One would think that you folks would have learned from the likes of McCain and Dole, but no.

Decoski on March 2, 2012 at 12:34 PM

It’s not terribly surprising that the race has narrowed in Ohio. I wonder if Romney as made similar gains in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Washington.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Is this an open primary, so can Democrats vote for Santorum to screw up the process?

NoDonkey on March 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

3Ohio is an open primary. All of the primaries on SuperTuesday, with the exceptions of Idaho, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Alaska are open.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

troyriser_gopftw on March 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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The old – maybe irish? -proverb….”Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself“…..may apply here.

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Could be. Or Scots. One of those border reiver types. I first heard it enunciated by Bob McKee (McKee! See?!!) as one of his 10 Rules for Writers. (PARENTAL WARNING: The linked scene is mined with F-bombs.)

de rigueur on March 2, 2012 at 12:37 PM

angryed on March 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

You are in dire need of a clue. Apparently you just can’t wrap that brain of yours around the fact that Santorum and Gingrich are unelectable. Seriously, what’s your problem?

rubberneck on March 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

You are in dire need of a clue. Apparently you just can’t wrap that brain of yours around the fact that Santorum and Gingrich are unelectable. Seriously, what’s your problem?

rubberneck on March 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

People sometimes get emotional during primaries. He’s got a few months to come around to accepting the eventual nominee.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Yep, PPP has a new poll that shows Romney up by five in Washington–a 16-point swing from a couple of weeks ago. Good deal. I would like to see Romney start to wrap this thing up, so we can start hitting Obama, instead of each other.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Ohio=Alderaan.

JohnGalt23 on March 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The entire Buckeye State getting nuked? O_O

Maybe Ohio = Yavin 4 would be a better comparison…?

TMOverbeck on March 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yep, PPP has a new poll that shows Romney up by five in Washington–a 16-point swing from a couple of weeks ago. Good deal. I would like to see Romney start to wrap this thing up, so we can start hitting Obama, instead of each other.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Devastating.

antisense on March 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

PPP might vary from state to state, but in Michigan they were not doing a good job with demographics there. They do show zip codes and how many people they poll are in each, if you are in the know for Washington, I am not. It’s just I am not sure I want to be trusting PPP. One of the PPP MI surveys had a lot of local candidates on it, and I wondered how it affected the survey, of who would answer, or who might hang up.

They have called me on other polls, and I have felt pressured to answer. In my case they seemed to want me to rate McConnell in the senate badly from the way the question was phrased, and it didn’t give you any subtlty to answer. Well, I refuse to tell a liberal leaning pollster that I have no confidence in republicans because that is what they want.

Fleuries on March 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

When are you getting banned? Every time I read your posts I’m reminded of Brietbart saying he hated “Conservatives” like you. You make it not cool to be a conservative because you’re obnoxious, ignorant, and a statist. You’re what GHW Bush referred to as “extra-”chromosome crowd” of the GOP.

Mitt is going to destroy The Vest on Tuesday and then I’m guessing Morrissey will change his endorsement to save face. It’s ok Ed, I still love your website, everyone’s wrong about something from time to time.

1984 in real life on March 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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Andrew Breitbart was thinking of you when he said this at CPAC………
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When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.

And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!

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Who’s side are you on really?

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

If you deny that, you are a space cadet!

Danielvito on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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I did want to be an Astronaut when I was a yute.

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

PPP might vary from state to state, but in Michigan they were not doing a good job with demographics there. They do show zip codes and how many people they poll are in each, if you are in the know for Washington, I am not. It’s just I am not sure I want to be trusting PPP. One of the PPP MI surveys had a lot of local candidates on it, and I wondered how it affected the survey, of who would answer, or who might hang up.

They have called me on other polls, and I have felt pressured to answer. In my case they seemed to want me to rate McConnell in the senate badly from the way the question was phrased, and it didn’t give you any subtlty to answer. Well, I refuse to tell a liberal leaning pollster that I have no confidence in republicans because that is what they want.

Fleuries on March 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I’m not a big fan of PPP myself, but the swing from one poll to this most recent one is striking, and well outside of the margin of error. However, I was always suspicious of the poll that had Santorum out in front in WA, because I couldn’t see the connection between Santorum and WA.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM

RomneyCare vs ObamaCare… we are puppets for the higher ups

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Well, isn’t this a totally rotten end to a totally rotten week? We lose one of our best warriors and now deep pockets will smash any hope for our future. One gets an inkling of how George Pickett felt as he faced Cemetary Ridge…soul deep hopelessness and heart break. It’s been a grand run, America. I weap for what you were and what we’ve thrown away.

Portia46 on March 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Anyone who follows stock charts will have no trouble recognizing that Santorum’s pattern is following that of Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Gingrich before him: he’s dropping like a stone nationally in Gallup and Rasmussen (the two who do national daily tracking). Ohio is just confirmation.

Santorum wasn’t waylaid by Romney’s negative ads, not a bit. His level of support from polls in Michigan stayed constant, he just didn’t get any late deciders to vote for him. That was due directly to his own big mouth and his poor performance in the Arizona debate. Mocking a dead President, calling wanting kids to go to college “snobbish” and talking about contraception just show he isn’t much of a candidate.

It wasn’t that what he said was so wrong, just so inappropriate. These are not major issues in this campaign. Heck, I even agree with him on earmarks (the bad ones are the secret ones, which should be eliminated, but if you outlaw them all it just gives more power to the Executive), but I know enough not to argue it before a conservative audience, because they are a toxic subject among those who haven’t studied the issue calmly and rationally.

He’s a great guy. He sucks as a Presidential candidate.

Adjoran on March 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Yep, PPP has a new poll that shows Romney up by five in Washington–a 16-point swing from a couple of weeks ago. Good deal. I would like to see Romney start to wrap this thing up, so we can start hitting Obama, instead of each other.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Yes, well. You’ve got a problem, Houston. Romney has so trashed and burned and salted the earth that his troops consist of the establishment and your local wards. The rest of us will spend a lot of time with family and friends and asking God for mercy. Remember that scene in Patton where the German captain assigned to researching the General was burning his files? Das end. A magnificent anachronism.

Portia46 on March 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Looking at the RCP average the anyone but Romney vote has shrunk to it’s lowest level yet (much like the ABR’s at H/A). In fact, at < 65%, it is now lower than the the anyone but Bachmann, anyone but Cain, anyone but Perry, anyone but Newt, and anyone but Santo vote ever was.

MJBrutus on March 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Anyone who follows stock charts will have no trouble recognizing that Santorum’s pattern is following that of Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Gingrich before him: he’s dropping like a stone nationally in Gallup and Rasmussen (the two who do national daily tracking). Ohio is just confirmation.

Adjoran on March 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

And one who does would also see that Mitt has been consistently turning in higher highs and higher lows. Romney’s candidacy is a screaming BUY!

MJBrutus on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM