Open thread: Alabama and Mississippi; NBC calls Alabama for Santorum; Fox News calls Mississippi for Santorum; Santorum video added

posted at 7:30 pm on March 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

The polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Am I right in thinking that after two months and 26 elections, these are the first primaries that are legit toss-ups between all three candidates? Until now, it’s always been Romney vs. either Santorum or Gingrich as the regionally designated Not Romney, but tonight either state could break for any of them. RCP has them separated by less than three points in Alabama and six points in Mississippi. And bear in mind, per Nate Silver, polls of the deep south have been less reliable in recent years than polls of other regions. Anything could happen here, including a pair of 32/31/30 splits. Excitement.

Jay Cost notes that Romney should have a better shot in Alabama because he does well with urban voters and there are more of them there than in Mississippi. Serious question, though. Is a sweep Mitt’s most desirable outcome tonight? He badly wants to win one of these states so that he can claim the approval of the GOP’s southern base, but if he takes them both, Gingrich will be devastated and might very well quit notwithstanding his tough talk this morning. Romney doesn’t want a two-man race with Santorum: If Team Sweater Vest starts beating him head to head, then Mitt could well end up in June with a plurality of delegates (thanks to proportional rules) but a badly weakened case for why he should be the nominee at a brokered convention. I’m thinking maybe his optimal scenario is to win one state and have Newt win the other. That’ll keep Gingrich in the game while still giving Romney bragging rights about a win in the deep south. By the same token, the Romney (and Gingrich) disaster scenario is Santorum winning both states. It would give RS a killer talking point about the base lining up behind him to be the RINO dragon-slayer, which might be the death blow for Newt.

Here’s the Google Elections page for all your result-following needs. Don’t get too caught up in delegate counts for these states, though — Hawaii and American Samoa are also voting today so the numbers will change as their results come in overnight. (Romney is favored.) Lots of updates coming, including exit polls as soon as they’re available. While we wait, a point to ponder: Are we sure that Gingrich dropping out would be a big problem for Mitt? His own team claims that it wouldn’t. Based on some of the poll data, they might be right.

Update: Preliminary exit poll results show a lots of evangelicals turning out in both states, which is no surprise and is good news for Santorum, needless to say. The proportion of those voters in Alabama and Mississippi are in line with the proportions in Tennessee and Oklahoma, both of which he won comfortably.

Update: Via BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, a lesson from 2007 on … “ultimate conservatism.”

Update: As promised, the Alabama and Mississippi exit polls. Back in a few with highlights.

Update: An interesting gender split in Alabama: Newt narrowly won men while Santorum won women by eight points. (So much for the “women hate RS” meme.) And yet, based on the numbers, it looks like Newt is set to finish just a hair behind Romney in third place. Two other interesting data points. First, ideology:

That’s confirmation of the CW all the way. Santorum wins righties over Newt, the center-right splits three ways, and then Romney cleans up with moderates and liberals. Similarly:

Rarely have you seen three different candidates split this perennial question about qualities the electorate is looking for, but here you go. Again, perfect reflection of the CW. See why we’re in for a close race?

Misssissippi exit analysis coming up.

Update: Same odd story for Newt in Mississippi. He wins narrowly among men but may yet end up finishing a very close third because of Romney’s and Santorum’s relative strength with women. Here’s the data point of the night so far, though:

Fully 80 percent of the electorate is evangelical — and Romney somehow managed to fight Santorum to a draw among them. If he ends up winning the state, that’s the story. Another surprisingly strong Romney showing comes with voters without a college degree. That’s supposed to be Newt’s and Rick’s bread and butter, but no:

Romney also tied Santorum for the lead among voters who make less than $50,000 per year. As for qualities in a candidate, Mississippi looks a lot like Alabama:

And one more just for fun that someone flagged on Twitter:

Among voters who said Ron Paul’s positions are “about right,” the candidate of choice is … Mitt Romney?

Needless to say, Santorum can live with splitting these states with Romney. Job one is getting Gingrich out of the race ASAP. If Newt finishes third in both, we might very well see it. I wonder if we’ll see it tonight.

Update: David Freddoso has a copy of a memo sent out tonight by Team Newt vowing that they’ll soldier on, which sounds like they’re conceding the evening. Bachmann vowed to soldier on the night she finished last in Iowa too but was gone the next day. Stay tuned.

Update: It’s now 90 minutes after the polls closed and … 7.2 percent of Alabama precincts have reported. Santorum leads there and in Mississippi (where 24 percent have reported) as I write this.

Update: Romney told CNN earlier that Santorum is at “the desperate end of his campaign.” Right message, wrong target.

Update: At 9:53 ET, and with only 26 percent reporting, NBC finally calls Alabama for Santorum. And don’t look now, but with 78 percent reporting in Mississippi, Santorum is clinging to a 2,000-vote lead over Gingrich. Romney is another 2,000 votes back. Looks like the exits got it wrong there, likely vis-a-vis the evangelical numbers.

The worst-case scenario for Mitt tonight was a Santorum sweep. We’re on the verge of it.

Update: Aha. Philip Klein notes that CNN has now updated their exit poll numbers. (Unfortunately, the early data isn’t always final.) Remember how it was a big deal that Romney and Santorum were tied at 32 among evangelicals in Mississippi? Here’s how it looks now:

That’s why Rick is doing better than expected and Mitt’s doing worse.

Update: Mississippi’s not called yet but Team Santorum is already elbowing Newt:

Rick Santorum spokesperson Alice Stewart said she believes after Tuesday night it will be a “two-man race” between Santorum and Mitt Romney…

A “son of the South” like Gingrich, she said, “should be doing much better than this.”

“This is going to be, after tonight, this will be a two-man race,” Stewart said. “It’s going to be Rick and Mitt, and we’re going to clear the field and Rick’s got a good shot down the road.”

Update: Now 83 percent reporting in Mississippi and the numbers are holding — Santorum by 2,000 votes over Gingrich and Romney 5,000 votes behind. Jackson’s county, where Romney is piling up votes, is 89 percent in right now so there’s not much meat on the bone left there either for him.

Update: With 90 percent in now, Santorum’s lead has expanded to more than 3,000 votes. I’m reluctant to forecast a race even at this late hour after the last-minute Romney comeback in Ohio, but it looks like Team Sweater Vest is going to pull off the sweep. One last dramatic twist to this interminable primary.

Update: More than 96 percent in now as of 10:40 ET and Santorum’s lead is nearly 4,000 votes. He’s going to pull this off and Romney’s going to finish third in both states. What a deflating defeat for the presumptive nominee, especially after that early exit poll had him winning Mississippi. We should get the call soon.

Update: At 10:43 ET, there’s the call from Fox News. Santorum wins Mississippi and sweeps the southern primaries today. Wow.

Update: Matt Lewis says it’s time for Newt to take a hint:

While the idea Gingrich could or would win a brokered convention seems absurd, it is likely that continuing to accrue delegates would give him additional bargaining leverage going into the Republican convention in Tampa this summer.

But there are good reasons for Gingrich to reject that cynical strategy. First, if he truly believes Mitt Romney is a “Massachusetts moderate” masquerading as a conservative, then he owes it to Republican voters to give former Sen. Rick Santorum a clean shot at wresting the nomination from him. I’m pretty sure Santorum has earned it.

Second, staying in the race — merely in order to play a king maker or to curry favor at a later time — is hardly the most honorable or inspiring reason to remain in a race. Gingrich would be essentially asking donors to contribute money to a campaign he knows cannot win — and he would be asking voters to cast their votes for a candidate he knows can’t win.

Gingrich’s problem after tonight is that he might have lost the last shreds of his constituency, whether or not he’s inclined to quit. If you’re a Republican who’s dead set against nominating Romney, what’s the argument for sticking with Newt? Either you’re staying home because you can’t stand Santorum or else you’re gritting your teeth and pulling the lever for the Sweater Vest. There’s no compelling reason to go to the polls for Gingrich. He can’t win even in his own backyard.

Update: PPP: “Our NC GOP poll coming out tomorrow shows an 8 point shift toward Santorum if Newt was out. Nothing but a spoiler at this point.” If Newt wants revenge on Romney for spoiling his chances in Iowa and Florida, dropping out and endorsing Santorum is his best option.

Update: Gingrich is giving his concession speech now and vowing to go on but I don’t think it’s up to him. His voters need to decide their next move. If they break for Santorum and he starts beating Romney head to head — starting next Tuesday in Illinois — then he’s got a compelling narrative headed into the convention even if Mitt ends up winning a plurality of delegates. Namely, “the only reason Romney ended up with a delegate lead is because Newt and I split conservatives in the early primaries. Once Newt faded and it turned into a binary choice, I was the clear preference of the majority.” That is to say, if Santorum can put together a winning streak against Romney, he can point to tonight’s results as a de facto “reset” of the primary. Southern voters discarded Gingrich and adopted him and that propelled him to a series of wins. Forget the delegate count and focus on that strenuous “Not Romney” sentiment among Republican voters. That’s his argument. Romney needs a counter.

Update: Here’s Santorum’s speech, in which he marvels “we did it again.” Elsewhere, Nate Silver remembers that Gingrich’s own spokesman called Alabama and Mississippi must-wins for him just a few days ago.


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Fox calls it for Ron Paul. He will come in 4th in all the races.

JPeterman on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

EddieC on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Newt wont endorse Romney, theres nothing Romney can offer him other then VP which Romney would never do.

nswider on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

nswider on March 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

It’s a tick turd. I think the economy will be bad too. I think it’ll hurt him. I also think gas prices will drop in the Fall and he’ll at least try to make a point of it.

I gotta really go.

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Holy crap: CNN exit polls saying that Romney WON EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS in Mississippi…by four points!

W.
T.
F.

Esoteric on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

American Samoa Republican Caucuses
Tuesday, March 13
*******************

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/primaries/states/american-samoa

canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

If Mitt wins both, Santorum and Newt are done. If Mitt wins one then it probably moves forward. Hawaii and America Samoa will be Romney wins for sure.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

It’s already a steep steep climb for Newt and Rick. I think winning MS or AL will be the final nail. I think it will go on too, as Newt and Rick like the money and status. But one win tonight will snowball for Romney. Heck even if Romney loses both states it’s amazing he’s as close as he is. And before I am declared a Romney bot or whatever the put down du jour is. Mitt was my 3rd choice. But it’s time to stop fighting eachother and turn our energy to ousting the worst president to ever occupy 1600. Congrats Jimmah Carter, you’re now in the #2 spot.

Minnfidel on March 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

How the hell did that happen, actually?

Esoteric on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Jeff Foxworthy? /

changer1701 on March 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

yes, but Ricky Sans will win more delegates this week, don’t forget the biggest prize is Missouri on Saturday…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Don’t rely on Missouri. Our caucuses will be an epic nightmare.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

If Romney actually manages to win in Mississippi, after being written off completely in both states, that’s gotta be the dagger.

How the hell did that happen, actually?

Esoteric on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

How he won half his states, Sans and Newt are splitting the conservative vote…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Holy crap: CNN exit polls saying that Romney WON EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS in Mississippi…by four points!

W.
T.
F.

Esoteric on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Shocking.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

What role should Romney offer Newt in exchange for his endorsement?

EddieC on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Ambassador to Afghanistan
Manager of White House janitorial services

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I’m in east central and got a robo from Ricko a few nights ago. No Romney or Newt stuff… yet.

predator on March 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

The first robo was Romney attacking Santorum, the second was Ann Romney. Hubby laughed at the slick and huge (approx. 12″ x 12″) mailer asking for mo’ money. He said, easy Mitt, you’re wasting a lot of money too early.

Fallon on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Is this the part where the mediaRomney campaign tells half the country how stupid and racist they must be for living in the south?

MechanicalBill on March 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

FIFY, if Romney loses both states tonight.

ebrown2 on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Drudge has called both races for Romney already. Drudge poll is amazingly accurate.

Romney/West 2012 because we need a government cutting robot in Washington.

NickDeringer on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

When you win Kansas by 30, I don’t think Ricky Sans should be worried about Missouri…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Does open thread mean we can talk about other stuff too?

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

NickDeringer on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Drudge has only called Miss, AL too close to call, but I think Santo takes it.

nswider on March 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Congrats Jimmah Carter, you’re now in the #2 spot.

Minnfidel on March 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Who ever thought that we would be nostalgic for the late ’70s?

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

How he won half his states, Sans and Newt are splitting the conservative vote…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Three ways, with Romney getting the “throwing one’s hands in the air in disgust” remainder.

ebrown2 on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

It’s not so shocking that Romney is winning them since Santorum and Gingrich are splitting the conservative base.

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

When you win Kansas by 30, I don’t think Ricky Sans should be worried about Missouri…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Look, I live here. Our caucuses are not going to be very representative of what people here think.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

CNN exit poll- Alabama: Santorum 34 Romney 29 Gingrich 28 Paul 6. Mississippi: Romney 35 Gingrich 30 Santorum 29 Paul 5

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Once again Allah is curiously reliant on the New York Times and Perez Hilton Andrew Kaczynski for his faint rays of anti-Romney hope…

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Oh well, it was a nice country for 230 years.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Ed Morrissey just tweeted he believes based on exits Romney only wins by 1 or 2 in Miss, if at all. So lets hang tight folks. I would like Romney to win Miss, but we will see.

nswider on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

GOP Primary Hawaii Election Results
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http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/13/hawaii-gop-primary-results/

canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

If Mitt can focus/take on Santorum one on one it may be better than having Cheerful Newt in the race.

CBS radio news was hinting exit polling favoring Romney. We’ll see. I heard snippets from all three giving speeches today and they all sound pretty dang good. Mitt Romney must have heard someone carping about his kid gloves on President Obama because he’s starting to sound like Mr. Not Really All That Nice Guy now towards the president now. Even more please. Can we crank it up all the way to No More Mr. Nice Guy?
hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Yeah, Baby! He’s been cranking it up for awhile now. Where was the speech? I’d like to find it on line…

I don’t disagree that it’ll inflate the cost of everything else and he’ll take a hit on the economy in general. Gas prices fall in the Fall.
hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Don’t forget about Iran. Totally unpredictable and scary…

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

It’s not so shocking that Romney is winning them since Santorum and Gingrich are splitting the conservative base.

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Romney won evangelicals. That’s supposed to be Santorum’s strength.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

JUst one question to all you Romney fan. If Romney wins the nomination because you all think that he is the only one electable and he gets beat by Obama, How many of you will come back on this blog and apologize to us conservatives who feel that Romney is no conservative?

spanishboy on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Oh well, it was a nice country for 230 years.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

You’re not going to cite the general election polls anymore?

GOPRanknFile on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Hopefully Ricky Carter will lose Alabama to Mitt. One can hope.

Punchenko on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

FIFY, if Romney loses both states tonight.

ebrown2 on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Don’t hold your breath on that one.

On second thought, go ahead. That would be amusing.

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Yeah, Baby!

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

That’s by far the most excitement I have ever heard for Romney. yay.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Holy crap: CNN exit polls saying that Romney WON EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS in Mississippi…by four points!

W.
T.
F.

Esoteric on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Mississippi also put Trent Lott into the Senate leadership for years.

beatcanvas on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

CNN exit polls: Early lead by Santorum in Alabama primaries, Romney in Mississippi – @CNNPoliticsStory metadata:
Submitted 7 mins ago by editor

canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Santorum’s press chick is dropping Newt’s lines. LOL.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

hawkdriver on March 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

hawkdriver, they are gone, they got it.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Poetic justice.

McCain won ny having Huckabee siphon off enough votes from Romney to give McCain the edge in close races.

Now Romney has Gingrich to siphon off enough votes from Santorumin close races.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

How many of you will come back on this blog and apologize to us conservatives who feel that Romney is no conservative?

spanishboy on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Zero. It will instead be our fault he loses.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

It’s not so shocking that Romney is winning them since Santorum and Gingrich are 3rd tier politicians.

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Fixed that for ya bud.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

WTF CNN. They are changing the data.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Romney winning in Mississippi. guess them there people over there aren’t so dumb after all. lol

fwm299 on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

spanishboy on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Are you going to apologize when he wins?

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

JUst one question to all you Romney fan. If Romney wins the nomination because you all think that he is the only one electable and he gets beat by Obama, How many of you will come back on this blog and apologize to us conservatives who feel that Romney is no conservative?

spanishboy on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Virtually none of them will. Instead, “trucons” will be blamed for the defeat, either because of the nominating process or lack of enthusiasm in the general.

ebrown2 on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

29 + 30 = 59, which beats Romney’s 35.

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Now Romney has Gingrich to siphon off enough votes from Santorumin close races.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Both these races are close enough that the converse is equally true. Plus Gingrich whines less than Santorum.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Update in Miss. exit polls:

Romney 33

Gingrich 31

Santorum 31

technopeasant on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

JUst one question to all you Romney fan. If Romney wins the nomination because you all think that he is the only one electable and he gets beat by Obama, How many of you will come back on this blog and apologize to us conservatives who feel that Romney is no conservative?

I think Romney has the best chance to beat Obama. It’s not a guarantee.

Santorum Or Gingrich would have no chance.

gerrym51 on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

WTF CNN. They are changing the data.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Changing to what?

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Oh well, it was a nice country for 230 years.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

You’re not going to cite the general election polls anymore?

GOPRanknFile on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Well that’s the point. Romney or Obama is the same thing. Both of them are leftists. Country is over no matter which one wins.

Cue Mittbot reply of “BUT HE”S A BUSINESSMAN!!!!!”. Yeah and so is Soros. And Jon Corzine. And Warren Buffett and 1000 other liberals who send big checks to Obama.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Gingrich would have no chance.

gerrym51 on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Disagree.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

He won’t lose, so you have nothing to worry about.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

How many of you will come back on this blog and apologize to us conservatives who feel that Romney is no conservative?

spanishboy on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

That’s laugh-out-loud funny. If whichever alternative you prefer wasn’t competent enough to beat Romney in the GOP primaries then how could you claim that they would have done better against ObaMao in the general?

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

He won’t lose, so you have nothing to worry about.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

We’ll have to agree to disagree, then. For now.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

How many of you will come back on this blog and apologize to us conservatives who feel that Romney is no conservative?

spanishboy on March 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Rombots are liberals

Liberals never apologize.

Therefore, rombots will never apologize.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

lack of enthusiasm in the general.

ebrown2 on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Then obviously trucons are poor excuses for conservatives if they don’t want to oust a socialist.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

CNN exit polls saying that Romney WON EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS in Mississippi…by four points!

Who care about those EINO. Should ask the much more representative evangelicals from HotAir instead. All 16 of them.

galtani on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Does open thread mean we can talk about other stuff too?

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Bmore! I read through last night’s QOTD while at work this morning. I saw the post about the banhammer and you coming back as c-less. That jogged my memory!

And this had me laughing out loud so much my partner thought I had lost it.

I told predator, but apparently he was blessing the cup that night and forgot.

predator on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

What has Romney done that was conservative?

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Mississippi also put Trent Lott into the Senate leadership for years.

beatcanvas on March 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Yep, this Trent Lott:

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2010/07/19/trent-lott-on-tea-party-candidates-as-soon-as-they-get-here-we-need-to-co-opt-them/

ebrown2 on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Then obviously trucons are poor excuses for conservatives if they don’t want to oust a socialist.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Actually I plan to vote libertarian. Romney has given me no reason to prefer him to the socialist.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Whoa they are changing the exit polls in Mississippi…

Mitt 33
Sans 31
Newt 30

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Then obviously trucons are poor excuses for conservatives if they don’t want to oust a socialist.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

And replace him with another socialist? Awesome!

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

CNN tightens MS…Romney ony leading by 2%. Santorum by 5% is AL.

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Well that’s the point. Romney or Obama is the same thing. Both of them are leftists. Country is over no matter which one wins.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Fix your tinfoil hat, it’s slipping.

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Fox News is starting to make me dislike a lot of people

apocalypse on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Well that’s the point. Romney or Obama is the same thing. Both of them are leftists. Country is over no matter which one wins.

Cue Mittbot reply of “BUT HE”S A BUSINESSMAN!!!!!”. Yeah and so is Soros. And Jon Corzine. And Warren Buffett and 1000 other liberals who send big checks to Obama.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Well I’m not going to dignify the latter part of your comment with a response because I’m not a “Mittbot.”

I just thought it was interesting that you stopped citing to general election polls once it actually looked good for Romney. That is all.

GOPRanknFile on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Just hoping this isnt an insanely long night, hoping we can get these votes tallied before 1am.

nswider on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

What role should Romney offer Newt in exchange for his endorsement?

EddieC on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Ambassador to Afghanistan
Manager of White House janitorial services

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

LOL! Good one Brutus!

SauerKraut537 on March 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

What has Romney done that was conservative?

sentinelrules on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

He loves America. And Americans who live in America. And Americans who love to live in America as Americans.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Whoa they are changing the exit polls in Mississippi…

Mitt 33
Sans 31
Newt 30

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Landslide!!!! /

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Romney winning in Mississippi. guess them there people over there aren’t so dumb after all. lol

fwm299 on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Funny, I don’t see nay results.

katy the mean old lady on March 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I just thought it was interesting that you stopped citing to general election polls once it actually looked good for Romney. That is all.

GOPRanknFile on March 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

You call this looking good?

CBS News/NY Times 3/7 – 3/11 878 RV 47 44 Obama +3
ABC News/Wash Post 3/7 – 3/10 RV 47 49 Romney +2
IBD/CSM/TIPP 3/4 – 3/11 807 RV 46 41 Obama +5
Rasmussen Tracking 3/10 – 3/12 1500 LV 45 45 Tie
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 2/29 – 3/3 RV 50 44 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

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I will boycott Drudge’s site he is calling Mississippi for Romney which makes him a schill in such a close race…

I am done with that site…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I told predator, but apparently he was blessing the cup that night and forgot.

predator on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Hey predator, Yeah last nights QOTD led to two good things. Took all morning. But it ended up being a good morning. Are we allowed to talk about other stuff on an open thread?

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

lots of evangelicals turning out

I got a chuckle out of that since 83 percent of the electorate describes themselves as evangelicals. It would be hard NOT to have a lot of evangelicals show up … Democrat or Republican.

crosspatch on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Rombots are liberals

Liberals never apologize.

Therefore, rombots will never apologize.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

WTF is wrong with you people? You don’t have to be a liberal to realize that Santorum and Newt (and Ron) have no chance. Stop trying to brainwash everybody.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Alabama
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Precincts Reporting: 1 Of 2136 0%

Winner Candidate Votes Vote %
(R) Newt Gingrich 15 39%
(R) Mitt Romney 11 29%
(R) Rick Santorum 8 21%
(R) Jon Huntsman 4 11%
(R) Ron Paul 0 0%
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canopfor on March 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Well, 83 percent of the electorate describes themselves as evangelicals in Mississippi. Alabama is 79 percent. Still, that doesn’t mean anything special. Just means that voters went to the polls.

crosspatch on March 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Does open thread mean we can talk about other stuff too?

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Yes, I was hoping to talk about the important social issue of homosexuality in medieval Japan.

thuja on March 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

WTF is wrong with you people? You don’t have to be a liberal to realize that Santorum and Newt (and Ron) have no chance. Stop trying to brainwash everybody.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

That may well be the case. But it doesn’t mean Romney is NOT a liberal.

Rommney is a white version of Obama. Only reason you’d vote for him is…well, I won’t go there.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

He loves America. And Americans who live in America. And Americans who love to live in America as Americans.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

That’s more than ObaMao can say. Do you have a problem with loving America?

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Are we allowed to talk about other stuff on an open thread?

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

So far, it appears that’s what we’re doing.;)

Don’t know about “official rules of conduct.”

predator on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Funny, I don’t see nay results.

katy the mean old lady on March 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

They halucinate, as bad as others did with Obama in 2008.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

WTF is wrong with you people? You don’t have to be a liberal to realize that Santorum and Newt (and Ron) have no chance. Stop trying to brainwash everybody.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Nope. You just have to be delusional to “realize” that only Romney could possibly win. I mean, it’s not like the polls have been changing on a dime, right?

Stoic Patriot on March 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Rommney is a white version of Obama. Only reason you’d vote for him is…well, I won’t go there.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

At last the troll outs himself. Are there any other Lefty talking points you want to haul out in your madness?

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

WTF is wrong with you people? You don’t have to be a liberal to realize that Santorum and Newt (and Ron) have no chance. Stop trying to brainwash everybody.

Swerve22 on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Not sure if you intended this to be a rhetorical question or not but the answer is many of them have abandoned reason in favor of blind hatred.

alchemist19 on March 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Don’t know about “official rules of conduct.”

predator on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

They change with the wind.

JPeterman on March 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

LOL! I’m thinking he’ll write you a nice letter begging you to come back.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

You including Feb polls? Com’on man!

rubberneck on March 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Yes, I was hoping to talk about the important social issue of homosexuality in medieval Japan.

thuja on March 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Sounds like a degree obtained by an OWS’er. Are you occupying HotAir?

Lost in Jersey on March 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Watching CNN is hilarious right now, were watching a reporter hold open a door for the Ballot guy bringing in votes from his truck. Riveting television lol.

nswider on March 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

He loves America. And Americans who live in America. And Americans who love to live in America as Americans.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

That’s more than ObaMao can say. Do you have a problem with loving America?

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Yes, I have a problem with using love for country as an obvious political prop with no other purpose than to fool ignoramuses into believing he;s something he isn’t. Let me guess, you also believe his sons are big Blue Collar Comedy fans like they claimed they were after Foxworthy endorsed Romney.

Man Mittbots are gullible people.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Reason is indignant. The ‘love’ is strong with some of you puppies. You need a symbol, like Obama has them.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I will boycott Drudge’s site he is calling Mississippi for Romney which makes him a schill in such a close race…

I am done with that site…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I’m sure he’s shaking now, lol! But what if he’s right?

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Rombots are liberals

Liberals never apologize.

Therefore, rombots will never apologize.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

That’s right angryed, you’re the most conservative person out of all the HA commenters.

EVERYone is a liberal to you.

Quit worrying about bogeymen… There are no monsters under your bed, I think ;-)

SauerKraut537 on March 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

At last the troll outs himself. Are there any other Lefty talking points you want to haul out in your madness?

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Face it dude, if Romney and Obama were switched tomorrow – switched every position, every thought, etc – you’d vote for Romney.

angryed on March 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Party rules do not give the nomination to the guy with a plurality of delegates. They give it either to the person with a majority of delegates or they pick someone at the convention. Mitt is not “inevitable” simply because he will have a plurality of delegates. That’s not how it works.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

cicerone on March 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

You could set a watch by his regularly schedules meltdowns.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

thuja on March 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Thanks. Have at it then.

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

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