Santorum leads by 12 in Rasmussen LA poll

posted at 12:10 pm on March 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush might want Republicans to unite behind the Romney banner after his big Illinois win on Tuesday, but Louisiana Republicans have other ideas.  In Rasmussen’s new poll before the state’s closed primary on Saturday, Rick Santorum has a 12-point lead, and by 20 points in a two man race — even though almost three-quarters of the likely voters surveyed think Romney will win the nomination anyway:

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is comfortably ahead in Louisiana with that state’s Republican Primary just two days away.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in Louisiana finds Santorum with a 12-point lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney – 43% to 31%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who has pinned his hopes on capturing other Southern states beyond South Carolina and his native Georgia runs a distant third with 16% support. Texas Congressman Ron Paul comes in last with five percent (5%). One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording,click here.)

Highlighting Santorum’s continued strength in states with large numbers of conservative voters, he leads Romney 57% to 37% in a one-on-one matchup in Louisiana.

Santorum’s numbers look solid in the internals, too.  He has almost identical leads among men (42/32) and women (43/30), and leads every age and income demo, although only edging Romney by two among seniors, those earning under $20K, and those earning between $40-60K.  Romney wins “somewhat conservative” and “other” voters by six and eight points respective, but Santorum carries “very conservative” by 26 points, 49/23.  While Romney has been winning the Catholic vote, he loses it in Louisiana by ten points, and evangelicals by 28 points, as one might expect.

Newt Gingrich has parked himself in the Pelican State in a last-ditch effort to regain some momentum, but this poll has nothing but bad news for him.  He trails badly with 16% of the vote; Romney beats him almost 2-1 in second place.  He’s viewed favorably by Louisiana Republicans, 68/29, but Santorum’s favorability is 84/14 and Romney’s is 72/27. There isn’t much room for him to get traction against either candidate in front of him, and a poor third-place showing in the South would probably mean the end of his campaign, especially if he can’t win any delegates in Louisiana.  A shutout would end whatever credibility he has left as a candidate even in a delegate-gathering sense.

In fact, this poll suggests that no big surprises will occur on Saturday. With 88% of voters firm in their selection, there isn’t enough voters to change, barring a last-minute gaffe by Santorum.  That will give Santorum a little bit of momentum heading into the ten-day break and allow him to put off calls to concede the race on the grounds of party unity until April at the earliest.  Given that 73% of the respondents expect Romney to get the nomination but only 31% want to vote for him, Santorum has at least some basis for sticking around a little longer.

Update: Stacy McCain says I’m not on drugs for picking up on Gingrich’s troubles, unlike the rest of the media.  I think that assumes facts not in evidence, though (and I’ll never tell).


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I’ve seen a couple of episodes of “Swamp People” so this does not surprise me a bit.

sidemeat on March 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Yes a television reality show is representative of the entire state of Louisiana/…hey have you caught American Hoggers this is exactly what it’s like living in Texas/

Do your part eat more bacon.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I live in Louisiana and work in Mississippi.

Let me tell you something …

Romney’s behind for a lot of reasons down here – all of them his OWN fault.

I won’t get into the flip flops and the fact that he’s the only other guy in this entire nation besides Obama who has a socialist health care system named after him.

All that aside – Romney hasn’t run any ads down here. I hear and see Santorum everywhere … Romney is quiet as a mouse. It’s as if he’s too scared to talk to us. It’s as if, he’s afraid to be photographed with us.

I don’t think he wants our votes.

I don’t think he’ll get them – now – or in November.

HondaV65 on March 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

With attitudes like that – you’ll see the South roll blue this November.

Keep it up scumbag.

I spit on your racism.

HondaV65 on March 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Everyone votes for one’s own benefit. If you believe that a white Nor’eastern dick will penetrate your wounded pride deeper than a black (pardon me, African-American) one, by all means do roll blue. I dislike Romney and hate Santorum with passion, and still am resigned to vote for either – to the great disdain of everyone I know personally, my own daughter including – if they snags the nomination, because the alternative is worse by a few orders of magnitude.

Archivarix on March 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I’ve seen a couple of episodes of “Swamp People” so this does not surprise me a bit.

sidemeat on March 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Oh good grief, I’m speechless.

***facepalm***

JPeterman on March 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The real reason Jesse Jackson was trying to bus black folks back to Louisiana. Katrina wiped out their huge voter block.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Ugh, nagin got elected though, with the help of that idiot and sharpton. Now we have the cajun kennedy in charge, who even though a democrat is at least competent. No such thing as the GOP in New Orleans though, except voting in state elections. New Orleans is actually improving immensely. Romney will win the region though, which is very catholic. IMO, Santorum’s “social values” don’t wash well in a city that embraces sin.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

We always knew that there were not enough dentists in LA.

Falz on March 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

It’s going to be Obama vs another guy in the general. The choice is simple. I’ll take any one of our four, including crazy uncle. Keep the emotion out of it.

a capella on March 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

HondaV65 on March 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

We are from the same state, and you and I know that this state will never vote for Obama. Thanks for the laugh though.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Romneycare sociol engineering
*Raising taxes $550 million
*Agrees w/global warming
*For cap & tax
*For Gun Control
*Appointed liberal judges
*47th out of 50 states in jib creation
*appointed more dems than republicans
*For EVERY bailout
*Lost seats to small republican party in his mide term election
*NEVER got more than 49% in a general election

The above is what the Obama loving mittbot supporters are for!

South, this northeaster will move your way when I retire. i need to get out of this socialism!

By the way, you notice Fox establishment etc. now refer to Romneycare’s home state as michigan and not the state he was governor, massachusetts. Obviously for the Liberal link. it’s like the media constantly referring to George W bush’s home state being Conneticut (state he was born) rather than texas.

Another small way, the establishment is doing a goebbals to get romneycare elected.

Stupid media, romneycare’s home state is massachusetts. Not michigan, New hampshire, utah, etc.

God, what they will do to get romneycare the nomination!

Danielvito on March 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Ugh, nagin got elected though, with the help of that idiot and sharpton. Now we have the cajun kennedy in charge, who even though a democrat is at least competent. No such thing as the GOP in New Orleans though, except voting in state elections. New Orleans is actually improving immensely. Romney will win the region though, which is very catholic. IMO, Santorum’s “social values” don’t wash well in a city that embraces sin.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I heard that. Louisiana is not a puritanical or a prudish culture. It’s one of the things, I like about Louisiana, and the “The Big Easy”.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Either Mitt Romney get’s to 1,144 delegates and wins the nomination or somehow Santorum and Gingrich block him from getting there. Brokered Convention. I just don’t think they have the $$$ to stay in till Tampa.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Agree- I think the media loves the idea and encourages these guys more emotionally than logically. I see a self-inflicted wound coming to Tampa with this brokered stuff.

Compare and contrast to what occurred in 2008 in Minn. Palin rocked the the country and re-energized the contest. Optimism. Confidence was high. The media went into full battle mode because they had too. How will the Tampa convention go off as it sits now ? ooof.

A lot has happened in 4 years.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The reality is that the Republican Presidential Nominee is going to need to raise a lot of money to compete against President Obama.

Here are the figures for the total amount of money the Presidential candidates have raised according to the FEC.gov website as of 2/29/12:

Obama $157.0 Million

Romney $73.7 Million

Paul $34.1 Million

Gingrich $20.7 Million

Santorum $15.6 Million

http://www.fec.gov/disclosurep/pnational.do

These figures show that Rick Santorum has not been able to raise enough money to realistically run a successful national campaign against President Obama.

If Santorum’s supporters really want Santorum to be President, they need to start showing their support with lots and lots of big donations. Otherwise they need to start uniting behind a candidate who can raise enough money to run a successful campaign against Obama.

wren on March 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Louisiana awards statewide delegates proportionally to any candidate who receives at least 25% of the vote, so it looks like Romney will be able to peel off more southern delegates here.

EddieC on March 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Santorum leads by 12 in Rasmussen LA poll

Like it matters. Newt is coming up 3rd and will have no reason at all to continue other than to hurt the nominee and party. (He even hurts Santorum by staying in).

Also, Mitt will get delegates and for the week, Mitt will have gained more delegates that Rick. April will be brutal for Santorum.

April will be nice for Newt because he will be visiting Zoos and eating at nice restaurants. How long though until Callista realizes her spending money is being wasted for nothing and cuts Newt off?

First round of the convention, even if Romney doesn’t make the magic numbers, Newt nor Paul will be on the ballot and their delegates will vote for Mitt or Rick. How many delegates do you think will be loyal to Newt? Paul will have already made a deal with Mitt for the support of his delegates. Most of them will remain loyal.

Newt will tell his delegates to vote for Rick but how many will follow? How many will be loyal?

Also, there is a big chunk of un-allocated delegates sitting out there. These delegates are usually state party leaders etc. Who is the “establishment” candidate? Who consistantly pulls in most of the endorsements of the party leaders. It ain’t Rick Santorum.

Game over. Anything beyond this point is Rick spending his kids education money.

Midwesterner on March 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Your calm, reasoned discourse is a credit to the NotRomney cause. /

changer1701 on March 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM

And your criticism for the nasty bigotry displayed by your fellow Romney adherents is forthcoming……when hell freezes over?

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

We are from the same state, and you and I know that this state will never vote for Obama. Thanks for the laugh though.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Yet you elected Mary Landrieu =p

Kelligan on March 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Midwesterner on March 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Verbatim from the media matters for america fax…

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Verbatim from the media matters for america fax…

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

LOL

Midwesterner on March 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Actually given that Mitt spent his missionary years in France, and can speak Paris talk ;) Mitt kind of has a cultural advantage.

” Laissez les bons temps rouler “

It won’t do him any good.

Cajun French =/= traditional French. Cajun French is so insular that small towns close together in South Louisiana can both speak Cajun French but in dialects that are completely different and totally incomprehensible to each other.

teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

It won’t do him any good.

Cajun French =/= traditional French. Cajun French is so insular that small towns close together in South Louisiana can both speak Cajun French but in dialects that are completely different and totally incomprehensible to each other.

teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Justin Wilson.

He is speaking english and is marginally understandable.

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Ugh, nagin got elected though, with the help of that idiot and sharpton.

Nagin originally got elected with white support and went for Jindal in the 2003 Governor’s Race, which is partly why the state’s response to Katrina in 2005 was so poor… Gov. Kathleen Blanco (Dimwit-LA) spent the early prep time for the hurricane screwing with Nagin because he hadn’t supported her.

He got re-elected after Katrina because the other candidate in the runoff was so abhorrent to the white vote that they held their nose and voted for him again.

teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Actually given that Mitt spent his missionary years in France, and can speak Paris talk ;) Mitt kind of has a cultural advantage.
” Laissez les bons temps rouler “

It won’t do him any good.
Cajun French =/= traditional French. Cajun French is so insular that small towns close together in South Louisiana can both speak Cajun French but in dialects that are completely different and totally incomprehensible to each other.
teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Most people think French, like Spanish and English, is one monolithic language. As you say, you can go places where one “nominal” speaker of a language will have a heckuva time talking with another “nominal” speaker of the same language.

whatcat on March 22, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Verbatim from the media matters for america fax…

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Wondering if DeMint calling for Newt and Rick to throw in the towel are from Media Matters too.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/03/demint-time-for-selfreflection-from-romney-foes-118341.html

Midwesterner on March 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He got re-elected after Katrina because the other candidate in the runoff was so abhorrent to the white vote that they held their nose and voted for him again.

teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

He was reelected because blacks would rather vote for a black person whose incompetence nearly killed them than for any white person.

EddieC on March 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Midwesterner on March 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

DeMint is free to be incorrect about anything he wants.

Romney is a clusterf#@* waiting to happen.

tom daschle concerned on March 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM

teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I know all about that. I voted based on GOP blessing. What a colossal error that was.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Yet you elected Mary Landrieu =p

Kelligan on March 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

No, I voted for Mitch…not Mary.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I’ve seen a couple of episodes of “Swamp People” so this does not surprise me a bit.

sidemeat on March 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Can’t argue with such deep insight.

/sarc

tom on March 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Kina funny how Santourm tends to do well in states with low average IQ levels.

tom2789 on March 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Hold everything, I thought Rmoney had this whole thing sewn up, again./ By the way, you yankees sprewing venom might not be helping your cause. Just saying…… Welcome to the South.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

sprewing=spewing

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hold everything, I thought Rmoney had this whole thing sewn up, again./

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Project the remaining delegates by state to show how he doesn’t have it wrapped up.

EddieC on March 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I guess that did sound a little odd the way I put it. Whoever wins this I will vote for but I sure wish it would end now. I am getting sick of them back biting each other all the time. The others at this point have about a big of chance as a fart in a whirlwind of winning so why not just give it up and try to get behind who we all know we are going to have to vote for? This thing was preordained from the get go and all the little repubican leaders fell in line from the start because as you know it’s his turn.

jistincase on March 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It won’t do him any good.
Cajun French =/= traditional French. Cajun French is so insular that small towns close together in South Louisiana can both speak Cajun French but in dialects that are completely different and totally incomprehensible to each other.
teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

It’s called Patois, it’s a rural countrified form of the french language. It’s also more melodic and less nasal than standard french so at least Mitt won’t have to speak through his nose….that’s one orifice down LOL!

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I would be more inclined to vote for Mitt if this thing can get over quickly.

jistincase on March 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Just another excellent reason to keep the primary season going….

PuritanD71 on March 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

wren on March 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Wow! When one is running for president for six years instead of a primary season they can really raise more funds. Who would of thought of that? Thanks!

PuritanD71 on March 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Are Vitter voters Santorum voters? If so, that’s just funny!

KeninCT on March 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The new base supports the nominee. Mitt is the nominee. Santorum has no chance of being the nominee. He is the choice of the blinkered, unmoved innumerate.

Basilsbest on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’m sorry, did I miss the huge news that Mitt got 1144 delegates already? The last time I checked none of the candidates are there yet. As with the NCAA Brackets, anything can happen.

A contested convention is much better than handing your messiah the nomination.

PuritanD71 on March 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

In other words, Santorum should make like France and surrender now.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM

No, just the opposite. Santorum has already lost the nomination, that’s already done and over with. Negotiating now, rather than later, gives him the chance to nail Etch-a-Sketch to the wall. Waiting any longer, like after it’s obvious to everyone that he’s toast, does nothing but undercut his presently very strong position.

Put aside your ego Santorum: get support for the Ryan budget and the first Supreme Court nominee! Waiting only means less, and maybe nothing at all.

MTF on March 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I’m beginning to think conservatives have a real death wish syndrome. Neither Ricky nor Willard can beat Obama. Ricky would lose at least 40 states and Willard would do somewhat better but still lose big time. Willard’s best chance would be if the Supreme Court were to cancel Obamneycare but that could also help Hussein by getting that travesty out of the Republican campaign ads.

Annar on March 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Yeah, Newt’s been basically hanging out in New Orleans this week and having some fun. Going to eat at galatoires, seeing the sights, making a few speeches. Trying pull in some the educated Tulane alums. He’s basically on vacation right now, pretending to be in a campaign.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Are Vitter voters Santorum voters? If so, that’s just funny!

KeninCT on March 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

They are…Santorum would be wise to hang around shreveport, and forget southern LA.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Yeah, Newt’s been basically hanging out in New Orleans this week and having some fun. Going to eat at galatoires, seeing the sights, making a few speeches. Trying pull in some the educated Tulane alums. He’s basically on vacation right now, pretending to be in a campaign.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

It’s good to hear that New Orleans is coming back that is good news. You can’t blame Newt for enjoying himself, that’s what New Orleans is known for, a Good Time. I can’t imagine what the humidity is doing to Calista’s hair do’ GRIN.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Annar on March 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

your theory falls under the weight of numbers out there that Santorum has better chance for the “four states” that need to flip Republican to beating Obama.

PuritanD71 on March 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

If Santorum’s supporters really want Santorum to be President, they need to start showing their support with lots and lots of big donations. Otherwise they need to start uniting behind a candidate who can raise enough money to run a successful campaign against Obama.

wren on March 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Those figures really say that Mitt is such a horrible candidate that even with a 5 : 1 money advantage he still loses a large number of states, almost never gets 50% and is sometimes badly beaten.

Mitt can not say he is not well known. He is operating on a shoestring. Mitt has no excuse for doing so badly.

Why does anyone support him now? He has proven he has no core, but never the less will run as a “Liberal Moderate” Republican in the General. Sorry but that is spelled L O S E R.

Steveangell on March 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Santorum has better chance for the “four states” that need to flip Republican to beating Obama.

PuritanD71 on March 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Yes.

Our only chance is to nominate Santorum.

Steveangell on March 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

It’s good to hear that New Orleans is coming back that is good news. You can’t blame Newt for enjoying himself, that’s what New Orleans is known for, a Good Time. I can’t imagine what the humidity is doing to Calista’s hair do’ GRIN.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

It’s kind of strange he isn’t campaigning around the state. Newt went to Tulane, so I’m sure he’s enjoying some nostalgia. What with the Saints getting hammered by the league, the local news isn’t covering the campaign at all.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Just because it makes a cute gotcha metaphor

Yeah, except its not our gotcha -it’s his top aid exposing his real unprincipled soul. He’s toast – these things are worth to Obama and his Marxist friends, a million solid economic ideas -because half the nation obviously doesn’t care, and the half behind this GOP neutered Mandate man is already slipping on their tears.

This is the elitist GOP and their puppt media that has set this up, and even now Dole and Jeb Bush are, on cue, manipulating the “anybody but Obama” buttons in the same way they pushed the disasterous McCain nomination down out throats.

To think how many died for our freedom and we fight throw it away with an unprincipled rich maqnipulative bean-counter who’s deepest thought comes from a toy. What is his agenda-no one on the right would bet his life savings on it, because they haven’t a clue?

If the truth be told, there’s many of the anti-social(God)conservative right are even considering praying about now.

Don L on March 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Wow, quoting another Mittbot to make a point?

You have no counter argument so you resort to ad hominem. No surprise.

How utterly pathetic. Are you capable of an original thought?

When someone has already said something as good or better than I could, I quote them.

When you don’t have a counter argument, you attack the messenger.

Out of one side of your mouth, you claim Romney is inevitable, and Newt and Rick should drop out,

Romney is the only one that can and will get the 1144 delegates needed. That is a fact.

and out of the other side of your mouth, you claim that it’s impossible for Mitt to have wrapped up the nomination by now.

I realize that you have no counter argument and are left with attacking me personally but the truth of the matter is that, by one count, only 1011 delegates have been awarded so far. Of those Romney has 563 or 55.7%

Neither Santorum, nor Gingrich, nor Paul can realistically get to the 1144 needed to win.

You must be dizzy from all the spinning you do here.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Like I said, you have no counter argument so you resort to personal attack.

Romney is going to be the nominee. It is time to jump on the Romney train.

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Project the remaining delegates by state to show how he doesn’t have it wrapped up.

EddieC on March 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Well, there it is then, done and over. Send the history books to press.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The smaller less consequential Southern states will always pull more for social conservative candidates.
That mindset won’t win us back the WH.

FireBlogger on March 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Well, there it is then, done and over. Send the history books to press.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I did and they agree. Lil Rickie’s too busy playing with his etch-a-sketch to notice. He’s getting real good at making stairs.

Buttercup on March 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Lil Rickie’s too busy playing with his etch-a-sketch to notice. He’s getting real good at making stairs.

Buttercup on March 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

He just about gets it right before he has to “reboot” it.

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/KueLJZtDNjVdcN6DFdX3fw–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD00MDk7cT04NTt3PTUxMg–/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/5be987b12a0e94080a0f6a7067009ba8.jpg

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Newt hurts Obama more than Romeny or Santorum at this point. Look at how he has the administration dancing a two-step over the energy issue.

I think Newt really is having a great time. As long as he can pull in enough donations to cover the travelling costs, why should he quit and fall out of the media spotlight altogether? No one is insisting that Paul drop out.

KW64 on March 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

It’s kind of strange he isn’t campaigning around the state. Newt went to Tulane, so I’m sure he’s enjoying some nostalgia. What with the Saints getting hammered by the league, the local news isn’t covering the campaign at all.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

There is mention of Mitt in coming to Lousiana

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will bring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president to Metairie Friday. Romney will be at a “Repeal and Replace Obamacare Event” in the Clearview Room at the Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Boulevard at 9 a.m.

Steven Senne, The Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a rally in Schaumburg, Ill., on Tuesday. March 20 2012
The event is open to the public. Questions or RSVPs can be directed to TeamLA@mittromney.com.

Romney will also be in Shreveport on Friday

Allah needs to put up a Mitt in Louisiana post- Hot Gaser’s Mitt’s taking questions :)

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

This entire nomination is turning into some kind of bad dream. Im not the biggest Romney fan out there and he was by no means my first choice but, why do the voters of Louisiana insist on keeping this nightmare going? Most people are sick of the Republican primaries by now. IMO both Santourm and Gingrich are only staying in to further their own careers and could care less about how much they damage the eventual nominee.

tom2789 on March 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

A contested convention is much better than handing your messiah the nomination. PuritanD71 on March 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

A contested convention which does not nominate the leading vote getter will nullify the entire nomination process and destroy the party. A contested convention will result in a nominee too weak, insufficiently organized, and not ready to fight a General Election. And of course the irony is that a contested convention will be run by insiders.

Basilsbest on March 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Lil Rickie’s too busy playing with his etch-a-sketch to notice. He’s getting real good at making stairs.

Buttercup on March 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM
He just about gets it right before he has to “reboot” it.

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/KueLJZtDNjVdcN6DFdX3fw–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD00MDk7cT04NTt3PTUxMg–/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/5be987b12a0e94080a0f6a7067009ba8.jpg

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I hear he’s using LiteBrite to make a billboard and he got his wife an EZ Bake Oven so she’ll feel at home on the road.

Buttercup on March 22, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Drudge has a link to The Fix for the jerk, Woody from Toy Story to drop out….lol

drop out, Rick Rico, you jerk

nparga23 on March 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Nothing like throwing away a vote on Santorum. Romney doesn’t need to win LA but will take away delegates. Meanwhile, Rickie is ignoring Maryland and isn’t even on the ballot in DC (again).

lhuffman34 on March 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

expect The Great Fatso…aka Groucho Marx to rip the storyline on Drudge of Woody to drop out….and rip Romney in his ususual whiny rants

nparga23 on March 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I am beginning to like Who Hewitt….calm and composed

But, Michael Savage is the best

nparga23 on March 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Nothing like throwing away a vote on Santorum. Romney doesn’t need to win LA but will take away delegates. Meanwhile, Rickie is ignoring Maryland and isn’t even on the ballot in DC (again).

lhuffman34 on March 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

the jerk Woody with his big honeker and Fatso Newt just in the race to spike their speech making careers and be a Fox News Channel contributor

two vain clowns dragging the GOP down

nparga23 on March 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

A contested convention which does not nominate the leading vote getter will nullify the entire nomination process and destroy the party. A contested convention will result in a nominee too weak, insufficiently organized, and not ready to fight a General Election. And of course the irony is that a contested convention will be run by insiders.

Basilsbest on March 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I’m sure Mitt would be disappointed, since he wanted the honor of destroying the Republican party for himself.

tom on March 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The smaller less consequential Southern states will always pull more for social conservative candidates.
That mindset won’t win us back the WH.

FireBlogger on March 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Quick, FireBlogger, name the four regions into which the US Census Bureau divides the US, and name their respective population shares!

Serving of Crow for FireBlogger coming right up!

John Hitchcock on March 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Quick, FireBlogger, name the four regions into which the US Census Bureau divides the US, and name their respective population shares!

Serving of Crow for FireBlogger coming right up!

John Hitchcock on March 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Well, according to Hot Gas, Virginia and Florida aren’t part of the South.

AngusMc on March 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Just imagine Newt as press secretary. Mmmmm.

Lord of the Wings on March 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Louisiana awards statewide delegates proportionally to any candidate who receives at least 25% of the vote, so it looks like Romney will be able to peel off more southern delegates here.

EddieC on March 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Absolutely right. If the polls today are correct…Santorum walks away with 11-12 delegates and Romney gets 8-9. Santorum comes up short of the 70% of remaining delegates he needs in EVERY contest and Romney doesn’t even have to show up.
The focus must be Wisconsin. A Romney comeback win there will make 4/3 a winner take all 98 delegate day and should end ALL speculation as the resistance is assimilated. :D

camaraderie on March 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM

So what? Louisiana is the home of Jimmy Swaggart. What did you expect?

aloysiusmiller on March 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Once again Romney is seen for the pretender he is in the South, which is after all the heart of conservative America!

Bodes well, doesn’t it!

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Here’s to a Santorum surge or a brokered convention!

; )

insidiator on March 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM

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