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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one point for every missing tooth, that’s how the south rolls for Santorum

hanzblinx on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I guess the bitter clingers didn’t get the memo that Romney was inevitable and they should just shut up and unite behind him.

inthemiddle on March 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

“Santorum has at least some basis for sticking around a little longer.”

Um, no. No he really doesn’t. Romney has 300 more delegates than Santorum. Before Miss and bama Romney only needed 25% of the delegates in the South to win and he’s gotten that. Santorum’s only hope is to force the choice be taken away from the voters and that only bible thumping big wigs get to choose.

Zaggs on March 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I just heard a last gasp.

JimboHoffa on March 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Not a surprise, Santorum tends to do well in states with low populations of readers.

JA on March 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Um, no. No he really doesn’t. Romney has 300 more delegates than Santorum. Before Miss and bama Romney only needed 25% of the delegates in the South to win and he’s gotten that. Santorum’s only hope is to force the choice be taken away from the voters and that only bible thumping big wigs get to choose.

Zaggs on March 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Yes, Richard has a reason to hang around.
Its called the Pennsylvania primary. He won’t think of leaving the race before then.

Now if EgoNewt cannot beat Ron Paul, who doesn’t even camppaign, HE needs to go and give everything he can to Richard. And Richard is weak for not forcing this issue. You know Mittens would.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I look forward to his rambling victory speech and Newt’s bitter, petulant statement following yet another loss.

changer1701 on March 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

So. Despite “knowing” it is a lost cause, tens to hundreds of thousands of GOP voters will show up to vote against the person they expect to be the GOP nominee. Can’t be a good sign for Romney.

besser tot als rot on March 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Yes I hope Rick wins so that Mitt has to wait a little bit longer for the Real Mitt to show up. (Big Gov supporter is the Real Mitt)

BroncosRock on March 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Santorum stellar Senate career pays off.

Oil Can on March 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

So. Despite “knowing” it is a lost cause, tens to hundreds of thousands of GOP voters will show up to vote against the person they expect to be the GOP nominee. Can’t be a good sign for Romney.

besser tot als rot on March 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

“Etch-A-Sketch” doesn’t exactly bode for a lot of trust in Romney.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

73% of the respondents expect Romney to get the nomination but only 31% want to vote for him

Wow, that’s absolutely horrid numbers for Romney.

No wonder why conservatives pine for a brokered convention. Romney makes even McCain look like a wildly popular nominee in comparison.

Norwegian on March 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

On Sat you won’t see Mitt on Sat night, because HE IS A BIG TIME SORE LOSER.

BroncosRock on March 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Yes, Richard has a reason to hang around.
Its called the Pennsylvania primary. He won’t think of leaving the race before then.

Now if EgoNewt cannot beat Ron Paul, who doesn’t even camppaign, HE needs to go and give everything he can to Richard. And Richard is weak for not forcing this issue. You know Mittens would.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Or Newt could get out, and give his support to Romney. What does Newt Gingrich owe Rick Santorum? Hint: Nothing.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Rick and Newt shows up even when they know they will have their butt’s handed to them, unlike Mitt.

BroncosRock on March 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Toothless hillbilly evangelicals biting back at the mittbots? Heh…

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

So. Despite “knowing” it is a lost cause, tens to hundreds of thousands of GOP voters will show up to vote against the person they expect to be the GOP nominee. Can’t be a good sign for Romney.

besser tot als rot on March 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Yep, we aren’t going down without a fight. Romney will be a disaster in the general.
I guss by a few of the above comments, the Mitwitts are a little ticked at La.

katy the mean old lady on March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Not a surprise, Santorum tends to do well in states with low populations of readers.

JA on March 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Louisiana has a large Catholic population, does Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday ring a bell?

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Toothless hillbilly evangelicals biting back at the mittbots? Heh…

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

SNOrt! Those gums can give a really bad bruising.

katy the mean old lady on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Toothless hillbilly evangelicals biting back at the mittbots? Heh…

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Is this what Mitt thinks of Louisian voters?

Pragmatic on March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Etch-A-Sketch Romney doesn’t deserve this nomination. His team just said out loud yesterday that he’s pretending to be a Conservative. He’ll lose in November just like McCain did in 2008. I don’t know if a good running mate can save him either. It didn’t help McCain in 2008.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Mittbots: Romney doesn’t even need LA. He’ll hell IL in the general.

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Is this what Mitt thinks of Louisian voters?
Pragmatic on March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

You’d have to ask Jailbait

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

They’re running out of chances to throw a tantrum about the “establishment” candidate winning.

RINO on March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Is this what Mitt thinks of Louisian voters?

Pragmatic on March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I don’t believe Mitt is posting here under the handle MeatHeadinCA & I sure as heck wouldn’t attribute what any of the posters here write to any of the candidates.

Dark Star on March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Rick and Newt shows up even when they know they will have their butt’s handed to them, unlike Mitt.

BroncosRock on March 22, 2012 at 12:27 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 “

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Is Santorums cause better served by continuing to run this race, or negotiating some cut into stone positions with the Etch-a-Sketch? The answer is obvious:right now, Romney would probably give Santorum the right to name the first nominee to the Supreme Court in return for his endorsement. Next week, Santorum might get the right to make a convention speech to the tear down crew. Big value for conservatives would accrue in negotiating right now, but that would mean Santorum would have to put his supercharged ego aside.

MTF on March 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Toothless hillbilly evangelicals biting back at the mittbots? Heh…
MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM
SNOrt! Those gums can give a really bad bruising.
katy the mean old lady on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Those gums are gonna hurt sunfish’s delicate skin

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I really don’t see how this changes anything much for Romney or Santorum. The only person it changes things for is Gingrich…clearly, if Romney, the hated yankee moderate, is pulling more southern voters than Newt, it really is time for him to bow out.

Priscilla on March 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Mitt may have started shaking that Etch-A-Sketch a little too soon.

michaelo on March 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Paging Bluegill. Pick up the white courtesy phone, please.

We need you to tell us what rubes these people from a place called “Louisiana” are. How they “haaaaate” Mormons.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

73% of the respondents expect Romney to get the nomination but only 31% want to vote for him

More than a quarter of voters, in a 4 man race, are voting for him. My word he is doing horribly!

MFn G I M P on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Mitt’s time in France isn’t going to be a negative but a plus down in Acadian, and Creole country. Those French lessons are finally going to pay off.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Ooo, someone must have etcha shaken Rmoney and Louisiana is smart enought to see the writing on the wall with that human weathervane. C’mon Louisiana, we need you to stop the disaster-waiting-to-happen of a Rmoney nomination! Rick is a good, reliable, and solid candidate without putting his finger up to the wind.

mozalf on March 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Is Santorums cause better served by continuing to run this race, or negotiating some cut into stone positions with the Etch-a-Sketch? The answer is obvious:right now, Romney would probably give Santorum the right to name the first nominee to the Supreme Court in return for his endorsement. Next week, Santorum might get the right to make a convention speech to the tear down crew. Big value for conservatives would accrue in negotiating right now, but that would mean Santorum would have to put his supercharged ego aside.

MTF on March 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

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

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

Yawn. ::rolls eyes::

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM

People on this etch a sketch kick, we heard you, you were wrong, and saying it over and over doesn’t make it true.

Just because it makes a cute gotcha metaphor, it does not help Santorum win, he will win a little more then fizzle out without enough delegates. Santorum isn’t saying anything realistic about his skills and how he will reform the government, just a lot of nice philosophy and pro union rhetoric to pull in some voters.

Fleuries on March 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I really am getting sick and tired of this primary crap. If this doesn’t end soon myself and a lot of others are not going to even bother going to the poll to vote. I supported other candidates through all of this but now I am worn out and just wish the others would get the hell out and let Mitt have the damn nomination so we can get on with targeting barry’s horrid policies and leadership. 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

I really don’t see how this changes anything much for Romney or Santorum. The only person it changes things for is Gingrich…clearly, if Romney, the hated yankee moderate, is pulling more southern voters than Newt, it really is time for him to bow out.

Priscilla on March 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

So Newt Gingrich is only running for President of the SE section of the country? I thought the republican candidates were running for President of the entire country. I understand each state awards delegates not just the states in the SE.

There is no more reason for Newt Gingrich to get out than Ron Paul or Rick Santorum. It’s up to Mitt Romney to close the deal if he’s going to be the nominee.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Louisiana has a large Catholic population, does Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday ring a bell?

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Being from New Orleans, don’t put us with the rest of LA. Romney will win New Orleans easily.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Hmm Ed. Which candidate is viewed as the one most likely to beat Obama? My guess is Romney. I guess that’s bad news for Mitt as well right?

MFn G I M P on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Or Newt could get out, and give his support to Romney. What does Newt Gingrich owe Rick Santorum? Hint: Nothing.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

No one owes anyone – just thinking of ABR solidarity.

I don’t believe the media theme- Newton voters split evenly between the top 2. Newton’s candidacy is no longer a serious one. His support is strong in the south… Richard looks weak, and is missing it big time not to tell him to get out of the way.

Herb did.
Bachmann did.
Perry did.
I just can’t believe Nittens benefits at all- and Santo gets a boost- From Newton putting his pompacity aside.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Louisiana has a large Catholic population, does Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday ring a bell?
Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Being from New Orleans, don’t put us with the rest of LA. Romney will win New Orleans easily.
rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

And easily lose it in the general…

MeatHeadinCA on March 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Look, Southern Evangelicals are going to make it known what they feel about the Mormon religion regardless of the fact it’s already over.

Once you get outside of Dixie, Romney cleans up because Republicans understand we’re not electing a Pope that’s going to dictate how people worship.

BradTank on March 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Louisiana has a large Catholic population, does Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday ring a bell?

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Being from New Orleans, don’t put us with the rest of LA. Romney will win New Orleans easily.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I’m not sure the media meme that Louisiana support for Romney is weak is correct. The media analysis is superficial, Louisiana is in the south and it has a republican governor, okay. I am in Texas, I understand there is more texture to Louisiana, especially Louisiana politics ;)

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Carpet-bombing hasn’t started yet…..

social-justice on March 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Death start hasn’t been beamed yet.

Willard will be up 20 after he runs his negative ads

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

hose French lessons are finally going to pay off.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

LOL – Bon jou- y’all cheesy gritters !!!!!

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

In the long run Santorum is hurting the party. He needs to get out now and we need to focus on taking back the WH. It would be different if Santorum were a politician of the calibur of Reagan in 76 or even a Rubio like figure now. He isn’t even close to that level and everyone, even his supporters know it.

Give it up Sweater Vest

tpw on March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

one point for every missing tooth, that’s how the south rolls for Santorum

hanzblinx on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Not a surprise, Santorum tends to do well in states with low populations of readers.

JA on March 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Ahh, there’s nothing like the smell of bigotry in the morning!

…but I thought it was because of the huge group of evangelical anti-Mormon bigots!?

You Mittbots really need to coordinate your talking points better.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The Mormon will have to put a Christian on his ticket to do well in the south.

Putting Rubio a former Mormon on the ticket is suicidal

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

LA gets it right in their voting maybe 25%. For every good politician we elect, we put in 3 bad ones. Remember, this is the state that gave David Duke %35 of the vote, and voted in a crook to defeat him. Lately though, we are getting a tad better. It was pretty historic a non-white was voted governor.

Trust me…no yankee governor from Massachusetts is going to get a vote here unless he’s facing off with Obama. That’s LA.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

one point for every missing tooth, that’s how the south rolls for Santorum

hanzblinx on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Every time I start to feel like maybe I’m too harsh on Romney supporters, someone like you comes along and reaffirms just how bad so many are.

tom on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Are you going to spam every thread with this? What are you, 12 years old?

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I really am getting sick and tired of this primary crap. If this doesn’t end soon myself and a lot of others are not going to even bother going to the poll to vote. I supported other candidates through all of this but now I am worn out and just wish the others would get the hell out and let Mitt have the damn nomination so we can get on with targeting barry’s horrid policies and leadership. 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

That makes no sense. The length of the primary battle will determine your vote for Romney?!?!?

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

Mitt Richard may have started shaking that Etch-A-Sketch a little too soon.

michaelo on March 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Fixed it for you.

You are welcome.

Richard “rebooting” his new Etch-A-Sketch lap top.

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

Go Richard!!!

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

So Newt Gingrich is only running for President of the SE section of the country? I thought the republican candidates were running for President of the entire country. I understand each state awards delegates not just the states in the SE.

There is no more reason for Newt Gingrich to get out than Ron Paul or Rick Santorum. It’s up to Mitt Romney to close the deal if he’s going to be the nominee.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Newt’s the one that staked his entire campaign on the South, so if he’s running behind Romney in Louisiana that really doesn’t bode well for him. Not that he had any shot at the nomination at this point anyway.

changer1701 on March 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

one point for every missing tooth, that’s how the south rolls for Santorum

hanzblinx on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

New predictive election models are apparently showing that the average number of teeth in a district is inversely proportional to the size of the vote Rick Santorum will win.
bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Yes, its true, Romney doesnt do as well in the banjo-playing states. Those people are angry that Romney has all his teeth.

Jailbreak on March 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I love Romney supporters. Did I miss a theme memo?

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

So I ask, is it a good thing to prolong the agony of the Santoristas who actually think that Santorum has a chance?

rogaineguy on March 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Death start hasn’t been beamed yet.

Willard will be up 20 after he runs his negative ads

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Mitt doesn’t even need to bother wasting money. Let the Louisiana hicks have their ritual Bible-thumping day, and then score Mexifornia and what remains of the Nor’east.

Archivarix on March 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The Mormon will have to put a Christian on his ticket to do well in the south.

Putting Rubio a former Mormon on the ticket is suicidal

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Do you have any original thoughts? Any that doesn’t come from a talking-points memo?

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Are you going to spam every thread with this? What are you, 12 years old?

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Just making sure everyone know Richard got a new “computer” and knows how to “reboot” it.

That Richard is on the leading edge.

Go Richard.

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Are you people only going to carp about angryed, or are you ever going to corral a few of your own classless crowd?

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Those French lessons are finally going to pay off.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

LOL – Bon jou- y’all cheesy gritters !!!!!

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Exactly, the Louisiana primary is going to be fun GRIN.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

What are you, 12 years old?

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Who is using the “Etch-A-Sketch”?

ANS: RICHARD.

Go Richard

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

So Newt Gingrich is only running for President of the SE section of the country? I thought the republican candidates were running for President of the entire country. I understand each state awards delegates not just the states in the SE.

There is no more reason for Newt Gingrich to get out than Ron Paul or Rick Santorum. It’s up to Mitt Romney to close the deal if he’s going to be the nominee.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

That’s not what I meant at all. The reason for Newt to get out is that he is not winning anywhere….but he himself has articulated a “southern strategy” that has clearly failed. If he chooses to stay in, fine. But I will be surprised if he really does go to Tampa as a candidate…..

Priscilla on March 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I don’t believe Mitt is posting here under the handle MeatHeadinCA & I sure as heck wouldn’t attribute what any of the posters here write to any of the candidates.

Dark Star on March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Good point…however, since there are tons of Romney television ads running, which bash his opponents with the same half-truth talking points as our beloved Mittbots, there is a legitimate reason to equate what some of his supporters here write with their candidate.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Newt’s the one that staked his entire campaign on the South, so if he’s running behind Romney in Louisiana that really doesn’t bode well for him. Not that he had any shot at the nomination at this point anyway.

changer1701 on March 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The only point for either Santorum or Gingrich to continue is to keep Mitt Romney from reaching the magic number of 1,144, and we end up with a brokered convention.

I just don’t agree that Santorum could block Mitt Romney by himself or overcome Romney’s delegate lead. It may be a moot point in the near future, their campaigns are running out of money.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Louisiana has a large Catholic population, does Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday ring a bell?

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Being from New Orleans, don’t put us with the rest of LA. Romney will win New Orleans easily.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

No, New Orleans almost always votes for a Democrat.

Oh, wait…..

tom on March 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I just heard a last gasp.

JimboHoffa on March 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

That might have been me giving up on Mitt Romney supporters.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

So. Despite “knowing” it is a lost cause, tens to hundreds of thousands of GOP voters will show up to vote against the person they expect to be the GOP nominee. Can’t be a good sign for Romney. besser tot als rot on March 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

This is what happens when you have a weak-minded base that refuses to put the nation’s interest ahead of their own emotional needs. This base is so weak and irresponsible, it’s no longer the base. The new base understands the compelling national interest in removing Obama. 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

That’s not what I meant at all. The reason for Newt to get out is that he is not winning anywhere….but he himself has articulated a “southern strategy” that has clearly failed. If he chooses to stay in, fine. But I will be surprised if he really does go to Tampa as a candidate…..

Priscilla on March 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Yes making it to Tampa looks like long odds. Gingrich is in it to block Mitt Romney for getting to 1,144 now. Newt’s strategy is not about dominating state by state anymore or region by region. He’s stated this on many cable news interviews. He wants a brokered convention….the only problem is both Gingrich and Santorum are running out of money.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

More than a quarter of voters, in a 4 man race, are voting for him. My word he is doing horribly!

MFn G I M P on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Yes, he’s doing so well that he’s losing to a candidate that, prior to the start of campaign, was not expected to last through the first couple of primaries. If he is such a great candidate, why hasn’t he wrapped up the nomination already?

It’s time for you Mittbots to face reality. There is very little enthusiasm for your candidate.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Louisiana has a large Catholic population, does Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday ring a bell?
Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Being from New Orleans, don’t put us with the rest of LA. Romney will win New Orleans easily.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

No, New Orleans almost always votes for a Democrat.

Oh, wait…..

tom on March 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Heh

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

No, New Orleans almost always votes for a Democrat.

Oh, wait…..

tom on March 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Well, the Democrats normally do vote for democrats, but in the GOP primary the Democrats vote for Santorum.

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Death start hasn’t been beamed yet.

Willard will be up 20 after he runs his negative ads

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

…but!…they ‘beamed’ this bumbling brain dead bigot long before it broke out of momas bagina!

The Mormon will have to put a Christian on his ticket to do well in the south.

Putting Rubio a former Mormon on the ticket is suicidal

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

The Mormon will have to put a Christian on his ticket to do well in the south.

Putting Rubio a former Mormon on the ticket is suicidal

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Liberals are SCARED TO DEATH that Rubio will be on the ticket.

And for the record, Rubio is not a Mormon, he’s a Catholic.

Just because he stepped foot in a Mormon church as a young child doesn’t mean he’s forever tied to that religion.

BradTank on March 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Louisiana will be Santorum’s last gasp.

crosspatch on March 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

The only point for either Santorum or Gingrich to continue is to keep Mitt Romney from reaching the magic number of 1,144, and we end up with a brokered convention.

I just don’t agree that Santorum could block Mitt Romney by himself or overcome Romney’s delegate lead. It may be a moot point in the near future, their campaigns are running out of money.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Well, Santorum by himself has a better shot at blocking Romney than Santy and Newt splintering the vote. I don’t think he’d overcome Romney, either, but I don’t know that Newt is really taking away from Romney at this point, in terms of raw delegate count.

changer1701 on March 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

If he is such a great candidate, why hasn’t he wrapped up the nomination already?

Here is a clue for you. If Romney had won ALL of the delegates so far, he still would NOT have the 1,144 needed.

It’s time for you Mittbots to face reality. There is very little enthusiasm for your candidate.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

It is time for people to use their brains. Romney is the only one that can win 1,144 delegates and he going to win 1,144 delegates.

It is time to join the GOP base.

The base are those who will fight for and support the nominee in the national election. There’s a lot of anger on this site because it’s slowly dawning on a number of unbright people that they aren’t members of the base. They are feeling left out. They deserve to be. They’ve had months to get a clue. Their intellect can’t compete with their anger at not getting their way.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

This is what happens when you have a weak-minded base that refuses to put the nation’s interest ahead of their own emotional needs. This base is so weak and irresponsible, it’s no longer the base. The new base understands the compelling national interest in removing Obama. 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

“Refusing to support my candidate” == being weak-minded, selfish, weak, blind, stupid, and irresponsible.

All I see here is an ad hominem “argument.” No different really than calling Louisiana voters toothless, illiterate, and inbred.

tom on March 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Are you people only going to carp about angryed, or are you ever going to corral a few of your own classless crowd?

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

They are “serene” because their candidate is winning.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Basilsbest on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

You know, if it weren’t for you and people like you, I might already be back on the Romney wagon. You people are his absolute worst enemy. Read the comments here. You in particular, as long as you’ve posted here, have not once that I’ve read, asked one of your fellow supporters to pull back on the excessive vitriol.

As a group, you’re as pathetic a group of shills and spin doctors as have ever existed.

It is time to join the GOP base.

The base are those who will fight for and support the nominee in the national election. There’s a lot of anger on this site because it’s slowly dawning on a number of unbright people that they aren’t members of the base. They are feeling left out. They deserve to be. They’ve had months to get a clue. Their intellect can’t compete with their anger at not getting their way.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

You’re doing such a good job of persuading them.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

LA gets it right in their voting maybe 25%. For every good politician we elect, we put in 3 bad ones. Remember, this is the state that gave David Duke %35 of the vote, and voted in a crook to defeat him. Lately though, we are getting a tad better. It was pretty historic a non-white was voted governor.

Trust me…no yankee governor from Massachusetts is going to get a vote here unless he’s facing off with Obama. That’s LA.

rubberneck on March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I took Jindal winning the Louisiana Governor’s election as a sign of a return to sanity. That, and the folks who would have kept a democrat in place no matter what, were displaced themselves.

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

him to put off calls to concede the race on the grounds of party unity

PUMA

ITguy on March 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

god, get a load of the mittbott sociolist attacking the south now. calling them toothless, etc..

You stuck up snobs! Your piece of sh*t lib teaches you jerks real well in negative attacks.

Obviously you can’t stand on the liberals record;

*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 495 in a general election

South I’m with you Romneycare sucks!

Danielvito on March 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

If Mr.”health-who cares” Mandate wins, will he claim that his etch-a-sketch has a mandate too?

Don L on March 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Wow, quoting another Mittbot to make a point? How utterly pathetic. Are you capable of an original thought?

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

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

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Yes making it to Tampa looks like long odds. Gingrich is in it to block Mitt Romney for getting to 1,144 now. Newt’s strategy is not about dominating state by state anymore or region by region. He’s stated this on many cable news interviews. He wants a brokered convention….the only problem is both Gingrich and Santorum are running out of money.

Dr Evil on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You’re buying that hook line and sinker, I see. Newt is in it for one person. Newt. Yes there is a ton of spite, but he will not spend his hard earned income, clear throat, to chase Romney fruitlessly around the country. Santorum has more viability if delegates weren’t being stripped away needlessly by EgoNewt. He’s taking few, if any Romney delegates – and as he gets closer to 1144- perception will change proportionally.
Santorum has got to be screaming behind the scenes.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

one point for every missing tooth, that’s how the south rolls for Santorum

hanzblinx on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 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

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

South I’m with you Romneycare sucks!

Danielvito on March 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

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

changer1701 on March 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM

No wonder why conservatives pine for a brokered convention. Romney makes even McCain look like a wildly popular nominee in comparison.

Norwegian on March 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Romney, if he’s the nominee – will do worse in the South than McCain did. McCain actually did pretty well down here for two reasons …

1. No matter what else McCain was – he was a veteran and a former POW who had served this nation in harm’s way. That counts for A LOT here in the South. We can even vote for a Yankee if we’ve seen him display the kind of courage McCain displayed in the Vietnam War.

2. Sarah Palin.

Willard …

Is not a veteran. In fact, Obama has more ancestors who have served this nation in uniform than Willard has. Absolutely ZERO of Willard’s ancestors served this nation in uniform – though I’m sure they served as part of Brigham Young’s tyrannical theocratic militia in Utah.

And … Willard won’t pick a running mate like Sarah Palin. In fact, even if he did – we wouldn’t be fooled by it this time around like we were with McCain.

HondaV65 on March 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

You’re buying that hook line and sinker, I see. Newt is in it for one person. Newt. Yes there is a ton of spite, but he will not spend his hard earned income, clear throat, to chase Romney fruitlessly around the country. Santorum has more viability if delegates weren’t being stripped away needlessly by EgoNewt. He’s taking few, if any Romney delegates – and as he gets closer to 1144- perception will change proportionally.
Santorum has got to be screaming behind the scenes.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I don’t believe that Rick Santorum is that an attractive a candidate. Newt Gingrich didn’t campaign in Michigan or Ohio and Santorum still lost to Romney. It’s not that Rick Santorum is a strong candidate, it’s that Mitt Romney is that weak a front runner. Mitt Romney and his PACs are going to keep spending around 3 million a state in negative ads to keep his opponents down. Santorum doesn’t have the money. Is the idea that if Newt get’s out his campaign donors will donate to Santorum? Why would they? They could support Santorum right now, and choose Newt Gingrich over him.

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

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

You’re actually too stupid to turn the channel when that comes on?

You’re an idiot.

HondaV65 on March 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You know, if it weren’t for you and people like you, I might already be back on the Romney wagon. You people are his absolute worst enemy. Read the comments here. You in particular, as long as you’ve posted here, have not once that I’ve read, asked one of your fellow supporters to pull back on the excessive vitriol.

I did not start fighting back until after I’d read hundreds of mindless, vitriolic ant-Mitt comments on this site. They outnumber vitriolic statements against the ABRs by 10-1.

If you are deciding whether to support a candidate based on the statements of his supporters rather than on the candidate’s character, skills, accomplishments and platform then you are dumber than a bag of hammers.

Basilsbest on March 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Absolutely ZERO of Willard’s ancestors served this nation in uniform – though I’m sure they served as part of Brigham Young’s tyrannical theocratic militia in Utah.
HondaV65 on March 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Hmmm. I didn’t know that. Link?

a capella on March 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

one point for every missing tooth, that’s how the south rolls for Santorum
hanzblinx on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 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

I think it’s closer to anti-Dentitism.

whatcat on March 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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