Open thread: Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C.; Update: Romney wins MD, DC; Update: Romney wins WI

posted at 7:45 pm on April 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

Fully 98 delegates are at stake and Romney’s probably going to win nearly all of them. The polls in Washington and Maryland close at 8 p.m. ET, but don’t worry about that. It’s a foregone conclusion that Romney will win both and, maybe, crack 50 percent in doing so. (PPP’s Maryland poll from a few days ago had him ahead of Santorum 52/27.) Wisconsin, where the polls close at 9 p.m. ET, is shakier but that looks like a Romney win too. At last check, PPP had it 43/36, which is right in line with where most of the polls of the state have been over the past month. Santorum’s overperformed his polling before on election night so there’s a slim, slim chance for one last “Not Romney” hurrah, but this is where Mitt likely starts to wrap things up. Says RCP political guru Sean Trende:

What about Tuesday night? Here we are beginning to see signs of movement. The Maryland polling suggests that Romney should receive about 56 percent of the three-way vote, while [my demographic] model suggested 49 percent would be more in line with other states.

Similarly, Wisconsin should be a close race — akin to Ohio — with Romney receiving 43 percent of the vote. For a while, it appeared that Santorum would be exceeding expectations there. But Romney now leads by about eight points, with polls suggesting he should receive around 49 percent of the three-way vote. Again, this suggests an over-performance of about six-seven points.

If this happens, taken together with Illinois and Maryland, we might conclude that Romney really has managed to break out of his demographic rut, at least in the Midwest and Northeast. This is significant, given the large cache of delegates at stake in those regions (though many of these states have already voted).

In other words, the usual rules of the race — Romney wins urbanites, Santorum wins evangelicals, etc — seem to have relaxed a bit as Republicans slowly reconcile themselves to a Romney nomination. Tonight’s results could be further evidence of that. Santorum still leads by six points in his home state of Pennsylvania but I’ll be curious to see how those polls shift if Mitt cleans up today, and especially if he does better with rural voters than expected. Romney already has four paid staffers working PA and will send lots more tomorrow in hopes of finishing off Santorum there on April 24. If Santorum’s lead is already down to mid-single-digits, what’ll it be after Romney hits the trail there and starts spending ad dollars and gets the positive buzz of a trifecta in WI, MD, and DC tonight?

Here’s the Google Elections page for results, although I’ve found that CNN’s vote totals are a few minutes faster. Updates are coming below, so stand by.

Update: Bad tidings for Team Sweater Vest from the early Wisconsin exit polls: Evangelical turnout is slightly down from 2008 and more than 80 percent of voters expect Romney to be the nominee. But what about Santorum’s withering attacks on RomneyCare and ObamaCare? Quote:

Though Rick Santorum tried to make the case in Wisconsin that Mitt Romney’s record on health care “uniquely disqualified” him to take on Mr. Obama on the issue, Republican primary voters are closely divided in whom they trust more to handle the issue. Almost a third trust Mr. Romney more to handle health care policy; almost as many have more confidence in Mr. Santorum’s abilities in this field.

That may reflect Mr. Romney’s particular situation when it comes to the federal health care law that came under intense scrutiny at the Supreme Court last week.

According to the WSJ, Romney’s also beating Santorum 51/38 among voters who decided in just the last few days. A quote to ponder from a Wisconsin voter while we wait for more: “I very much hope that he gets the nomination and we get this thing settled soon. These guys are kind of tearing each other apart in the process. I think it’s a circular firing squad at this point.”

Update: Annnnnnnnd here’s how the Wisconsin Democrats spent their day.

Update: To no one’s surprise, Maryland and Washington are called promptly for Romney at 8 p.m. Stand by for exit polls.

Update: Here’s the Maryland exit poll. As Trende guessed, we’re seeing some demographic surprises. Santorum’s supposed to be the blue-collar candidate, and yet:

He’s also supposed to be the conservative candidate, and yet:

This is the one that’ll get attention tomorrow, though, assuming that these numbers hold (exit poll data will be adjusted throughout the evening):

Per the exits, Romney’s right on the cusp of 50 percent in the state.

Update: We’ve got nearly an hour until Wisconsin results and then probably an hour after that before the state is called, so chew on this important and worrisome poll data from Rasmussen in the meantime. Dude, I’m nervous:

A majority of Wisconsin voters now support the effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker.

A new Rasmussen Reports statewide survey shows that, if the recall election was held today, 52% of Likely Voters would vote to recall Governor Walker and remove him from office. Forty-seven percent (47%) would vote against the recall and let him continue to serve as governor.

Update: And that’s that: Fox News calls Wisconsin for Romney. Here’s the exit poll. Santorum did manage to win very-low-income voters and evangelicals (narrowly) this time, but Romney won conservatives and strong tea-party supporters. The end is near for Team Sweater Vest. And from what I’m hearing on Twitter, he may be close to acknowledging it: Apparently he referenced Reagan’s 1976 campaign, in which he finished second to Gerald Ford, in his concession speech. Is he shifting focus to 2016 now?

Update: Nope, turns out I’m wrong. Patrick Ishmael e-mails to say that Santorum’s been using the Reagan ’76 line for a few weeks at least.


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Where’s Mike Huntsman?

Rixon on April 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Let’s end this sucker tonight if possible.

Time to put all resources towards defeating the dictator wannabe in the WH.

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

CNN is reporting that Dems are voting in huge numbers for Santorum.

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

YAWWWWWWN.

We must rally around OBAMAROMNEYCARE !!!

We must elect our version of a blank canvas, big government Progressive so we can help our political donors and financial base like Obama did the Unions.

We want Unelectable Mitt
We want Unelectable Mitt
Tell us who we want…..
We want Unelectable Mitt

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

CNN is reporting that Dems are voting in huge numbers for Santorum.

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

It doesn’t matter, Romney has no shot at any of these places come November

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEmeHnWPbY4

America’s greatness lies in our ability to kill the unborn and let a woman choose.


Mitt Romney………..before he was severely Conservative of course.

his own words MittBots.

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Democrats love them some Santroum.

Roymunson on April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

It doesn’t matter, Romney has no shot at any of these places come November

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

He could get Wisconsin.

philoquin on April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Curious about the demos in WI. I think we will all know how soon Santo will drop out if he loses the very conservative/tea party vote. If Romney can start winning that demo, the states are just going to domino from there, even the more hostile states in May.

nswider on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Have we not seen enough of the dictator known as King Obama the past couple of days to get behind Romney and end this insanity?

Anybody. But. Obama.

JPeterman on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

It doesn’t matter, Romney has no shot at any of these places come November

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

How does that have anything to do with what I said? Do you even try anymore?

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Hang in there, Newt!

profitsbeard on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I live in Wisconsin and voted as soon shortly after it opened at 7- I was there at 7:20 and my ballot with the 84th one entered. If it continued at that rate during the day I would call it an unusually high turnout for a primary election here.

PackerFan4Life on April 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Maryland State Board Of Elections
*********************************

http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/index.html

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Let’s end this sucker tonight if possible.

Time to put all resources towards defeating the dictator wannabe in the WH.

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’m a Santorum supporter… and it breaks my heart to say this, but I agree with you on that.

Mr. Prodigy on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

You can’t make this stuff up……

his own words MittBots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQAk3Izd80c

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Have we not seen enough of the dictator known as King Obama the past couple of days to get behind Romney and end this insanity?

Anybody. But. Obama.

JPeterman on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

YEP YEP and YEP

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

After a long line of Not Romneys failing miserably to shove him out of the running, we’re left with Mr. Weathervane himself.

Sigh.

mythicknight on April 3, 2012 at 7:56 PM

This looks like America is in the mood for four more years of HOPE AND CHANGE.

Mitt………..Electable?

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/02/news/la-pn-gallup-obama-leads-romney-swing-states-20120402

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Howdy

cmsinaz on April 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics
************************************************

http://www.dcboee.org/election_info/election_year2012/#primary

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

CNN is reporting that Dems are voting in huge numbers for Santorum.

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

It doesn’t matter, Romney has no shot at any of these places come November

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

It’s a primary election ya dumbass. The general election is in November. Let me guess: You’re a Constitutional scholar.

Rational Thought on April 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Let’s make Obama a charter member of Newt’s Moon Colony next November.


Outahere!

profitsbeard on April 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Hang in there U.S. America!

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

You can’t make this stuff up……

his own words MittBots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQAk3Izd80c

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Anybody. But. Obama

You are excused now.

JPeterman on April 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I’m a Santorum supporter… and it breaks my heart to say this, but I agree with you on that.

Mr. Prodigy on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I feel for you. I was a Perry supporter and still wish he was in the race.

However with Obama opening threating the SCOTUS, lying through his teeth on Ryan’s budget, the decision on Canada’s oil, etc. Beating him is the most important thing right now.

Hopefully a President Romney will lead to a President Perry, Jindal, DeMint, etc.

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Mitt Romney was sworn in as President of The United States this morning. In other news, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have held a joint press conference wherein they once again vowed to fight on for the conservative majority and offer a grassroots alternative to whom they term as a Massachusetts moderate.

Swerve22 on April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Howdy

cmsinaz on April 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

cmsinaz:GoodEvening CMS:)

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

C’mom folks, not my dream candidate either, but it’s time. Now a$$clown is trying to bully the supreme court. Affirmative action has made him think he’s king, when in reality he’s the village idiot. Time to focus our fire and send him to the garbage heap of history.

msupertas on April 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Swerve22 on April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Lol, yeah that sounds about right.

nswider on April 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

It will be a relief to have this settled. I’m ready to move on with defeating Obama.

cheetah2 on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Already called Maryland.

Ronnie on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

How does that have anything to do with what I said? Do you even try anymore?

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

The HA trolls are frightened and in full panic mode. 0 is going down!

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Mitt Romney………..before he was severely Conservative of course.

his own words MittBots.

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

And there’s the name calling – I believe throwing food is the next stage.

ABO 2012

kjl291 on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Romney seems to win all demographics in Md. including very conservative.

teri_b on April 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

April is Romney’s month. 90 delegates tonite and the only state in doubt this month is PA which is PROPORTIONAL. It will be mathematically impossible (rather than just improbable) for Santorum to get to 1144.
Does he drop out then or fight on simply to deny Romney the 1144 HE needs? Problem with that strategy other than personal political destruction, is that Romney will still get to 1144 under any plausible scenario…likely by Texas and certainly by California/NJ on 6/5.

If the PA polls start to go south on Rick after tonight, he needs to think clearly and drop out before being defeated AGAIN in his home state…and this time at the hands of his own party.

camaraderie on April 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I’m a Santorum supporter… and it breaks my heart to say this, but I agree with you on that.

Mr. Prodigy on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I feel for you. I was a Perry supporter and still wish he was in the race.

However with Obama opening threating the SCOTUS, lying through his teeth on Ryan’s budget, the decision on Canada’s oil, etc. Beating him is the most important thing right now.

Hopefully a President Romney will lead to a President Perry, Jindal, DeMint, etc.

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Amen!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

teri_b on April 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

He also won evangelicals, thats a big deal for him and won those who made less then 50,000 a year.

nswider on April 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

The HA trolls are frightened and in full panic mode. 0 is going down!

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Sure looks like it.

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Government of Accountability Board
State of Wisconsin
*******************

http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/2012/spring

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Hopefully a President Romney will lead to a President Perry, Jindal, DeMint, etc.

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

That sounds good..:)

Dire Straits on April 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

He could get Wisconsin.

philoquin on April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

pigs could fly if they had wings except they don’t

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

CNN is reporting that Dems are voting in huge numbers for Santorum.

what cnn actually reported is of democrats that voted-they never said total percentage=

34 percent for santorum 22 percent for Romney. It depends how many total democrats vote

gerrym51 on April 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

O will go down.

Local elections matter.

Let’s make it a sweep folks. Now is our time to stick it to the Establishment and the DNC.

I’ve accepted the Mitt fate.
You should too. :)

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Hang in there, Newt!

profitsbeard on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Alright…

I’ve gone from a chuckle to open laugh when I see that now.

budfox on April 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Romney could win Wisconsin. If Libertarians and Republicans in WI decide that ABO is the route to go.

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

pigs could fly if they had wings except they don’t

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Sort of like how liberals could think if they had brains except they don’t?

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I’ve accepted the Mitt fate.
You should too. :)

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Will wonders never cease :-)

MJBrutus on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

pigs could fly if they had wings except they don’t

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Awww-don’t be so hard on yourself.
I’m sure you could fly if you really worked at it.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Romney seems to win all demographics in Md. including very conservative.

teri_b on April 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

yeah – all 7 of us. in carrol county.

t8stlikchkn on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Annnnnnnnd here’s how the Wisconsin Democrats spent their day.

Scandalous!

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9xTIDB106g

Of course these words of Mitt Romney were when he thought those old terms like Conservative and Liberal were antiquated.

Oh, no he’s proudly a Bay State “Progressive”.

BARACK ROMNEY 2012

PappyD61 on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

The HA trolls are frightened and in full panic mode. 0 is going down!

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Sure looks like it.

GOPRanknFile on April 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Also his old lady is on the biggest loser tonight. How appropriate, and I don’t even mean the weight, although having a badunka butt doesn’t help. Michelle on biggest loser. Just can’t make this stuff up.

msupertas on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

.@NBCNews declares

Mitt Romney the projected winner in District of Columbia and Maryland GOP primariesStory

Submitted 8 mins ago from nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
============================

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Awww-don’t be so hard on yourself.
I’m sure you could fly if you really worked at it.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

that kind of thinking led to a solyndra gauranteed loan dude.

t8stlikchkn on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Now I KNOW that my Cubbies are gonna win the WS this year!
*wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Since this thread is open I can mention this. Anecdotal evidence to be sure, but very telling. My industry as I have mentioned here at HA before is covered up with liberals. I am rare, but with many of my liberal acquaintances I am appreciated as an honest Conservative. I had a meeting today on of all things 0care. After the meeting talk amongst us turned to politics as is normal for this particular group. About ten in the group. They are all ready to pull the lever against 0. They will vote Rmoney if he is the nom. 0 is screwed. Liberals are fed up for many differing reasons, but they are fed up all the same. Panic time for 0. This is going to be fun. Just thought I would share.

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Update: Annnnnnnnd here’s how the Wisconsin Democrats spent their day.

Just wow! They must have been inspired by the success of bogus ethics complaints against Palin. Oh well, I guess this means O won’t be serving any waffles as a part of his campaign.

Buy Danish on April 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

You mean you haven’t adopted the STRangers or the ‘stros yet?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

MD called for Romney by CNN

camaraderie on April 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

You mean you haven’t adopted the STRangers or the ‘stros yet?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

‘Stros are my second favorite team and I support the Rangers when they play the White Sux.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

pigs could fly if they had wings except they don’t

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Used that 30 years ago in high school. Hey, if the education fits

msupertas on April 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Now I KNOW that my Cubbies are gonna win the WS this year!
*wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Love the Cubbies. Love Wrigley.

Basilsbest on April 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

BUT RICK SANTORUM IS THE TRUE CONSERVATIVE!!!1

Swerve22 on April 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

that kind of thinking led to a solyndra gauranteed loan dude.

t8stlikchkn on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

LoL
*I’m a dame-not a dude. grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

and I support the Rangers when they play the White Sux.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

For you, that’s like saying you support Romney when he plays Obams :-)

MJBrutus on April 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Yay for us!

HerneTheHunter on April 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM

A majority of Wisconsin voters now support the effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker.

=(

WHY

i thought the majority was fine with not recalling walker, what happened?

Sachiko on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Cool. Are you in a swing state?

Buy Danish on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Hey Canopfor

cmsinaz on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Hopefully President Romney will save a pretzel for the gas jets and illegal aliens to clear the way for President Perry.

But if president Romney uses a syringe of Gardasil to make people retarded it will clear the way for President Bachmann.

Now if President Romney outlaws condoms it will clear the way for President Santorum.

SparkPlug on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Since this thread is open I can mention this. Anecdotal evidence to be sure, but very telling. My industry as I have mentioned here at HA before is covered up with liberals. I am rare, but with many of my liberal acquaintances I am appreciated as an honest Conservative. I had a meeting today on of all things 0care. After the meeting talk amongst us turned to politics as is normal for this particular group. About ten in the group. They are all ready to pull the lever against 0. They will vote Rmoney if he is the nom. 0 is screwed. Liberals are fed up for many differing reasons, but they are fed up all the same. Panic time for 0. This is going to be fun. Just thought I would share.

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Most liberals are lying as soon as their mouth opens. Will they let you peek over their shoulder. Trust but verify.

msupertas on April 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Now I KNOW that my Cubbies are gonna win the WS this year!
*wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

This may sound weird, but I’m making this election a collection election.
I am holding the Democrats accountable for the Maher’s, the LouisCK’s, the Olbermann’s and other atrocious personalities.
I call it the Palin election. I am “fighting” for her. She knew that Mitt would be the candidate and therefore her efforts are going to be at the local level.
I am fighting for her right and any other Conservative’s right to speak. Sounds silly, but I’ve called it the Palin election for awhile. It will take each of us going against our “morals” and voting for Mitt.
I look forward to trouncing Obama in ’12 and then rebuilding the GOP from within. It’s not a small task. :)

Go BREW CREW!

MJBrutus – I am not done with you. :)

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Love the Cubbies. Love Wrigley.

Basilsbest on April 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I LIVE in my Cubs cap.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

@cnnbrk tweeted:
****************

Maryland win will put Romney past the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates need for GOP nomination.

http://t.co/ggPNW2OIStory
Submitted 13 mins ago from twitter.com/cnnbrk
http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/2012-elections
================================================

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Cool. Are you in a swing state?

Buy Danish on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Nope. Red. Liberals are liberals though where ever you are.

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Hey Canopfor

cmsinaz on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

cmsinaz:*Waves*….:)

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Brew Hounds?
Noooo!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Most liberals are lying as soon as their mouth opens. Will they let you peek over their shoulder. Trust but verify.

msupertas on April 3, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Yep. Not this group. They are fed up. They have families too.

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Dorothy to Santorum “Dodo, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”.

Rusty Allen on April 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

PappyD61

Barack, isn’t it time for you to scoop up the poop?

Buy Danish on April 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I’m supporting Romney. He can win. At least he is a classy guy.

SparkPlug on April 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

the only remineing question now is: when will the dem “establishment” pull the plug on him. to save themselves, and the “ideology”. they’re going to have to throw this all in his lap. to save themselves, attempt to anway. and the senate. like they did carter. he’s the probelm. it was good ideas, he was just too X, or Y, or Z. there will be a lot of fill in the blanks with obama. wonder whch ones they’ll start with. detached. couldnt even work with a dem congress. just too darn smart. too far ahead of his time. thats gonna be fun too. and when the truth telling comes, in Dec 2012 and jan 2013…oof. all the green room chatter, out in the open. almost feel sorry for BHO for whats coming.

t8stlikchkn on April 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Oh its going to be great with a life on benefits when Mitt loses.

I really hope Newt and Santo stay in.

boogaleesnots on April 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Cool. Are you in a swing state?

Buy Danish on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Buy Danish:Hey Danish,hope everything is tickity-boo in your neck
of da woods!:)

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

About the “evangelical” vote: the anti-Mormon thing is much stronger in the Southeast than in the North. To assume that all evangelicals are going to vote Santorum is to engage in some stereotyping and assume some bigotry that probably doesn’t span all “evangelicals”. Some actually do separate their politics and their religion. In other words, a candidate can be a worse choice to govern even if their personal moral values are closer to mine or a better choice to govern even if they are different.

I don’t think that someone who tracks exactly with my choices in moral values is automatically more competent in the areas we need most right now. I don’t see Santorum particularly strong in the field of economics. I don’t see him having any particularly deep contacts with the national business community that will be needed to develop an economic plan that works with business to turn the economy around. I don’t see Santorum as having a foreign policy team of any great renown. I see Romney as likely developing a better energy policy and a better defense policy. Those have nothing to do with positions on abortion or contraceptives. I also see Romney as more likely than Santorum to have a well thought out plan to reduce the size of the federal government and delegate more to the state governments.

The only thing Santorum has is social issues and I think the Republican voters, evangelicals included, are often looking deeper than that at the problems that face us today.

crosspatch on April 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM
cmsinaz on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Hi troopers.

SparkPlug on April 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Don’t worry about the polling for WI folks.
I didn’t vote today. I didn’t like any of them. :)
That, plus I couldn’t in good conscience vote for people I hadn’t researched.

That said, Barrett and Falk are both horrible candidates.
Walker for the win.
Now to research what happens after he wins.
Recall the recall? Ha!

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

….now come on!…which one of the Hot Air staff are you?….you can tell us now! You’ve played long enough! None of us know a lib this silly or stupid, and we are from all ages and backgrounds, economically and socially, and all ethnicity’s. Is it AP? Jazz? Ed doesn’t have time…(AND, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ED!) Come on tell us! It’s not Tina…Come onnnnnnnnnnn! Quit playing….

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Since this thread is open I can mention this. Anecdotal evidence to be sure, but very telling. My industry as I have mentioned here at HA before is covered up with liberals. I am rare, but with many of my liberal acquaintances I am appreciated as an honest Conservative. I had a meeting today on of all things 0care. After the meeting talk amongst us turned to politics as is normal for this particular group. About ten in the group. They are all ready to pull the lever against 0. They will vote Rmoney if he is the nom. 0 is screwed. Liberals are fed up for many differing reasons, but they are fed up all the same. Panic time for 0. This is going to be fun. Just thought I would share. Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Thank you for this report. It’s nice to receive affirmation. Someone here who’s been trying to save the country – I can’t remember his name – has been saying for months that for every damned right wing (not conservative) fool who won’t support Romney because he’s not pure enough 10 Independents and conservative Democrats will flock to Romney.

Bye bye ddrintn and a stoner et al.

Basilsbest on April 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Bmore on April 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Exactly and remember most people are kind of apolitical, they identify as dems or republicans socially, but really are not invested in politics until the reality of govt decisions hits them personally. You are going to see a lot of apolitical folks, blue collar dems and indies switch over to Romney this election. Obama has lost the middle, they arent coming back.

nswider on April 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Now if President Romney outlaws condoms it will clear the way for President Santorum.
SparkPlug on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

hogwash. HHS secretary santorum under potus romney does it himself dude. at the secretarys discretion….

t8stlikchkn on April 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Romney is a fixer…like him or not.

I hope it isn’t that close tonight. We get the point Rick…you need to go home and do whatever you were going to do before you entered the race.

Thanks for lighting a fire under mitt and making him sharper…NOW GO HOME.

tomas on April 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Ugh,Lefty Indentity Politics…………..

@chucktodd tweeted:
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MD is just the third state where whites didn’t make up at least 90% of the entire GOP primary electorate. AZ and FL were the other 2

Submitted 2 mins ago from twitter.com/chucktodd
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM

There is a leak in the Dam and it looks big..:)

Dire Straits on April 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Brew Hounds?
Noooo!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Any social event or family get-together would not be fun without my state. We give you booze.

Miller is Life.

I am a Bears fan in Packers nation though. Uh oh.
Aaron is growing on me though. *wink*

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Exactly and remember most people are kind of apolitical, they identify as dems or republicans socially, but really are not invested in politics until the reality of govt decisions hits them personally. You are going to see a lot of apolitical folks, blue collar dems and indies switch over to Romney this election. Obama has lost the middle, they arent coming back.

nswider on April 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

My ultra liberal sister said she would vote for Romney over Obama. Now she’ll probably change her mind 1000 times but for her even to say that made me have to sit down before I fainted.

gophergirl on April 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM
cmsinaz on April 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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Hi troopers.

SparkPlug on April 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

SparkPlug:Right back at ya————:)

canopfor on April 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Romney so far, with very few votes in, is taking Allegheny, Queen Anne’s, and Caroline counties. You can’t get much more rural than those. Santorum is carrying Garrett county but interestingly that might be because that far Western county of Maryland has close ties to his home area of Pennsylvania (you are more likely to watch Pittsburgh TV there than Baltimore).

crosspatch on April 3, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Bye bye ddrintn and a stoner et al.

Basilsbest on April 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Seriously, dude. Stop.
You’re not winning anyone.

Do not try to sell Mitt.
You won’t. You can’t. And it just will not happen.
Period.

Midwestprincesse on April 3, 2012 at 8:27 PM

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