Say good night Rick and Michelle!!

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    Jan 04, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    From the Suffolk Univ. NH primary poll:

    •Romney – 43% (43) (41)
    •Paul – 16% (17) (16)
    •Huntsman – 10% (9) (9)
    •Gingrich – 9% (icon_cool.gif (11)
    •Santorum – 5% (3) (3)
    •Bachmann – 2% (2) (3)
    •Perry – 2% (2) (2)
    •Undecided – 13% (15) (15)
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    Jan 04, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Not so fast. Santorum lost the Iowa Caucus by just 8 votes yesterday. Romney still has little traction with conservative and evangelical voters.
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    murano saidNot so fast. Santorum lost the Iowa Caucus by just 8 votes yesterday. Romney still has little traction with conservative and evangelical voters.


    Only because the fiscal conservatives got split big time.
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    murano saidNot so fast. Santorum lost the Iowa Caucus by just 8 votes yesterday. Romney still has little traction with conservative and evangelical voters.



    I find it comical that only ONE candidate has been consistently at or near the top of virtually every poll since this whole race began....His performances in every debate has been impressive, polished, and free of any real gaffs or stumbles....He won the first voting that counts in Iowa last night, albeit by a hair....and yet the media people here insist on portraying him as the one nobody really wants. Sorry, but the results that consistently show Romney leading this race tell a far more positive story regarding Mitt Romney than most are willing to admit.
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
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    murano saidNot so fast. Santorum lost the Iowa Caucus by just 8 votes yesterday. Romney still has little traction with conservative and evangelical voters.



    I find it comical that only ONE candidate has been consistently at or near the top of virtually every poll since this whole race began....His performances in every debate has been impressive, polished, and free of any real gaffs or stumbles....He won the first voting that counts in Iowa last night, albeit by a hair....and yet the media people here insist on portraying him as the one nobody really wants. Sorry, but the results that consistently show Romney leading this race tell a far more positive story regarding Mitt Romney than most are willing to admit.


    Romney should be way way ahead on cruise control focusing his message on obama. Instead, he has flat lined and having to focus negative attacks on other GOP candidates. NH is a Romney lock. Things will change starting with SC
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    murano saidNot so fast. Santorum lost the Iowa Caucus by just 8 votes yesterday. Romney still has little traction with conservative and evangelical voters.



    I find it comical that only ONE candidate has been consistently at or near the top of virtually every poll since this whole race began....His performances in every debate has been impressive, polished, and free of any real gaffs or stumbles....He won the first voting that counts in Iowa last night, albeit by a hair....and yet the media people here insist on portraying him as the one nobody really wants. Sorry, but the results that consistently show Romney leading this race tell a far more positive story regarding Mitt Romney than most are willing to admit.


    True. Yet, Romney's garnering of only 14% of self-proclaimed "very conservative," and the same percentage of "evangelical Christians" in IA evidences that he still has quite a way to go before winning his party's nomination. I think he will gain more conservative voters in SC or FL, but who knows?
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    I hope Rick, Michelle, and all the other contenders hang in there as long as possible. This will drain their campaign war chests, keep the field fractured, and make the entire party (and the public) weary from the mud slinging.

    Hahahahahaha! I want to see them eat their young!
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    catfish5 said

    Romney should be way way ahead on cruise control focusing his message on obama. Instead, he has flat lined and having to focus negative attacks on other GOP candidates. NH is a Romney lock. Things will change starting with SC



    You really don't have a clue how primaries work do you? The very same thing was happening in 2008 between Obama and Hillary Clinton. In the early stages, the votes are spread around to a number of candidates -- this is nothing new or unusual.
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    murano saidhe still has quite a way to go before winning his party's nomination. I think he will do it in SC or FL, but who knows?



    I agree, Romney still does have a long way to go -- but I do think he will get there -- unless by some miracle of miracles Jon Huntsman pulls a stunning upset in New Hampshire that becomes a game changer that throws the whole race into turmoil. Regardless, I don't really believe that things will be decided by SC or FL...I think we're in for one of the longer hauls in GOP history before the race is decided.

    My biggest concern right now, with Perry and Bachmann's dropping out being imminent, is WHO both of them will endorse. If either or both of them jump on the Rick Santorum band-wagon, this could prove problematic and pump quite a big wind into Santorum's sails. If that happens, this will get even nastier than it already is.
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    Jan 04, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Apparently many in the media (and here on RJ) have never observed a primary process. They are apparently more familiar (and enamored) with the dictatorship model of governance.



    ^^^ THIS ^^^ It's really astounding sometimes to read some of these posts. It's as if these people never lived through an election campaign. This is really no different than any other. Perhaps part of the problem is that we haven't really been in this situation (GOP primaries running against an incumbent Democratic President) since 1996, and some here are either too young or just don't remember. This is pretty much standard stuff.
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    Jan 04, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI hope Rick, Michelle, and all the other contenders hang in there as long as possible. This will drain their campaign war chests, keep the field fractured, and make the entire party (and the public) weary from the mud slinging.

    Hahahahahaha! I want to see them eat their young!


    But of course. The last thing you want is a true discussion about issues with the current POTUS
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
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    murano saidhe still has quite a way to go before winning his party's nomination. I think he will do it in SC or FL, but who knows?



    I agree, Romney still does have a long way to go -- but I do think he will get there -- unless by some miracle of miracles Jon Huntsman pulls a stunning upset in New Hampshire that becomes a game changer that throws the whole race into turmoil. Regardless, I don't really believe that things will be decided by SC or FL...I think we're in for one of the longer hauls in GOP history before the race is decided.

    My biggest concern right now, with Perry and Bachmann's dropping out being imminent, is WHO both of them will endorse. If either or both of them jump on the Rick Santorum band-wagon, this could prove problematic and pump quite a big wind into Santorum's sails. If that happens, this will get even nastier than it already is.


    I went back and edited my comment for clarity. After rereading my edit, I find further clarification in order.

    I think Romney will gain more conservative support in SC or FL, if not both. Obviously, he cannot win his party's nomination without them, much less the general election.