GOP Presidential Primary: Santorum Leads Romney 34% to 30% in Tennessee Ahead of Super Tuesday

Could Romney actually win in the South and the Volunteer state?

There is one day to go before Super Tuesday and the primary in Tennessee appears to be a two horse race and too close to call. According to the most recent Rasmussen poll, Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney 34% to 30% with Gingrich and Paul a distant third and fourth. This is rather startling considering the overwhelming number of evangelicals in the Volunteer state.

Just two days before Super Tuesday, the Republican primary race in Tennessee has become a two-man competition between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The first Rasmussen Reports survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in Tennessee shows Santorum attracting 34% of the vote, while Romney earns 30%. Polls from other firms have previously shown Santorum with a large lead in the state.

If Romney wins Tennessee, it would be considered a huge upset and just further show the Romney momentum. What is also quite eye opening is that Newt Gingrich is not doing better considering his home state is border state Georgia.

Newt Gingrich Blasts NBC’s David Gregory & the MSM … Rush Limbaugh was “The Great National Crisis of This Past Week”

Bias is the MSM,  “You Betcha” …

On Sunday Morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory, GOP Presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich blasted Gregory and exposed the MSM for what they truly are … bias and in the tank for Barack Obama. Millions of Americans are out of work, gas prices are through the roof, food stamps recipients are at record highs, the federal debt is at $15.4 trillion and climbing, Obama is apologizing for the burning of a Koran while American troops are being killed; however, the MSM makes the discussion about Rush Limbaugh. The MSM will do anything to deflect the terrible situation that is going on under Barack Obama in order to reelect their candidate.

“You know, David, I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media to avoid rising gas prices, to avoid the President’s apology to religious fanatics in Afghanistan, to avoid a trillion dollar deficit, to avoid the longest period of unemployment since the Great Depression, and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of this week”

A transcript of the exchange between Gingrich and Gregory can be seen at NewsBusters:

“Barack Obama as President,” Gingrich continued, “in the most radical anti-religious move made by any president, is trying to coerce the Catholic Church at a time when he’s been told by the bishops they would have to give up every single hospital…they would have to give up every single university and college associated with the church, because he is asking them to violate their religious beliefs.”

Gregory continued to press the issue saying, “Do you think it was harmful that Limbaugh, as certainly an influential voice in a conservative grassroots and you well know that, was it appropriate for him to apologize? Do you think that he’s done damage to the debate that you’re now getting into?”

After saying it was appropriate for Limbaugh to apologize, Gingrich challenged Gregory asking, “Do you think the President owes an apology to all the men and women in uniform who he frankly abandoned when he apologized to religious fanatics in Afghanistan? What’s your opinion, David?”

Newt reminded David Gregory that no one is blocking access to contraception.  Barack Obama stepped into a mess when he brought up this policy of forcing religious organizations to cover contraceptive and now the media will stop at nothing to change the narrative.

If Newt does not make it as the GOP Presidential nominee, who would not love to see him as White House Press Secretary? Every press conference would be must see TV.

GOP Presidential Primary: Mitt Romney Wins Washington State Caucuses

WASHINGTON STATE CAUCUS …

With 58% of the reporting, Mitt Romney leads with 36.3%, Ron Paul is in second with 24.6% , Rick Santorum is in third 24.5% with and Newt Gingrich is in fourth with 11.3%. CNN has projects the Washington state caucus for Mitt Romney.

CBS News has also called the race for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

With 3,866 of 6,785 precincts counted so far, Romney has 36 percent of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum are in a close race for second and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a distance fourth.

The state has 40 delegates at stake, but the caucus votes are technically non-binding. CBS News estimates the potential delegate breakdown based on results from the caucus process. Today’s caucuses are the start of a process in the state to award delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Caucus result totals can be seen at the the Washington State Republican Party’s Precinct Caucus website.

It would appear Romney has cruises to a rather easy victory in Washington state and has the momentum heading into Super Tuesday with five wins in a row; tonight’s  Washington state caucus win and  the recent victories in the Maine Caucus, Wyoming and  victories in Arizona and Michigan.

UT/TT GOP Primary Poll: Santorum up Big with 45% … Gingrich a Distant Second with 18%

Don’t mess with Santorum in Texas …

Rick Santorum appears to be on a roll. He is up in Michigan and Ohio; however, he is blowing away the competition in the Lone Star state of Texas. Sanotum has a commanding lead in a recent UT/TT poll with 45% of the vote. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are a distant second and third with 18% and 16%, respectively. Although the polling is considered volatile, for the time being Santorum is up big in Texas.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

Santorum would get the votes of 45 percent of the respondents if the election were held today, according to the survey. The other three candidates in the GOP race — former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas — are clustered well behind. Gingrich got 18 percent, Romney received 16 percent and Paul garnered 14 percent.

As pointed out by The Blaze, the Texas poll also indicates that all candidates have a significant lead over Barack Obama in a head to head match up

President Barack Obama Trails 3 of 4 Republican Candidates (Romney, Santorum & Paul) in Head to Head Match-ups in Iowa

Even after GOP candidates have savaged each other in the Republican primary … President Barack Obama still trails three of four candidates in head to head match up.

A new poll from the Des Moines Register shows that President Barack Obama trails three of the four GOP primary candidates in a hypothetical match up in the key swing state of Iowa. Romney leads Obama 46% to 44%, Santorum leads Obama 48% to 44% and Paul has the largest edge over Obama of 49% to 42%. Newt Gingrich is the only GOP candidate who trails Obama. This is troubling news for Obama and his reelections minions for the 2012 reelection. Barack Obama won Iowa in 2008 over John McCain 54% to 45%.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama by 46 percent support to 44 percent among likely Hawkeye state voters in the latest Iowa poll. The survey shows Rick Santorum, winner of the state’s 2012 caucuses, besting Obama 48 percent to 44 percent.  Texas Rep. Ron Paul has the biggest edge over the president leading him 49 percent to 42 percent.

Only former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) loses to Obama in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. Obama receives 51 percent support to Gingrich’s 37 percent.

Full poll results can be seen HERE.

The Iowa poll also showed that 48% disapproved of the job that Obama was doing while 46% approved. Obama can hardly withstand a loss in a swing- state like Iowa, one that he easily won in 2008.

Rick Santorum Has Them Cheering at CPAC

The Republican presidential candidates all touted their conservative credentials at CPAC today. Mitt Romney described himself as “severely conservative’, Newt Gingrich described himself as a threat to the Washington establishment and Rick Santorum as the conservative alternative to Romney.

Watch Santorum’s full well received speech

GOP Presidential Primary Hat Trick: Rick Santorum Clean Sweep over Romney in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri

RICK SANTORUM, YES HE DID …

The day started as a Romney GOP Primary momentum with wins in Florida and Nevada and ended in the most unlikely Rick Santorum Hat trick with wins in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Is Santorum the latest flavor of the month or a viable candidate to run against Barack Obama? The GOP primary has taken another turn. Who would have thought at this point that Santorum would have had more wins than Romney t this point in the race?

Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night Tuesday, winning GOP presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, all of which is expected to breathe life into his struggling campaign and slow Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.

The Santorum triumphs promise to, at least temporarily, alter the face of the campaign going into the crucial “Super Tuesday” contests, as the caustic tone of the primaries is expected to continue and intensify. Romney and his allies have signaled that they will use their financial advantage to launch stepped-up attacks on Santorum and on former House speaker Newt Gingrich, the other main challenger.

Cal it what you want, sweep, hat trick or trifecta … what Santorum accomplished last night was impressive. However, the only fear of a Santorum-Obama match up are the words that actually came from Rick’s mouth when discussing an election without negative ads and being outspent in advertizing 5 to 1. Conservatives and Republicans have to take a realistic look at this and know that Obama is going to outspend any GOP candidate and as for negative ads, forget about it.

However, one thing is for certain, maybe its time for Newt Gingrich to get out of the race and Santorum is the people’s conservative choice. Gingrich is in trouble, maybe its time to fade into the sunset. Santorum is now the non-Romney candidate.

Romney Did Win Big in Nevada Despite Caucus Voting Chaos, Up in Colorado, Arizona & Michigan … Close Call in Minnesota

It would appear that Romney is going to dominate February …

The Nevada Caucuses took place Saturday and Mitt Romney was declared the winner; however, they have still yet to count all of the caucus votes. What is going on with the caucus system in the US. First Iowa was a fiasco in that they declared Romney the winner, only to later learn that Santorum won. However, in Nevada Romney will still be the winner as he was up big with about 73% of the voting counted, the problem is that the final 25% counting. Whether they want to get the vote counts correct or not to avoid the embarrassment to Iowa, the fact of the matter is that the lack of timely counting still leaves egg on Caucus system faces.

And, still, party officials in Nevada’s largest county continue to count the vote.

“We are going to get this right,” Clark County Chairman David Gibbs told the Las Vegas Sun today. “If it takes us a little bit of time to get it rights, we are going to take the time.”

As the GOP primary candidates look to future states, Romney appears top be up in Colorado, Arizona and Michigan … however, the race is too close to call in Minnesota.

Mitt Romney Appears to be Coasting to Big Victory in Nevada Republican Caucuses (UPDATE: Romney Wins Nevada)

Mitt Romney cruising to easy win in Nevada …

With early results being counted in the Nevada Republican Caucuses, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears well on his way to an easy and overwhelming majority victory in Nevada. According to CNN, with 3% reporting, Romney 52%, Paul 20%, Gingrich 19% and Santorum at 9%, Romney will win gig in Nevada with Gingrich a distant second and possible third. Although, Ron Paul has already left Nevada and is in Minnesota giving speeches. What’s up with that?

Looks like Romney will win by this much

Mitt Romney is actually doing better than pre-Caucus polling. In 2008, Romney won the Nevada Caucus with 51.1% of the vote.

UPDATE I: The following is quite amazing for Romney, if the majority voting margin continues … as per the AP,  Conservatives accounted for about 4 in 5 voters in the Nevada Caucus and around 3 in 4 Nevada voters said they were tea party supporters.

UPDATE II: 10% reporting, Romney 48%, Paul 21%, Gingrich 20%, and Santorum 11%.

What is interesting is that it looks like Nevada will be the second state in a row that dispels Gingrich’s theory that Santorum needs to get out of the race to consolidate the conservative vote against Romney to win. That was not the case in Florida and certainly not in Nevada. So far Gingrich + Santorum only equals 33%. That is 15% less that Romney’s totals so far tonight.

UPDATE III: CNN Calls Nevada for Romney.

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