• Polls: Floridians Want Mitt Romney Off Their Lawn

    Is Newt Gingrich's fundamentally paradigm-shifting victory in the South Carolina primary having an impact on polls in Florida? Does a bear shit in th- Newt Gingrich have an untarnished ILAC statement and an inappropriately-sized head?

    First, Insider Advantage has Gingrich leading Mitt Romney 34 percent to 26 percent, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum taking 13 and 11 percent, respectively. And then there's Rasmussen, which has Gingrich up 41 to 32

    Throughout the GOP race, Romney has always benefited from the perception that he was the strongest general election candidate in the field. However, among Florida voters at the moment, that is no longer the case. Forty-two percent (42%) now believe Gingrich would be the strongest candidate against Obama, while 39% say the same of Romney. At the other extreme, 64% see Ron Paul as the weakest potential candidate against Obama…

    Gingrich picks up 52% of the Tea Party vote. Romney gets 17% and Santorum 16% of these voters.

    Everyone remember when the Tea Party was going to represent the libertarian-wing of the Republican Party and not simply be a vehicle for cultural grievance against invented oppression by liberal elites? Thankfully, GOP debate-induced brain damage has rendered me incapable of such remembrance, or else I'd be really confused as to how a career DC-based hack whose big ideas have included space-lasers and the death penalty for marijuana importation became the standard-bearer for a "small-government" movement.

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    Tags: Florida, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Polls, Primaries, Republicans


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