Would have rather had Newt win it, but at least the pro-abortion, pro-homo marriage liberal from Mass didn’t win.
Nor do I. Newt’s PAC was running ads on our local radio station on the drive home. And out primary isn’t for another six weeks.
Matt Drudge must be stunned
IMHO, this result is telling me that the south has had all of Barry’s crap they are going to take. They aren’t in the mood for Marxists OR RINOS. Good!
Mittens must be having kittens.
Since it's not Mitt, there is no question of gaming the system...but Santorum is simply not a varsity player yet.
FReepmail Antoninus to be added or removed.
I cant either. But, if I were Newt and I decided to pull out, I would state that it will depend entirely what the others say about my exit, and that would determine who I would throw my support behind.
I would send a very strong signal that if any of the two front runners said one harsh word, then those that did would find that it would be a very big mistake and cost them the election, both in the primary nomination and the general election.
Sour grapes? You bet! But the childlike slimming of other candidates through Super PAC adds had better stop.
I would have really preferred Newt, but I think it’s over tonight unless he wins at least one state tonight.
Bummer. Just got to keep Romney out of it.
Sad thing is, I think Newt will keep going at this until July before dropping out.
God save the republic. I don’t know what is wrong with the people who vote for Little Ricky. I can understand the Romney voters. They are either moderate republicans or are buying the, only Mitt can win, story. But Santorum is a loser of the highest degree. Prior to his three nothing wins in MN, CO, MO he was a well justified after thought. Now we have 30+% of evidently brain dead conservative voting for him in every state. A far right extremely arrogant SoCon who is a moderate establishment republican on everything else. A Democratic wet dream. They are probably popping champagne bottles every time this twit wins. I hope Newt stays in just to keep Santorum from gaining anymore ground. At this point we better be praying for a brokered convention.
And what’s frustrating is Santorum is a loser who ultimately can’t win elections....and this is our champion?
I just don’t get it. I like some of his positions better than Newt, but I like a lot of Newt better simply because he can campaign.
At least I thought....his campaign has been frankly terrible so far.
SO much better to have Newt or Rick take these states.
Bite it, Mitty.
Gingrich needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
A few, very vocal people think he’s great...the rest of us have reviewed his record.
Bye-bye Mr. Brilliant.
The "win" is bragging rights, nothing more.
It is certainly sad the establishment has fooled the electorate. Sadder still Santorum hasn't been properly vetted.
Results for U.S. Republican Presidential Primaries
State Gingrich Paul Romney Santorum reporting
03/13 MS 31.5% 4.4% 30.0% 33.0% 83%
03/13 AL 29.8% 5.0% 28.5% 34.6% 63%
GOT MISSISSIPPI, TOO!!! GO RICK!!!
Let's think about some things here.
Two very close 2nds, especially both of them involving beating the putative frontrunner, are not a bad showing at all for a guy who hithertofore had been back down to pulling low teens after Florida, and who even two weeks ago was trailing by large double digits in both of the states voting this evening.
Newt does seem to have some momentum building, and I doubt losing by 1% in MS and 4% in AL will destroy that. Newt will come away with as many, if not more, delegates than Romney, Santorum will gain some more than Newt but won't have any sort of preponderant lead over him, and both of them together will snarfle up the lion's share and keep them from going to Romney.
When Newt said he was going all the way to the convention, I believe him, because he seems to have a delegate strategy, rather than a headline strategy. At this point, it's a matter of whether Newt can outlast Santorum on the money side of things.
The next step is Lousiana. This one could turn to Newt, if his momentum keeps building in the direction it has been over the past two weeks. And I think it will because of the fact that his momentum isn't based on winning primaries (obviously), but on the fact that he finally seems to have really gotten serious about getting on message and getting active about campaigning. He knows there aren't many debates anymore to bouy him - if he's gonna do it, he's gonna have to go down the street from the Wal-Mart and talk to the people directly. This he has been doing, and they seem to be responding.
Think of it this way - Santorum actually underperformed this evening. Think about how Santorum is the absolute darling of the big politico-Evangelicals. He is supposedly "their" guy. Yet, both Alabama and Mississippi have outright majorities of self-proclaimed Evangelical Christians (both ~50-55%, IIRC). The fact that Santorum only won 35% and 33% respectively in these states suggests that around 40% of evangelical voters did not vote for him - and it's most likely that the large majority of these went to Newt, rather than Romney.
Don't despair, I doubt this race is over yet.
What the hell is with Alabama being stuck on 79% returns for over an hour???
I’m not happy about it because I just don’t see Santorum as the guy for restoring the constitutional republic but lets see how the delegate count shakes out. As long as its mathematically possible for Newt to win he should stay in. When it gets past that then Newt needs to drop out.