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Why Rick Santorum's once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding
Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 30, 2012 | Mark Guarino

Posted on 03/31/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP

By the time Mitt Romney arrives in Wisconsin Friday – his first campaign stop in the state before its GOP primary on Tuesday – his challenger Rick Santorum will have already become a familiar face. Mr. Santorum has been in Wisconsin since last weekend and has dined, bowled, and played shuffleboard with residents in every pocket of the state. He’s even tossed a football at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.

Santorum’s once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding. In February, the former US senator polled at 34 percent among the state’s likely Republican voters, while Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, trailed far back at 18 percent, according to a Marquette University Law School poll.

Current Wisconsin polling shows Romney leading, 39 percent to Santorum’s 31 percent.

What happened? The easy answer is money. The Romney campaign is armed with seemingly unlimited campaign resources to flood local airwaves and phone banks, resulting in the candidate not necessarily having to step foot in the state until just before its voters head to the booths.

By early this week in Wisconsin, combined spending by the Romney campaign and Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney “super political-action committee,” totaled about $2 million in television advertising, much of it negative. By contrast, Santorum’s campaign had spent under $100,000 by last Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Red White and Blue Fund, a super PAC backing Santorum, had spent about $300,000.

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But spending may not be the key factor in why Santorum is slipping in Wisconsin polls. Since February, Santorum’s positions on social issues such as his opposition to birth control, as well as his comments that President Obama is a “snob” for advocating college education, have dominated the media’s coverage of his campaign – possibly turning off independent voters, particularly women.

John McAdams, a political scientist at Marquette University in Milwaukee, says what Santorum meant in those comments was “not terrible,” but they became gaffes because he could not articulate his positions in a way that sounded reasonable.

1 posted on 03/31/2012 12:43:53 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Rickey is a union goon.

Here’s a clue Rick.
Walker is transforming Wi for the better.


2 posted on 03/31/2012 12:53:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Santorum really never had much chance anyway. He was simply the last non-Romney standing - and that was only because no one took him seriously in the first place.

The contraception stuff was enough to make him not a credible alternative for many, perhaps most, of the people looking for a non Romney. Once it became known that Rick said the following (on video last October):

"One of the things I will talk about that no President has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, 'Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.' It’s not okay..."

...many conservatives grasping at some alternative to Mitt struck Santorum from the list. Sorry, but we just don't need a national conversation on why contraception is "not okay". Any candidate that thinks we do just can't be taken seriously and would be a sure-bet to drag the campaign into long ago settled social issues that would be a guaranteed loser.

3 posted on 03/31/2012 12:54:24 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

And his use of a four letter word does not impress the Christian conservatives who are his base. That slip of the tongue can be traced to his slip in the polls. Because of his profanity, and his flippant answer, many think he is a phoney.


4 posted on 03/31/2012 12:55:13 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I have to agree. Romney spent 60 million in 2008 and got nowhere. Money is over-rated by the beltway whorehouse. Santorum has opened himself up to negative coverage, when he didn't have to. That's the story, like it or not.
5 posted on 03/31/2012 12:55:22 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I am sure a pro-abortion liberal snob is much more suitable for the modern, hyphenated-conservative GOP ticket.


6 posted on 03/31/2012 12:55:50 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Gov. G. Romney (R), father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Longbow1969
Santorum really never had much chance anyway. He was simply the last non-Romney standing - and that was only because no one took him seriously in the first place.

Bingo

7 posted on 03/31/2012 12:57:14 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I’m sure it had nothing to do with rick claiming that people who defend themselves have a “sick mind”.


8 posted on 03/31/2012 12:58:36 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: mylife
One of the most damaging things that santo did to himself, was the Bull Sh*t comment to the New York Times. All the major networks have been playing “highlights” of it all week end.

And all the reactions have been, not so good. He is supposed to be this high and mighty Christian but comes across as a whiny, angry hypocrite. And most of the evaluations and polls also see him that way. It's his own fault. He is just not a very viable candidate.

9 posted on 03/31/2012 1:01:10 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: JoSixChip

That was the final straw for me.

I never cared for his sanctimonious ass anyway.


10 posted on 03/31/2012 1:01:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/6886147024_74a7eed4c2_z.jpg

11 posted on 03/31/2012 1:02:55 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

He has struck me as petulant from day one.


12 posted on 03/31/2012 1:03:08 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JoSixChip

This was disappointing. Sometimes I think Santorum doesn’t want to win.


13 posted on 03/31/2012 1:03:08 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: mylife

In WA state, the Ron Paul Campaign has made a deal with the Santorum campaign to throw all the Paul delegates to Santorum.

This was reported and confirmed by our local newspaper, the Bellingham Herald. GOP leaders are furious.


14 posted on 03/31/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Longbow1969

We tried to warn those who blindly went for him. We warned them that he could not win the nomination or the general, and that he would just split the vote and guarantee a Romney win.

Well guess what? Hello Reality!


15 posted on 03/31/2012 1:04:37 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: JoSixChip

Yeah. That was disappointing.

But Romney is a POS so I won’t vote for him either.


16 posted on 03/31/2012 1:05:36 PM PDT by max americana
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Polling Data

Poll Date Sample Romney Santorum Paul Gingrich Spread
RCP Average 3/22 - 3/29 -- 40.0 32.5 9.3 6.0 Romney +7.5
Rasmussen Reports 3/29 - 3/29 717 LV 44 34 7 7 Romney +10
NBC News/Marist 3/26 - 3/27 740 LV 40 33 11 8 Romney +7
WPR/St. Norbert 3/24 - 3/28 403 LV 37 32 8 4 Romney +5
Marquette University 3/22 - 3/25 349 LV 39 31 11 5 Romney +8

17 posted on 03/31/2012 1:06:34 PM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Eva

Hoo boy!

Stand by for 4 more years of Obama.

Now lets get busy with the congress and senate and make him a lame duck.


18 posted on 03/31/2012 1:06:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Psalm 144
LOL! You shouldn't talk about Santorum like that!

Since he voted for planned Parenthood and Abortion funding and was formerly a proclaimed “Pro-Choice” advocate before he ran for office.

So be careful how you throw those accusations around, they have a habit of coming right back at hypocritical phonies like Santorum.

19 posted on 03/31/2012 1:08:33 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: max americana

I would vote for Dilberts manager if we could have the house and senate.


20 posted on 03/31/2012 1:09:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

You sound so giddy about a Romney nomination. I don’t like it at all. You never liked Santorum anyway so you are pleased he failed. Good for you. I will NOT vote for Romney under ANY circumstances. People like you who given the choice of Romney or Santorum chose Romney. Well good luck in November. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT BIG TIME!!!!


21 posted on 03/31/2012 1:10:01 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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22 posted on 03/31/2012 1:11:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
[He has struck me as petulant from day one]

I agree, me too. “Virulently Petulant”, I might reiterate.

23 posted on 03/31/2012 1:11:13 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
You didn't vote for McCain in 2008.....are you voting for this dufus Romney in 2012??????
24 posted on 03/31/2012 1:11:13 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: max americana

Count me in, these “Newt supporters” who are now desperately supporting Romney deserve everything they’ve worked for.


25 posted on 03/31/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mylife

WA may just be the first state to try this. Others may follow.

It sounded strange to me, at first, but what they are doing is going for brokered convention.


26 posted on 03/31/2012 1:14:29 PM PDT by Eva
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To: max americana
"But Romney is a POS so I won’t vote for him either."

The truly unfortunate thing is that you may have to decide who is the bigger POS, obumber or romney. Or not vote at all. I know what I will do, but I certainly would not try to convenience anyone to do the same.
27 posted on 03/31/2012 1:15:29 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Santorum is the epitome of weak, but weak is better than treacherous. I would take the eminently unlikeable Santorum over Bishop Willard Mitt Romney.

Bishop Willard Mitt Romney, god seed, strong in the slaying of gentile fetuses, and combining the best of Margaret Sanger and occult fantasy.


28 posted on 03/31/2012 1:15:29 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Gov. G. Romney (R), father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: Eva
I hardly think that 8 more delegates, that will also be challenged, and probably disqualified, will matter much anyway, especially after the next 3 weeks unfolds.

Things like this will only go against Santorum.

29 posted on 03/31/2012 1:15:37 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: napscoordinator

I’m not happy at all. we are screwed.
Everyone knows Romney is a political chameleon.
So is Saintorum and Newt to a lesser extent.

You know damn well that I supported Rick Perry and I still do.
At this point all we can do is beat the feds with decent representatives in the house and senate.

Perry just defeated the EPA this past week.

Boo Ya!


30 posted on 03/31/2012 1:16:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cripplecreek

Yup. I would rather play naked twister with Rosie O Donnell than vote for any of these RINO clowns.


31 posted on 03/31/2012 1:16:52 PM PDT by max americana
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To: JoSixChip

“The truly unfortunate thing is that you may have to decide who is the bigger POS, obumber or romney.”

That is easy for me. The enemy within can do more damage than the enemy at the gates.


32 posted on 03/31/2012 1:16:52 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Gov. G. Romney (R), father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: napscoordinator
If I have to, it will be ABO for me!

And you might as well move to another planet if you think you are doing the right thing by pouting and helping Obama win.

33 posted on 03/31/2012 1:19:01 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: max americana

LOL!


34 posted on 03/31/2012 1:19:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: napscoordinator
I hope you will change your mind and vote for the Republican nominee whom ever it turns out to be. I haven't liked any of our choices, except Newt, but we can't let that stop us from kicking obozo out!
35 posted on 03/31/2012 1:23:44 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

And you might as well move to another planet if you think you are doing the right thing by pouting and helping Obama win.

I am just following what you did the whole primary complaining about Santorum the entire time. If you and your supporters would have given an inch to Santorum, we would not be having this tragic election. But you just had to have your way with having Santorum not make it and now we are screwed. I will NOT vote for Romney just like you DID NOT Vote for McCain in 2008....why was it ok for you in 2008, but not for me in 2012?


36 posted on 03/31/2012 1:24:54 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Santo went on a bowling tour in Wi.
He thinks he is dating laverne and shirley

Thats who he thinks they are.
I like bowling too, but here’s a clue Rick.

Folks up there love to hunt and they love to fish.
Yeah they have a history of unionized labor but they have a longer history of self sufficiency


37 posted on 03/31/2012 1:25:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: max americana
Right, and helping Obama win a second term makes you a traitor.

If you think Obama’s first term was a nightmare, his second term will be beyond all earthly logic. And if you cannot understand that simple reality, then you truly must be a moron.

38 posted on 03/31/2012 1:25:11 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Next time, when you start drooling over a picture of Romney, clean yourself.


39 posted on 03/31/2012 1:28:16 PM PDT by max americana
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Stand by PF because Obama us getting another term and you are correct,he us going to go scorched earth on us in the next term.
He’s got nothing to lose.

We need the house and senate and power in the states to stop this tyrant.


40 posted on 03/31/2012 1:28:19 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

yeah and yet Mitt Romney is Ronald Reagan in comparison, right. (Can you hear my sarcasm/)!


41 posted on 03/31/2012 1:28:39 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: mylife
That was the final straw for me.

If there was a final straw, you had no convictions in the first place.

42 posted on 03/31/2012 1:28:57 PM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are most of my comments.)
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To: napscoordinator
Right, and I tried to warn you in detail what supporting Santorum over Newt would produce.

I said that it would guarantee a Romney win. And all you could do, was throw insults and innuendo at us for doing so.

Now, we all have to live with the result of your ignorance. (That goes for all the Santorum ignoramuses)

43 posted on 03/31/2012 1:29:26 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: mylife

I wonder if it sucks to look in the mirror and know that you are a liar. If Rick is a “union goon” (a term that actually made me laugh), why are none of the REAL union goons in Wisconsin supporting him? Do we really need patent silliness on this site? Bob


44 posted on 03/31/2012 1:31:06 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: mylife; PSYCHO-FREEP
He has struck me as petulant from day one.

How is Newt working to for guys? All that bandwidth just wasted. Unless of course that was your plan all along.

45 posted on 03/31/2012 1:31:43 PM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are most of my comments.)
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Rick Perry us the original 10th amendment guy!


46 posted on 03/31/2012 1:32:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: itsahoot

Re sesult is, WE ALL LOSE.


47 posted on 03/31/2012 1:33:43 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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We are in a battle with SCOTUS ruling at this very moment over obama care.

How did we get there?
Rick Perry and Greg Abbott were the first to challenge the feds.
Now we have 26 states challenging.

God Bless them!


48 posted on 03/31/2012 1:36:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I don’t see how. I’m guessing that other states will follow suit.

We were told at the caucus that the delegates could vote for their own candidate at the state convention, and that is what they are doing, just combining the Santorum and Paul delegates.


49 posted on 03/31/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT by Eva
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To: alstewartfan

He is a Union goon.
I grew up in his neck of the woods.
He is everything that is wrong with the place.

I was like 17 when I realized “right to work” should be the law of the land.


50 posted on 03/31/2012 1:38:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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