Skip to comments.Gingrich wins straw poll of Tea Party Patriots activists
Posted on 12/19/2011 7:53:26 AM PST by markomalley
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich handily won a straw poll conducted on Sunday night of more than 23,000 activists affiliated with the Tea Party Patriots organization.
The former speaker of the House won 31 percent of the vote, according to results released on Monday morning. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann followed with 28 percent.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in third with 20 percent, and Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum followed with 16 percent of the votes cast.
Gingrich, Bachmann, Romney and Santorum all took questions from the activists during a conference call before the voting.
I would love to have the support of your team, Romney told Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin after taking the tele-forum questions.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in at 3 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 2 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at .3 percent. None of those three addressed the activists on Sunday night.
This shows it is a four person race.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 2 percent
Ouch. Where are his 600 “thugs” from Texas? Didn’t they at least vote for him? Anyway, Go Bachmann!!!!!
Romney 20%! That is just plain wrong. The numbers may be right but it is just plain wrong.
WTH? How can Newt win a poll of (supposed) “Tea Party Patriots”? I’m calling BS. Newt and Romney should have ZERO votes in such a poll, and Bachmann should lead it.
Does anybody think that we are being railroaded into a crap sandwich for the Republican Candidate?
Where you been? Newt’s been at 20-35% in almost all Tea Party polls - either tea party straws or the internals of other bigger polls.
Could be some adults in the TP remember the last time there was anything like the TP movement. They remember it was the CWA congressional election in 1994 and they remember who led that movement and who took almost all of the crap from the establishments of both parties for it.
Perhaps you don’t remember that.
Perhaps you dont remember that.
We remember, we also remember the 1998 elections, the worse election for an out of power party for 67 years. We also remember 2007 when Newt was publicly praising Fannie and Freddie even though he new the precarious position they had put our economy in. Of course, I guess it was all right because he was getting paid for it.
BTW, the Tea Party Patriots are not the Tea Party.
I thought Bachmann was supposed to be the Tea Party Queen?
Newt is resonating with voters that cannot be denied.
No. it shows that when you have a group of people and they have 4 speakers, they will vote for one of the 4 speakers, and usually based on how much they like what they said right then and there.
Note that Gingrich could barely beat Bachman, and 70% of the people at the meeting chose someone OTHER than Gingrich. He’s not winning over the conservatives.
That’s what I mean when I say a four person race.
Ouch. Where are his 600 thugs from Texas? Didnt they at least vote for him?
Frantically working to fool all of the people, all of the time.
I guess if you qualified who the 4 are, and what you mean by “race”. The reason these particular 4 people got votes in this particular straw poll is that these particular 4 people are the ones who were on the conference call.
If Santorum had not been on the call, and Ron Paul had been, I’m pretty sure he’d have gotten more votes than Santorum would. People are voting for who they just listened to. Unfortunately, I doubt Michelle is really that close to beating Newt Gingrich in the real world.
ie, batsh*t crazy.
No, I do not remember that. Sadly, I was not involved enough back then.
You are absolutely wrong about that.
The “Tea Party” is made up of independents, mostly, and is a combination of Conservatives, Democrats, Moderates and Partisan Party operatives.
This IS why Newt is doing so well. They don’t care about his past, everybody deserves forgiveness when it is genuine. And Newt is a conservative who started the movement in 1994, when he championed the first Republican majority in 40 years. And he is responsible for the Conservative Revolution, Rush Limbaugh’s rise to greatness and many more positive things few here care to even consider and mostly ignore.
>> No, I do not remember that. Sadly, I was not involved enough back then. >>
Might I suggest it would inform your opinions to learn about it. I do not know how old you are, but there have been three elections in the past 30 years that have been pure victories for conservatism over liberalism: They are:
Reagan’s 1980 win over Carter. (and maybe his re elect in 84)
1994 Congressional Midterm
2010 Congressional Midterm
Thus, the Reagan Revolution, the Contract with America and the Tea Party share something very special. They represent the best electoral moments in modern history. Thus it only makes sense that Newt would get a lot of Tea Party support. And it only makes sense that Newt was a key and early supporter of Reaganomics.
This all ties together. Learn it, love it, live it!!
I’m 50, and yes I know about those events, just didn’t associate Newt with the Tea Party.
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