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“Stunning sweep” for ID-friendly US prez hopeful Rick Santorum

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We’ve been following the political fortunes of US prez hopeful Rick Santorum (who put the ID-friendly amendment in the No Child Left Behind Act), and it appears – as was rumoured last night – that he has now swept three states:

Santorum was outspent and out-organized, yet he still pulled off a huge night. I’d be willing to bet his coffers will start to fill up tomorrow; ballot box success tends to breed fundraising prowess. As February unfolds ahead of March and Super Tuesday, one thing — and maybe only one thing — is clear: This race ain’t over. – analyst Guy Benson, “Santorum’s Stunning Sweep,” February 8, 2012

At 45% in Minnesota, he may well prove a kingmaker, as we have suggested. His success may stem in part from the fact that he wasn’t closely associated with “Oh why can’t they both just lose?” attack ad politics. We’ll see.

4 Replies to ““Stunning sweep” for ID-friendly US prez hopeful Rick Santorum

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    Joe says:

    Unfortunately CO and MN held caucauses with non-binding preference polls. But maybe it will give hm some momentum.

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    News says:

    Well, that’s what we were thinking. A strong third candidate apprises both front-runners that the electorate is still thinking about it. In some countries that is institutionalized as a third party.

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    I haven’t commented here for quite a while. Been busy with other things, but Have been reading from time to time.

    I got heavily into watching all the GOP debates and was initially interested in Newt Gingrich as a feisty “Reagan conservative.” Santorum was my 2nd choice.

    I think I’m moving toward Santorum, as it appears most other conservatives are. I initially thought that Newt was mostly the victim of negative campaigning from Romney’s PAC, and there’s some legitimacy to some of that; as well as some very misleading media reports on his record while in congress.

    However, Newt does have issues that Santorum does not. It would seem rather misplaced for conservatives who support family values to put their trust in a candidate with a history of very poor family values in his personal life. It will effect his ability to be elected, as well as potentially tarnish the political appeal of conservatism.

    Santorum, on the other hand, has very positive voting records as well as very consistent conservative credentials and family values. Plus, he’s made it clear that he supports not only ID, but science education that is not Darwin centered. Santorum is his own person, and doesn’t need to compare himself to Ronald Reagan or anyone else. That has a certain appeal all it’s own.

    I think it’s likely that Newt Gingrich will exit in the next month – particularly if he’s not able to turn things around for Super Tuesday in March. He claims he’ll continue until the convention in Tampa, but that requires money, and money requires some successes, which if the last 4 primaries are any indication, he has very little, and continues to decline in popularity as Santorum rises.

    If Newt drops out, Santorum will get his endorsement, and the endorsements of everyone who voiced support for Newt (Michael Reagan, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Fred Thompson, etc..) As such, he will most likely be the nominee, and Romney won’t have a chance to regain momentum.

    I think Ron Paul is the 3rd party candidate you speak of, even though he remains in the Republican fold. He is most likely to keep votes from Romney more than from Santorum. As such, Santorum will probably finally sweep into the lead with a majority (i.e., 50% support or more); and if that happens, many people who are now supporting Romney will turn their support over to Santorum as well.

    Joe,

    “Unfortunately CO and MN held caucauses with non-binding preference polls. But maybe it will give hm some momentum.”

    Yeah, I think Gingrich was only focused on gaining delegates, and since there were no delegates up for grabs in those 3 states, he didn’t bother with too much of an effort; which is really quite astonishing, since only a few months ago, Newt was ahead in the polls in all 3 of those states. This leaves me with the impression that Newt really does not know how to campaign. He depends on his debating ability, and even that is not always a sure thing. He wasn’t even on the ballot in Missouri; which will definitely have an effect on what Missourians think of him.

    Santorum has pretty much kept up the practice of visiting every county in every state when he can. He knows how to campaign, and he learned some lessons from his loss in PA a while ago. So delegates be damned at this point. It’s now really the popular vote that will win it for him. He’ll win the delegates as his popularity and momentum rise.

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    Joe says:

    Oh no, I may have some serious issue-

    Yup The Donald was on Fox News talking about Rick Santorum and said the same thing about the man that I have been thinking about ever since he announced he would run for President-> the people who know him the best booted him out of office, and it wasn’t even close.

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