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orange
01-25-2012, 01:24 PM
Poll: Gingrich leads in Minnesota
By Devin Henry | Published Wed, Jan 25 2012 12:35 pm

A new poll shows Newt Gingrich with a nearly 20-point lead on his Republican presidential nomination rivals among Minnesotans, two weeks ahead of the state’s Feb. 7 caucuses.

Gingrich checks in at 36 percent, trailed by Mitt Romney at 18 percent, Rick Santorum at 17 percent and Ron Paul at 13 percent. Fifteen percent of respondents told Public Policy Polling that they have yet to back a candidate, and nearly two-thirds said they could end changing their mind before the caucuses.

The poll brings good news for Gingrich. He has the highest favorability spread (+34) and he's doing well with tea party voters and leads among both men and women, and across all age groups. Thirty-nine percent of his supporters said they are committed to Gingrich.

Romney won the Minnesota caucuses in 2008 with more than 41 percent of the vote, but his support is less than half that figure now. He’s doing poorly with tea party-aligned voters, garnering support from only 12 percent of them (44 percent support Gingrich’s bid). Romney’s supporters are also the least committed: nearly three-quarters said they were open to supporting another candidate. Romney would lose head-to-head match-ups with Gingrich (50-29) and Santorum (46-34), though he would end up beating Paul (51-29).

Paul’s numbers don’t look particularly good, either. He’s the only candidate with a net negative favorability rating (36 percent favorable to 45 percent unfavorable) and he is the second choice candidate of only 10 percent of respondents. Paul is the only candidate so far to make a serious push in Minnesota — he has a state office and he’s running television advertising. It’s all part of Paul’s strategy of focusing his efforts on caucus states rather than those with primaries.

(One caveat on Paul’s poor showing: most of the poll’s respondents reported being 46 or older, and Paul’s supporters tend to be younger. Indeed, among those aged 18-45, Paul is tied for the lead with Gingrich, at 26 percent).

The poll surveyed 303 likely Republican caucus-goers this past Saturday and Sunday. The margin of error is 5.6 percent. They released one portion of their Minnesota results yesterday and will release more information on Thursday.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com. Follow him on Twitter: @dhenry

http://www.minnpost.com/devinhenry/2012/01/25/34612/poll_gingrich_leads_in_minnesota

Don't worry ... it's just the South.

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jiveturkey
01-25-2012, 01:33 PM
I think that someone told him to start smiling more and he's terrible at it.

Baby Lee
01-25-2012, 01:45 PM
Romney, Gingrich or Santorum?

Cassel, Palko, or Stanzi?

FML

Mr. Kotter
01-25-2012, 01:46 PM
Romney, Gingrich or Santorum?

Cassel, Palko, or Stanzi?

FML

LMAO

orange
01-25-2012, 01:51 PM
Who should the Democrats cut for the GOP to pick up?

Baby Lee
01-25-2012, 01:52 PM
LMAO

Difference being, the political choices are vying to enter training camp as starter competition for Ryan Leaf.

mlyonsd
01-25-2012, 01:54 PM
Who should the Democrats cut for the GOP to pick up?Now that's just plain taunting and should warrant an unsportsmanlike flag.

Mr. Kotter
01-25-2012, 01:56 PM
Difference being, the political choices are vying to enter training camp as starter competition for Ryan Leaf.

Ah, come on....now. Had Ryan Leaf not had a smoking girlfriend and the financial acumen to ensure good investment of his signing bonus, he might have become "Payton Manning" before Peyton Manning.

Given a real second chance, maybe he would have become at least Trent Green II.

Okay, maybe not. Heh.

vailpass
01-25-2012, 01:56 PM
Who should the Democrats cut for the GOP to pick up?

Give us Hillary, that would leave you with zero balls in your lineup.

alnorth
01-25-2012, 02:07 PM
Oh, damn it. It would be entertaining to see those debates in the late Summer and Fall before Obama annihilates him, but if Gingrich can win the upper midwest and rust belt, I'm going to be eating a lot of crow in a few weeks.

mlyonsd
01-25-2012, 02:09 PM
Give us Hillary, that would leave you with zero balls in your lineup.:LOL:

orange
01-25-2012, 02:13 PM
Hillary is not an option. She is incapable of a neckbeard.

whoman69
01-25-2012, 05:34 PM
Give us Hillary, that would leave you with zero balls in your lineup.

Is that why she always wears pantsuits?

go bowe
01-25-2012, 10:13 PM
Give us Hillary, that would leave you with zero balls in your lineup.

LMAO LMAO LMAO

Chiefspants
01-25-2012, 10:44 PM
Give us Hillary, that would leave you with zero balls in your lineup.

ROFL

ClevelandBronco
01-25-2012, 10:48 PM
It's unfortunate that the GOP has to have a primary in Minnesota. There's no Republican candidate that could carry that state in the general. Why should their opinion even matter?

ClevelandBronco
01-25-2012, 10:49 PM
Hillary is not an option. She is incapable of a neckbeard.

I don't know. A couple of overzealous facelifts and...

mlyonsd
01-26-2012, 02:03 PM
Whew......maybe cooler heads will prevail.


A new Rasmussen poll out Thursday has Romney retaking the lead with 39 percent over 31 percent for Gingrich. Rick Santorum had 12 percent and Ron Paul was taking 9 percent of the vote among the 750 likely GOP voters polled.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/26/race-tight-in-florida-as-romney-gingrich-target-each-other/

mlyonsd
01-27-2012, 10:52 AM
Romney pulling away in Florida.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/01/mitt-romney-newt-gingrich-florida-poll-quinnipiac-/1

KILLER_CLOWN
01-27-2012, 01:23 PM
Whew......maybe cooler heads will prevail.



http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/26/race-tight-in-florida-as-romney-gingrich-target-each-other/

cooler heads? Romney? Say hello to a 2nd term for Obama, doesn't matter which of these two slimeballs get the nomination.