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    Bitter headlines Tuesday night

    Bitter headlines Tuesday night

    The Des Moines Register came out with its final polling last night, and here were the numbers in percentage points:  Romney (24), Paul (22), Santorum (15), Gingrich (12), Perry (11), Bachmann (7).

    Santorum is surging averaging 10% the first two days of polling, but the second two days put him just below Romney, with 22% in the final day.

    41% of voters say they still could change their minds.

    But, assuming the results are as the poll indicates, will any of these be the headline?

    Romney falls short of 2008 25.3% tally

    or

    76% of Republican voters still don’t want Romney

    or

    Santorum percent in Iowa matches percent by which he lost his last Senate race

    or

    Guy who has no chance of mounting national campaign against Romney surges

    or

    Despite $10 million in negative ads, Gingrich lives to fight another day

    I doubt it.  But you can’t take away my bitterness, to which I cling.

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    Henry Hawkins | January 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Iowa is a microcosm of nothing, demographically. Its predominant bloc is social conservative evangelicals. It’s a caucus, not a ballot box vote. Any win is a good win, but Iowa is hardly critical to anyone already certain to move on to NH and SC.

    I think Iowa will turn away from Romney at crunch time and Paul or Santorum will win his first and only primary, with Romney second or third, Gingrich fourth. Romney will take NH with Gingrich second. Gingrich will take SC with Romney third. Florida looms and Gingrich is from Georgia.

    This is going the distance.


       
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      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Iowa votes Dem . Hardly conservative evangelicals .In the end it is all for nothing.

      If I were a candidate I would give it an entire miss & start working on SC Florida VA & Ohio.


     
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    gabilange | January 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Seriously, it’s time to rethink the caucus “system,” where the extremes especially can make their voices heard, and what percentage really votes anyway?

    As for the headlines: Perfect. But the MSM will have “Romney (or X) wins.”


       
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      Doug Wright in reply to gabilange. | January 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I agree! The 1952 Presidential Primary in Minnesota wasn’t won by Ike but his write-in votes, he was in 3rd place, helped propel him into the GOP nomination. So, the state GOP and DFL were determined never to allow the Hoi Polloi interfere in the presidential nomination process again. Now, we use caucuses to determine the state’s major party choices for that nomination.


     
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    BarbaraS | January 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Paulians flock to Iowa to skew the primary. How else does Paul win the straw polls when every one understands he is a nut? I doubt he has real support even in Iowa.


     
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    huskers-for-palin | January 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Counting down the days until we’ll never have to deal with fricken Paulbots, kookpots and Dr. Paul.


     
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    StephenMonteith | January 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Wow. Far be it from me to deny anyone their bitterness, but some of those headlines were just … not nice.

    Still, we have an historic opportunity here: For the first major party-candidate to win both Iowa AND New Hampshire. Yes, those who have won Iowa have failed to become the candidate, as have those who have failed NH; but never has their been a candidate who has failed to win one or the other. South Carolina may be batting a thousand on Republican nominees, but that’s because they’ve been playing tiebreaker between the winners of the first two major contests. Romney wins both, there’s nowhere else to go.

    Here’s a couple of headlines, one bitter, one not:

    “Romney Makes History, Wins Every Primary/Caucus”

    “Romney Wins Against Tragically Weak Opponents”


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