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Republicans Want Gingrich, Paul to Stop Running

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Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Republicans would like to see Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul drop their bids for the presidential nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Six in 10 Republicans say Mr. Gingrich should drop out of the race. Sixty-one percent say Rep. Paul should drop out.

Most Republicans don’t want former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to end his campaign for the nomination, the survey reveals.

Mitt Romney continues to be the favorite choice among respondents, with 36% supporting the former governor from Massachusetts, up from 32% in February.

Most Republicans also say their party’s nomination should be determined by the primaries and caucuses and not at the convention in August.

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Ohioans Don’t Really Like Romney, But They Like Santorum Even Less

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney edged past former senator Rick Santorum to win the critical Ohio Republican primary Tuesday.

The candidates had taken turns showing meager leads late into the night, and both spoke to their supporters without declaring victory.

Both candidates had crisscrossed the Buckeye State in recent days, making their pitches to voters.

 Former House speaker Newt Gingrich focused his energy on Georgia, the state he represented in Congress and that he carried by a large margin Tuesday night.

Texas Representative Ron Paul spent election night in North Dakota.

Despite the uncertainty, Santorum took to the Steubenville High School stage Tuesday evening to declare his campaign was not going away anytime soon.

Mr. Santorum added Tennessee, North Dakota and Oklahoma to his tally of victories Tuesday night and credited his scrappy campaign’s message for the series of victories across the country over the past two months.

Mr. Romney also carried Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Ohio, one of ten states that voted on Tuesday, has sixty-six delegates up for grabs.

Mr. Santorum will be ineligible for some of those delegates because he failed to qualify for the ballot in some Ohio congressional districts, including the one where his victory party was held Tuesday night.

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Romney Wins Wyoming

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Mitt Romney won the Wyoming Republican caucuses.

Mr. Romney won 39% of the vote, while Rick Santorum received 33%, Ron Paul received 20%, and Newt Gingrich 8%. Wyoming has twenty-nine delegates.

CNN estimates that Mr. Romney will be awarded ten delegates, Mr. Santorum nine, Mr. Paul six, and Mr. Gingrich one.

Mr. Romney on Tuesday won the Arizona primary and Michigan popular vote, but split the thirty delegates in the Michigan GOP primary with Mr. Santorum.

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Santorum Surges from Behind in Arizona*

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A CNN poll shows Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a statistical tie in Arizona, with 36% of likely voters supporting Mr. Romney for the Presidential nomination, and 32% backing Mr. Santorum.

In the CNN/Time/ORC International Poll, Mr.  Santorum leads among born-again Christians by nine points but trails among nonevangelical Republicans by twelve points. Romney trails by three points among Teabaggers but has a fifteen-point lead among Republicans who oppose or are neutral to the Tea Party.

Mr. Romney has a ten-point lead in urban areas but manages no better than a tie in suburban and rural Arizona. The state holds its Republican primary next Tuesday.

* Sorry. I really wanted to say that once during the race for the nomination.

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Romney Not Embarrassed in Maine

 

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Mitt Romney averted embarrassment on Saturday when he was declared the winner of a Presidential straw poll in Maine’s nonbinding caucuses.

He won 39% of the vote, edging out Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the only other Republican candidate to campaign actively in the state. Mr. Paul drew 36%.

Rick Santorum won 18%, and Newt Gingrich won 6%.

Mr. Romney scraped by Mr. Paul by just 194 votes. Fewer than 6,000 votes were cast, about 2% of registered Republicans.

The vote had no substantive meaning in terms of delegates, but losing it could have created a political headache for Mr. Romney and extended a storyline building since last week when he lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri to Mr. Santorum.

Those losses increased the importance of Maine’s caucuses, and an additional loss on Saturday would have magnified concerns that he cannot seal the deal with voters.

Mr. Romney also won the straw poll of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. He took 38% of the votes, compared with 31% for Mr. Santorum, 15% for Mr. Gingrich, and 12% for Mr. Paul.

Mr. Romney was among those who had ignored Maine, until he arrived Friday night. In the face of tough questioning at a town-hall-style meeting in Portland and the evidence of strong organization by Mr. Paul, Mr. Romney campaigned at caucus sites.

Mr. Paul made a foray to the state last month and also visited caucus sites on Saturday.

It was not clear how much the late activity helped either candidate because many people had already voted in the rolling caucuses, which began on January 29.

Mr. Romney easily won the low-turnout caucuses four years ago, with Mr. Paul coming in third.

This time around, Maine offered a rare opportunity for Mr. Paul, a libertarian, to plant his flag.

New England Republicans are generally more moderate than the party’s supporters elsewhere, but the Maine members are fiercely independent, and the state has become a cauldron of activity for Tea Party supporters, fiscal conservatives, and libertarians.

Mr. Romney still leads the field in number of delegates, but Maine did not add any. The state’s twenty-four delegates will not be picked until a convention in May.

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Those Who Criticize Government Programs Rely on It Most

Many residents who describe themselves as self-sufficient and as opponents of government largess are drawing deeply on the government.

Benefits programs provided an average of $6,583 for each person in the county in 2009, a 69% increase from 2000. The government provides almost $1 in benefits for every $4 in other income.

The government safety net was created to keep Americans from poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive most of the government benefits. The share of benefits flowing to the least affluent households, the bottom fifth, has declined from 54% in 1979 to 36% in 2007.

As more middle-class families land in the safety net, anger at the government has increased. People are angry because the government is giving money to people who do not deserve it, but more than that, they are frustrated that they need help, feel guilty for taking it, and resent the government for providing it.

Government benefits are an issue in the Presidential campaign. Rick Santorum has warned of “the narcotic of government dependency.” Newt Gingrich has compared the safety net to a spider web. Mitt Romney has said the nation must choose between an “entitlement society” and an “opportunity society.” All the candidates, including Ron Paul, have promised to cut spending and cut taxes.

Politicians have expanded the safety net without an increase in revenues, expanding the government’s mushrooming debt. In 2000, federal and state governments spent about 37 cents on the safety net from every dollar they collected in revenue. A decade later, after one Medicare expansion, two recessions, and three rounds of tax cuts, spending on the safety net consumed nearly 66 cents of every dollar of revenue.

Americans are divided about the way forward. Seventy percent of respondents to a New York Times poll said the government should raise taxes, 56% supported cuts in Medicare and Social Security, and 44% favored both.

Via The New York Times.

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Gingrich, Romney Tied in Florida

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Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are statistically tied among Floridians likely to vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary, according to a CNN/Time/ORC International Poll.

While Mr. Gingrich surged after his twelve-point victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, his momentum appears to be cooling.

Thirty-six percent of likely voters are backing Mr. Romney; 34% support Mr. Gingrich. Rick Santorum is at 11%. Representative Ron Paul is at 9%.

The poll’s Wednesday release comes one day before a CNN/Republican Party of Florida Presidential debate in Jacksonville.

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