Romney Shows Signs Of Strength As Republicans Start To Coalesce

In Tuesday’s Illinois primary, Mitt Romney hit a new high in exit polling of voters in this year’s competitive primaries and caucuses: winning 71 percent of voters who see defeating President Barack Obama as the thing they most want from their party’s candidate this November. And in another showing of strength for Romney in Tuesday’s exit poll, nearly three out of five voters saw him as the candidate most likely to defeat the incumbent Democratic president.

Romney demonstrated Tuesday that he may finally be uniting Republicans behind his candidacy in a way that he has not until now: he won 43 percent of conservatives, who accounted for two out of three voters in Tuesday’s contest. Santorum won 39 percent of conservatives in Illinois.

Romney’s winning the conservative segment of the electorate is an indication that Republican voters are starting to coalesce behind his candidacy. In the March 6 Ohio primary, only 35 percent of conservatives voted for Romney and in South Carolina primary on Jan. 21 only 24 percent of conservatives backed him.

Despite Romney’s stronger performance among conservatives in Illinois compared to prior contests, Illinois voters were still split: 43 percent said Romney’s positions on the issues were not conservative enough and 43 percent said his positions were “about right;” another 8 percent said his positions were too conservative.

Going all the way back to the Iowa caucuses, exit polling of voters in this year’s Republican primaries and caucuses has shown that Romney has consistently run better than his rivals among moderate voters.

In the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, for example, Romney bested his rivals by winning 36 percent of moderates, while in Ohio on March 6 Romney won 44 percent of moderates. So too Tuesday in Illinois, where self-identified moderates accounted for nearly three out of ten voters and Romney won nearly half of them, with Santorum winning 26 percent and Paul and Newt Gingrich splitting the rest.

Arguably, a self-described moderate in a Republican primary is closer to the median voter in the November election than is a conservative GOP primary voter. So it may be a hopeful sign for Romney that from the beginning he has run better among moderates than any of his competitors.

A large majority of Tuesday’s voters -- 58 percent -- picked the economy as the issue that mattered most in deciding how they voted and nearly half of those voters favored Romney.

Tuesday’s exit poll also showed that Romney continued to underperform Santorum among the less educated and lower-income voters.

Among those voters who were high school graduates or who’d never graduated from high school, Santorum won 44 percent to Romney’s 33 percent. But among college graduates Romney beat Santorum by 18 points. Among voters with annual family income under $50,000, Santorum edged Romney, 42 percent to 37 percent; but Romney beat Santorum by 13 points among voters with incomes of $50,000 or more and among voters with income of $100,00 or more, Romney beat Santorum by 25 points.

Despite Romney’s immense wealth, 35 percent of Illinois voter said he best understands the problems of ordinary Americans; 29 percent said Santorum best understands their problems.

Evangelical Christian voters favored Santorum over Rooney by 12 points, 47 percent to 35 percent. But nearly three-fifths of Tuesday’s voters were not evangelical Christians and they preferred Romney by a very wide margin, 51 percent to 27 percent.

And despite Santorum being a Catholic, his co-religionists preferred Romney: 48 percent of Catholics backed Romney and only 32 percent supported Santorum.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    Well Romeny post alike, can you address this issue? The video you saw, that I saw was made up by an Australian. Not real but please defend this; This is why Obama if finished, the gig is up; According to Frances Fox Piven: •The Occupy Movement is made up of “All parts of the Left.” •That includes proudly: “Democrats, Socialists, Communists, Anarchists.” •Must all work together because of the “Huge task of transforming America and the world.” •“We are all together” At last weekend’s Left Forum 2012, the annual pep-rally for liberal thought, renown leftist professor and activist Francis Fox Piven shown some light onto the makeup of the current America Left. In this minute of audio, Piven tells the packed auditorium which worldview philosophies embody their movement: “There is room for all of us. Religious leftists, people who think peace is the answer, those who think that wholesome food is what we really need, ecologists and old-fashioned Democrats, Democratic Socialists, Socialists and Communists.” Piven goes on to discuss the major undertaking that the leftist movement is working on and why these ideologies must unite: “We can work together because we have a really huge task before us, transforming America and the World.”
  • by Romney Location: enc on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    Which "Rommey" will we see after the convention. Mr. "Etch-a-Sketch" can take on any position he sees fit. I can't wait to see the videos of him giving opposite views on everything!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    This is why Obama if finished, the gig is up; According to Frances Fox Piven: •The Occupy Movement is made up of “All parts of the Left.” •That includes proudly: “Democrats, Socialists, Communists, Anarchists.” •Must all work together because of the “Huge task of transforming America and the world.” •“We are all together” At last weekend’s Left Forum 2012, the annual pep-rally for liberal thought, renown leftist professor and activist Francis Fox Piven shown some light onto the makeup of the current America Left. In this minute of audio, Piven tells the packed auditorium which worldview philosophies embody their movement: “There is room for all of us. Religious leftists, people who think peace is the answer, those who think that wholesome food is what we really need, ecologists and old-fashioned Democrats, Democratic Socialists, Socialists and Communists.” Piven goes on to discuss the major undertaking that the leftist movement is working on and why these ideologies must unite: “We can work together because we have a really huge task before us, transforming America and the World.”
  • by Bar-None on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    Did you know that Obama added $9,145,478,044 to the national debt TODAY ALONE??? That's about $105,850 PER SECOND added to the national debt!!!! Obama is spending over $100,000 more PER SECOND than the federal government is receiving in revenue!!!!
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      by You must be a robot too on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to Bar-None
      The story is about Romney, why do your party love to change the subject, and result to talking points when you have no answers?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM in reply to You must be a robot too
        Sounds like a democratic party problem, ya think?
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      by obamanot. on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM in reply to Bar-None
      You beat me to it!!!Your words are facts that the sheeple can not hear or see.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:41 AM in reply to obamanot.
        Answer ymbart question, why do you guys always attempt to change the subject with unrelated talking points?
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:44 PM in reply to
          Because when we give you the facts, you cite it came from Fox, they are liars, those rich people, fair share, bush's fault, two wars....you refuse to listen, look up facts on your own and rely on political rhetoric. Just check out the CBO....
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    One things for sure. Come election night, Romney is dead on arrival
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    If Romney wasn't running for President he would be one of the Wall Street speculators that's raising gas prices so he could make money. This guy is done..
  • by Frustrated Citizen Location: Washington on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    If Romney is the best that Repubs have to offer, then we are in bad shape. Romney is a rich elitist who is so far out of touch with the rest of America that he still can't relate to us who have to work for a living every day. He has several houses and reports say his wife has 2 Cadillacs. Is this what we want in the White House? We have a rich elitist Democrat in OUR White House now. I guess the poster is right. If you spend enough money buying votes, anyone can win a primary or caucus.
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      by And... on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM in reply to Frustrated Citizen
      The GOP solution the mitt, aka Obama lite.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM in reply to And...
        While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years. BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals. On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    So RmoneyBot version 2012 won another state. If you look at how much he and his PACs are spending it comes down to about $25 per vote. St. Sanitorium is spending about $6 per vote for the theocrats. Who knew Repubs were that cheap?
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:14 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I smell Obama voter....
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        by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:39 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        funny - you didn't even try to address the statement that I made. Who I vote for is my business, and my vote isn't for sale. I vote FOR the person I think is the best, not AGAINST someone one. There's a big difference there - but I don't expect you to understand that. Thinking on your own can get you thrown out of the republican party these days. Now go watch faux news and check out todays talking points and get back to me...I can wait until you're told how to respond. I'm sure it will involve name calling of some sort.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:47 AM in reply to Anonymous
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSeCJ8gia2Y I like how libterds will use the term faux news to describe their inability to find a web site that confirms the story they reported on. Then say they are free thinkers.......
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          by Anonymous - in response to OSOC on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:01 AM in reply to Anonymous
          Like I expected - no response, instructions on how you mix your Kool-Aid, and name calling ("libterds"). I can still wait until you get your instructions from faux news. The comment I made was about how much Romney is spending on each vote compared to other candidates in the primaries - or how the most money wins, not necessarily the best person.
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          by Common Sense on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:34 PM in reply to Anonymous
          Everyone knows that the only place you are not allowed to think for yourself is in the democrat party! Just ask Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and all the other democrats who Obama used and is now refusing to help get re-elected! The democrat party was forced to follow Obama for his first 2 years and look at the price they paid in the mid-term elections!
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          by And... on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:54 AM in reply to Anonymous
          The tinfoil hatters are watching faux news for instruction on who to vote for .
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          by And... on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM in reply to Anonymous
          When you wear a tinfoil hat you wait with the rest of the sheep for others to decide who you vote for .
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM in reply to Anonymous
          This only goes to prove why people vote for Obama. I have been saying it along for a while yet no one will listen; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSeCJ8gia2Y
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 03:48 AM
    So it has been decided and what NC thinks once again will not count. How great is that.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
    I've yet to meet a single person who actually supports Mitt Romney. Sure, people are voting for him because they think he can beat Obama, but that's never enough. So now Romney is pulling out ahead and the GOP is starting to coalesce. When Santorum wins in Louisiana (Romney will not win in the south, no matter how far ahead he is), then what will you say? GOP race still uncertain? Romney wins in big cities and with educated people, Santorum wins in rural places, with uneducated people, and with evangelicals/born agains. That will continue. I think the search should be on for a passionate Romney supporter.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:20 AM in reply to
      Anyone can beat Obama, the polls already prove that. What news do you watch? Well, your blither means nothing as you have no irons in the fire.
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        by The Facts on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:04 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        "Anyone" might be able to, but he's not running as far as I can tell. "Generic Republican" polls well too - but again, he's not running. The ones that are running aren't in such great shape. But I do agree that it's very early to be going by the polls.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        The majority of polls show Obama in the lead.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 07:30 AM in reply to
          Wrong, next?
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          by And... on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM in reply to
          Snake man time to put 10k where your mouth is , I will even handicap your Mitty , Obama lite. Oh that's right all you and do is cut and paste with your bla bla , if you actual believe your own babble you would take the bet. , still waiting...............
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        by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:43 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Bet you $10,000.00 they will not! if the GOP were so confident, why so much spin, rhetoric and misinformation?
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          by And.. on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to
          Mr snake man is so sure... But doesn't hear the bet offer with his tinfoil hat on. He could bet both of us, I would even give him a point spread cause his chosen canidate already lost before. Winner gets to choose a non profit to donate the money to. Snake?. Snake??? (crickets chirping) snake , come out of the closet and take off your tinfoil hat.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 22, 2012 at 07:32 AM in reply to
          And....this video just proves it; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zki7SyWX35Q
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          by And... on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM in reply to
          Snake can babble but can't put up money on a sure thing when you are wearing a tinfoil hat . Easy money snake ,,,,, snake ... I even wait until they actually pick the clown for you that way you won't have to keep playing with your generic GOP doll candidates. Snake,,,,snake ,,,, let's do this , put some money up ,,,, snake ,,, you there????
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          by and... on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:58 AM in reply to
          snake ,,,all bla bla but won't back it up with cash cause he does not believe it himself unless he is looking in the mirror at his tinfoil hat. Come on snake put some money where your mouth is ,,,snake? snake????
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 23, 2012 at 03:49 PM in reply to
          Did you finally learn how to properly mix koolaid? Just trying help you with your misguided life. And your bet....take that money and send it to the IRS so they can pay for the sins of your vote for Obama. Yeah, put your money where you mouth is. it would seem your mentally challenged mind should live up to your posts as well as your communist mistakes. Now, be good and maybe you can now help your mommy make koolaid instead of demanding she get it for you now!
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        by and... on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:54 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        if you are so sure with your tinfoil hat lets put some money on it. snake , ,, snake ... Oh your not that sure? another gop sheep with a tinfoil hat....too funny ....snake ,,,snake...????
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