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So the stats are in – the Mormon Factor is Big. Fresh from Florida For Romney.

Vanderbilt poll explains why Romney’s flip-flopper label sticks; Political scientist says anti-Mormon bias finds cover.

“There is no question that Romney has changed his positions on some issues, but so have some of the other candidates,” Geer said. “Why does the label stick to Romney but not his opponents? At least some of the answer lies in Romney’s Mormon beliefs.”

–John Greer

“We find that of those who accuse Romney of flip-flopping, many admit it is Romney’s Mormonism and not his flip-flopping that is the real issue,”…………“Our survey shows that 26 percent of those who accuse Romney of flip-flopping also indicate that Mormonism, not flip-flopping, is their problem with Romney.”

–Brett Benson

“Benson noted that the pattern is especially strong for conservative Evangelicals. According to the poll, 57 percent of them have a bias against Mormons.”

“The study’s findings suggest that criticizing Romney for flip-flopping is an effective campaign strategy because it sticks with two different groups: those who are genuinely concerned about Romney’s shifts on certain issues and those who use the label as cover for the fact that they do not want to vote for a Mormon for president.”

–News from Vanderbilt University

Now, we already knew that this was the case, but now there’s significant statistics and findings to go along with our assumption.

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From MyManMitt:

Pre-Florida GOP Election Scorecard

posted by Jeff Fuller | 1:01 AM | permalink

Election Scorecard:
Delegate Count (via CNN):

Romney

Romney

72

McCain

McCain

38

Huckabee

Huckabee

29

Thompson

Thompson

8

Paul

Paul

6

Giuliani

Giuliani

2

Hunter

Hunter

1

Winner: Mitt Romney (he has more delegates than the other three remaining “viable” candidates–Huckabee, McCain, and Rudy–COMBINED)

Total Cumulative Vote Tally (after 95% of SC vote)–1,679,675 votes cast thusfar in GOP contests (excluding Hunter and Keyes):

Romney – 537,070 — 32%
McCain – 513,131 — 30%
Huckabee – 339,801 — 20%
Thompson – 121,628– 7%
Paul – 107,428 — 6%
Giuliani – 60,617 — 4%
Winner: Mitt Romney
Medals Count (can you tell who I support?):
Romney – 3 Gold, 2 Silver
McCain – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Huckabee – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
Thompson – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Paul -1 Silver
Hunter – 1 Bronze
Giuliani – NADA

Winner: Mitt Romney

Which candidate has both RAISED the most money AND has the biggest purse to continue on to future states? Mitt Romney

Which candidate has won the largest plurality of voters in any contest thusfar? Mitt Romney (39% of the vote, Romney’s total in Michigan, is the highest percentage of any candidate on either side in any contested state thusfar)

Which candidate won the most demographically diverse and most populous state thusfar? Mitt Romney (significant Urban, Suburban, and rural populations in MI)

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RS Overnight Poll: Post SC, who will you vote for?

 

Redstate

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#1: Gov. Romney On His Economic Stimulus Package

#2: Gov. Romney On The Need To Strengthen The Economy

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No doubt the MSM hearts McCain. But how much of a winner is she really? Check our what Michael Graham over at NRO is saying:

…tell me again how McCain is winning?
As I predicted here at NRO, John McCain came out on top in South Carolina by getting the same 1/3rd of the vote in the Palmetto State that he got in New Hampshire and Michigan. But did he “win?”
In 2000, running against George W. Bush and the entire Carroll Campbell machine in South Carolina, John McCain got 42% of the vote, and 240,000 votes out of 573,000 or so cast.
Tonight, he got 33% of the vote in a field where his top challengers—Romney and Giuliani—aren’t even running, and 135,000 actual votes. If just the same people who voted for McCain in 2000 had voted for him today, he would have won 50+% of the South Carolina vote. That would have been truly impressive.
Instead, John McCain LOST the support of 100,000 people—and he’s the winner?

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Mort Kondracke: “You Don’t Stimulate The Economy By Stopping The Out-Of-Control Spending.” FOX NEWS’ MORT KONDRACKE: “The exit polls indicate that by far the biggest issue was the economy. And finally John McCain got around to talking about it. Although I gotta say, this doesn’t strike me as the way to address it. … You don’t stimulate the economy by stopping the out-of-control spending.” (Fox News’ “Fox News Live,”1/19/08)

George Will: “You Don’t Certainly Stimulate The Economy By Cutting Spending.” ABC’s GEORGE WILL: “John McCain is really not interested in this. I mean, when asked about this, he said, ‘let’s cut spending.’ Now, whatever you do, it seems to me, you don’t certainly stimulate the economy by cutting spending.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 1/20/08)

SEN. MCCAIN: “ECONOMICS IS NOT SOMETHING I’VE UNDERSTOOD AS WELL AS I SHOULD.”

Says Spending Cuts, Not Income Tax Cuts, Stimulate The Economy

“John McCain is really not interested in this. I mean, when asked about this, he said, ‘let’s cut spending.’ Now, whatever you do, it seems to me, you don’t certainly stimulate the economy by cutting spending.” – George Will (ABC’s “This Week,” 1/20/08)

 

Sen. McCain Doesn’t Support An Income Tax Cut To Stimulate The Economy:

Instead Of Cutting Taxes To Stimulate The Economy, Sen. McCain Would Focus On Cutting Spending. SEN. MCCAIN: “My friends, what we need to do, to start with, before we go any further is stop the out-of-control spending.” (Fox News’ “Fox News Live,”1/19/08)

  • Sen. McCain: “Spending Is What’s Gotten Us Into The Trouble We Are In Today.” SEN. MCCAIN: “But we’ve got to restrain spending. Spending is what’s gotten us into the trouble we are in today. … Spending is the reason why our house is in such fiscal disorder.” (Sen. John McCain, Press Conference, 1/20/08)

Sen. McCain Does Not Support President Bush’s Stimulus Plan. “McCain appeared to be resisting temporary economic relief for individuals, even as President Bush indicated support for a short-term boost and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called explicitly for it. Bernanke urged the government to adopt a plan quickly and make it temporary, and said ‘putting money into the hands of households and firms’ would be more effective than measures such as making Bush’s tax cuts permanent.” (Tom Raum, “McCain Proposes Economic Plan With Corporate Tax Break,” The Associated Press, 1/17/07)

Sen. McCain Does Not Support Giving Taxpayers A Refund. “McCain adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin suggested the Arizona senator does not favor temporary relief at this time. ‘We haven’t seen household declines in spending,’ he said.” (Tom Raum, “McCain Proposes Economic Plan With Corporate Tax Break,” The Associated Press, 1/17/07)

Cutting Government Spending Does Not Stimulate The Economy:

Mort Kondracke: “You Don’t Stimulate The Economy By Stopping The Out-Of-Control Spending.” FOX NEWS’ MORT KONDRACKE: “The exit polls indicate that by far the biggest issue was the economy. And finally John McCain got around to talking about it. Although I gotta say, this doesn’t strike me as the way to address it. … You don’t stimulate the economy by stopping the out-of-control spending.” (Fox News’ “Fox News Live,”1/19/08)

George Will: “You Don’t Certainly Stimulate The Economy By Cutting Spending.” ABC’s GEORGE WILL: “John McCain is really not interested in this. I mean, when asked about this, he said, ‘let’s cut spending.’ Now, whatever you do, it seems to me, you don’t certainly stimulate the economy by cutting spending.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 1/20/08)

View criticism of Sen. McCain’s economic position here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhSQ5L_Meqs

Sen. McCain Says He Doesn’t Understand Economic Issues:

Sen. McCain: “The Issue Of Economics Is Not Something I’ve Understood As Well As I Should.” “Like Mike Huckabee, who joked recently that he ‘may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night,’ McCain suggested to reporters Monday that American consumer culture offered a short cut to expertise. ‘The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,’ McCain said. ‘I’ve got Greenspan’s book.'” (Sasha Issenberg, “McCain: It’s About The Economy,” The Boston Globe, www.boston.com, Posted 12/18/07)

  • Sen. McCain: “I Still Need To Be Educated.” “On a broader range of economic issues, though, Mr. McCain readily departs from Reaganomics. His philosophy is best described as a work in progress. He is refreshingly blunt when he tells me: ‘I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.'” (Stephen Moore, “Reform, Reform, Reform,” OpinionJournal.com, 11/26/05)
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