Obama takes polling lead; Georgia critical to Romney

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, President Obama is leading Mitt Romney 51-45 percent among registered voters. The margin over Newt Gingrich is significantly larger, 54-43 percent. (By the way, Rasmussen’s most recent polling also has Obama winning in a head-to-head over Romney, 47-43.)

Here’s an issue-by-issue breakdown:

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Source: Washington Post/ABC News

Also, Georgia Republicans will be going to the polls March 6, one month from today, to cast their votes in the presidential primary. And unlike previous campaigns, when Georgia was more or less an afterthought, there’s good reason to believe that we’re about to be treated to the full-on blast of GOP presidential politics.

With Virginia off the table because Gingrich failed to qualify there, Georgia will be the largest state contested on Super Tuesday. And Gingrich is telling everyone who will listen that he intends to fight for the nomination all the way to the convention in Tampa in late August, no matter what.

If you’re Mitt Romney, that’s trouble. His inability to finish off even a badly flawed contender such as Gingrich would dog him through late spring and early summer, when he needs to be seen as the unchallenged GOP champion. He needs to kick aside the snarling Gingrich as quickly as possible, and Georgia may prove to be the place to do it.

According to a SurveyUSA poll last week, Gingrich leads Romney by 45-32 percent in Georgia, but that 13-point lead is considerably smaller than reported by previous polls. Romney’s strategists have to see that as a great opportunity.

In Iowa and Florida, they overcame even larger polling deficits by launching a blitz of negative advertising against the former speaker. If they can do the same in Georgia and defeat Gingrich in his former home state, among a conservative electorate in a large Southern state, a Gingrich rationale for continuing the battle becomes much less plausible.

Georgia is Romney’s best chance to end this thing early.

– Jay Bookman

241 comments Add your comment

Fred

February 6th, 2012
10:48 am

Jefferson

February 6th, 2012
10:32 am

Say you and your sister rent a house together. The rent is $1400 a month. Your take home is $10000 a month and your sister’s take home is $1000.

What is the fair share of the rent ?

Taxes ain’t much different.
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If I was making $10,000 a month (after whining about the pay cut) and my sister was living with me and only making $1000 a month, and I even CHARGED her rent, I would be one serious asshat. Or a Republican I guess.

I mean really, who charges their broke SISTER rent? And what has that to do with taxes? Someone help me out here please. I’m really trying to dumb down enough this morning to try to follow this radio talk show host “logic” but I just can’t seem to lobotomize fast enough………

Brosephus

February 6th, 2012
10:48 am

The only polls that matter worth a damn are

1) fishing poles
2) stripper poles

Other than those two, everything else is speculation.

Fred

February 6th, 2012
10:50 am

Steve – USA (I support “None Of The Above”)

February 6th, 2012
10:34 am

“What is the fair share of the rent?”

Who gets the master bedroom?
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If it’s Alabama, they both do. ;D

Just saying..

February 6th, 2012
10:50 am

Was hoping we could keep that info on the down low until, oh say, the first week of November.

Do Not Judge Obama Against God But Judge Him Against The Alternative

February 6th, 2012
10:50 am

@USinUK

February 6th, 2012
8:31 am
“Ok…corrected to GA raised…..”

after all, if a cat had kittens in the oven, you wouldn’t call them biscuits!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

If a cat had kittens in the oven, you wouldn’t call them biscuits!

That is soooo funny. :)

Common Sense

February 6th, 2012
10:51 am

@Taylor Wooten.

OK

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 6th, 2012
10:51 am

When guys wore their jeans low and you could see their boxers everyone went crazy but it seems OK to walk through Kroger at 30 years of age wearing your pj bottoms

Everyone went crazy? Hmmmm, you do realize that to be “everyone” requires 100% or even if in loose conversation a significant number above 50%.

Would it be better if everyone wore a Forever Lazy? They do suggest them for game wear.

The HORROR!

USinUK

February 6th, 2012
10:51 am

“Obamagulators”

which reminds me …

WHICH regulations have caused such pain and suffering … I and many others have asked this question but have NEVER received an answer …

Jay

February 6th, 2012
10:52 am

All I know, Bro, is that I like what you can catch with the first item but not what you’d catch with the second.

Oh, and sheets.

USinUK

February 6th, 2012
10:53 am

“When guys wore their jeans low and you could see their boxers everyone went crazy”

no, only the nutty-nut-nuts went crazy …

the rest of us just laughed at them …

Brosephus

February 6th, 2012
10:54 am

Jay

The second is for viewing only. You don’t wanna “catch” ANYTHING from that one. :)

Steve - USA (I support "None Of The Above")

February 6th, 2012
10:54 am

Keep,

You are so angry at the world. I feel bad for you. :(

You take some lighthearted banter and make it into a big deal. Do you feel better now?

Brosephus

February 6th, 2012
10:56 am

I like JRebs assertion that if the dead tree AJC disappeared that it would mean the demise of their internet presence. Not once does it appear that he remotely contemplates the idea that maybe they would decide it would be a much better business decision to go all digital to cut back on costs. I love the smell of “business minded” people who can’t contemplate business decisions…

Do Not Judge Obama Against God But Judge Him Against The Alternative

February 6th, 2012
10:56 am

@barking frog

February 6th, 2012
8:35 am
The President better get those bottom 3 on his side of the balance sheet or he will be unemployed after
November.
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Obama is NOT God and neither was Bush..

Obama is NOT a magician and neither was Bush.

I would like to see Mitt or Newt DO ANY BETTER. I don’t think they could.

As QUIET as its kept YOU people DON’T think they could either.

So lets be real.

Fred

February 6th, 2012
10:59 am

ragnar danneskjold

February 6th, 2012
10:35 am

Dear Fred @ 10:29, by now you should know that ad hominems do not work on conservatives – we do not care about “credibility” with leftists, because we are not cult oriented as leftists are. I show you the ideas that are the seeds of leftist destruction, and you may feel free to ignore what seems to me to be “the obvious.”

You may recall the leftist glee that George W Bush was putting out a book and hitting the talk shows in November 2010 – that would surely stoke fires to put the democrats over the top. How did that work out for you? Suggest you look at the unforced and uncorrected errors, because that will be the focus of the voters in November.
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I see all you have to say is blah blah.

You lump everyone who doesn’t drimnk your fanatical right wing cool aid as a “leftist” and a “liberal.”

you are as wrong about that as you are everything else. I figured though that I would give you a chance to show some literacy and sanity. I figured this would be the end result and of course it was.

You fanatical right wingers are completely and utterly insane. Crazy in a way that was never match by crazy lady Pelosi on her worst day. It used to be that we had one slightly crazy party (the Dems, sorry lefties lol) and one controlling, but semi sane party, the Republicans. Ya’ll looked at the Democrats and said, “I’ll see your slighlty crazy and raise you bat crap forking INSANE.” The Democrats folded then and there when you went all in on insanity. Now THEY are the slightly sane ones. It’s a situation I find uncomfortable at best and scary at worst. I’m not used to replying on the Left to keep my Country safe and on an even keel. They aren’t used to doing it but you nut cases have forced the job on them.

A song just for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxVkAhto0Ag&feature=related

Do Not Judge Obama Against God But Judge Him Against The Alternative

February 6th, 2012
11:00 am

@RF

February 6th, 2012
8:43 am
Newt’s only chance of saving his campaign is here in good ‘ol Gawgia. He’ll get some good old boy votes, but I think his past is going to catch up with him. Too many of us remember his shenanigans and see right through his sanctimonious BS. You can teach a pig to oink something that sounds like Bible verses…right after you get him to hold still for the lipstick.
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SECOND QUOTE OF THE DAY:

You can teach a pig to oink something that sounds like Bible verses…right after you get him to hold still for the lipstick.

heeheehee

Do Not Judge Obama Against God But Judge Him Against The Alternative

February 6th, 2012
11:09 am

@JohnnyReb
February 6th, 2012
9:06 am

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work…
Those who are out of work stopped looking.
They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
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I am NO genius or economist but, WHO IN AMERICA that is unemployed CAN AFFORD NOT to look for a JOB?

So, HOW are they surviving?

Rich friends?
Rich relatives?
mmmmmmmm

Those who are out of work stopped looking. hUH?

I AM NOT BUYING THAT BS.

ragnar danneskjold

February 6th, 2012
11:14 am

Dear Fred @ 10:59, are we a little touchy about “leftism?”

ragnar danneskjold

February 6th, 2012
11:15 am

Dear Fred @ 10:59, and you err – I am the only “liberal” on this board, which term has nothing affirmative about big government.

ragnar danneskjold

February 6th, 2012
11:21 am

Do Not Judge Obama Against God But Judge Him Against The Alternative

February 6th, 2012
11:21 am

@arnold

February 6th, 2012
9:20 am
I intend to vote for Newt. I want him to run against Obama.

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I intend to vote for Obama. I want him to be president AGAIN.

Do Not Judge Obama Against God But Judge Him Against The Alternative

February 6th, 2012
11:25 am

@bookman parrot

February 6th, 2012
9:45 am
that is good news …. if you want to turn the U.S. into a crap-hole

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Could you not find intelligent choice of words?

You sound very IMMATURE.

Oscar

February 6th, 2012
11:30 am

Mitt Romney is unemployed. He is not looking for work. So he is not counted as unemployed. Unemployed means go to the state Labor department and asking them for a listing for a job or drawing unemployment insurance.

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Carmen

February 6th, 2012
12:49 pm

If the GOP would stop being negative against Romney, he would be higher on the polls. They are their own worst emeny!

Zingy Wingy

February 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

Jefferson
February 6th, 2012
10:32 am
Say you and your sister rent a house together. The rent is $1400 a month. Your take home is $10000 a month and your sister’s take home is $1000. What is the fair share of the rent ?
Taxes ain’t much different.

Who has the bigger room? Or are you and your sister sharing the bedroom?

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sifmf

February 6th, 2012
4:31 pm

What needs to be evaluated is that the last three columns about jobs economy and deficit could make Obama very vulnerable

Steve

February 6th, 2012
8:46 pm

>”If you’re Mitt Romney, that’s trouble. His inability to finish off even a badly flawed contender such as Gingrich would dog him through late spring and early summer”

What does “finish off” mean in this context? If Gingrich insists on remaining in the race no matter what, that is hardly a sign of Romney’s “inability” to do anything. It’s more a sign of Newt’s stubbornness. Last I checked Ron Paul has no intention of dropping out either, but that likewise says more about Paul then about Romney.

Steve

February 6th, 2012
8:53 pm

This WaPo poll is garbage. It’s based on a random sample of 1000 adults, not all of whom were even registered to vote. It’s only purpose is Democratic party spin.

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Gray Ghost

February 7th, 2012
9:48 pm

With all the talk about being American, has anyone besides Obama’s buddies seen his birth certificate? Why was it never produced when he was in any other election? Was it because he is black? Well, he’s not! He’s mixed. I wonder how many blacks will be outside the mall, Wal-Mart of any other public place asking for more black voters this year. I was never asked once 3 years ago if I was a registered voter, I guess because I am white. There is racism for you. I know racism exists everywhere to a certain degree and nobody can deny that. But if you are black, are you voting for the black half or white half. Just remember his black daddy left and he was raised by his white mother and her white parents.

Gabriel Marc Beaven

February 7th, 2012
10:25 pm

You could put a gun to my head. I am in no way ever voting for Mitt Romney. I am for Newt Gingrich period.

Gray Ghost

February 7th, 2012
11:44 pm

I tend to agree with you Mr. Beaven, but if Obama wins again, somebody would have to buy a gun from a criminal off the streets. If it were up to him, he would ban them all. It’s like they say, “if you outlaw guns, the only people that would own them would be the outlaws themselves!” It says in the Constitution that we as Americans can have them but there can also be amendments made and I believe that is what he wants to do. But the highest crime rate is black on black crime and they sell the most guns…illegally, of course.

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