Gingrich, Santorum, Romney in photo finish to ‘grits’ contest in Alabama, Mississippi

Three GOP presidential candidates are headed toward a photo finish in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries tomorrow. The candidate without a statistical shot at winning the “grits” contest is Ron Paul, according to a poll by Public Policy Polling:

In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul. And Alabama is even closer with Romney at 31% to 30% for Gingrich, 29% for Santorum, and 8% for Paul.

…The reason Romney has a chance to win despite being less popular in both states is the split in the conservative vote.

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A new Washington Post survey this morning says the price of gasoline is having its effect on President Barack Obama re-election bid:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation at the pump, where rising prices have already hit hard. Just 26 percent approve of his work on the issue, his lowest rating in the poll. Most Americans say higher prices are already taking a toll on family finances, and nearly half say they think that prices will continue to rise, and stay high.

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My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy went to the First Baptist Church of Brandon, Miss., with GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday night.

At the end of the service, the Rev. Scott Thomas called him up to chat. Thomas asked Gingrich about his views on the separation of church and state, allowing Gingrich to plug his book and film, “Restoring God in America” book and film. Then Thomas asked about Gingrich’s “personal faith journey” and “redemption” – a tiptoe around his past infidelities.

Gingrich, without mentioning the Catholic faith to which the former Baptist now ascribes, offered what has become a familiar confession:

”I never went to God to seek understanding. I was never confused. That is, there are periods of my life in which I have sinned. And, I have to tell you, at the time I was sinning, I was not – I don’t believe in situation ethics. I had to seek God’s forgiveness and I had to seek reconciliation with God.

“I have been very, very fortunate that I have a very, very close relationship with Callista. We are very, very close to my two daughters who have been campaigning with us. We are extremely close to my two grandchildren who are 10 and 12. … But I had to earn being a 68 year-old grandfather by living through things that I would never want my grandchildren to repeat.

“So I just want to share with you, I don’t come to you as a person who is perfect. I come to you as a citizen who has sought redemption and has sought God’s love and recognizes that you have to shelter under the cross to have any hope of living a full life”

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While we’re on the topic of religion, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday posted a rare video of Mitt Romney discussing some details of his Mormon faith during his first, 2008 run for president. The locale is WHO Radio in Iowa:

Says Romney, discussing millennialism:

“The Church says that Christ appears on the Mount of Olives and splits the Mount of Olives and appears in Jerusalem. That’s what the Church says. And then, over a thousand years of the millennium, that the world is reigned in two places, Jerusalem and Missouri. That’s what the Church says. The Second Coming, the arrival of Jesus Christ, our Church says is in Jerusalem. ….We also believe that over the thousand years that follows, he will reign from two places. The law will come from Missouri, and the other will be in Jerusalem.”

Says Brody, in defense of his decision to prompt the theological discussion:

Romney doesn’t like to talk about his Mormonism yet Santorum is constantly asked about his staunch conservative views as it relates to his Catholicism.

Romney might not want to talk about his faith in public but guess what? Here’s the dirty little secret. You can be sure some Democratic operatives will try and tarnish Romney in the General Election if he’s the nominee. They are going to release off-the-record background articles and tidbits about his Mormon theology that will try and paint Romney as strange.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

jconservative

March 12th, 2012
8:21 am

So far Romney is carrying the larger portion of the Catholic vote and the two Catholics, Gingrich and Santorum, and splitting the balance of that vote, Interesting development.

Frederick Douglass

March 12th, 2012
8:30 am

Y’all go ovah yondah and git me some o dem cheesy grits….ah declare theys some good eat’n!

Mitt Romney speaking to assembled evangelicals at a prayer breakfast in Cumming…circa 2012

Centrist

March 12th, 2012
8:30 am

Like a basketball game, when you are well in the lead on somebody else’s home court – you don’t mind swapping baskets near the end. So it is with Romney campaigning in the south before he moves to his home court(s) of the east, west, Illinois, and Texas where so many of the remaining delegates reside.

Thankfully, Romney does not wear his religion on his sleeve. Whenever the Democrats bring it up, the Republicans will trot out Jeremiah Wright.

zgoldatl

March 12th, 2012
8:36 am

Romney is pandering. He apparently thinks Southerners are stupid

clyde

March 12th, 2012
8:36 am

Very interesting poll numbers.There are two distinct types of conservative.Religious and financial.

High gas prices are having more of an affect on me than on Obama.I wish I could find a way to cut out even more driving,but I just can’t.I’ve already cut to the bone.

Becky

March 12th, 2012
8:36 am

When did the First Baptist Church of Backwater, MS renig on their tax free status?

DannyX

March 12th, 2012
8:36 am

“Thankfully, Romney does not wear his religion on his sleeve.”

He wears it on his wallet to the tune of millions of dollars in donations.

Missouri? Wow, who would have thought.

td

March 12th, 2012
8:37 am

65% of the country disapproves of the way Obama is handling the gas crisis and by these numbers Obama’s approval ratings goes down to 46%. The higher the gas prices goes up the more likely Obama is not re elected.

sheepdawg

March 12th, 2012
8:41 am

religion has no place whatsoever in politics, and the media should stop pandering to those who think it does. which god, if any, someone worshops is irrelevant to their ability to lead our nation. when the electorate is fully educated, it will become a liability to admit believe in superstition and stories unsupported by science and facts. but listening to ayotolla sanitorium, the american taliban grand poo-pah, is so very entertaining, as is the moon dog newt anytime he opens his mouth to pontificate, especially about morals

OscarHerbert

March 12th, 2012
8:41 am

Romney is our strongest, most skilled, and most electable candidate. Romney’s deep economic knowledge, business savvy, and extraordinary organizational skills are needed to return American prosperity. Romney’s solid record of successful problem solving is unmatched. As a Washington outsider, Romney is the one leader who can actually deliver a smaller, smarter, more efficient government. It’s time for all who care about our nation’s future to unite in support of Romney.

clyde

March 12th, 2012
8:42 am

Becky,
Were you under the impression that churches can’t engage in politics??

Becky

March 12th, 2012
8:44 am

clyde-why yes I do believe that is what that pesky old constitution some of you try to rewrite expressly says.

Frederick Douglass

March 12th, 2012
8:47 am

td @ 8:37

So what are you saying, that Obama should open a Quik Trip, and sell expensive deli sandwiches and cheap gas to get reelected?

td

March 12th, 2012
8:48 am

sheepdawg

March 12th, 2012
8:41 am

What a moronic statement. Religion is nothing more then a set of moral beliefs that a person carries. What you are really saying is that only secular humanism should be allowed in politics because you do not like to be told there are right’s and wrong’s in society.

td

March 12th, 2012
8:50 am

Frederick Douglass

March 12th, 2012
8:47 am

Obama may be better at running a QT because he certainly does not know how to run the economy of this country.

td

March 12th, 2012
8:52 am

Becky

March 12th, 2012
8:44 am

Another secular humanist that only wants their religious believes to be allowed in the public square.

clyde

March 12th, 2012
8:53 am

Becky,
You refer to ,of course,that pesky church and state thing?

Cutty

March 12th, 2012
8:57 am

Drill baby drill!! So Texaco and ExxonMobil can sell that black gold on the world market to the highest bidder.

Becky

March 12th, 2012
9:01 am

td-good grief. do you ever open a dictionary to learn how to spell and did you miss all of grade school classes on tenses?

right’s and wrong’s REALLY????

and then we have religious believes?? What do religious believe in? Maybe you meant belief? you lose all credibility when you write in this manner. Or is it wright in this manner?

Centrist

March 12th, 2012
9:05 am

Sorry td, I’m with sheepdawg and Becky with this one.

Democrats wanting to inject religion into politics is a dangerous game when you consider Barry Soetoro’s name change and father who was a Muslim. Lots of voters are sick of religious wars between inside branches of Christianity, between Christians and Muslims, and Arabs/Persians (and history shows others) who want to wipe out Jews. For 4 hundred years the philistine Romans kicked Christian butts until the tables turned, the Crusades between the 11 – 13th centuries, Catholic Inquisition in the 15th century , Witch Trials in the 17th century, and now we have radical Muslims who want to wipe out all infidels. When you think about it, Muslims reject the lack of western values mostly which Democrats celebrate via the drug culture, Hollywood, acceptance of homosexuality/ same sex marriage, and explicit music.

Hopefully religion will not be a centerpiece of the general election.

Father A. Long

March 12th, 2012
9:24 am

Newt’s followers wil be at the WalMart.

curious

March 12th, 2012
9:55 am

Next thing Newt will get a priesthood in the Catholic Church. Three marriages are just a technicality.

Carole

March 12th, 2012
12:26 pm

WTH????? Newt sounded like he was on crack. The first two paragraphs sound like true Newtisms. Ramblings that give the appearance that he’s saying something intelligent, but if you really listen to it (in this case read it) you are left scratching your head.

This is a man who will say and do anything to stay in this race. He knows full well he’ll never be the nominee. But staying in the race helps bolster his career for the remainder of his miserable life. He can say he is the Former Speaker of the House and former Presidential candidate. He has to stay in as long as possible to make the latter more legit.

+5 PAUL

March 12th, 2012
1:37 pm

Mitt Romney is the OPPOSITE of what America needs. Why would you even consider him? Look around the internet. Just type in things like “Romney’s lies”, or “Mitt Romney is busted” and you’ll find plenty of evidence that the only reason he appears to be the best candidate, is because he is telling you what you want to hear, how you want to hear it, even though you’ll see a completely different person if he does win the oval office. Ron Paul is a revolutionary phenomenon in the United States of America, and America is so controlled by the main stream media that you won’t even accept the fact that the Ron Paul supporters may actually be right, and that Mitt Romney supporters are, in fact, if not only mis-led, wrong.This is exactly why even if Ron Paul doesn’t win the GOP, you can epect to hear his voice ringing on in the republican convention. His goal is not to “assume power, and further tyrannical control over America”, but instead, to help the people in America that NEED HELP by doing what NEEDS TO BE DONE TO GET THEM HELP. Even if this means accepting defeat, and talking some sense into the GOP winner to try to make a difference for liberty and to defend our constitutional rights.

missmollie

March 12th, 2012
2:21 pm

Paul is a RINO and marches to a different drum beat. He is not even conpetitive in the game today. His main agenda is his son, U S Congressman Paul, IMO. I believe Romney will win Miss. and Hawaii and that there will be a three way tie in Ala. No one will sweep all three states.
Have you heard the latest news? Perry is teaming up with Newt AGAIN…He is one of the wannabes along with Palin, Cain, Ron Reagin and a few others. Santorum will not get the women’s vote with
his way out views on sex & other issues.He gets a lot of FREE PRESS…as does BHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pizzaman

March 12th, 2012
4:06 pm

Hay Mitt. Just what are “cheesy grits”?

T-slice

March 12th, 2012
8:11 pm

I <3 Ron Paul

Billy

March 13th, 2012
2:39 am

(Hey AJC here is what I ran into on the really amazing web!)

Mormonism’s DIRTY Little Secret

by Aaronita Smith

Non-Mormon scholars as well as Mormon ones are aware of a hard-core pornographic drawing in the “Book of Abraham” which is Mormon-approved scripture.
This Book is part of the “Pearl of Great Price” which, along with the “Book of Mormon” and the “Doctrine and Covenants,” make up the LDS church’s “triple combination” in one volume.
The porn is found in Fig. 7 of Facsimile 2 in the “Book of Abraham” which shows two beings facing each other, which were described by Joseph Smith as representing the “Holy Ghost” and “God sitting upon his throne,” the latter clearly showing an aroused male sex organ.
After Smith published this sketch in his newspaper in 1842, which offended Mormon sensibilities, the phallic portion was whited out for more than a century until the “restored” LDS church decided in 1981 to restore what had long been censored!
Equally shocking was the discovery that the “Book of Abraham” had nothing to do with Abraham or his God but was actually based on ancient Egyptian funeral documents depicting occultic obscene practices – and the original sketches showed an erotic phallus on both beings including the one Smith blasphemously claimed was the Holy Ghost!
For further information see “Book of Abraham” (Wikipedia). Also see Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s “Mormonism – Shadow or Reality?” which on 76 pages reproduces the original Egyptian X-rated drawings and shows how Smith altered them and created one of his many frauds. Highlights in the classic Tanner work can be seen by typing “Facts From Mormons (By a Utah Resident)” and “What LDS Leaders Say” on Yahoo.

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Daren Ferreira

March 13th, 2012
7:31 am

Funny thing about those southern states.. I know people there and when I mention Ron Paul a lot of them don’t even know who the man is. .. LITERALLY DO NOT KNOW….. These people shouldn’t even be allowed to vote, let alone be taken seriously..
And to think, if Ron Paul had been allowed to win Iowa they would have dismissed Iowa as a bunch of fringe loons who have no true bearing on what this country wants..
I suppose that’s true, because this country wants to keep their head in the sand and pretend everything’s going to be A-OK.. They’d rather elect another moron to replace the one who’s already in charge..
Keep making bad decisions idiots.. Good Job, way to screw over your entire country because you lack the mental ability to do some research on the candidates.

stacy score

March 13th, 2012
9:29 am

WOW,I am sure glad that we have someone like you Daren,to let us know who should be allowed to vote.You know maybe we should only let enlightened Ron Paul supporters vote.Are you for real?You are a perfect example of why Ron Paul has no shot at all.Let me go way out on a limb here,I bet you are one of those true American patriots who support Occupy Wall Street?The only sense that you make to me is you reconize that an idiot/marxist/hater of anything American,currently occupies the White House,but still Daren got nothing but luv for ya.

stacy score

March 13th, 2012
9:46 am

2012 will shape this country like no other election,the choice is quite clear freedom,or reliance.At 52 years old I do not need anyone making choices on health care,what type of ligth bulbs I use,or any other thing that is nobodys business but mine.However we have come to a scary time,where many people will sell thier freedom for a piece of cheese,wake up BIG Gvernment has only one aim ,and that is enslavement