Over the past five days, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has surged into a 35 percent to 29 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Gallup's nationwide tracking poll of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.Now Romney has taken to claiming that Rick Santorum is not electable and not a conservative, based on Santorum's last Senate campaign, and some of the votes he made in support of his president, George W. Bush. Romney trying to make hay with this kind of charge underscores the most basic reason people have not followed him: we don't trust him nor his claims of conservative values, and we don't like the character of a man that runs a campaign in this manner. As far as advancing conservative principles, it's a day late and a dollar short for Mr. Romney. Time will tell if Romney will be able to fool enough people to gain the nomination.
Each day, Gallup publishes the average results from its past five days of polling in the Republican presidential primary race. In the five days that ended on Monday, Feb. 13, according to Gallup, Romney led Santorum, 32 percent to 30 percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in third place at 16 percent and Rep. Ron Paul in fourth place at 8 percent.
Between Monday and Friday this week, Santorum gained support each day. In Gallup's five-day tracking poll that ended on Tuesday, Santorum had 31 percent; on Wednesday, he had 32 percent; on Thursday, he had 34 percent; and on Friday, he had 35 percent.
Meanwhile, Romney peaked at 33 percent on Tuesday and dropped to 29 percent by Friday.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
The Rise of the Right
conservative Rick Santorum: