The results of the latest Rasmussen poll has Santorum more leading Romney in the “core fours”, making him more electable in the must win states.
President Obama now trails former Pennylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
Santorum leads the president 48% to 44% in the so-called Core Four states. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in this matchup, and two percent (2%) are undecided. This marks a shift from last week, when the president was slightly ahead of Santorum. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Obama’s leading Romney in the same four states, 46% to 42%.
Santorum fares worse overall in a hypothetical 2012 match-up, Obama leads 49% to 43%. Because apparently, the American people prefer the lying, Marxist, racialist, demagogue who is deliberately bankrupting the nation over a pro-life Catholic.
Romney and Obama are tied at 46% .
The Missouri caucus is being held, tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day. (Anyone else but me seeing a problem with that?)
Missouri is still Santorum country, but when and how the delegates end up getting counted is a complicated matter.
The LA Times reports:
Well, brace yourselves, Missourians, because it doesn’t get any less complicated Saturday: The state’s delegate headaches will continue long after the votes are cast.
It’ll work like this: Saturday’s vote is for Republicans to elect representatives to attend a congressional district convention April 21, which then elects 24 of Missouri’s 52 delegates. The delegates then pick the rest of the delegates at the state Republican convention June 2.
In short, this means that although a candidate will certainly trumpet a victory here Saturday — as Santorum did after Missouri’s “beauty pageant” of a vote in February — once again, there will be no real champion yet.
“Because there is no vote on candidate preference, neither the Missouri GOP nor any election authority will have or release any data regarding the ‘winner’ of the caucuses,” the state party warned in a memo released before the vote.
The result is that the party has created a gnarly contraption of indirect representation that generates a scenario in which a huge win for Santorum on Saturday may not actually be a huge win at all. The former Pennsylvania senator may, for a second time, be deprived of Missouri delegates.
Santorum was back in Missouri, Friday morning, with a speech in Osage Beach, a lake town at the foot of the Ozark Mountains…
It’s the land where Santorum’s Catholic bonafides broadcast on similar frequencies as the Missouri GOP‘s bedrock evangelical base.
“I always say thank God for the tea party, thank God for the conservative movement that rose up in 2010,” Santorum told the crowd of a few hundred, using righteous tones to hammer the “immorality” of the nation’s deficit. The biggest, longest, standingest ovation came when Santorum demanded the government keep its regulations away from the Catholic Church.
As the crowd filtered out, a woman gushed to a friend that he had “that twinkle in his eye — I mean, you look at this guy, he’s a Christian, the real deal.”
This is Santorum country, no doubt.
Santorum has a video message for Missouri voters:
Hat tip: Charles B.