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February 29, 2012

Santorum Vs. The GOP's Practical Streak

Topics: Political News and commentaries

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Rich Lowry, on why Santorum lost in Michigan:

The problem for Santorum last night, according to the exit polls, is that he didn't break through in two key areas. Asked what is the most important issue for them, 55 percent of Michigan voters said the economy. Romney won them by 17 points. Asked what was the most important candidate quality, a plurality of 32 percent said the ability to beat President Obama. Romney trounced Santorum 61 percent to 24 percent among these voters. Another 22 said having the right experience was most important and Romney clobbered Santorum among them, too. In contrast, Santorum soundly beat Romney among those voters (24 percent) who wanted a candidate with strong moral character and (16 percent) who wanted a true conservative. But there weren't quite enough of them. There is a wide practical streak among regular Republican voters and as long as Santorum can't effectively tap into it his candidacy is going to be limited in its potential.
And let's not forget those women voters - Santorum lost every category of women polled Tuesday night, after weeks of talking about issues that did him no favors with moderate and independent female voters:
Female voters in Michigan spoke out Tuesday night, but they weren't singing Rick Santorum’s tune. The former Pennsylvania senator lost the Michigan primary to Mitt Romney by 3 points due in large part to his weakness among Michigan women. Although Santorum lost among Michigan men by just 1 point, he lost the women's vote by a full 6-point margin, leaving him well behind Romney and unable to close the gap with male voters in any way.
In a nutshell, Santorum pretty well lost the establishment ... and as TPM points out,his firing up a robocall effort that appeared to piggyback off the existing progressive effort to get Democrats to crossover and vote for Santorum as a means to hurt Romney may have seemed like smart politics, but the optics proved hard to swallow even for his supporters.

Related: Why Rick Santorum lost Catholic vote in both Michigan and Arizona to Romney

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Posted by Hyscience at February 29, 2012 3:27 PM



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