April 3, 2012

District of Columbia, Maryland, and Wisconsin Results Open Forum

  5:20 pm

The polls in our nation’s capitol and the State of Maryland close at 8:00pm EDT. That is less than two hours away.

The polls in Wisconsin close at 9:00pm EDT. That is a little more than two hours away.

Have at it in the comments.



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Haha, thanks for combining them Mark. That was about to be really confusing...


Here is Santorum after losing tonight...


Yes, I realized as soon as I did it that, hmmm, that won't work, will it?

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

Let's go for a double digit devastating badger state victory, Mitt!

On to PA to slay the whiny dragon!


Make sure you post the upcoming exit polls as soon as they're out. Can't wait to dig in.


The True Conservatives are leaving the ship.


Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.


People who aren't following the campaign simply won't be aware that Santorum's blatant distortions of Romney's record are untrue. People blithely assume that things presented as facts on a tv screen have at least some truth in them. Many understand that there IS no truth in them....if they've been following the campaign.

The others need a responsible media to sort out fact from fiction.....and there isn't one.


I predict a Romney triple win.



NY4Romney(Romney/Ryan 2012)

I think Ron Paul will get more votes tonight then Newt will. Newt will drop out once Adelson is tired of wasting money.


Hopefully Santorum will quit when he loses his home state at least.


Well I hope Mitt can win Wisconsin by at least 10 or 12 points, I think that will put extreme pressure on Santorum to get out of this thing and the entire party uniting behind Romney to end this thing


Santorum is not the problem.

Santorum with his piggy bank war chest is not the problem.

Team Obama and the Liberal Press is the problem.

Team Mitt will need to hit Obama every week, every month with a simple message.....4 more years of Obama = USA Destruction.


I suspect that the Dems will play havoc with Wisconsin and keep Romney's victory to single digits. The Obama supporters are showing up at the polls for the recall, so they will be a force for santorum today.


Obama supporters hoping for RS will keep WI in single digits. RS must be SO proud.


14. agree which is what makes me nervous. Washington post exit polls show 10% dems voted in the primary today and vast majority of them I am sure voted for Santo, this will make the race much closer than it should have been.


16. Santorum reaches out to them for support.


14. Is there something on the ballot today in WI having to do with the recall? I thought the recall votes were going to be in May (Dem primary) and June (recall)??



So one of the top Southern Baptists, Richard Land, is telling Santorum that Wisconsin is your last chance. If you don't win the Badger State then it's time to start rallying around Romney.

Ah, he's just an establishment RINO not representative of true conservative evangelicals.

*cough* *cough*


17. If it is only 10%, then I feel better. I think Romney will win by double digits among Republicans.



How's this?

I mean granted, he didn't call him a socialist Muslim but he has been hitting him hard daily.

My Man Mitt 4 President

CNN Exit polls show democrat spoilers at work in WI.


Fox News says Mitt winning among Tea Partiers, Evangelicals, and Very Conservative voters in the contests today. Big news. Big.


Heath's preiction:

Mittens 47%

Tanty Santy 39%

Paul 8%

Newt 5%



10% is normal crossover in Wisconsin in an election with an uncontested other side

My Man Mitt 4 President

26. It looks like 32% of those are for Santorum.



The unions tried to organize against Romney. They won't win.



If only 10% of the GOP Primary is registered Democrats, Santorum is toast. I would actually be willing to bet a huge chunk of that 10% is actually voting for Ron Paul.


Wisconsin Tea Partiers

Romney - 52%

Santorum - 33%


Late deciders in WI:

Romney - 42%

Santorum - 39%

Civil politics

Super high turn out in my Wisconsin percent....mid term and general levels....I live on the outskirts of very conservative mainstream upper level income Waukeshau county


#2...Hilarious and perfectly fitting....LOL

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

Late deciders...hmmm...Sunday school bounce? Romney should win by double digits if his holds.


CNN Wisconsin exits:

Decided in last few days-

Romney 51

Santorum 38


Romney 38

Santorum 33


Wow. Rural voters only go for Santorum 37% to 35% for Romney.

Not good for Captain Contraceptives.


36. Not good at all.


What is Spetrino saying? Somebody has to know....


From the exit polls numbers shared here, it looks like the Republicans want to wrap up the primaries, and get behind one obvious front runner. Is this the mood rest of you are getting?



Wow, that's very different than what Fox had.



Do you even know anything about Spetrino? Anything? Why do you believe him? What are his credentials?


Has Adam Graham stopped putting up the Baghdad Bob FFP or is he waiting until after Santorum's crushing defeat today?

After all, according to Santy "May looks good for us"...



Who the hell cares?


35 minutes until the call DC and MD for Mitt...


Final Spetrino numbers are....

Mitt winning Maryland 49-34 over Santorum

Mitt winning Wisconsin 46-42 over Santorum, with many Dem's voting for Santorum..

Let's just say this is total crap and if true this race will go on for a long time!!

Screw Spetrino!!!


43. This is an evening for rejoicing and revelling...don't worry, be happy! :-)


CNN's Exit's are looking good for Mitt!



Yeah, I think it's safe to predict Romney will do better than 4 points in WI.


Can someone who likes and believes Bill Spetrino tell me why they believe him? Tell me what qualifies him for your trust.



Oh I'm happy alright. This will put one of the last few nails in the coffin in Santorum's coffin.


47. Agreed...37 to 35 in rural voters is huge! This will be a good night...the Mitt hat trick!



I gave Spetrino his chance because I didn't know much about him. Well, he blew it in MSS. And he still says his Primary polls were accurate... What a riot!


50. And we all have permission to do some dancing on the grave... 😉


Spetrino has rock-solid insider access to news anchors. The GUY is not to be DOUBTED!


Where is a link to the CNN Exit Polling?



Yeah...well if true, it sure did him a lot of good in his Illinois, Colorado and Mississippi polls. HA!

The guy is a fraud.



They aren't POLLS. He lies and says they are. They are not. They are numbers he puts on his site to get gullible people to go on his site. Show me evidence he does "polling," and then I'll believe you.



The poll itself doesn't seem to have been posted yet.


Kris (50) We cannot keep the coffin shut when there is a vampire inside. Perhaps we should drive a stake through its heart, instead? If so, what would it be?


My Predictions for MD/WI/DC


Romney 53%

Santorum 26%

Paul 12%

Gingrich 7%

others 2%


Romney 48%

Santorum 34%

Paul 10%

Gingrich 7%

others 1%


Romney 68%

Paul 21%

Gingrich 11%



If tha is the final outcome I will be very happy!

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

Count Santobama's stake in the heart is winning in PA and making him relive his embarrassing defeat.

Let it be done.


#60: I dunno, but I wish someone could figure it out. It certainly isn't honor or commonsense.

Conservative Independent

Do not forget the exit polls do not include the early and absentee voters. Those should strongly favor Romney


CNN getting ready to report that Dems that are voting in WI are voting big time for Santorum.

Oh joy...


My best guess from the Exit polls: Mitt will win by 7 or 8 points in Wisconsin.


If you take the unmarried, married question from the CNN exits and compare that number to other similar states then you get 70% married voters compared to 30% unmarried voters, which would put Romney's winning margin between 7-8 points.

Apparently CNN did not ask that question in the 2008 Wisconsin exits.


Well this totally sucks, Dem's voting in HUGE numbers for Santorum in Wisconsin means Romney only wins by 6 or 7 points!! That means this race goes on even longer! Thanks to the Open Primaries!!

Romney had to win by Double Digits tonight in Wisconsin to make a statement, now it looks like that's not gonna happen!



Not gonna be good enough! He needs to win by much much more than that!


Oh, I rather suspect that a big double digit loss among Republicans and a huge cross-over vote in favor of him is going to have some effect on Rick Santorum.


Exit poll after the first period:

Saintly New York Rangers 4

Heathen Philadelphia Flyers 0



What do you mean it will have an effect? Will it encourage him, discourage him? Personally, I think it will have no effect. He's not dropping out unless he's either in danger of losing PA, or he actually does.


CNN exits: Santorum barely ahead of Romney among rural voters & those for whom a candidate's religious beliefs matters a lot.



I meant to agree with you, for the record.

(To the webmasters, sorry for posting under a slightly different name. For some reason krissmith777 cannot post anymore.)


I still think a double digit win in WI for Mitt. Maybe not 14 like I said but 10, 11 points. Cross over dems will be about 8-10% of the voters and not all for Sanatorium.


69, it is all about delegates, it is winner take all.


Romney wins in MD


Romney wins Maryland, with a probable 49%.



Romney wins in a wipe out in MD


per FOX, Mitt won Maryland.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

both Fox and CNN have called Maryland for Mitt.


Mitt wins <$50k in MD 40% to 33%.


Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Has DC been called yet?



Not yet.


For voters who wanted the ability to beat Obama more than any other attribute, Romney wins 72% to 12%. Question: WHAT in the name of all that's holy is that 12% thinking?!

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Why not? Santorum is not even on the ballot in DC.



That they would rather have a symbolic candidate than one who can actually win?


DC hasn't been called because there was no Exit polling. Have to wait for the results.



Wolf Blitzer said it was because they have no Exit polls, so they are waiting for results.


Dave - those 12% may think the same as Palin, that we need a Santa Claus, eh, I mean, "True Conservative" to beat Obama. Or maybe they are the Newties who have forgot that Newt was not the one who balanced the federal government budget. And let's not forget we do have a few of Paulities who somehow got it in their head that Paul can beat anyone.

la enchiladita

74. According to Sean Trende, those rural voters are largely democrats, accounting for the Santeria voters. Trende also suggested 49% for Mitt would "close the deal." Come on, Wisconsin!



Can Romney win MD with over 50%?


Well, at least Jason is not here to taunt us.

It's......heaven. XD


#96 kris

Yeah, it's all going according to plan...LOL

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Are all 3 primaries tonight WTAs?

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


I'm keeping my fingers crossed on us having a troll free site tonight.



Only DC is.

MD and WI are WTA by CD and the statewide winner also gets about half of the delegates WTA.

Mitt will win DC and MD and get all the delegates in both states. In WI he will win the vast majority of delegates.


Politico declares that Romney has won both DC and Maryland.




Understandable. We have been overconfident here before (Okay, I was overconfident) about Mississippi, and then we all remember how that turned out.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

When is the Moon having their primary or caucus? I project Newt should easily win that one. :)



I didn't say it would be enough to cause him to drop out, but I think it will still have an effect on him. If nothing else, more people like Dr. Land (#7 and #20) are going to start getting on his case to do the right thing.


Santorum is running out of excuses to stay in except sheer bull-headed-ness

Heil Preußen!


Willard "Flipromney" the crapweasel can't even win 75% in his backyard state of Maryland. What a weak frontrunner!

50% of the Republican party do not want milquetoast crapweasels like Willard!



Sorry, I was channeling my inner Harold.



People have stayed in for less.


Santorum today:

"We've done a great job of taking the seven loaves and fishes and turning them into 11 state wins."

Is it just me, or is his implying a comparison to Jesus Christ??



Gee, didn't Huckabee use that analogy four years ago?

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


On the stubborn-o-meter/bullhead-o-meter, who rates more stubborn & bullheaded in your opinion, Newt or Santorum?



Of course. Newt would be the only one voting. XD



IF he did, I don't remember.



I would say Santorum. Newt has seen the hand-writing on the wall and is acting accordingly. He has toned things way down and has been focusing almost exclusively on Obama.

Santorum, on the other hand, ...



That's easy, it's Santorum. Gingrich has at least given up the delusion that he's going to be the nominee. Now he says his goal is to "try and influence the platform." Santorum still thinks that he has a shot at actually winning the nomination.



I am pretty sure Huck used it right after the Ames straw poll.


Mitt, do it.


Give him the Ivan Drago.


88. Those 12% are disillusioned Santorum and Paul supporters.

The biggest news to me in WI is that rural voters are essentially even on exit polling between Santorum (37%) and Romney (35%).


Just noticed this by looking at the CNN Exit poll

Among the "Very Conservative" in MD, Romney and Santorum are tied at 40%.

Among the "Somewhat Conservative," Romney wins 59% to 25%.

Among the "moderate to liberal,' Romneu wins 48% to 21%


I would think any Santorum supporter paying attention will see the Dem vote in WI as a bad sign for Rick.



In 2007/08, I spent most of my time in Mexico...which is probably why I didn't hear of it.



I would to, but remember....they did not see it that way in Michigan. >>


108.Kris::Santorum today:

“We’ve done a great job of taking the seven loaves and fishes and turning them into 11 state wins.”

Well I can quote scripture, too:

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)


Mitt is off the charts on the stubborn-o-meter and bullheaded-o-meter. But unlike his rivals, for Mitt it has paid off.



Yes, but this makes two contests where that happened. It is going to be far more obvious to everyone this time around.



True, that.



If that be so, then how do you explain him dropping out in 2008 as soon as it became obvious he wasn't going to win?


Wow these votes are slow coming in. There are 13 Republicans in the District of Columbia, it can't possibly take this long to count so few votes.



Seems like he is off the charts on beating all the not Romney-o-meters, too.

Gloating? Why yes, thank you very much.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Keep in mind, I don't think this will end until April 24. It's not over yet. As Stallone said in the Rocky movies, "Nothing is over!!!" Mitt needs to score the KO blow in PA on Santorum. Then, Romney Balboa can focus on his fight with Obama Creed.



Lol, it's supposed to be inneficient. It's the government, for God's sake. XD



It so happens April 24 is my birthday. Santorum losing on PA would be the perfect B-day gift. 😛


127. MarK, it didn't pay off for him last time, and he dropped out long after some around here were asking him to stop burning through his kids inheritance. Remember? Or did I fail to shout loudly enough?

It's always worth being stubborn when you wind up winning. Only in that case, the stubbornness attribute gets rewritten as perseverance.



I think he was being sarcastic.


Well, President Obama has officially clinched the Democratic nomination tonight with his wins in MD, DC and soon to be WI.

la enchiladita

118. As I stated above, per Sean Trende, the WI rural voters are heavily democrap.


Gloating? Why yes, thank you very much.

That's just awful. Mainly because I don't have a preferred winning candidate to gloat for.

Whatever. The main thing is being able to laugh gloatingly in the face of proggies if Mitt ousts him in November. Unity at last: a state rarely achieved outside of death.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


How did Obama beat Vermin Supreme for the nomination? 😀


Santorum will say they broke the 25% mark, that will make a good night for him.

If you're not first, you're last in this case.


If Mitt continues to trail Obama in the national polls, the pressure is going to build on Santorum to drop out sooner than later. And the pressure is not going to be exclusively coming from "party elders" and the so-called establishment. It's going to come from concerned grass-root conservatives, too. Dr. Land is just one of many voices that will start calling for a halt in the intra-party squabbles. He is going to find it increasingly hard to ignore those.

I am not making any predictions, but let's just say I would not be surprised to see Rick drop out about a week maybe two from today.



Vermin Supreme's pro-tooth brushing platform alienated the majority of Democrats.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

"Unity at last: a state rarely achieved outside of death."

I don't know about that. I've seen some divisiveness among dead people. :)



Romney Balboa vs Obama Creed. That's actually pretty good. Let's just hope it doesn't come to a split decision


Wow, Santorum is hell bent on staying in. This guys... What to do with him!!


I hate the "we got outspent" excuse. Raise more money if you don't want to be outspent!


Now Santorum's campaign spokeslady on CNN is now saying that Texas is the next big contest after Pennsylvania. If his campaign seriously believes that they will be still in the race by the Texas Primary (May 29th) then they are as delusional as their candidate.

R42012 groupie

He will not drop out before penn

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Santorum amazes me. I've never seen a politician try to destroy his political career as much as Santorum. With Newt, I cut him some slack since he is at the end of his long political career. But, Santorum is young and could've had a future, but, he's angered and alienated so many GOPers, I can't see him going anywhere were he to run at a future election year. Palin has a more prosperous future than Santorum.



Texas will be irrelevant by then...


Good Grief, It's been nearly an hour and NOT ONE DC precinct has reported. I guess we really shouldn't be surprised at the inefficiency, it being Washington D.C. and all.



The good news is that Rick Santorum will be irrelevant way before Texas.


The Fox News exit poll makes Wisconsin look like Romney wins 45% to 33.5%

In that case, Romney will over perform tonight!



As much as I can't stand Palin, I am inclined to agree with u.



I dare say he's irrelevant now.



As long as he wins by 10 points or more, he will have a great great night in terms of expectations! If that Fox News Exit Poll is the final number then it will be a great night, and the race will be called before 9:30pm



Its not unusual at all for a challenger to trail an incumbent President at this point in the polls, even one who is particularly competent. Reagan trailed Carter badly most of the race, pretty much up until the last debate which was a disaster for Carter.

In fact, Romney is in a very strong position for a challenger. He has a chance to really finish strong, particularly with a candidate who is as tone deaf (despite what his cheerleaders in the msm say) as Obama. He is doubling down on the stupid with his attacks on the Supreme Court and those of us who actually fund the other 50% of the country, the taxpayers.


Did Romney ever campaign in maryland or DC?


149. I really don't think Santorum has a political career beyond the primaries. What does he have to lose? If Romney loses to Obama conservatives won't say it was because Santorum stayed in the race and brought Romney down, they will say Romney was too moderate.


"Did Romney ever campaign in maryland or DC?"

I am pretty sure he did campaign in Maryland. DC, I cannot speak for.


#97 & 100 FYI

April 3 D.C. Winner take all 19 16 delegates are allocated to the winner of the district-wide vote. The other 3 delegates are the district's RNC officials.

April 3 Md. Winner take all 37 10 delegates are allocated to the winner of the statewide vote, and 24 delegates are awarded to the winner of each congressional district (3 per district). The other 3 delegates are the state's RNC officials.

April 3 Wis. Winner take all 42 15 delegates are awarded to the winner of the statewide vote. 24 delegates are awarded to the winner of each congressional district (3 per district). The other 3 delegates are the state's RNC officials.



He went to Maryland and John Bolton stumped for him in the state too. Former Governor Bob Ehrlich is Romney's top surrogate in the state, and he helped lock up the state for Governor Romney.


Exit polls show taht 12% of voters are democrats and 31% are independents. Wow if Romney wins inspite of the opposition I will say Kudos and here we come PA.


OK, here we go for WI...

Go Mitt!!!


Yes Romney campaigned in both Maryland and Washington D.C.


WI Polls Closed!


Nice!! Thanks 160 and 162.


CNN's Exit Poll:

Romney- 43%

Santorum- 35%

Paul- 11%

Gingrich- 6%


CNN exit poll similar to Fox's.


Wisconsin exit Romney 43% Santorum 35% (cnn)


137 MarqueG- any candidate better be stubborn. YOu have to push through.


Fox Exit Poll had Romney +11? CNN +7? Which to believe?

la enchiladita

Okey dokey, polls are closed in the Land O'Cheese.



The voting results. That's the only one that matters.



Let's compromise at say Romney +9. That's good enough for me.


Now Santorum’s campaign spokeslady on CNN is now saying that Texas is the next big contest after Pennsylvania. If his campaign seriously believes that they will be still in the race by the Texas Primary (May 29th) then they are as delusional as their candidate.

Are you really surprised by this considering the source? It's just basic spin. Why would a candidate go out and announce the date when his defeats are decisive in advance? You've got to keep your troops motivated, after all.

Expecting anything different would be akin to Obama begging the Taliban for negotiations while confirming a firm date for withdrawal. Normally, you wouldn't want to demoralize your own troops while energizing your adversary.



Perhaps CNN. Their sample is larger, so perhaps more representative. BUT Fox is still crunching the numeros. So they may still agree in the end.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Where's John King? I'm not too crazy about Tom Foreman.



Superb comment! Take a bow!


And there goes DC


Seems like most people think the race is over if Romney sweeps tonight. Some in the media seem to want us to believe Santorum is still in the game if he wins Pennsylvania.


Fox News calls D.C. for Mitt Romney!


CNN's Internet feed is really lousy today...



I agree. More used to King.


Why aren't there any numbers for DC?


CNN calls DC for Romney


CNN has also called the District of Columbia for Mitt Romney. 2 for 2 so far.


Romney has won D.C. It didn't take long.



wholeheartedly agree, well put.


Maryland is R/S 53/37 with 4% reporting.

So Mitt is doubling Rick and has a majority to boot.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Wow, Sarah Palin just said Romney IS the nominee on Hannity right now.


I can't take Hannity and Palin together. It's a cornucopia of stupid.


But, Santorum is young and could’ve had a future, but, he’s angered and alienated so many GOPers, I can’t see him going anywhere were he to run at a future election year.

Yeah, well. Pat Buchanan challenged HW all the way to the convention in 1992, and was resoundingly castigated for his divisiveness against a sitting Prez and head of the party. He seems to have done fine for himself careerwise. I'm not too worried about Santo's future prospects. He'll either be an opinionator on the fringe of the GOP/conservative movement. Or else he'll go into lobbying.


thanks, Kris


If I hear one more commentator orgasming over the Obama-Clinton contest in 2008, I'm going to be sick.



Just confirms what we already know: The race is over.


193 Well if sister Sarah says it, it must be true..Whew, I can finally breath a sigh of relief!!!



Wow, Sarah Palin just said Romney IS the nominee on Hannity right now.

That is what I've been saying. More and more pressure is going to build on Santorum and it won't be just coming from the "establishment".


Wow Palin must be hurting inside. No contested convention, no move to the White house for the Palin clan. Ouch!! Wonder how Jack is taking this.


disagree with this assumption that all the candidates became better over the tough primary. I think Santorum got worse. And Newt fell flat, even in the south. Just Palin defending this poisonous system of a primary we have. I dunno, I guess you could find some positives. But I truly believe Santo became a worse candidate.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Is Wisconsin gonna be like Ohio and Michigan where the rural areas come in first and it looks like Santorum is winning, and then the Urban/Surburban areas come in and Romney takes the lead and the win?


CNN showing Romney at 600 delegates. It's going higher, but it looks good.


Are you all 100% sure Romney wins Wisconsin?


If you were at a basketball game and the score at the half was let's say 63 to 29, what would you think the chances of an upset are?

I'm guessing the delegate count is going to be about 630 to 290 after today.


Senator Santorum is making his "concession" speech.


It's not that Palin is plugged into some eternal cosmic truths as that the resistance to Romney is crumbling to dust.


Here comes Mr Claim victory in defeat.

My Man Mitt 4 President

Where is Jack to hear Romney is the nominee from Sarah Palin's own words!


lol Where's Jack now... lol I want to shove Sarah words in his face.

la enchiladita

Santorum wins Madison. Color me not surprised.


Over/under 12.5 minutes?


If it's half-time, Santorum got beat down in the first half, and Romney's more than half way to victory.


Senator Santorum is clearly aiming for the Gingrich vote. His speech tonight is taking place in Mars Pennsylvania.

Tennessean for Mitt

Palin just said Romney is the nominee??? Oh no. What is Jack going to do now ??? How can he go on ???

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

yeah Santie, it's halftime. But, you're behind about about 10 touchdowns against Romney.


There are only maybe 20 people in the room.


First results coming from Green Bay and Madison.


Where's that one guy on here that worships Palin? His head must've exploded when she acknowledged Romney


193 I guess Palin is better at math than Santorum.


First returns from google at http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results/2012/gop-primary/wi , with a grand total of 0.3% reporting, show Santorum leading Romney in Wisconsin by 44% to 37%.


#203...That was my first thought when he began speaking. Still sounds like it...?

la enchiladita

2% of vote in... dudes are tied now.


10 precincts have reported in Wisconsin so nothing to see yet.


Santorum lying in his speech again.

Nobody has sais "All the significant people have spoken"......what a jerk...


Someone on another website posted that Romney needs to carry a deficit clock around with him everywhere he goes and set in near him while he speaks so it can be seen. Can someone who's connected into the Romney campaign pass this idea along?


150. It will be irrelevant, and Romney will win anyway. Polls are close now, but as Mitt approaches the magic number and as it becomes more and more obvious that Mitt will indeed get to 1144 during the primary season (as if it's in doubt now), folks will tire greatly at Santorum's act, and his welcome will be completely worn out. I'm looking forward to seeing the polling in PA go towards Mitt over the next couple of weeks. Should be fun!

And oh, by the way (and I know everyone here knows this), the general election has already begun.


I, for one, feel that Mitt has gotten much better over the drawn-out primary. In televized interviews, he has struck me as more relaxed and less tense. Even with challenging interviewers like Megyn Kelly.


Ricky loves to hear his own voice.


Jack will still be convinced that she has it in the bag. This comment is just a ploy to keep everyone off guard and unsuspecting until she swoops in at the perfect moment at the convention, yanks the microphone away and delivers a speech that floors everyone into handing her the nomination.

She has us right where she wants us. Sarah Palin. An unconventional campaign for unconventional times.


Even Santorum's supporters are telling him to "go". Everyone now wants this guy out of the race. :)


Polls are closed in Wisconsin.

Is there a website with up-to-date results?



Dennis Miller coined that joke. He came up with it on OReilly a few weeks ago



And that, my friends, is sad.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

She said on Hannity, "There's no question that Romney is the nominee."


The country was built on Pennsylvania - what? That comment was just dumb.


Conan Romney, what is best in life?

Jack Bauer's Dad (finally on board with Mitt)

232: LOL!


It doesn't look good in WI right now.


Santy pants has his raspy voice again. His preachy voice. Someone save me, I might throw something at the TV.


We have to have clear contrasting colors? Is Santorum just stupid?


Santorum never talks about the Economy. He is a cultural warrior, that's all. Not enough buddy!!


By the way, it was so gracious of Senator Santorum to congratulate Governor Romney for winning at least 2 primaries tonight...

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

"An unconventional campaign for unconventional times."

Wasn't that what Herman Cain was trying to do? Run an unconventional campaign?



Tennessean for Mitt

Okay we've seen enough of Ricky. Cut him off like you usually do.

la enchiladita

3% reporting: exact tie, 6,494 each. This looks good for a Romney surge, right?


In Jack's voice: Oh yes, Palin will be sitting in Oval Office coming January. She said Romney is the nominee only to catch him off guard with her sneaky attack from behind.

Wait a minute, I think I sound too smart to be Jack. He won't know what Oval Office is...


Fox had a check mark by Santorum's name for Michigan. It's not the first time that's happened. There was a check mark by Romney's name for a state he lost.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Someone tell me when Wisconsin is called. I'm watching the Green Lantern on HBO.


Wasn’t that what Herman Cain was trying to do? Run an unconventional campaign?

Never mind Herman, that's what I've been doing my whole life. You?


Ohh he said etch a sketch ...I laugh every time at that one...good one rick good one...


Oh, please get his children off the stage. I feel bad for them.


Somebody needs to put Santorum out of his misery...

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

Ungracious, lying, mischaracterizing, stubborn, egotistical...what other words can I use to describe Santobama and his speeches?

He can't let it go that he's getting trounced....same tired rhetoric.

"You know me..." He's saying now...

Yes, Rick. They know you. They also voted you OUT by 18%.


How did Santorum come from immigrant parents if his grandfather worked in the coal mines?


"But you know me (here in Pennsylvania)"

Of course they do Senator, that's why they tossed you out of the Senate by 18 points.

la enchiladita

Mitt tweets: "Big thanks to everyone in MD and DC – what a way to start the night. Excited for WI results to start coming in."


Yeah...we know us...unfortunately!


215. It's hilarious. Let's say these guys are racing each other in a 4000 meter run. Romney hits the 2000 meter mark, and Santorum declares "the race is only half over". The problem is that Santorum hasn't even hit the 1000 meter mark yet. He's going to be lapped, but in his delirium he thinks that if he just keeps plugging along, he'll prevail.


"...etched in steel, not an etch-a-sketch..."



Santorum should write his own history book, it would be hilarious.


I dont like Mitts numbers in Green Bay....


So when it Santy going to get that plastic surgery to make him look more like Reagan?...


Santorum really can't give a speech. Hannity just cut him off.... for Fox calling Wisconsin.


Can Romney beat Santy in TX. I guess that is where Jeb and HW will help.


Santie now beating Mitt by about 200.

Any word on areas in WI that have yet to be counted and will tilt it toward Romney?


Romney's now pulled ahead in Wisconsin with 5% reporting in:

Romney- 41%

Santorum- 39%


Think Rick's forgetting it's about delegates. And this selfish man is doing nothing but continuing to divide the party. Shame on him.


Good God he is one sanctimonious, dishonest prick.

Its a toss up right now who I dislike more, Obama or Santorum. And thats saying a lot.


LOL at Santorum comparing himself to Reagan. If Reagan were alive today, he'd hate Santorum. Santorum is a classless nutjob. Reagan was a classy, great guy with a lot of personality and dignity. Santorum wouldn't even deserve to be able to shine Reagan's shoes.

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

I hate, by the way, that the media doesn't call Santobama on his crap, just like they didn't with Grinch.

So, he can campaign in single states when there are 4-8 voting? Just PA? JUST TEXAS?

That was quite possibly the worst speech I've heard...he's NOT Reagan, not even close.


Foxnews just called Wisconsin? A little early I think but I'll take it.



Santo up by about 500.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Newt is about a Moon colony. And Santorum is speaking from a place in PA called Mars. Coincidence? I think not.


Fox News has called WIsconsin for Mitt Romney. Nothing yet from CNN.


My bad, projected that Mitt will win, not called, just projection #samethingtome

Tennessean for Mitt

Can someone dig Reagan up and get him to tell Santorum to get out !!!!! Maybe he'll listen to him.


...and now it becomes apparent why Santorum's running. He's hoping for a Romney loss so he can claim it's time to run a "true conservative" (idiot), if we want to win.



See #216,


The ONLY way Santorum is ahead right now in Madison HAS to be operation Hillarity.

la enchiladita

273. Let the surge begin.

278. Yeah, a bit early, but...


Palin wants Allan West for Veep.


HANNITY! Its over! Give it up man. Santo will not win/has lost. Join us in the real world.


Mitt now beating Santie by 18 votes!


Palin said Alan West would be a great VP pick.


Mitt came from 500 votes behind to overtake Santie!


CNN's still waiting to call Wisconsin. I guess it's their exit polls that are making the difference.

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

Can't hear anything on FNC...cable volume not working.

Anything worthwhile from Hannity and Palin?


Santorum is the new Jim Jones serving hypnotic Kool-aid at his rallies.


Mittb ahead by 150!!!!


6% reporting in Wisconsin:

Romney 11,520- 41%

Santorum 11,367-40%


Dane coming in for Santorum. So definitely some operation chaos going on. But Romney doing really well in Kenosha. About as well as McCain did 4 years ago, when he won statewide by 18%. So it looks like the Ryan endorsement really mattered.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Since I'm watching the Green Lantern, I feel like creating a Green Lantern oath for Mitt Romney.

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night.

No delegate will escape Mitt Romney's sight.

For those who want a candidate who's too far right.

Just vote for Mitt Romney to restore America's might!!!

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Now I know why Jack keeps preaching Palin/West.


240, La Enchiladita: Thanks muchly! Those are much better than google's.


Mitt now ahead by 500 votes!

Tennessean for Mitt

Romney up by 30% in Milwaukee with 1% in.


Even Wolf thinks Santorum's running in hopes of 2016.



They went to talking about Obama's criticism of Ryan's plan. Saying Obama down to scare tactics cause he has nothing else, but Palin says American people smart enough to avoid getting scared to that degree again and Obama doesn't give people credit


Operation Hilarity I mean.


"We need someone who understands the nature of freedom."

Right, Rick.



CNN is calling WIsconsin for Romney. He swept all three.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

CNN just called WI for Mitt.


Mitt now ahead by 600 votes with 8% reporting.


Romney has won Wisconsin. 3 Strikes and Santorum is out.


CNN just called it.

Tennessean for Mitt

That guy just said Santorum is the nominee if he wins Penn. and Texas. Is he crazy???

Romney for President

Did Hannity just say that Fox projects Mitt wins all three primary?


What the Santorum people forget...the states he can win are NOT winner take all. If Romney picks up less than 1/2 of those delegats, Romney STILL gets to 1144.



Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Both Fox and CNN has called all 3 for Mitt.


Hey Rick, in a free country I can watch porn. (just making a point, don't want to offend anyone)


Great analysis by Santorum supporter. If Rick wins PA and TX he'll be the nominee. A couple of proportional states and Rick wins. I guess delegates aren't what I thought they were.


Lead now trimmed back to 700.


Hey, the Newt lady just gave props to Romney first thing. Nice gesture.


Santorum's stupid staffer just said that if Santorum wins Pennsylvania, and Texas he thinks he'll be the nominee. What an idiot. New York has more delegates than Penn, and California has more delegates than Texas. I don't think anyone thinks Santorum's going to win 3 out of those 4 (or really even 2).





In Santorum-land, delegates don't matter when it comes to picking the Republican nominee.


Triple win!!

Firecracker (Romney/West)

Romney is now up in Dane County, and killing it in Kenosh. I just wonder what is up with Brown County, Romney should be leading there.


The funny part of Santorum saying 1/2 the country hasn't spoken yet, was that he didn't mention that half the country has already rejected him.


My 13 y.o. daughter, listening to Santorum says "Is his voice always that annoying? I can't listen to him." I think that was the first time she's listened to one of his speeches.


328 I'm just waiting for him to do a Dean-scream.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

Let's pretend Jack's dream came true and Palin was the nominee and West was the VP. Does Florida election law allow someone to run for congress and VP at the same time?

My Man Mitt 4 President

LOVE DRUDGE headline Picture of Santorum reads 'Maybe enough delegates by 2016' LOL


I used to love Sarah Palin and she literally makes me gag now. She may be the most self serving Media Hound out there at this point.

Firecracker (Romney/West)

Has anyone Drudge Report right now? If you haven't go to it right now! PRICELESS!!!


Santo's spin aside, he's got to win his former home state of Penn to remain viable. I'm pulling for Mitt to win there just to put a finer point on his foreseeable victory. If Santo loses PA and still stays in, the results afterwards will be nothing more than public embarrassment. Such things have happened in the past, even before proportional allocation. But to little effect.


On Drudge, right now, a picture of Santorum with the headline "MAYBE ENOUGH DELEGATES, BY 2016?"

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


A Santorum Roar'em?


Paul Ryan should say, "who would have thought a rich guy like Romney would know how to sweep"?


I'm pretty surprised how close the race in WI is right now. I would have expected Mitt to do much better in Madison and Green Bay than he is. But maybe MEM is right, and the problem is Operation Hilarity. Either way, Rick continues to outperform his exit polls. I think he does this because exit pollsters would rather not bother go into the boonies and talk to the masses for a whole day.


Nobody wants to hear Bob Ehrlich CNN. Cut to Ryan.


The next Vice President of the United States, Paul Ryan is getting ready to introduce Governor Romney.


335 Yep, it's becoming obvious why Santorum's running.

My Man Mitt 4 President




LOL maybe enough by then, hard to say


I'm surprised Wisconsin is this close 7% in.

I have to say, I'm heartened that so many SoCons are showing up in one of my favorite states.

But I also have to say, this nomination needs to wrap up, post haste.


Watching Paul Ryan on C-Span introducing Romney, and it is a great speech!


Santorum thinks that he's Reagan, and that he's going to be the frontrunner in 2016 by staying in and coming in a strong second and waiting for Mitt to lose. What he doesn't realize is that even if Romney does lose in the fall, Santorum will be an asterisk in 2016. It will be like Pat Buchanan coming in second in 1996, only to poll at about 1 percent among Republicans in 2000. Buchanan was forced out of his own party and ran on the Reform ticket that year because Republicans wanted nothing to do with him. Santorum doesn't realize that his brand of authoritarianism is at odds with American conservatism.


Mass Con,

Santorum killed with Dems in the exits (11%) of the electorate and with those who strongly disapprove of the tea-party. It's pretty obviously operation hilarity. And Dems are in Madison and Green Bay.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Let me throw something hypothetical, if we lose 2012, and 2016 came down to between Santorum and Palin, which would you choose? Me, I'd go with Sarah over Santie.


Governor Romney is declaring victory in Wisconsin.


Don't have CNN, argh. Missed Ryan's introduction. Darn.



It finally is happening. Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee and will have his shot at Obama. It should have been 4 years ago, but maybe NO ONE could have beat Obama 4 years ago.

Maybe this time he can be beaten and I believe Mitt is the one to do it.

Go Mitt Go!!!!



I'd go with a bottle handful of Valium a day for the 6 months leading up to the primary.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

I wonder if Ryan introducing Romney is a pre-cursor to the future GOP ticket at Tampa.


His name was invoked and so...... despite a few important differences with him, I am compelled to say, for the sake of loyalty.....

Pat is the MAN!!!!!!


345. C-SPAN! I always forget I have it... dangit.


346 If Santorum wants to be the next nominee (should Obama win), he should get out and stump for Romney 24/7 in order to build relationships. I'm doubting he'll do that.

Conservative Independent

Romney is by himself on the stage. No family. He looks so Presidential. Notice the difference between his pleasing voice and listening to the grinning Santy.


Wow, I think they did let Mitt outta the box tonight


LBJ? MAJOR wince. I'm sure he just misspoke, but good golly.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


And when you sleepwalk to the voting booth to vote, do you hit the lever for Palin or Santorum?

Firecracker (Romney/West)

I think Santorum is going to win three CDs in Wisconsin. He's cleaning up in Brown County and will win the two CDs in Western Wisconsin. Oh well, Santy only gets 9 delegates tonight.


Romney has now pulled ahead in Dane County. Operation Hillarity failed even in Madison.


Despite popular demand around here for Mitt to curb-stomp Santo, I have to credit Mitt for being affable with his rivals. For a while, Newt hated him so much that he never called to congratulate Mitt for his victories. And then they had the "secret" meeting a few weeks back that presumably was held specifically to be leaked to the press. The two buried the hatchet, and Newt has been cheerful about Mitt's inevitability ever since.

Mitt and Santo have supposedly telephoned to offer congrats the whole time, which is just plain gentlemanly good sportsmanship. And Santo, despite his speechifying rhetoric, has been on the conceding end for some time. Mitt has stopped punching downwards generally, and the two are still on speaking terms. This is good for party unity. And every last bit of that will be essential to reach the magical 270 in November.


No surprise Rick is winning the rural northern counties, and Mitt the urban/exurban counties.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


WI has already been called for Romney.

Conservative Independent

Mitt Romney is doing conspicuously well so far in Kenosha County, Wisc., where he leads Rick Santorum 53 percent to 30 percent so far with 15 percent of the vote reported.

Kenosha County, which is often competitive in general and primary elections, is at the heart of Wisconsin's First Congressional district, which is represented by Paul Ryan. Mr. Ryan endorsed Mr. Romney late last week.

- Nate Silver



Romney's Illinois speech was much better.


351...c'mon now the kool aid romney supporters need a reality check. The best political thing to happen to mitt romney was losing the primary in 2008. THERE WAS ZERO CHANCE mitt romney would have beat obama in 2008....ditto zero chance a mccain/romney ticket would have beat obama in 2008...to think some romney supporters would believe otherwise is kinda scary.


If Wisconsin is "Winner Take All Primary by Congressional District," does that mean Mitt has to win every Congressional District to win all the delegates?


Good point in #363 MarqueG




Well said.


I like this Romney speech, but I have no idea if the average voter does


I also agree that Romney pulling the upset against a Democrat Tidal Wave in 2008 would have been nigh impossible. I don't think it could have been done.



"WI has already been called for Romney."

Really? I'm not watching TV, and just got online. The official tally is close, but I suppose that is a matter of who is reporting?


This a purely general election speech. This is Romney the Republican nominee, not Romney the GOP fron-runner.


368 - blue,

I agree with you 100%.

Go Mitt Go!!!!!


Will this be close?

Heath Says:

April 3rd, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Heath’s preiction:

Mittens 47%

Tanty Santy 39%

Paul 8%

Newt 5%


8000 vote lead for Mitt!


Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


CNN and FoxNews has called all three primaries for Mitt. Romney sweeps tonight.


If Romney had gotten the nomination in 2008, he would have as much relevance on the current political scene as Michael Dukakis.


367. He does need some new material... He should use PA to bust out a new speech...


"It's a bit like saying you like an omelet, but you don't like eggs" - lol.


Yeah, Romney's running ahead of McCain- thus far- in Ryan's district. Given his numbers in the rest of the state, it's quite possible that Ryan delivered the state to Romney.


Romney's lead is steadily climbing as more counties in southeastern Wisconsin are reporting.


This speech is killing it.


Is this really going to go on for two more months? Who were the wise guys in the GOP establishment who thought it would be a good idea to have a lengthy primary season? Do we really want to go through another iteration of "Animals for Newt" between now and June, when Romney wins 1144 delegates by winning California?


I have to disagree with Matthew. I think this is a better speech by Romney than his Illinois speech.


Santorum now either needs to go 100% positive, or drop out.

The scorched Earth attack ads need to stop.

Conservative Independent

#384 That's what a good VP candidate should do


Crazy that Fox news cut into both Santorum's and Romney's speech

Conservative Independent

Ann Romney is not there by his side for the first time.


In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president's bluff -- ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law, according to a lawyer who was in the courtroom.

The order, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, appears to be in direct response to the president's comments yesterday about the Supreme Court's review of the health care law. Mr. Obama all but threw down the gauntlet with the justices, saying he was "confident" the Court would not "take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."

I think this is a big deal.

Conservative Independent

#391 I stopped watching FNC during the debates. Now, I only watch CNN


391. (cspan 😉 )

393. This is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Fox has been playing the audio of the judge giving the homework assignment.


His speech is different from the ones delivered in Il and OH. It looks like he frames a new one every major cycle. I expect a new one in the works for PA.


The federal appeals court is ordering the justice department to deliver a 3 pages single spaced opinion.


This close Wisconsin margin is because Southeastern Wisconsin (Paul Ryan's district) has less reported in. Milwaukee only has 4% reporting in. Romney's margin will expand as that part of the state reports in.


How many Delegates are at stake on April 24th?

I'm also hearing that Romney's team is going ALL IN on Pennsylvania, and I think he's gonna win it


Obama made a huge mistake with his statement about Obamacare.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

CNN really loves drama. They are only talking about Pennsylvania. No mention of New York or the other states on April 24, just PA.


Rangers sweep the season series with Philly and clinch best record in the eat.

Romney sweeps the 3 states in play and further clowns Santorum.

Life is good.


The current margin of 5 is going to at least increase to 8% and maybe more.


This Is Great!!!!

Just saw a Romney spokesman just say they will be spending "MILLIONS" in Pennsylvania!!



Santorum's back in the lead in Dane.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

I miss John King and his map about how Romney will get the 1144 delegates.


Wow, chuck todd talking about santy drop out...i actually think its better for romney to have him run through PA and have romney beat him in that state.

Conservative Independent

#404 This will make Santy whine that it's not fair. He'll be pouting again.


I hope Romney pulls off an upset in Pennsylvania. That would be the end. If Romney goes for Pennsylvania, it's going to kill Santorum's future in politics in Pennsylvania, and it's going to get ugly.


Looks like Romney is going to win all of the delegates in Maryland. Not even the farthest west CD will go for Rick, as his lead in Garrett County is too small to make up for Mitt's leads in the other counties in that district.

Santorum's only delegates tonight will be in Wisconsin. And it's going to either be 6 or 9 delegates out of a total of 98 for the day.


I read earlier that it is 3 delegates per district to the winner.

Santorum STILL does not have any delegates according to CNN. I guess that means he has not won in any of the Congressional Districts (yet).


412 So somewhere between 88 to 10 and 92-6?


I'm sure many of you don't remember, but Romney polled unusually bad in Wisconsin in '09 and '10, particularly against Huck, who routinely lead him by a decent margin.

My point is that Mitt' strong victory tonight in a state he never polled well in is a sign that the rank and file are ready to declare a winner.


Waukesha (also in Ryan's district) just started to come in and, while it's early, he leads 61-28. No doubt about it. Ryan's been money for Mitt.

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

He won't say it, maybe Sununu could :) but after tonight's speech and Santobama's line, "You know me" and Mitt's tough campaign in PA coming, they should say, "PA knows Santorum, that's why they kicked him out of office by 18%!!!" He supported Specter over Toomey. End it, Mitt!


Pawlenty dressing down Blitzer and saying the race is over. He's openly contemptuous of Santorum and Gingrich. Good job.


407 It's as if nobody wants to map out this race, because once you go to the map, it's obvious the race is over.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


You think Ryan introducing Romney tonight might be a hint that Ryan might be the VP?



>>My point is that Mitt’ strong victory tonight in a state he never polled well in is a sign that the rank and file are ready to declare a winner.

Some of us did know that. But I appreciate you noticing.



Not only that, but he heavily carried Republicans, 51-37. If it weren't for Dems, who are going for Santy 2 to 1, this would close to a Maryland level blowout. Bad news for Santy in PA.


#259 Boomer: There are, or at least were, coal mines in Italy too.


Pawlenty would have been a good VP nominee, but he took his name out of contention in favor of others. I see him playing a major role in a Romney Administration.

Can't Wait for Rubio's America (Romney/Jindal 2012) (Rubio/Ryan 2020)


Attacking the Supreme court has never been a wise move historically, just ask FDR. His court packing scheme stopped the New Deal in its tracks. Obama's comment regarding the unprecedentness of the Supreme court is Ludicrous and downright infuriating. Of course the supreme court has the power to strike down laws passed by congress. Thats the entire purpose of the Supreme court, its why we have a seperation of powers in the first place. Its to provide Checks and balances. The Supreme court striking down Obamacare would simply be the Court doing the job it was intended to do. Its the opposite of unprecedented, its the Supreme Court doing the job it was created to do.

Not to Mention the SCOTUS's approval rating is much higher than congresses and is equal to or greater than Obama's

I have a feeling this will come back to haunt Obama.



Check out Drudge.

Conservative Independent

Ryan definitely helped Romney win Wisconsin. He would make a great VP for Romney who's campaign slogan is to Restore America and get the US back on a financially sound track.



I'm guessing Rick will be fielding a lot of unsolicited phone calls from party elders for the rest of the week.

...party elders who weren't returning his phone calls two months ago.....



True. But if you have listened to Santorum's stump speech even once you would know that his grandfather worked the coal mines in PA.

So you want to explain it now?


I'm sure pawlenty would get a cabinet job but i doubt he really took his name out of the veep stakes even if that is what he is saying right now.



Good article on Team Obama's plans if he is reelected. Not only are we talking about the Russia issue last week, they had Palestinian politicians saying the have been told by the Obama administration that he will back Palestinian statehood if reelected. And for you SOCONS out there, pretty sure Obama will be "evolving" on same sex marriage. His White HOuse website in 2009 even said they intend to get rid of DOMA. Expect more unilateral Executive Orders and attacking of the Judiciary. Obama has no respect for the Supreme Court as was evident this week.

We cannot relect this guy. Santorum get out or stay in and focus your fire on Obama like Newt is now. Financially we are a house of cards and Obama is about to thow a big old Angry Bird at us. He doesnt care if it all falls apart.


HeHe....this all over the headlines and the San Francisco Chronicle....

"Rick Santorum claimed Monday that "seven or eight of the California system of universities" don't offer courses in American history."

Several large newspaper having a hay day with it - some headlines:

"Rick Santorum: Don't Know Much About History"

"Rick Santorum Falsely Claims California Schools Don't Teach American History"

"Rachel Maddow uses UC Davis course catalog to rebut Santorum claim"

"Rachel Maddow schools Rick Santorum on teaching history in CA"

"Too Good to Check, Santorum Edition"

I am so embarrassed this man is a Republican candidate and is getting so many votes from our party. What does this say about us? As if Palin didn't already dig a deep enough hole!


Pawlenty as Chief of Staff?

eh, I'm guessing Mitt would pick someone he has more personal experience with. Probably someone in his campaign.

Conservative Independent

#432 I agree with you. He is an embarrassment to the GOP. Of course, the Democrats won with the class clown, Joe Biden.


Greta is taking Wasserman-Schultz to task over the budget process...and beating her up over the Senate. Funny thing is they keep calling it the Romney budget.

WS spins and lies about the Democrat budget and the Ryan / "Romney" budget. Total falsehoods and misrepresentations... Why can't even FOX call them out?


424 Pawlenty has cabinet position easily in a Romney adminstration. He's exactly the type of competent figure that Mitt will bring in.


Get a load of the picture of Santorum and the caption over at drudge....


Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


I don't see how what Santorum says is Palin's fault.



Come come, now. Everyone gets bad info from their speechwriters every now and then. In 2008, Mitt left a Cuban American audience in awkward silence during the '08 campaign when he ended his speech with a little Spanish lingo, that was Castro's well known revolutionary slogan.


422. MEM,

If Dems are going 2 to 1 for Mitt, can we assume Mitt will take 1/3 of the Democrat vote in the GE?

Conservative Independent

Delegate Scoreboard: Romney 76, Santorum 0

- Nate Silver


Palin started the bonehead reputation, i.e. Couric interview and SNL...


I just checked the dictionary and under sore loser it says: Rick Santorum ... weird


I mean 2 to 1 for Santy


Soon Romney's going to be closer to the 1144 he needs, than Santorum is going to be to catching up. In fact I think it's fair to say Santorum will never reach the number of delegates Romney has right now.


Romney is destroying Rick in Ryan's district.


439. So a foreign language the Mittness doesn't speak, compared to a language where Captain Contraceptive was fully aware of every word?

Yeah, there's mistakes, but Santy had more choice and say in that one.


on twitter:

Santorum has won the State of denial.


What was it, less than 4 months ago when Newt said that if you look at the polls it was clear he was the nominee?

Is anyone even talking about Newt anymore as anything but a bad joke?

Yea, we can come together later. I'm going to enjoy dancing on a few graves for a while.


Will Santy get any delegates in WI?

Has he won any of the Congressional Districts?


Well, Santy will be able to claim that he won more counties again...


449. That is funny.


451. But did he win any Congressional Districts?


What a great night !!!



I suppose we can say that Rick knows as much about the California state university system as Mitt knows about Cuban history.


Santy in Mars .

Newt the moon...


I've hardly heard hide nor tail of Newtron. No newspaper...nada. It won't be long before Santy will have to find someone else's hot mic somewhere if he's going to get anyone to listen to him.



See if you can tell the difference to US voters between current events in CA and Cuba history.


455. Fair enough. Me still thinks Rick's gaffe is larger. It was a much simpler fact to check and understand beforehand.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

"Palin started the bonehead reputation, i.e. Couric interview and SNL"

Doesn't it pre-date Palin? Going back to Quayle, and maybe even further back to Agnew or even Nixon under Ike.


Cue Bagdad Adam to argue for continued primary....3...2...1....


457. He was on Hannity this afternoon. He talked about how Romney is the likely nominee, but he wasn't getting out. Then he said that he and Santorum were "putting together the conservative agenda" for the fight against Obama and that they're willing to have Romney join them. He tried to make it sound like he was leading the campaign against Obama even if Romney was the nominee.

It was actually pretty funny.


Obama is already backtracking on the Supreme Court shakedown incident. This is beyond dumb in an election year. The arrogance and narcissism of this guy is unreal. He forgets he is not a dictator with absolute power. Whatever comes of it, KUDOS to the judge that had the balls to say it, and give homework, lol.


462. So sorry to miss such a brilliant narrative!

Conservative Independent

Considering the number of Democrats who voted for Santorum, it's amazing that Romney pulled this off in Wisconsin. It looks a lot closer than I would have liked.


Seems to me like Santorum couldn't get to 1144 without winning New York, California, or Utah. That's how desperate it's gotten.


463. Yes!! That was so dang sweet.... Obama is imploding.




Good sense of history. Nixon made the famous "Checkers" speech to justify his place on the Republican ticket. The Humphrey campaign made an ad that had an offstage person just laughing at the notion of a Vice President Agnew, and everyone over 35 (and nerds under that age) now what happened to Quayle.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Santorum is counting on the Canada primary to put him over the top. 😀

NY4Romney(Romney/Ryan 2012)

Whats with the small margin of victory? Are we missing a lot of city/Ryan district votes or is something else going on? I was and still am hoping for 8+ win.


Looks like Santorum will win at least 3 CDs in Wisconsin and maybe 4. 9 or 12 for him.

Civil politics

Waukeshau county is not Ryan's district.....Sensenbrenner's ....its one of the most Republican / conservative in the nation....high turnouts here tries to nullify Dane count in state elections.


Still 65% left out there from Milwaukee, and Racine is only 20% reporting and its going Big for Mitt, I think we're looking at a 7 or 8 point win when all is said and done.


Looks like Santy will win none in Maryland as even the 2 CD not yet called

are leaning Romney.

I Cheated On My Wives For You America, newt


Jordan fades back, SWISH, and that's the game!


471 - I had heard that Wisconsin was "winner take all," is that not correct?


462: The problem with htese two jokers is that they BOTH are former Fox News employees and get TONS of free airtime on Hannity's radio and TV shows. Because of this exposure, they believe they ARE the influential movers within the party.

Somebody needs to read the results of that Rassmussen poll with Romney picked as LEADER of the GOP


Romney won the republican vote in WI 51-37. Tantorum voters must be so proud to join with Obama supporters in an attempt to help Obama win reelection.




Who cares? The race is over and the only who doesn't get it is Santorum.

He's become a bad joke and things are going to get ugly for him in PA where Pat Toomey is waiting for some serious payback.


Satorum can have his more than expected delegates in WA state and his 9-12 in WI. It does not matter. Mitt will get to 1144 on June 5th the day of CA/NJ if he underperforms or overperforms either way. This is over. There is nothing Satorum or a bunch of tricky Dems can do about that.


Santorum is a traitor to his country.


I just checked and found reports that Wisconsin is WTA by Congressional District--if seen a number of reports that haven't had that clear (and have actually inaccurately said that all 42 would go to the winning candidate.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


I'm waiting for an expecting Toomey to endorse Romney leading up to the PA primary. Maybe Gov. Corbett might endorse Mitt as well. Hopefuly Lt. Gov Cawley does also.


471, see 161 for explanation.


Santorum must be getting some gain out of all the continued publicity....or something. This just isn't rational at this point.


476 see 161 which explains state-by-state breakdown



Well Toomey and Corbett I believe have already said they will not endorse, but hopefully this will change things, hopefully they will be persuaded to endorse Mitt to help him lock up this thing and get Santorum out of the way.


We all knew Ronald Reagan and Santy/Panties is NO Ronald Reagan.

Compare Mitt's speech tonight w/Sant. Romney's was all about America and how to save her; Rick's was all about him being Reagan and Washington crossing the Delaware. And oh yeah, how he was a coal miner's daughter.


All those people Santo drags up behind him on stage look like a horde of so-con zombies. Silly at this point in the game. Someone made a good point earlier about how Romney has done the opposite since assuming the one-true nominee mantle. All eyes on Mitt.


Well, life is GOOD. The Mittness struck again. Night all.


488. Coal miner's daughter.....laughing so hard....


civil politics,

"Waukeshau county is not Ryan’s district…..Sensenbrenner’s ….its one of the most Republican / conservative in the nation….high turnouts here tries to nullify Dane count in state elections."

Muskego and parts of the bottom of Waukeshau are in Ryan's district.



Nixon's problem in '52 was a minor scandal. I don't think Democrats ever dismissed him as a lightweight. Indeed, even the ones that have continued to loath him for the past 60 years often point to him as the most intelligent Republican president in the post-war era.

Which he may well be.


471. MassCon, what is your source for Santorum winng 3 CDs in Wisconsin?

Can't Wait for Rubio's America (Romney/Jindal 2012) (Rubio/Ryan 2020)


I believe both Rubio and Ryan both initally stated they would not endorse anyone. This race is over. If Toomey and Corbett know whats best for the party(which I believe they do)they will endorse

I fully expect Toomey to endorse, it will be sweet to see Santorum relive his curbstomping, while Toomey gets his revenge, and if that doesn't work we always have our secret weapon.

Release the Christie!


Fox re-running Mitt's speach now.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


Some have considered Palin as this generation's Quayle or Nixon. It will be interesting to see if she fades like Quayle did or rebounds like Nixon did.


Yeah, but they keep cutting out Ryan's introduction.


#497: Palin has more going for her as a media personality than the others. However, I don't expect her to ever run for office again.

Ozzy, I'm still mad at her for her dumb position on continuing the race when it's obvious Mitt has won it and we NEED to use the resources to fight Obama, not each other. Mitt needs to be running ads against Obama, not keeping his foot on Santy's panties.


Mitt gets more and more excited and comfortable the more and more obvious it gets that Santo is an afterthought. He'll be a warrior by Nov.

Conservative Independent

#499 Palin was part of the let's have a contested convention crowd so that they could pick a true Conservative candidate. She has become irrelevant.


Santorum will win three CDs.....he did well in brown county....packer land....brought him his third cd


#500: But he still needs to spend precious money to keep Santy at bay. It's very annoying.


Where can I find out if Santorum won any CDs in Wisconsin?


#501: I agree. Except Rush has 12 million listeners or something. And some people are still listening to Palin. Santy keeps going on because people keep voting for him. When this is finally over, Palin and Rush will be irrelevant. Right now they are just dividers not uniters. Stupid.


502. What is your source?

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


You guys keep calling her irrelevant yet she seems to have a following and it looks like the ratings on the Today show might prove she is still a viable force that people are glued to or want to watch.



I don't see the comparison and I don't think I've ever heard it made before. Nixon, as much as he's hated (and Palin doesn't know what hatred is when put up against Nixon...modern writers STILL take potshots at him), was never dismissed as a lightweight. It didn't happen.

He legit scared Democrats because he was a smart, clever, nasty piece of work. Democrats are not scared of Palin. They just mock her.

NY4Romney(Romney/Ryan 2012)


Mitt could have really benefited from an Aaron Rodgers endorsement. Could have also used Clay Matthews to scare people into voting for Mitt.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)


And Quayle? Feared or mocked?


The only people that are afraid of Palin are people like me: Hard-core conservative women who want desperately to beat Obama.

Can't Wait for Rubio's America (Romney/Jindal 2012) (Rubio/Ryan 2020)


As long as we're talking about Nixion, I think of all the elections in America history 1960 is the one that would of been better if it was decided the other way, and it wouldn't be just better for the Republican party.

It would of been better for the Republican party, Nixion, Kennedy, and the country as a whole. No watergate, no kennedy assassination, no percieved weakness when it comes to dealing with communists,(Bay of Pigs)Perhaps better leadership and direction when it comes to dealing with Vietnam. After eight years of Nixion the democrats can have Kennedy for 1968-1976.

Think about it you stop a Assassination, Watergate, the turmoil of the 60s as a whole,(or at least reduce it)and people's general faith in Government remains high. Nixion gets a great spot in history and Kennedy actually earns his.

Just something to think about


Tony "ARF,"

We are basing this off of the results map compared to wikipedia's congressional district map. There is a congressional district centered around Green Bay, and two in western Wisconsin. Santorum will win all three of those.

There is a congressional district centered around Appleton and Fond Du Lac, and Santorum is likely to win there as well.

However, Romney wins the vast majority of the delegates in Wisconsin, and also all of them in DC and MD.

And by the way, if you look here: http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results and hover over Mississippi, Mitt appears to have won the delegate count there despite coming in third.

Awesome news!


503 yeah but money is gonna pour in for Romney, big business, oil, you name it. Not even remotely worried about it.


I didn't like that Romney kept talking about what business wants and needs, but said little about people.


So Romney won more votes than McCain did 4 years ago. Turnout way up. Among Republicans it's probably more even but the bulk of the non-Republican voters are independents, a good sign for the GOP.


Now 43-37.....about to be 43-36.....still lots of Mitt counties out there with lots of precincts left to report


I've been waiting to see Mitt's margin in Wisconsin go over 4%. It's obvious that that would happen, given when the race was called....but I had to wait until 81% of the precincts were in for Mitt to go up to 5%.

He should go up some more.



>>You guys keep calling her irrelevant yet she seems to have a following and it looks like the ratings on the Today show might prove she is still a viable force that people are glued to or want to watch.

You must have missed the segment where she really got into the cooking segment. With cue cards in hand. It was AWESOME!

I'm in the camp who says she is still irrelevant.


513. Thanks, MassCon!


Looks like Dane County will go to Mitt afterall!


I just noticed something.

Santorum is yet to win a primary north of the Mason-Dixon. Just caucuses there.



a lot of mischief voters.. dane county should have been a mitt blowout



He's about to go up 6 points and may go up to 7 or 8 when all is over



He wasn't talking about what "Business" wants and needs, he was talking about the country needs businesses, and people need free-enterprise. Its pretty simple really. You've been conditioned to listen for handouts, not your fault.


Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint against Romney and Ryan for buying votes with sub sandwiches today.

Unreal. The exact wording was "trading votes for slices of ham, turkey, and cheese on a bread like roll"


Waukesha and Racine counties are only 30 and 20% reporting and both are going for Mitt by 30 points! Look for Mitt's margin to go way up once those start coming in

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

I'm not trying to push my luck here, but, aren't we overdue for an Anti-Romney, Pro-Santorum comment about how Santorum is gonna dominate Pennsylvania and turn the primary around post from Adam?


Bret Baier's panel just ripped Santorum to absolute shreds. I'm grinning!



Quayle was mocked. They turned him into a joke.


Yeah, Nixon would have made a fine president in 1960. He would have been an extension of Eisenhower's presidency, he wouldn't have bundled foreign policy like Kennedy and Johnson. Hell, the Cuban Missile Crisis would NEVER had happened. The social uproar of the 60s would have been limited to the civil rights movement, which Nixon probably would have shepherded almost as well as Johnson.


Still 40% left in Milwaukee County and Mitt is up over 30 points there as well


Romney got 1/3 of the Democratic vote, which means he will take lots of votes from Obama in the general, and since there will be very few Republicans voting for Obama, it will be a blowout in November.

Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012)

"Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint against Romney and Ryan for buying votes with sub sandwiches today.

Unreal. The exact wording was “trading votes for slices of ham, turkey, and cheese on a bread like roll”

The dem party is right. Mitt and Ryan should've bribed voters with hot dogs. :)



>>I just noticed something.

Santorum is yet to win a primary north of the Mason-Dixon. Just caucuses there.

You just noticed that Santorum has yet to win anything but caucuses or deep south evangelical races? Really?

Its over.


529, What did they say MassCon?

glenn for Mitt for POTUS 2012

529 - any specifics, links, etc.?

I like the CNN analysis, but today their conservative side wasn't too on their game, and Dona is turrible.

Would like to hear FNC tear him up.

Go, Mitt!!!



No, what I noticed is that he hasn't really won any tough primaries.