Obama Trails Romney And Gingrich In 12 Swing States

The Romney versus Gingrich showdown has conservatives feeling something less than inspired, but for what it’s worth they are polling well against Obama in key swing state matchups:

A new USA Today/Gallup poll in 12 swing states finds President Obama now trails Mitt Romney among registered voters by 5 points, 43% to 48%, and Newt Gingrich by 3 points, 45% to 48%. …

Key finding: Voters who identify themselves as Democratic or Democratic-leaning in these key states is down by 4 points since 2008, while the ranks of Republicans have climbed by 5 points.

The swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Electability is always the bludgeon with which establishment, so-called “moderate” Republicans bludgeon conservatives to death. Conservatives aren’t electable, the conventional wisdom goes. So we must nominate people like Romney or Gingrich.

I guess, by that measure, Romney and Gingrich can apparently win (though it’s worth nothing this same poll shows both trailing Obama in a national poll) but to what purpose? Merely delaying the appointment this nation has with fiscal collapse?

From the tea party protests to the polls that show record-breaking levels of distrust for government and politicians, I don’t think the public could make it any more clear that we want a change in the way this country is governed. Unfortunately, the only choices we ever seem to have on the ballot are more of the same.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sanity

    One of the reasons why polls are so misleading……not long ago we had a poll showing any republican matched against Obama would win – now we are not seeing that anymore. Why is that?

    • rocksandbroncs

      It’s still true
      The PutzOTUS is a dead man walking. Granted, some will pinch their noses while voting for the Republican. But all except Obama’s idolaters know that anyone is better than the most despotic President in U.S. history.

  • reverendyo

    The NBC-Marist survey,
    conducted between November 27-29, shows Paul ties with Obama, 42-42.
    Current front runner Newt Gingrich loses to the president 47-37; Mitt
    Romney, who until recently was leading most polls, is also defeated,
    46-39.

    http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/12/06/ron-paul-polls-strongest-against-obama/

    “Unfortunately, the only choices we ever seem to have on the ballot are more of the same.”

    It is almost laughable that people lament more of the same and attack the one who is NOT more of the same.  Yes, we want change, but God forbid, we actually want republicans to change…

  • Jamermorrow

    I think Republicans care more about getting somebody if office with an R by his name more than somebody who will shrink the government. It is almost like trying to pick the winner in a horse race. They feel good about picking the person who wins the election.

    • Neiman

      The problem is with a determined government shrinking candidate, what is the price he will exact from the country. (a) International isolation. (b) Astronomic sized lay-offs and horribly increased unemployment at Depression levels, by closing federal departments overnight. (c) A domestic moral anarchy policy that subverts the family/moral values of a majority of conservatives. What was that line about buying a pig in a poke?

      Maybe, unlike you, most conservatives actually think about the impact on their families when they vote and choose a more, shall we say, “conservative” approach.

  • Neiman

    Conservatives cannot win a national election, if they are hard core, take it or leave it conservatives. That message just does not sell well with Blue Dogs, to Independents to Moderate Republicans, it seems, NOT IS, it seems heartless. So, Newt in his debate talked not about citizenship, but a legal status for long term illegal immigrants so as to walk our pro-family talk, and he was beaten up a bit by mostly GOP/Conservatives. So, it is very hard to get conservative support with a less than scorched earth program and very hard to get elected if they do not appear to have some compassion, having some reasonableness to every issue.

    As I have said, it is about how we communicate and most conservatives do not want to communicate in less stark terms.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    I wish the comedy show would have continued with Cain.  He was as fun as a barrel of monkeys.

    • rocksandbroncs

      Those who support Obama but are against Cain is because they’re raaacists. They’re willing to support a person who’s half white but will not support someone who’d zero white. That’s racism.

      • noblindersonme

        larry -if that is all you are able to contribute and if you represent the core of the GOP, then Obama ‘s relection is assured.  Cmon what  crappy prism do you look thru? I guess the fact that Cain’s sexual harrassment scandals kinda soured Americans on him , had NOTHING to do with his demise.
         That’s racism ! you proclaim!  No that is just the bitter view of one who just finds the optimum cynicism in a issue!
         Rush Limbaugh recently called Michelle ‘uppitty”! yeah THAT will get your candidate elected!

        • Rawarii

          Lets see if the media goes after Micelle Obama’s alleged affairs as vigoriously as they di Cains.

    • LastBestHope

      “a barrel of monkeys”

      Racist humor liberal style

      • noblindersonme

        lbh-when you have to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your self that far to make a stupid joke like that , it only makes the joker look like a fool! ‘barrel of monkeys’??? Are you that bitter that that makes you think of liberal bashing? As I said b4 this site too often consists of the toxic reside of anger and cynicism boiled down to stuff like that!
        btw why isn’t stuff like what LImbaugh spits out,  not racist?????
         Why is he ALWAYS given a free pass ?  Oh -free speech!!!
         far righties call Michele ‘uppitty’ and bitch that her first lady ‘non partisan- issues are eating healthy ! ( start a garden and eat your vegetables” what a subversive hag!)  and they are pissed at her govt intrusion into out lives!!!! Lady Bird had a pick up trash in ditches, keep Amercia beautiful cause, Nancy Reagan just wanted us to say no to drugs! Laura Bush had her causes, etc etc ,,, but damn Michele to blazes cuz she is a nagging B*&^%H!)
         oh and husband Barack told our nation’s school children to ‘stay in school and study hard ‘ (remember his first year!) and the bitter toxic right got all outraged about that!!!! 
         There is a name for your types this time of year and Dickens nailed it !

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          SoBlindHeCan’tSee: Maybe you need a little context here. LBH was replying to a race baiting POS, who, in one instance said that because I said that Obama appeared as if he was “standing like a little kid waiting for a cookie”, that therefore I was calling Obama “boy” (and racist). At least I suspect that LBH said that tongue in cheek, unlike the clueless dweeb he was replying to.

          Sauce for the goose, SoBlindHeCan’tSee.

  • LastBestHope

    The Newt “baggage” is being given a free pass as of late. Why is this?
     
    Yes, Newt is smart and yes, he does well in the debates. But can a long time political insider, aka Mr. Washington DC, convince the voters he is the man to fix what is wrong in Washington?
     
    “Shhhhhhhhh – don’t tell them!” begged a Democrat, tongue firmly in cheek. “They seem hell-bent on finding anybody but Mitt. Grandpa Newt and all his quirks and quacks would be just fine, thank you.”

  • noblindersonme

    once again I have to remind port who time and again  scolded us about polls that too often were in conflict with his narrow minded views , now again , like clockwork  trumpets a “poll’  that he can exploit to his giddy amusment. 
     Ahem for the upteenth time -“polls are only good for strippers and xcountry skiers”  -Palin.
     Palin of course used that smart ass retort to disparge a poll that was not favorable to her side.  Mention here today many ‘polls’ find Heidi leading Rick and see how flustered this group gets!!!  Suddenly those polls that conflicts with this partsan site , will get the microscope scrutiny that they woul never give a poll that agrees with them . Tell me now if that doesn’t descibe exactly how this site works!!!

    • JustRuss

      He did mention polls that said Obama beat all of them nationally so I think you are a little off the mark here, he was not ‘trumpeting’ anything.

  • noblindersonme

    step back – far back- and one will see that all polls show that we Americans are pissed off at everybody!!!!!!    Congress’s  approval rating is at 5% !!!  and congress is composed of both repubs and dems! gee i didn’t realize that!!  We are a very splintered nation where 3 million watching a crappy news show like Oreilly can be trumpted by the right as a ‘proof that their side is winning!’ . Out of a nation of 300+ million ! less than 1% ! 20 + million watch ‘biggest loser’ ( obsese folks on diets) and  FOX News , biggest audience 3 mill ,is KING! Obama’s approval rating is down to 40% ! Never mind that not one national leader in our country has better  #’s. The most favorable #’s I saw lately were Mother Theresa 89% . Jesus 88% and AAron Rodgers 87%. Thats a fact! Yeah polls mean SOOOO much!
     somtimes you guys make as much sense as Charley Sheen. Winning – we are  WINNNING!

  • LastBestHope

    oh my..what did I say?

  • banjo kid

    If Obama wins this , I will be looking up for a transport out of here. cause it will be time . The only way he can win is if a beast rises out of the sea and tells every one they had better vote for him . I do look for with out intervention a 60% win for the GOP candidate

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