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Actual 2012 GOP Primaries to Start Now

Yes, Actual GOP primaries,  as in disallowing Democrats to participate in GOP elections such as happens in NH and Iowa.  Blue chips, red chips, paper slips, and other assorted childish game-playing will now give way to actual Republicans, and only Republicans voting for the 2012 GOP nomination, and frankly, it’s about frigging time.  How ludicrous is it that Democrats can sign in as Independents or an “undeclared voter” in the NH GOP primary, vote in it and then turn around and walk out still an undeclared voter?  Obama-sheep are allowed to go in and throw their votes in the NH primary for whoever they feel has the best chance to lose against Obama.  Likewise in Iowa, as this article exposes how nonsensical that circus of a media sham has become.

This is from nh.gov on voting in the NH primaries :  3) If you are a registered member of a party, you may change your registration at any primary, however, you will not be allowed to vote in that primary. Undeclared voters may declare a party and vote at any primaryThe law allows an undeclared voter to declare a party at the polls, vote the ballot of that party, and then change their party affiliation back to undeclared simply by completing the form available from the Supervisors of the Checklist at the polling place. (emphasis added)

The rest of the 2012 GOP Primary/caucus schedule may be viewed here, courtesy of UPI.  Up next, on Sat. Jan 21st, 2012 will be the South Carolina primary. Apparently, Democrats can vote in the 2012 GOP Primary elections, but will give up their eligibility to become a National Delegate, as seen at examiner.com:

 And since voters are not allowed to partake in the primary races of more than one party, anyone voting in the Republican Presidential Primary on Jan. 21 cannot participate in the vote at their county’s Democratic Party precinct meetings. That lack of vote on March 3 would thus exclude a delegate wannabe.It wouldn’t  just affect individuals personally, either; in fact, it could lower the state’s ranking in the order of presidential primary races for 2016.

 

Next up after S.C. on the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary schedule will be Florida, on the new earlier primary date of Jan. 31st, 2012.  Florida is known as what is commonly referred to as a “closed primary” meaning only registered Republicans who had registered by the close of business on Tuesday, Jan.3rd, 2012 will be allowed to vote in the 2012 GOP Presidential primary.  Early voting for the Republican primary is scheduled for Jan. 21-28. Times and location vary by county. Please visit the Florida Division of Elections for specific information regarding the county you live in,  specific places to vote in the 2012 GOP primaries, and other voting rules.  Keep in mind that the Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 27-30, 2012.

While the media, which heavily promotes the DNC agenda of today, spews  opinions about past GOP Primary/Caucus results in relationship to the actual general elections results constantly, they seem to deny the staunch realities of what happened in the 2010 mid-term elections. The 24/7 media coverage of the Iowa and NH early primary/caucus votes are designed to do one simple thing: Nudge people’s perceptions as to what GOP candidate is to be deemed “electable.” Remember that in 2008, Mike Huckabee pulled off an improbable win in the Iowa caucuses? If this was so important at the time, then why did John McCain receive every single one of Iowa’s delegate votes in 2008?

Now the media is once again telling us that South Carolina and Florida should be easy wins for the establishment GOP nominee,  Mr. Willard Romney,  based on… his “historic” wins in NH and Iowa. Will the voters once again be led by the nose to vote for Mitt Romney by the multi-million dollar media blitz, or will they make a stand and vote for someone who has actually cut the size and scope of government and has shown the political aptitude to wipe the floor with Barack Hussein Obama in the 2012 Presidential debates? Newt Gingrich certainly qualifies.  So does Texas Governor Rick Perry, except for his difficulties expressing his stances on the issues at times. Jon Huntsman has inched forward lately… in the Liberal Northeast region of America.  South Carolina and Florida are political light years away from the mainly Liberal Northeastern U.S. So is Iowa for that matter.   Only time will tell who will win in the actual 2012 GOP primaries of South Carolina and Florida, no matter what the media and big money political operatives tell us. Get informed, get involved.

 

 

 

Romney Takes Iowa by 8 Votes

Iowa GOP Caucus Vote Totals: (from CNN politics)

Romney – 30,015 Santorum – 30,007 R.Paul – 26,219 Gingrich – 16,251

Perry – 12,604 Bachmann – 6,073 Huntsman – 745

In the closest primary election in modern America history, Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum by just 8 votes in Tuesday night’s Iowa GOP caucus vote. Santorum’s surprising surge to a second place finish is a testament to the tireless campaigning that took him to every corner of the state, especially considering that Santorum had only raised $700,000 for his campaign from July – September, a period that saw Mitt Romney raise over $17 million. Ron Paul’s third place showing has to be largely disappointing, considering the amount of money he spent in Iowa. (reported to be $344,00 in Iowa alone) The same could be said of Rick Perry, who plunked down $452,000 for a fifth place finish in Iowa and was last seen heading back to Texas to reassess his campaign.

All told, the GOP candidates spent $1.24 million on Iowa ads leading up to Christmas. Up next is the Jan. 10th New Hampshire primary where Romney is expected to have an easy win due to the fact that he is the former Governor of Massachusetts, which is right next door. Then the candidates will square off in South Carolina on Jan. 21st where the top slot is largely up for grabs in the latest polls, and will be sure to be a hotly contested battle. After South Carolina, the candidates will do battle in the very important swing state of Florida on Jan 31st.

Candidates statements following the Iowa caucus results announcement:

Michelle Bachmann vowed to fight on despite a poor 6th place showing in Iowa, stating, “I believe that I am that true conservative who can and who will defeat Barack Obama in 2012,” she told supporters at her Iowa campaign headquarters. “And over the next few days, just be prepared, the pundits and the press will again try to pick the nominee based on tonight’s results. But there are many more chapters to be written on the path to our party’s nomination and I prefer to let the people of the country decide who will represent us.” She is scheduled to be in South Carolina next without any reported plans of trying to do any serious campaigning in New Hampshire.

Rick Santorum thanked all of his Iowa supporters and finished with the statement, “By standing up and not compromising, by standing up and being bold and leading, leading with that burden and responsibility you have to be first, you have taken the first step to taking back this country,” Santorum’s fund-raising has surged right along with his Iowa support, which has given his campaign a new life, albeit a probably temporary one, as he isn’t expected to do well in N.H.

Rick Perry thanked his supporters and then stated that he was heading back to Texas to reassess his campaign, possibly signaling the end of the Perry campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Newt Gingrich congratulated Rick Santorum on running a great campaign while telling his supporters, “We survived the biggest onslaught in the history of the Iowa primary,” Gingrich said. “I admire how positive [Santorum] was,” the former Speaker added. “I wish I could say that about all the candidates.”
But despite the disappointing finish, Gingrich vowed to stay in the race told supporters and said a “new battle begins” after Iowa. The reported $4 to 5 million dollars in attack ads run by Ron Paul and Mitt Romney against Newt Gingrich in Iowa certainly took it’s toll on the former Speaker of the House.

Mitt Romney, who hadn’t done much campaigning in Iowa until the last few weeks, seemed unfazed by nearly being upset by Santorum in Iowa, stating that he had only had 5 staffers in Iowa this year, as compared to the 52 staffers he had there in his 2008 campaign. That statement would seem to portray that Iowa just isn’t really all that important as far as actually winning the GOP presidential nomination is concerned.( In Romney’s camp)

Ron Paul thanked his supporters for the “fantastic showing” they had at the caucus. (3rd place) He also highlighted some of his campaign platforms for the cheering crowd. “You’re doing this because you believe in something,” Paul said.

Jon Huntsman has also vowed to fight on, and seemed to make a subtle play for some of Rick Perry’s supporters as he stated upon hearing the Perry was reassessing his campaign, “Mary Kaye and I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for our friends Rick and Anita Perry. As he returns to Texas, where he implemented the kind of pro-growth policies that our country desperately needs and President Obama failed to deliver, we wish Rick and his family all the best.”

On to New Hampshire, which is located in the Northeastern United States, and consists of a very different type of voters than Iowa.