Friday, July 6, 2012
In our inaugural “Red Twin Cities” survey, influential Republicans paint an early picture for November's general election.
More than two-thirds of influential Republicans from around the Twin Cities Patch areas believe Mitt Romney can pull off an upset win in Minnesota in 2012. First, the survey shows, the presumed nominee has to reach out to Ron Paul Republicans. Ninety-six conservatives from Twin Cities Patch areas—from St. Michael to Woodbury, Fridley to Northfield—were surveyed last week in Patch’s inaugural Twin Cities Red poll, which focused on November’s biggest race. Forty responses were collected. When asked if they felt Mitt Romney could pick up a win over President Barack Obama in the fall, two-thirds expressed optimism. “Every race is winnable,” said one Republican respondent (all survey answers were anonymous). “It’s possible if enough people are …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Rick Santorum, favorite of the Burnsville GOP, announced that he would suspend his campaign, clearing the way for Mitt Romney, a candidate described as 'too liberal' by 55 percent of voters in a post-caucus Patch poll.
Today Rick Santorum announced that he would suspend his campaign. CBS News reports that the former Pennsylvania senator and outspoken social conservative's sudden announcement comes on the heels of a recent family crisis. Over the weekend, Santorum's three-year-old daughter Bella went into the hospital after falling ill. The toddler, who suffers from a genetic condition known as Trisomy 18, was released this morning. However, political commentators have long speculated that Santorum would bow out before the April 24 primary in his home state, in order to avoid a defeat on his own turf. The announcement signals an abrupt end to a lively campaign. After months of relative obscurity Santorum's national profile soared after tying with …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Conservative voters expressed concern that Romney is 'too liberal.'
After this week, glitter bombs may be the least of Mitt Romney's worries. In Tuesday night's Presidential nominating caucuses, supposed Republican frontrunner Romney placed a distant third behind Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in two of the three senate districts covering Burnsville. The local exception was SD38, site of a recent Romney appearance. There Romney garnered 26 percent of the ballots cast, a little more than half of Santorum's take. Statewide, just 8,202 Republican voters cast ballots in favor of Romney, less than 17 percent. In some counties, Romney's numbers were in the single digits. "Sometimes Minnesota votes to send a message. I think that was the case here," said Pat Staley, chair of the Republican Party for Senate District …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Check out these photos from Senate District 40's caucus. Were you there? Feel free to add some of your own.
Tell us in the comment stream what you think last night's results say about the overall political views and priorities of Minnesota Republicans?
Rick Santorum's top finish Tuesday night in Minnesota's caucuses, as well as those in Missouri and Colorado, added a new wrinkle to the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Take our poll—how surprised were you by Santorum's finish—and then tell us in the comment stream what you think last night's results say about the overall political views and priorities of Minnesota Republicans?
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Rick Santorum took first, followed by Ron Paul, leaving GOP heavyweights Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the dust.
In a stunning reversal of fortune, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum cleaned up at Republican straw polls on Tuesday: He killed in Colorado, had Missouri in the bag by 9 p.m. and took the unequivocal lead Minnesota. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Santorum had 45 percent of the ballots tabulated. Libertarian darling Ron Paul is trailing in second place with 27 percent of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney (17 percent) and Newt Gingrich (10.5 percent). Republican caucuses in Burnsville's Senate District 40, Senate District 37 and Senate District 38 showed similar stats.