A new national poll is cause for concern for Mitt Romney both in terms of the GOP primary and his head-to-head match-up against President Obama. CBS’s Rob Mank spoke to Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, about the results.
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
Mitt Romney — 38%
Rick Santorum — 31%
Newt Gingrich — 15%
Ron Paul — 12%
3,408 activists voted from 9am Thursday through 1pm Saturday,
Straw poll conducted on-line for the Washington Times by Tony Fabrizio.
Per the Washington Times — Romney’s 38% was the highest of any candidate since George W. Bush won 42 percent of the vote in 2000, en route to the nomination and the White House. The poll wasn’t held from 2001 through 2004, but has been held every year since then.
GOLDEN, Colorado - Newt Gingrich on Monday compared Egypt’s planned trial of 19 Americans to the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis that helped destroy Jimmy Carter’s presidency, and hung it around Obama’s neck.
(per CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Boxer)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mitt Romney on Monday sought to link President Obama to former President Jimmy Carter, calling Obama’s administration “the most anti-jobs, anti-investment, anti-growth administration that I’ve seen since Jimmy Carter.”
“They used to make fun of me all the time when I was Speaker and I took great pride in the fact that they made fun of me.”—Newt Gingrich responding to the recent Saturday Night Live skit (per CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Huisenga)
CBS News Projects Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses
CBS News projects that Mitt Romney will win the Nevada caucuses with a sizable victory. Romney had gone into the caucuses with a lead in the polls and strong organization, and it clearly paid off tonight. Meanwhile Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are battling for second place.
Tallied votes have started to come in and the state party expects to count votes from Clark County, the state’s largest.
In his victory speech, Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama yet again. He responds to the president’s State of the Union address and how we got in the state we’re in now: “We know exactly how we got here: You won the election.”
CBS News Projects Mitt Romney to Win Florida Republican primary
CBS News projects Mitt Romney will win the Florida Republican primary, taking its 50 delegates with a sizeable win in this pivotal contest. Romney performed well throughout the state: he is amassing solid gains in South Florida and Miami, is winning in the central part of the state. Bolstered by strong organization in recent weeks, Romney also did very well with Florida’s sizeable number of early and absentee voters.