Newt fading in SC as social conservative leaders coalesce behind Santorum

Two important news items to watch today, with South Carolina’s crucial primary just one week away.

Just a couple days ago, Newt Gingrich was in 2nd place in South Carolina polls, with Rick Santorum tied with Ron Paul in third. But after Newt attacked Mitt Romney for an entire week on his business career, an amazing thing happened: Romney’s numbers went up while Newt’s numbers went down.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll: Romney 37%, Santorum 16%, Paul 16%, Gingrich 12%. *

And news out of Texas, where a group of social conservative leaders met and came to the same conclusion that we here at CatholicVote arrived at nine days ago (Ahem.):

At a weekend meeting at a ranch outside Houston, Texas, the group of 150 conservatives agreed on the third ballot to support the former Pennsylvania senator.

They had not been expected to reach agreement on one candidate since evangelical support was splintered among Santorum, former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

“What I did not think was possible appears to be possible,” said Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council and spokesman for the group.

Perkins described a “vigorous and passionate” discussion about who would make the best president and said eventually people made concessions to their views in order to coalesce around one candidate.

Side note: They met in Texas, but Rick Perry who serves as governor of Texas, didn’t last past the first ballot. Ouch. Or should I say “oops”?

Anyway, good to see these leaders trying to prevent a splintering of the pro-family vote. even better that they picked the best man as the alternative to Romney.

* ¬†UPDATE: It seems that this poll is rather flawed. As Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight¬†notes: “FYI: Reuters/Ipsos poll showing huge lead for Romney in SC was (i) conducted online and (ii) was registered rather than likely voters.”

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24 thoughts on “Newt fading in SC as social conservative leaders coalesce behind Santorum

  1. [...] Newt Fading in SC as Christian Leaders Coalesce behind Santorum – Joshua Mercer, CV [...]

  2. Jeanette O'Toole says:

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    I was not aware that Santorum is against Church teaching in regard to any life issue. Could you fill me in?

    1. Consistency says:

      Sure Jeanette. I just responded to Jan who had the same question. God bless.

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