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New Polling for South Carolina and Florida shows that Rick Santorum overwhelmingly has the support of Tea Party voters

The alliance of tea partiers and social conservatives will make Rick Santorum the GOP presidential nominee. Both groups overwhelmingly support Santorum. And new polling in South Carolina and Florida backs that up.

http://libertynews.com/2012/01/06/breaking-rick-santorum-dominates-tea-party-vote/

Grassfire Nation, the parent company of Liberty News and the Patriot Action Network, conducted a survey with tea party voters in Florida and South Carolina.

The top three candidates were:

SOUTH CAROLINA

1. Rick Santorum – 46%
2. Newt Gingrich – 23.6%
3. Mitt Romney – 12.6%

FLORIDA

1. Rick Santorum – 42%
2. Newt Gingrich – 26.3%
3. Mitt Romney – 15.2%

The Grassfire Nation press release makes some interesting points.

“These results show that Santorum’s Iowa win is already having huge ramifications and has re-shaped the GOP presidential race,” says Steve Elliott of Grassfire Nation, which conducted the poll by surveying its members in these two states between January 4-5. “If these results hold, Romney will not be able to consolidate conservative support and Santorum will likely be the clear ‘anti-Romney’ candidate in a two-man race coming out of South Carolina and Florida,” says Elliott.

Other findings:

Nutjob Ron Paul overwhelmingly wins the tea party vote for “least favorite” candidate (41% in SC, 47% FL).

The survey is statistically valid for the specific audience of Grassfire Nation team members in South Carolina and Florida. More than 92% of those surveyed said they are “actively part of” or “identify closely with” the Tea Party movement, making this survey an excellent measure of Tea Party support.

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