Mitt Romney also leads Obama again for the first time since December. Both Santorum and Gingrich trail Obama nationally in a hypothetical 2012 match up today.
Latest Rasmussen Presidential Match Up Numbers:
Romney 45% defeats Obama 43%
Paul 43% defeats Obama 41%
Obama 45% defeats Santorum 43%
Obama 49% spanks the living hell out of Gingrich 39%
From Rasmussen Reports:
For the first time since late December 2011, Mitt Romney leads the president in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. Romney earns 45% of the vote, while the president attracts support from 43%. Romney holds a nine-point advantage among unaffiliated voters.
For the first time ever, Texas Congressman Ron Paul also leads the president. In that matchup, 43% prefer Paul and 41% Obama. Ten percent (10%) would vote for some other option, a figure that includes 17% of Republicans.
If former Senator Rick Santorum is the Republican nominee, the president leads by two, 45% to 43%. With former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as his opponent, the president enjoys a 10-point lead, 49% to 39%.
Ron Paul 2012 campaign responds:
Ron Paul's supporters got an email early Monday evening (or late Monday afternoon for those of you on the West Coast) with the subject: "Have you seen the latest poll?" regarding the public opinion milestone. The email said:
"According to a just released Rasmussen poll, I lead Barack Obama in a head-to-head match-up.
More and more Americans realize my message of liberty, sound money, and free markets runs in clear contrast to Barack Obama's economy-wrecking, Constitution-shredding policies.
This poll also shows that fake conservatives Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would be defeated in a general election because voters are fed up with politicians who sell out their principles for party loyalty.
The Republican Party can't nominate a candidate who will spend the entire fall campaign apologizing for their Big Government record if we want to defeat Barack Obama."
Now I'm just waiting for a picture of Ron Paul on the Drudge Report with a sh*t eating grin and the headline: "Electable." Fingers crossed. In the meantime, I'm listening to this:
UPDATE - I lol'ed at this quote from PowerLineBlog: "Trailing Ron Paul among likely voters is not where Obama wanted to be in his fourth year in office." Made me laugh even though it is a pretty backhanded nod to Ron Paul's milestone.
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