For the first time ever, Ron Paul leads Obama in the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll!
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.
Editor in Chief, THL
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