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Romney edges competition in state poll

Posted: March 7, 2012 - 12:18am  |  Updated: March 7, 2012 - 12:22am
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday, March 6.  AP Photo/Stephan Savoia
AP Photo/Stephan Savoia
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday, March 6.

JUNEAU — Mitt Romney won the Alaska GOP's presidential preference poll Tuesday, edging out Rick Santorum in a race Romney won handily four years ago.

With 96 percent of the vote in, Romney had 4,225 votes, or 33 percent; Santorum had 3,762 votes, or 29 percent. Ron Paul finished third, matching his finish in 2008. Newt Gingrich placed fourth.

Twenty-four delegates were up for grabs in Tuesday's contest, with allocation in proportion to the candidate's share of the popular vote. The state Republican party reported that Romney won eight delegates, Santorum, seven; Paul, six; and Gingrich, three.

Only registered Republicans, or Alaskans who registered as Republicans on site, were allowed to participate.

Alaska Republicans crowded polling places to make their choice.

In Anchorage, one polling place had lines before the polls opened at 4 p.m., and no place to park, even on side streets.

Voters in the capital city began showing up as soon as the polling place at the Juneau Yacht Club opened.

Attorney Joe Geldhof, 60, of Juneau, was poll watching for Romney's campaign. Geldhof said he gave money to Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who failed to gain traction and announced last year that he'd seek the Libertarian nomination. Geldhof said he also was interested in Jon Huntsman until he "flopped."

He said Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is serious, and would probably be a better president than he is a candidate.

"He excites nobody, but I think he has administrative experience," Geldhof said.

Barbara Fiscus, 44, cast her vote for Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Fiscus, a stay-at-home Juneau mother who homeschools her children, said a number of issues are important to her, from the economy to moral issues. When picking a candidate, she said it came down to whom she considered the most conservative.

"I just think it's such an important vote," she said. "I wanted to make sure my conservative voice was heard."

Alaska was one of 10 states holding contests Tuesday. In addition to the 24 delegates that were being awarded based on Tuesday's vote, Alaska has three other delegates — state party leaders who will attend the national convention as unpledged — bringing Alaska's overall delegate total to 27.

Alaska does not have presidential primaries.

In Anchorage, former Marine officer Steve Langer, 54, said he voted for the one "who, in my opinion, is the only one that can mop the floor with Barack Obama, and that is NOT Mitt Romney. It is Newt Gingrich."

Tom Wadzinski, a 73-year-old technician from Anchorage, said Gingrich has the best ideas, and a good track record. "When he was a congressman, he was dynamite," he said.

Back in Juneau, Robert File, 81, voted for Paul.

"We've lost our way. The government thinks we can live on the future. That's impossible. We owe too much money," he said. Paul, a Texas congressman, is the only one in the race with "any brains," he said.


Associated Press writer Mark Thiessen contributed to this report from Anchorage, Alaska.


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cheapersmokes 03/07/12 - 07:22 am
Einstein on this election! :-)

Folks, Einstein put his big brain into the fold with information we should all seriously consider.

He determined that if a man ran naked, at the speed of light, around a tree if would be possible for him to actually screw himself. He also said it would be possible to do the same with a vote for Obama! :-)

dragonfly 03/07/12 - 08:26 am
Money Is Buying the Votes Backed By the Establishment

Mitt Romney is not a true fiscal or social conservative and that is why he almost lost Ohio to Santorum. The exit polls also reflect this among voters. Even with all his money, Romney is having a difficult time staying in first place and is not a strong front-runner. Senator Murkowski supports Romney because she is part of the Republican establishment and her voting record is neither that of a fiscal or social conservative. In fact, she is part of the problem that we have with so much debt and deficit. Like Romney, she was for Obama Care before she was against it. We are giving away our rights to big government backed by big money and the establishment that got us into this fiscal mess in the first place. I fear in November that I will once again have to vote for the least of two evils. Alaska is turning to purple.

corinnep 03/08/12 - 06:56 pm
How crude

This article is not about President Obama yet "cheapersmokes" can't resist being crude and inappropriate.

Jerry 03/09/12 - 04:56 pm
funny thing about opinions & facts

Please allow me to rewrite what i think cheapersmokes said, which i agree with concerning OUR Nations Future which looks very bleek considering all those running for Prez. & what our 2 choices might be.

If we make it to November, EVERYTHINGS NOT GONNA BE OK, key word is NOT!
We will have to vote for one or the other person, and neither one of them is NOT a good choice for Americans.

So if its Romney against the Obamanation of Desolation, we are in some deep trouble.
Who ever wins will continue to lead America towards a OWO & OUR Constitution is all that keeps us from that now, and make no mistake folks it's BOTH Parties that are seeking this OWO, & removal of OUR Constitution, not just they Dems.

So i'll say it once more, if we make it till November as a Free Soverign Nation and get to vote, everythings NOT gonna be ok afterwards, no matter who wins, which is what dragonfly is also saying.

They have a DREAM & it involves a OWO, whether its the Muslims or others, even OUR American Politicians, all of them included, have this Dream.
They are all working towards a single Government & Single Religion that Jesus said was coming in the last days to close out this Era of time, a OWO that will help destroy 2/3rds of all life on earth. Revelation 13;

I will say that i am sorry ahead of time if these coming bits of Historical facts upset some regarding the many likeness' of a couple religious groups.
I am not trying to make anyone mad, just asking about the obvious comparesons of each message & beliefs for salvation.
There are many such last day religious groups, but i will take these two as the most likely Prez. candidates will be from one & the other.
(i don't believe obama is a follower of Christ Jesus, all based on his actions when compared to Gods word for followers of Christ Jesus & how they differ.)
Also realize that its Gods word that i judge by ONLY, not my ideas in regard to these groups beliefs along side what God says.

One must realize & admit that when the Torah & Bible are compared to other writings & they differ, then there is only one conclusion, either they are both wrong, or one is correct, which makes the other wrong.
I believe the Bible & Torah are correct & judge other writings, beliefs by what Gods word says, compared to the others.
So as to get it out ahead of time when people say i don't know anything about other writings i will say that i have attended the mormon gatherings, and the JW's, when i was looking for the Truth, and it was not there. I also have read parts of the Quran & its not there either.

So with that said i'll ask have you really looked at how Islam & Mormonism are both almost identical in their foundations & beliefs, and how each is actually a Governmental movement for control of many?
Have ya noticed how each has a differant book which is a revised version of the Torah & Bible, with a slight change of characters & outcomes for them alone?
Have ya noticed that every time troubles or questions arise about their beliefs that a new vision is had with a new direction given?
Have ya noticed each has the same opinion about Jesus, that he is not really Gods son?
Have ya noticed how each was started by a vision from a supposed angel of light,(which Jesus said that even if an angel of light comes with a new way, not to believe him) & both proclaiming a New Way & Hope to believe in & departure away from Fundamentals of the Torah & Bible?
Have ya noticed that each is basically saying that God is sorry & got it wrong the First time & now hopes that people will listen & follow these new ways?
Have ya noticed how each is a replacement of Gods choosen People the Jews, which Gods word says will never happen?
Have ya noticed how each also believe that women are for having babies & are expendable if ya get tired of them, or how they are for mans pleasure in heaven?
Did ya know that the mormons had a group called the black riders/raiders, that would hunt down & kill every one that tried to escape Utah & mormonism in the early days, and how Islam also does the same thing?

I could go on for hours with the similarities of these 2 Last Days prophets & New Ways foreward books, but, i think you can see that they are accusing God of being a lier & wanting to mislead many & are in fact doing so.
My question is this, If God lied the First time as they say, what makes them, us, think that he can't change his mind again & cast them, or us, off like they claim God did to Israel & True Christians, followers of Christ that trust in Christs attonement at Calvary alone?

Matthew 24; & 1 John 4:1-6 talks of these coming false prophets with their new ways, and Jesus said don't believe them as they are liers if they proclaim any other way except him, or reject him as Lord. 1 John 5:11-12

I know a few will say what does religion have to do with voting, it has everything to do with voting & which way OUR nation will go, either up or down, further down as we are doing now.
Make no mistake God is in Total control & is showing people that time is almost up, so decide which way you will vote, either up or down.

I am not saying these things out of hate for anyone, i only want people to know that Jesus loves all people & wants them to be saved from the wrath to come, even those that are on the wrong path according to his word. There is no new way to get to God, & God did not lie.
Jesus says that he is The Way, The Truth and The Life, and no one can go to the Father unless they accept him alone. John 14:1-6

So i would say that we are all in for bad times before & after this coming November, no matter who wins if we even get to vote then.

Norseman 03/09/12 - 04:38 pm
wow... All that from "Romney


All that from "Romney edges competion".

Can't imagine the sermon we will get when talk turns to Spring and things beginning greening up.

We are doomed I say....Doomed.

Capt Kirk episode 7:1-6

Jerry 03/09/12 - 05:26 pm
Case & point.1 Scotty 1:1

Case & point.
I'm over 60 yrs young & if Bible prophecy is as close to being fulfilled as i believe it is for the End of the Age/Era, then i need to be about my Fathers business of warning others of whats coming.
Usually all it takes is to say hello to me & you'll hear all about the love of Jesus & whats coming so as you can tell it does not take much on any subject to get me going & as i said before EVERYTHING is in relation to what God says is, or will be.

I also know a little about StarTrek
1 Scotty 1:1 "Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice shame on me!!"
My favorite is " Energize & Beam me up Jesus," which i think is at an any day event.
1 Cor. 15:50-58, 1 Thes. 4:13-18

Jesus loves you Norseman & only wants to see you There.

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