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Fla Insider Poll: Mitt Romney seen as strongest candidate to beat Barack Obama in Florida

Florida’s most experienced political professionals are closely divided on whether Rick Perry or Mitt Romney will win Florida’s Republican presidential primary, but overwhelmingly they see Romney as the stronger candidate to beat Barack Obama in Florida. 
More than 100 of Florida’s sharpest political minds participated in the latest St. Petersburg Times Florida Insider Poll  - including campaign consultants, lobbyists, activists - and the results were striking: Two thirds of Democrats and two thirds of Republicans pegged Romney as the stronger general election candidate, though Republicans were considerably more confident than Democrats that Perry would win Florida’s crucial presidential primary early next year. 
Half the Republicans predicted Romney would win the primary and 41 percent predicted Perry. Among Democrats, 56 percent expected Perry to win the primary and 37 percent said Romney.
"Lets face it, Rick Perry is comfort food! Like pot roast, mashed potatoes, and extra gravy it feels good going down, then comes indigestion in the morning. Mitt is more of a balanced diet, high on vegtables, low on sweets, a recipe that is likely to win the blue ribbon on election day," said one Republican. 
"Gov. Perry has the charisma and the track record to run the table. Romney looks too much like a Washington Insider despite his protestations to the contrary. Newt is both qualified and very bright but has more baggage than a busload of Junior Leaguers a trip to NYC," countered another Republican.

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What a disgusting poll to take...the effect being control of the herd mentality. Now, only the insider-approved candidates get looked at. We'll be allowed to choose anybody we want, but the rest of these guys are chumps. Thanks.

Anthony Frank

Democrats do not actually "expect" Perry to win the primary; they are "hoping" he will win the primary.

When Mitt Romney was the front runner, the liberal pundits harped on the Massachusetts healthcare and alluded to the Republicans being stupid if they chose Romney for the nominee.

And when Michele Bachmann began to surge, the liberal pundits put forth that they were actually impressed with her. They were playing her up like she was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they never brought up that her entire resume consists of serving four and a half years in Congress and being an IRS attorney for five years.

Ever since Perry got into the race, the same liberal pundits cannot stop talking about him, and they constantly harp on the prospect that he will be the nominee. They make it clear that they believe Obama supporters have something to worry about if Perry is the nominee.

You may ask: Why is the liberal media doing this?

In every head to head match up against Obama, Romney does better than Perry. The left wants anyone but Romney to be the candidate because they know he is really a conservative who comes across as a moderate. The left knows that Romney has the best pro-business track record and wants smaller government.

So look for the left to keep playing up Perry. The nation may not reject Perry to the degree that they rejected Goldwater in 1964, when Goldwater won only 5 states (Southern states) in addition to his home state of Arizona, but the left views Perry as a candidate Obama can defeat. The left knows that if Romney is the nominee, Obama is toast.

Romney really is a conservative who comes across as a moderate. The left is anxiously awaiting a Perry nomination because Perry has so many negatives.

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