Gingrich takes Fayette handily

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, shown several weeks ago in an appearance in Peachtree City, has handily won Fayette County and has a healthy lead statewide as of 9:18 p.m.

UPDATE 9:38 p.m. With all the precincts in, Newt Gingrich has taken Fayette County with 45.86 percent of the vote.

Mitt Romney took second place 5,283 votes (28.26 percent) while Rick Santorum took third with 3,698 votes (19.78 percent). Ron Paul came in fourth with 1,045 votes (5.59 percent).

The results will be officially certified Friday at 5 p.m.

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Newt Getrich, rides to victory in Georgia

on the back of a tortoise and his three state Presidential campaign strategy!

The only thing that can stop him now is an electro magnetic pulse from Mitt Romney PAC or a miracle from the holy hoax Rick Santorum.

Let the saga continue.

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Gullible Fayette?

Please someone provide rationale as to why Newt has so much support here - otherwise I fear I'm living around a bunch gullible simpletons.

The only arguments respectable to me that I can conceive are:

- Were he to be elected, Newt would enrich us by funding large, unnecessary projects

- Fayette has savvy Obama supporters who rallied and voted for Newt to help further Obama's chances

Steve

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Citizen Steve, you are in the Bible belt, even if Fayette is a

little more cosmopolitan than some other areas. Some people are ready to back anyone who professes to have seen the light and changed their ways---personally and politically. Then, too, they look on him as a Georgia boy even though he was not born here and has chosen to live somewhere else for a long time. Let's hope the rest of the country is not as gullible. He is a smart man but not a man of substance. And no one can be as smart as he thinks he is...

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Believe me - Gingrich is the last thing Obama wants

as an opponent. He would dearly love to see Paul or Santorum since he could easily beat either one and look fairly presidential while doing it. He may or may not beat Romney, but again he won't get his hands dirty. But Gingrich would chew him up and spit him out in any type of confrontation. The debates would be must watch TV. Of course he would probably beat Gingrich because of all the weaknesses he has that the Dems can campaign against. In fact they would simply portray Newt as a disrespectful bully and win that way. That would be pretty funny - the first time in history that the Dem's could actually be honest about a Republican and beat him. Old Newt is very much the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to opposition research.

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Old Newt is dividing the

Old Newt is dividing the Republican party and using every mud slinging technique in the book in a desperate attempt to be nominated. He doesn't care about the people, its clear that he is driven by a narcissistic vision of being president.

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Well duh, Mikey, like Obama and Hillary did to the Dem's?

You remember 4 years ago when Clinton was the favorite and the young do-nothing Senator from Chicagoland kept nipping at her heels?

It ain't over til its over.

Oddly, I'd rather have Hillary as President than any of the Republicans and certainly more than Obama. She's partisan, but she's not completely off the rails.

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You must be a recent import

You must be a recent import to the area.

Newt was elected representative for Georgia's 6th district 6 times until he resigned as speaker in 1998.

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Not recent

Newt was my congressman when I lived on the north side. But just because he's from GA - do the voters here consider that to be a valid reason for him to be the right candidate for president? Perhaps a gullible voter might. If their rationale is that Newt would throw money back home, I can understand. But I'm not sure that's it.

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I didn't vote for the man,

I didn't vote for the man, but lots of people will always support the "local boy".

I suppose it's the same reason Georgia supported Jimmy Carter back in 76. What a disaster that was.

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Rationale

Agreed, to me that is the rationale of a simpleton. To expand it a bit, I suspect the list includes:

- He's from Georgia, we raise good honest folk here, he's not the kind of guy that would ever cheat on anyone

- He's not a yankee like those other candidates

- He speaks in an accent that is familiar to me

- He ain't a skinny fella; he looks more like me and my kinfolk than those other dudes.

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Citizen Steve - agreed!
Citizen_Steve wrote:

Agreed, to me that is the rationale of a simpleton. To expand it a bit, I suspect the list includes:

- He's from Georgia, we raise good honest folk here, he's not the kind of guy that would ever cheat on anyone

- He's not a yankee like those other candidates

- He speaks in an accent that is familiar to me

- He ain't a skinny fella; he looks more like me and my kinfolk than those other dudes.

I didn't vote for the guy....and I think you hit the nail on the head in your comments above!

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Citizen Steve - agreed!
Citizen_Steve wrote:

Agreed, to me that is the rationale of a simpleton. To expand it a bit, I suspect the list includes:

- He's from Georgia, we raise good honest folk here, he's not the kind of guy that would ever cheat on anyone

- He's not a yankee like those other candidates

- He speaks in an accent that is familiar to me

- He ain't a skinny fella; he looks more like me and my kinfolk than those other dudes.

I didn't vote for the guy....and I think you hit the nail on the head in your comments above!

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Citizen Steve - agreed!
Citizen_Steve wrote:

Agreed, to me that is the rationale of a simpleton. To expand it a bit, I suspect the list includes:

- He's from Georgia, we raise good honest folk here, he's not the kind of guy that would ever cheat on anyone

- He's not a yankee like those other candidates

- He speaks in an accent that is familiar to me

- He ain't a skinny fella; he looks more like me and my kinfolk than those other dudes.

I didn't vote for the guy....and I think you hit the nail on the head in your comments above!