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August 09, 2013

New Hampshire Republicans Are So Excited About Amnesty That They Have Abandoned Marco Rubio In Droves

Somehow I doubt Team Amnesty, which never tires of trotting out polls they claim demonstrate that 138% of Republican voters want amnesty and only fringe kooks oppose t, will be talking about this too much.

The poll finds New Hampshire Republicans divided on who they want to see as their party’s nominee in 2016. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey leads the pack with 21 percent followed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with 16 percent. Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is in third with 10 percent followed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with 8 percent and Rubio with 6 percent. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is tied with two Texans -- Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz -- in sixth with 4 percent each. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin takes 2 percent. Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and two Ohio Republicans -- Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman -- all take less than 1 percent.


This is a major step back for Rubio who took 22 percent in the Granite State poll back in February and 14 percent in an April one. His net favorability with New Hampshire Republicans dropped from 50 percent in February and 51 percent in April to 33 percent in this most recent poll. There is some good news for Rubio as only 2 percent of New Hampshire Republicans say they will never vote for Rubio.

Just so we're on the same page, 6% is significantly less than 22%.

I wonder what Rubio could have done between February and now to have lost so much support. Must have been his support for sugar protection legislation. Yeah, that's it.

As Andy suggested the other explanation could be that as everyone knows New Hampshire is a blood red GOP state. Perhaps a more purple state would be kinder to Rubio.

So you know, good luck with those ideas Marco.

And yes, you know and I know that Christie is pro-amnesty but that's not exactly what most voters think of when they consider him. Yet. Rubio owns amnesty and is reaping the, um, rewards of that.

I'm not saying Rubio is done and can't recover (I doubt it but I'm not saying it) but this notion that the there's a repressed majority of Republicans who are dying for a leader to come along and free them from their anti-amnesty conservative overlords is nonsense.

From the GOP revolt against the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill of 2007, forcing McCain and Romney to move right in 08/12 and the damage done to Perry's campaign by his "you don't have a heart" appeal for the Texas Dream Act, and now this, it's abundantly clear that GOP voters don't want anything like amnesty.

It's also clear that GOP elites simply don't care.

Related: Congressman Luis “I have only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.” Gutierrez says he has 40-50 House Republicans ready to vote for amnesty. I wish I could think he's lying but my guess is he's low balling it.

BTW-Can you imagine if a Republican ever said, "I have only one loyalty, and that's to the Christian community" or "the white community"? That person would be rightly pilloried and hounded out of polite society. But Gutierrez says it and remains a Democrat in good standing who Republicans like Paul Ryan enjoy working with.

It's like only one side is actually fighting these battles.


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