With Alabama and Mississippi losses, Romney continues to stumble in Bible Belt
March 14th, 2012
12:42 PM ET
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With Alabama and Mississippi losses, Romney continues to stumble in Bible Belt

(CNN) – Mitt Romney’s losses in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday offered more stark evidence of a huge stumbling in his quest for the GOP nomination and the White House: his difficulty winning in the evangelical-rich Bible Belt.

With Rick Santorum’s victories in Alabama and Mississippi, he and Newt Gingrich have taken all but one Bible Belt state in the primaries.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Maybe Romney needs to stop being so "severely conservative" because it is coming across as severely lacking.

    March 14, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "With Alabama and Mississippi losses, Romney continues to stumble in Bible Belt"

    And the entire GOP continues to stumble through their primaries and the election year.

    March 14, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Bob - Phoenix

    It just amazes me that the meia can't seem to figure it out. Orthodox Christians (Catholics and Protestants) KNOW that Mormonism is NOT just another denomination of mainline Christianity. It is a cult. Official LDS policy pior to 1972 was to respond, "We are Mormons", when asked if they were Christians. Ever since, they have been on a massive PR campaign to convince people that they are indeed just another Protestant denomination. Their theology is SO far removed from accepted Scriptural integrity (not there own additions), that they might align more closely with Zorastrianism or Jehovah Witnesses. Most of us would feel more comfortable with Mr. Romney's honesty (and all Mormons), if they would go back to their pre-1972 confession. I can vote for him – we've had all kinds of religious persuasions (and charlatans) in the White House who performed their secular job duties acceptably, but would feel better about his character and integrity if he just dealt straight on the weirdness of Mormonism.

    March 14, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Doesn't really matter because Obama isn't winning any southern states. Obama will be lucky to carry several blues states and probably very few swing states. I'm not sure why he bothered running again. He must like being a celebrity because he sucks at being President.

    March 14, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. ST

    One thing a person can give and still keep is own words. Romney hasn't given words to inspire people and believe to fully support him. Not even once I have heard him use the words "God Bless America". How can people in the Bible Belt States believe he is one of them!

    March 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. The Elephant In The Room

    Bob from Phionex has it exactly correct . . . Southerners in the "Bible Belt" will NEVER accept Mormonism as just another denomination of Christianity. The Republican base will not vote for him when in the privacy of the voting booth. The bulk of the GOP people in this area are exclusionists. Romney is an OUTSIDER.

    The only way these folks will vote for Romney is to frame the President as a BIGGER OUTSIDER. This is why the GOP advances "dog whistle" politics . If the low info masses can be convinced that Obama is a black Muslim socialist, I suppose the thinking is that a white Polygamus Mormon cult member ain`t so bad.

    Ultimately GOP voter turnout in the South will suffer.

    March 14, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. george of the jungle

    Gop has no direction at all. No one candidate that the repo party can get behind. Presenting these idiots shows howlittle they think of the American citizen. None have ideas or answers. Vote for President Obama the only adult running.

    March 14, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Sorry to break through your medicated haze, truth, but Mitty did horribly in the counties a repub is supposed to carry. There is no passion for him. Santorum will not win anything outside of the South once the swing voters get a load of how he plans to thrust government into their private lives. Keep sucking on that pipe if it helps you get through the election, Scooter.

    March 14, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    Speaking of mormons....has anyone ever seen September Dawn? The true story of the massacre of about 150 settlers that were traveling to California but stopped to rest in Mormon territory. Brigham Young and that crazy Smith guy ordered it. They murdered everyone including women and children. They painted their faces and pretended they were native Americans. What a good movie. Check it out folks.

    March 14, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. DERANGED..................

    Romney on Afghanistan shooting by US-enlisted-Soldier........."The US-Government will not base Foreign Policy on a DERANGED-persons' shooting act" Strange language-use to describe a GI who received severe head injury while serving in Iraq....Romney should have said that this GI after receiving severe head injury in the front-line should have not been deployed to Afghanistan...Romneys' answer is an affront to all US-Troops.....!

    March 14, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Mikey

    "Obama will be lucky to carry several blues states and probably very few swing states. I'm not sure why he bothered running again."
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    And the person who wrote this thinks they are smarter than a grapefruit. LOL Well at least they get internet service inside the echo chamber, bubble, or whatever you call it.

    March 14, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Religion and the American dream .

    No more buffalo to kill , only people !

    March 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. ...a laurel and hardy handshake........

    Folks, the fun will definitely continue IN TAMPA THIS AUGUST. We now see that the teanut side of the teanut-gop will do everything to present a SARAH-like candidate to the convention. She and her Cain, Newt, Ricks (two, of course!), Eddie Cantor group will DISRUPT, DIS-ORGANIZE, DIS-FUNCTION, DIS-MUMBLEIZE (they are really good at mumbling !), and DIS-UNITY-IZE the CONVENTION.
    .
    .. GOT POPCORN ?
    .. GOT YOUR CIRCUS TICKETS ?
    .. GOT YOUR VOTE READY TO CAST FOR THE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT BARAK H. OBAMA ?
    .

    March 14, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    funny that when some people run out of things to say they just start posting STUPID stuff. Sit in front of a computer all day and blog. LOL

    Mitt is starting to see what Obama has gone through and is still going through. These so-called born again Christian evangelicals prefer you to be White (he has that part) and Protestant (he does NOT have that part) and if one of those type was in the election neither Santorum nor Newt, both who are Catholic would be considered either. But the irony of it all is there is only ONE major candidate that is a Protestant...you get three guesses who that is.

    March 14, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Mikey

    Mitt Romney
    The vision of George Bush
    The compassion of Marie Antoinette
    The charisma of Al Gore
    Smooth like Dan Quayle
    The gaff avoidance of Joe Biden
    The consistency of …well… Mitt Romney (no other flip flopper comes close)

    March 14, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    romney and obama don't believe in god. that's why southerners are against them. has nothin to do with cheesy grits

    March 14, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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    President Obama is a Christian and so is Mr. Romney. Get a life. Your incendiary, vacuous posts are no longer funny.

    March 14, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. capiers

    If republicans can't see the disconnect Romney has with the average person here in America then you are either not paying attention or just simply willing to accept it. Neither case is acceptable. Is it just because Obama is an African American that you decide he is not worthy. You voted Bush Jr. in twice and that was a disaster which Obama is still cleaning up.

    March 14, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. John

    This mans a fool he is so out of touch! unless you talk about the 1%

    March 14, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. vhalen

    This was a win for Romney in my book. Everyone knew the South would be his challenge, and he split the vote, and got his fair share. Add in Hawaii and American Somoa, Romney actually increased his lead last night with three less sates and a territory in which to make up ground. Talking heads were saying "What is wrong with Romney", let me ask, what is wrong with Santorum and Gingrich. These are the hardest states for Romney, and they both lost more ground last night, what does this say abut them? (The frontrunner is week, but we are clueless). Not much more territory in the deep south left, not many more away games for them to make up ground. Gingrich staying in just cost Santorum his only shot.

    If you add up all of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul delegates, and throw in an extra 50...That is Romney. In otherwords Romney is 50 more than all the other delegates combined. No more SC, GA, MS, AL, ...very few unassigned southern delegates...sure Romney did not win...but he did not get hurt.

    A fun little math. Santorum who is in second place, needs 910 more delgates, there are only 1384 not assigned. Santorum would have to win every single remaining contest getting 65% of all remaining delegates to win the nomination. He did not get anywhere near 65% in Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii or Somoa. He and Gingrich feel the media don't give them attention. Heck, they lost ground last night...and all I hear is Santorum, Santorum Santorum.

    Pundits say the race continues. It will...and each day Santorum will get further away from the nomination. Soon the states start moving North and East.

    March 14, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Its interesting that few, if any, of the conservative posters on here are talking about how much they love Romney: its all attacks on teh president. If I did not know any better, I would swear they were dissatisfied with Romney and the rest of the GOP field.

    March 14, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    "Not even once I have heard him use the words "God Bless America".

    So sick of every president ending speeches with that, as it's somehow required by law. Just once I'd love to hear a president with guts end with "and God bless our entire planet."

    March 14, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    romney and obama don't believe in god. that's why southerners are against them. has nothin to do with cheesy grits
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    That does not sound like "Truth and Nothing But The Truth" to me. The rant is both anti-Romney and anti-Obama.

    March 14, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. CJ in Al

    Some of us in the deep south ....do not say yall, nor do we all like grits . I prefer hash browns and when it comes to Romney he has enough cheese to stir in tons of grits for those that do . We just did not like his away game!

    March 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. UmYeah

    Yes, Mitt comes in third in two states... But ends up extending his lead in the delegate count! Methinks he has it figured out.

    March 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. JJ

    RMoney said "Mahalo" in Hawaii?!? I didn't know he was Muslim? I thought he was American?

    March 14, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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