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GOP Analysis Says They’ve Got The 2012 Momentum, But Does It Matter?

Kyle Leighton | Talking Points Memo | August 10, 2012
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Republicans say their voters are ready to run through walls to vote for Mitt Romney, or at the very least, vote against President Obama. Does that matter?



An analysis from Resurgent Republic, the center-right political organization that is officially non-partisan, argued that Republican excitement will give the GOP an edge in the fall. “Republican-leaning voting blocs are more enthusiastic to vote this November, which could be the deciding factor in a turnout election,” Resurgent wrote, referring to the closely contested election that will put party machinery to the test. “As we head into the final campaign stretch, President Obama faces the unwelcoming reality that he must close the voter enthusiasm gap and improve his performance among key voting subgroups if he is to be successful in his bid for reelection.”



Other pollsters, like the Pew Research Center, came to the same conclusion: Republicans are strongly opposed to President Obama and are just waiting to get into the voting booth...



...Pew also found that while Republicans are more excited about November, their enthusiasm for Romney himself is tepid. Republican pollster Whit Ayres, one of the co-founders of Resurgent Republic, said that division within the GOP voting bloc wasn’t actually a division at all.Pew also found that while Republicans are more excited about November, their enthusiasm for Romney himself is tepid. Republican pollster Whit Ayres, one of the co-founders of Resurgent Republic, said that division within the GOP voting bloc wasn’t actually a division at all.



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