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Rasmussen: MS primary a "tipping point" in the 2012 presidential race

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Scott Rasmussen said Tuesday's primaries in Mississippi and Alabama were a tipping point in the race for president. Scott Rasmussen said Tuesday's primaries in Mississippi and Alabama were a tipping point in the race for president.
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One of the most well known and highly respected pollsters in the country was on the coast Thursday talking politics. Over the years, Scott Rasmussen's polls have been extremely accurate. He says what happened in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday was a tipping point in the race for president.

"Rick Santorum had the best possible night," Rasmussen said. "He did it because there's more passion for him than there is for Mitt Romney." 

But even with his losses in the Deep South, Rasmussen said Mitt Romney is still the favorite.  

"The most likely scenario it will be decided before the convention, and that's true even if Governor Romney wins, but only has 45 percent of the delegates. If he comes in with a clear lead, he will be the party's nominee."

Where do Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul fit in now? 

"Gingrich is not going to be the republican nominee. It doesn't mean that he's going to drop out," Rasmussen theorized. "Ron Paul is not going to be the nominee either, and he's going to stay in all the way to the convention." 

What about President Obama and his re-election campaign?   

"He's a little weaker than he wants to be. He's not as weak as the republicans think he is. His job approval this morning is 47 percent. And we know that on election day, a president gets about the same share as their job approval rating." 

Rasmussen said the number one issue in the race is easy to choose.  

"The economy is going to decide it. More specifically, the number that I'm tracking most carefully is how people rate their own personal finances." 

And if the election were held today, Rasmussen had this prediction: It would be a toss-up. In the latest polling, Romney is up by two, Santorum is down by one. That means it's a very close race.

Rasmussen was on the coast Thursday speaking to people attending the Gulf Coast Food and Fuel Expo.

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Who is Scott Rasmussen?

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Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of Rasmussen Reports. He is a political analyst, author, speaker and, since 1994, an independent public opinion pollster.

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