Live Chat: Wisconsin, Maryland and District of Columbia GOP Primaries, 7:30 pm Eastern

Join the Washington Times Communities for full election night coverage of the April 3rd GOP Presidential Primaries. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

HAWAII, April 3, 2012 – 98 delegates. Three primaries. Four presidential candidates. Tonight at 7:30 pm Eastern Time join the Washington Times Communities political writers for a live chat and make your voice heard on the Wisconsin, Maryland and District of Columbia primaries! (see more below)

The ancient tactician Sun Tzu tells us “What the ancients called a clever commander is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” Will tonight’s triple primaries decide America’s next commander-in-chief? Find out tonight and join our chat for full election night coverage!

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Daniel de Gracia

Daniel de Gracia


Preliminary polls suggest tonight’s contests will be another blowout victory for Mitt Romney, but with Rick Santorum aggressively campaigning in Wisconsin and both Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich seemingly on a no surrender until delegates are counted tour, will tonight’s results be yet another surprise in a long slug to convention or the decisive moment for the Romney campaign?

On Sunday, Public Policy Polling reported a commanding 25-point lead for Romney (52%) against his closest opponent, Rick Santorum (27%) in Maryland. In Wisconsin, the same poll showed Romney leading Santorum 43% to 36%. While no polls are yet available for DC, last week Romney won the District’s GOP straw poll by a whopping 72%, suggesting strong support tonight.

Polls by Rasmussen Reports also show a potentially strong Tuesday night for Romney with Romney 45% to 28% Santorum in Maryland and 44% to 34% in Wisconsin, respectively. Rasmussen polls also show that nationwide, Romney is now seen by the majority of likely voters as the leader of the GOP (26%).

According to PPP, in Wisconsin while Romney is strongest all around, he performs best with voters who identify as “Somewhat Conservative” whereas Santorum is strongest among “Very Conservative” voters (43%). Paul is strongest with voters< who identify themselves as “Very Liberal” (33%) as does Gingrich (19%).

In Maryland, Romney registers best with “Very Liberal” voters (72%), Santorum with those “Very Conservative” (36%), Paul with “Somewhat Liberal” (27%) and Gingrich with “Very Liberal” (18%).




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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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