Poll: Over Half of Tea Partiers Say They’ll Vote for Romney if He’s the Nominee

Many of you know my views on Mitt Romney. He lost me back in 1994 when he tried to out-Kennedy Ted Kennedy. Then came the flip-flopping, Romneycare, a swig of global warming Kool Aid, etc.

That said, my issues with Romney do not trump my understanding that Barack Obama must be voted out next November, and it’s nice to see some fellow conservatives have also come to that realization:

Most self-affiliated members of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest national organizations for the grassroots conservative movement, would vote for Mitt Romney as president if confronted with a choice between him or President Obama, according to a poll of members released to The Hill on Friday.

The group surveyed its members this week in an informal poll posted at the group’s website. The question asked was: If Romney is the GOP nominee, what will you do in the general election?

Fifty-two percent of about 1,150 respondents said they would “hold their nose” and vote for Romney if he becomes the GOP nominee, while 23 percent said they would vote for an unspecified third-party candidate. Twelve percent said they would not vote in the presidential election at all if the choice is between Romney and Obama.

I’m willing to bet that by the time the election rolls around, a sizable chunk of those 23 percent who say they’d go third party would also reconsider.

There’s still plenty of time. I know the media already has Romney down as the default nominee, but I’m not convinced yet. I really don’t want to “plug my nose” when I vote yet again… but I will if it means making Barack Obama move back to Chicago.

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