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ANTHEMATIC

Steven Tyler screeched through the “Star Spangled Banner” before the AFC Championship game in New England on Sunday. But his was not the worst pregame national anthem, at least according to an online poll of some 1,600 people who listened to assorted versions from assorted public events at Deadspin.com, a sports news blog. Roseanne Barr’s 1990 performance won the bad anthem derby, followed by Carl Lewis’s moment in 1993, Christina Aguilera (2011) and Michael Bolton (2003).

SANTORUM’S DEFENDERS

Rick Santorum is “the best candidate to bring together social conservatives, national defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and the newly energized constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party,” states a group of 34 conservatives who have reaffirmed their endorsement of Mr. Santorum as the Republican presidential nominee. His defenders include:

Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, American Values President Gary Bauer, CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch, philanthropist and attorney Tim Busch, radio host Penna Dexter, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Center for Military Readiness founder Elaine Donnelly, World Net Daily Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah, Heritage Alliance President Richard Ford, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy member Maggie Gallagher, marketing executive Rebecca Hagelin, Capitol Resource Institute Chairman Tim LeFever, retired Texas Court of Appeals Justice Paul Pressler and wife Nancy Pressler, former member of Congress and Eagle Forum of Illinois President Penny Pullen and Conservative HQ.com Chairman Richard A. Viguerie.

POLL DU JOUR

• 48 percent of “very conservative” Republican primary voters in South Carolina voted for Newt Gingrich; 19 percent voted for Mitt Romney.

• 41 percent of “somewhat conservative” voters in the state voted for Mr. Gingrich; 30 percent voted for Mr. Romney.

• 31 percent of moderate to liberal Republicans voted for Mr. Gingrich; 34 percent voted for Mr. Romney.

• 45 percent of tea party supporters voted for Mr. Gingrich; 25 percent voted for Mr. Romney.

• 44 percent of evangelical or born-again Christians voted for Mr. Gingrich; 22 percent voted for Mr. Romney.

• 44 percent of the South Carolina primary voters overall decided who to vote for on the day of the election.

• 44 percent decided in the days preceding the election.

Source: Edison Research/National Election Poll exit surveys of 2,381 Republican primary voters in 35 South Carolina voting places conducted Saturday.

Polls, shouts and murmurs to jharper@washingtontimes.com

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