Gingrich Sprints to Lead in Florida, South Carolina, and Iowa, second in New Hampshire

By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life News Today

Pro-Life GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich

With events changing—or threatening to change—by the hour, there’s a slew of incredibly favorably poll numbers for former Speaker of the House and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. As someone quipped if he could bottle this “newtmentum,” he could power a couple of aircraft carriers.

First, Florida and a poll conducted by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research for the Florida Times-Union in which Gingrich is so far ahead he has as much support as the next four candidates combined. Gingrich has 41% of the registered voters who say they are likely to vote in Florida’s January 31 Republican presidential primary. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is second at 17% and businessman Herman Cain, who is reportedly reassessing his campaign, has fallen back to 13%. Texas Gov. Rick Perry garnered 7%, Congressman Ron Paul came in fourth with 4%, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann next with 3%, and former Senator Rick Santorum with 1%. Florida holds its primary January 31.

“I have not seen a lead this large, this late in a Republican presidential primary season since I have been polling,” Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage told the Times-Union. “Newt Gingrich is winning nearly 50 percent of the independent vote, but more importantly, the Republican vote which makes up the vast majority of the Florida Republican primary.”

What about the first caucuses in Iowa? Gingrich has surged in the lead in an InsiderAdvantage poll. Among registered voters who said they’d be voting in the January 3 Republican caucuses, Gingrich snared 28% to 13% for Paul and 12% for Romney. Next in line were Cain and Bachmann each with 10%, Perry at 7% and Santorum at 3%.

Yesterday Rasmussen reported on the first numbers in New Hampshire since the endorsement of Gingrich by the influential Manchester Union. Among likely Republican primary voters, Romney continues in the lead with 34% followed by Gingrich, 24%. The only other two candidates in double figures were Paul at 14%, and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman at 11%.  However only 42% are certain they will vote for the candidate they currently prefer come the January 10 primary.

Finally in South Carolina, which holds its primary January 21, an InsiderAdvantage poll shows Gingrich, at 38%, far outdistancing his rivals. Romney is second at 15% followed by Cain at 13%, with no one else above 4%.

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