A CNN Poll, just out, has Newt winning in three of the first four states to vote in the Republican primaries.
The CNN/Time/ORC International Polls, released Wednesday, indicate that strong support from the tea party movement is contributing to the former House speaker’s surge among likely Republican primary voters and caucus-goers. But the poll also suggests that this race is far from over, with less than half the people questioned in each state saying their minds are made up.
According to the poll, one-third of likely GOP caucus participants in Iowa say they are backing Gingrich. Thirteen points back, at 20% is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s making his second bid for his party’s nomination. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who’s making his third run for the presidency, is at 17%, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 9%, Rep. Michele Bachmann of neighboring Minnesota at 7%, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 5% and former Utah Gov. and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at 1%. Both Bachmann and Santorum have been crisscrossing Iowa.
Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the presidential nomination contest, with New Hampshire’s primary going second, one week later, on Jan. 10.
In New Hampshire, 35% of likely back Romney, 26% supporting Gingrich and 17% backing PaulHuntsman, who’s been spending nearly all of his time campaigning in New Hampshire, is at 8%, with everyone else in the low single digits.
In South Carolina, 43% of likely GOP primary voters are backing Gingrich, with Romney a distant second at 20%, Perry at 8%, Bachmann and Paul each at 6%, Santorum at 4% and Huntsman at 1%.
It’s the same story in Florida, the fourth statewide contest on the calendar. According to the poll, 48% of people likely to vote in Florida’s Jan. 31 GOP primary say they support Gingrich, with Romney a distant second at 25%, Paul at 5% and everyone else in the low single digits.
Newt is also winning out in the latest blogosphere polling, as you can see at RWN.
If you have doubts about Newt, (and who doesn’t?), this interview with a skeptical Glenn Beck *might* help allay your concerns. Beck asks some tough questions, and Gingrich doesn’t shy away from answering them.
Following the recent threats from Nancy Pelosi and the heavy brush with which the media are painting Newt Gingrich as unethical, the Media Research Center is now calling on the networks to seize the moment and report the truth from nearly 13 years ago.
It has been 4,689 days since the IRS formally cleared Newt Gingrich of any violation of tax law. It’s been 4,689 days since ABC, CBS, and NBC have had the opportunity to report it. What the heck. Why not today? Now is the time for these networks to report the truth for once. The networks owe it to the American people to report the fact that in 1999 the IRS completely vindicated Gingrich.
And in case you haven’t seen this yet – some Newt nostalgia from 1995 via The Atlantic:
Ah, 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Newt Gingrich was the House’s feisty new speaker, and Chris Farley was still alive.
At this April 5 meeting of the House Republican Conference, John Boehner introduced Gingrich, only to have Farley appear from the wings and present a last-minute agenda to round out the new Republican Congress’s first 100 days in power.