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Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich — declared politically dead by most pundits a few months ago — has suddenly surged to third place in recent polls while former frontrunner Rick Perry fades to fourth and Ron Paul slides further into the background.
“Gingrich has come out of nowhere to become viable again,” says political analyst Donald Winston. “His surge comes as a side benefit to the fading fortunes of Rick Perry and Ron Paul and it will be up to him to see if there is any momentum behind his sudden good fortune.”
Still, even staunch Gingrich supporters say he should enjoy the spotlight while he has it because it won’t last.
“He hasn’t a prayer of winning the nomination,” says Rich Galen, a former strategist for Gingrich.
Gingrich’s campaign is deep in debt. Many top aides have left and he only raised $800,o00 in the third quarter of this year, compared to millions by his opponents.
And Gingrich has substantial political baggage, including an affair with a former House staffer that broke up the second of his three marriages and an extravagant lifestyle that included huge credit card bills.
“Gingrich is damaged goods,” says Winston. “He has a brief moment of glory right now and he should enjoy it becakuse it won’t last.