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Gallup: Gingrich surges, Romney fades, Paul drops

By SUSAN WALKER
December 7, 2011

Newt Gingrich: Now a solid frontrunner

The latest Gallup daily track poll shows former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich surging further ahead of previous frontrunner Mitt Romney while Ron Paul fades to a distant third and into a virtual tie with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Gingrich has 37 percent in the nationwide poll and Romney 15 points behind at 22 percent.  Paul slips badly, down to eight percent while Perry has seven percent and Bachmann six.

“At the moment, we’re looking at a two-man race,” a veteran GOP political operative told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday. “That could change after Iowa but at the moment this race belongs to Newt and Mitt and everyone else is a spectator.”

Just a week ago, Paul supporters felt confident their candidate could take Iowa but Gingrich’s surge comes at the Texas Congressman’s expense and his numbers are suffering in New Hampshire as well.

Gingrich appears poised to capture the Iowa caucuses, could pull an upset in New Hampshire, and has a solid leader in South Carolina.  Even a second-place finish in New Hampshire could keep Gingrich in the running if he captures South Carolina.

“Newt may be this election season’s John McCain,” says the political operative. “Another candidate presumed dead in the summer rises from the ashes to become the nominee.  Of course, we all know what happened to McCain in the general election.”

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9 Responses to Gallup: Gingrich surges, Romney fades, Paul drops

  1. stan chaz

    December 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

    The circus just goes on and on. Now, the guy who was kicked out of the House, wants child slave labor to work for the 1%, is twice divorced and had an extra-marital affair with his current wife… hopes to gain the most from this. AMAZING!! More than ever, as I look at the sorry set of Republican “rivals” on the other side, I am THANKFUL to have Barack Obama as President, and candidate for re-election. Mr. Obama: your heart, your values, and your basic decency are all in the right place. But we need to elect a Congess that will work with you – instead of sabotaging you -in your next term.

    • woody188

      December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Which of Obama’s values do you like the most?

      Is it his assertion that he can assassinate anyone?

      Is it his insistence that he can hold anyone indefinitely without charge or due process?

      Maybe it’s his refusal to force his Justice Department to prosecute any bankers?

      Or perhaps you value his ability to lie to the nation and break all his campaign promises?

      Just curious…

  2. Jay

    December 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Paul is actually gaining in Iowa and New Hampshire; and few there can match his ground game.

    Gallup is not terribly objective; Gallup also has a history of distorting polling methods when it is necessary to create the appearance of declining support for a non-interventionist foreign policy.

    “…by careful manipulation of the questions asked, results could be contrived to order. ‘In 1940 and 1941, BSC [British Security Coordination] rigged a series of [Gallup] polls…to project the notion that the members of prominent organizations were pro-British, avidly in favor of intervention, and intensely antagonistic toward America First.’” (Source: Thomas Mahal, “Tricked into War”, The Mises Review, Fall 1999)

    If you look at Google search stats, and are among those doing phone banking for Ron Paul, you understand how off the wall are Gallup results.

    • Bill Cravener

      December 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

      Ron Paul will never get the nomination because he frightens the powers-that-be in America. The Congressman is just too much of a threat to the financial interests of far too many people that hold silent power within the United States.

  3. Sandune

    December 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    If Newt Gingrich ends up the nominee of the Republican National Committee, I do not want to hear another word from the RNC about family values or social moral issues in need of legislation.

    Putting Gingrich on the final ballot for the GOP might be an advantage to all women who want equal rights. Gingrich hasn’t an ounce of virtue for any American and the House and Senate might just accept the gays as equals.

    It would remove the moral values out from under any Conservative who dares to pretend to have an ounce of truth in their words. What kind of power from the White House could ever be respected around the world or even in our own 50 states? He breeds chaos everywhere he goes. I’m sorry but even Jesus has his limits.

  4. Carl Nemo **==

    December 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    The Gallup god speaks, so it must be true no…? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Rick

    December 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

    ….and the poll numbers next week? And the following week? This is like having your baseball team in first place by a game on May 20th and thinking you will win the division.

  6. woody188

    December 9, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Apparently Americans want lying, graft, unending war, unwavering support for Israel, and a police state bereft of freedoms. At least that is what corporate America would have us believe as that is Newt in a nutshell.

  7. Sandune

    December 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    In the last election, the Tea Party took the power in the House and Senate. They crapped all over Obama and look where it got us. I hate to think of what America could handle with Gingrich in the White House and the Tea Party in the Congress. The Evangelical Fundamentalists would have us all for breakfast.

    I just finished a book about the condition of Egypt when the King changed the religion to a one God. The dreawings on the monuments showed the people so desperate and hungry due to the religious wars that they actually ate their own children.

    I’m not slamming Jesus but the insanity of the Christians will destroy us all.

    Our Constitution will be changed into a document apporoved by the Pope. If Gingrich gets into the White House, Iran will be melted glass by sun down. Israel will be destroyed and America will be next. It is the only way the Christians will win. Gingrich made a deal with the devil to deliver all Amerians into the Evantelical plan for saving the church.

    The good part is that thousands of good decent Americans are documenting this assault against freedoms and individual rights so that if and when Amewrica ever gets back to work, they will know what brought down the Constitution and Government. The new Americans will understand what the founders wanted and why our Supreme Court should remain free from the government. But the most important lesson will be how to maintain a separation of church and state.