GOP contest now a two-man race between Newt, Mitt

Newt Gingrich: Now the clear frontrunner (ABC/Matthew Putney)

For the moment, the Republican race for the presidential nomination is a two-man race with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney clearly distancing themselves from the rest of the pack.

Gallup’s latest tracking poll has Gingrich with 33 percent at Romney 10 points behind at 23.  Ron Paul is a distant third with nine percent, followed by Rick Perry at six, Michelle Bachman at five and everyone else with two percent or less.

Fox News shows Gingrich at 36 percent, Romney at 23, Paul at 12, Perry at eight and Bachmann at five.  The latest Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey puts Gingrich at 36, Romney at 23, the now-departed Herman Cain at eight, Perry at six and Bachmann and Paul tied at four.

“This is a Gingrich-Romney race now,” says GOP consultant Rick Leary. “Everyone else is an afterthought.”

Some strategists still feel Paul could be a spoiler but the majority of GOP strategists polled by Capitol Hill Blue over the weekend said the Texas Congressman is lost in the spotlight focused on the struggle between Gingrich and Romney.  CNN/Opinion Research’s poll put Paul behind Cain and Perry in November and Cain’s withdrawal appears to benefit Gingrich more than anyone else.

“This race is turning into a battle of two political heavyweights named Mitt and Newt,” says Leary.  “Everyone else is now an also-ran.”

 

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3 Responses to "GOP contest now a two-man race between Newt, Mitt"

  1. Bill Cravener  December 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    “This is a Gingrich-Romney race now,” says GOP consultant Rick Leary. “Everyone else is an afterthought.”

    I’d call that pair Laurel and Hardy but that would be an offensive insult towards those two great comedians. What has happen to the Republican Party to bring them to these two incompetents as front runners?

    • Danny Adams  December 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Bill: Because we’ve come to a point where though Gingrich may be a self-promoting philanderer and Romney is seen as the closest thing the GOP has to a Socialist, neither of them are viewed as nutburgers.

  2. Brooke  December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    How can we trust Newt? He simply does not speak the truth. He is out for himself. He turns on people that endorse him. He does whatever he can to win, to make money for himself. We, the American people, need to realize who he is. How can we allow such a man to be our President?

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