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Gingrich Maintaining Grip on New Lead [Gallup national daily tracking poll]
Gallup ^ | Jan 27, 2012 | by Lydia Saad

Posted on 01/27/2012 1:06:43 PM PST by Jim Robinson

"Romney slumps to 24%, his lowest level since before Iowa caucuses"

PRINCETON, NJ -- Republican registered voters nationally continue to prefer Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, with no sign in Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 22-26 that Gingrich is giving back any of his recent gains.

The 32% of Republican voters now choosing Gingrich as the candidate they are most likely to support for the nomination is his highest level of support since the 2012 primary voting began in early January. The 24% supporting Romney is his lowest. Despite the heavy media focus on the two front-runners, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are each holding their own at just under 15%, putting the two men in a statistical tie for third.

Bottom Line

As the Jan. 31 Florida primary nears, Gingrich remains at the top of the GOP field in national Republican preferences for the nomination, and his eight-percentage-point lead over Romney, in second place, is his widest since mid-December.

Gingrich's latest eclipsing of Romney occurred in Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 19-23. That interviewing period spanned the South Carolina debate, as well as the South Carolina primary, which Gingrich handily won. Since then, Gingrich has not only maintained the lead but expanded it slightly, indicating that Romney's sharpened rhetoric, combined with various attacks on Gingrich by such major Republican Party figures as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Bob Dole, hasn't been particularly harmful.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: elections; fl; florida; gingrich; newt
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1 posted on 01/27/2012 1:06:53 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

I will be praying that Newt can pull it off in FL where is is being out-spent in a major way!


2 posted on 01/27/2012 1:08:54 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Jim Robinson

As soon as Santorum drops out, Newt will start racking up the states.


3 posted on 01/27/2012 1:09:19 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Jim Robinson

We need to get this one out there to combat the Florida spin. The republican elites are going all out on Newt...and I fear we’ll be stuck with Mittens. I used to think I could vote for mittens if I had to but after last night’s debate he lost any chance of getting my vote. I think I’d go 3rd party now. And that makes me sick to know we’ll be stuck with Obama for another 4 years—thanks Republicans.


4 posted on 01/27/2012 1:10:33 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: CainConservative

Yup. Mittwit is an empty vessel. Conservative accomplishments: Zilch.


5 posted on 01/27/2012 1:11:27 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Let’s hope it holds. Romney must be stopped.


6 posted on 01/27/2012 1:11:37 PM PST by CASchack
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Ping-a-ding-ding!


7 posted on 01/27/2012 1:11:53 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: Jim Robinson

The MSM is still saying if Romney wins FL, it :may be the end for Gingrich”. HUH? He is LEADING nationally, and FL now has only 50 delegates because of the RNC punishment for moving up their primary. This race is far from over, no matter what the outcome.


8 posted on 01/27/2012 1:12:19 PM PST by montag813
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To: Jim Robinson

Finally! some good news. Since Fla is a winner take all (delegates) IF Newt loses ..will this have an impact? I had no doubt that Newt would have won Fla but then the smears came out. Praying for a miracle.
Romney hired a debate coach. It is Bachmann’s former coach.


9 posted on 01/27/2012 1:13:08 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Jim Robinson

Mitt is going to have a couple of good states after Florida. But if New can pull off a better than five point drubbing of Mitt there it should be enough to at least split the primaries until Super Tuesday. Then Mitt goes into the dustbin of history.


10 posted on 01/27/2012 1:13:31 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Jim Robinson

National polls mean nothing at this point in the race.

State-by-state primaries and caucuses will determine who runs against Obama. Many of us — and many of those polled — will have no say whatsoever in the process if Romney racks up enough delegates before we get a chance to vote.

This national poll does not encourage me one bit. What we need is some clear thinking in Florida.


11 posted on 01/27/2012 1:13:52 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jim Robinson

I continue to believe that Newt is going to prevail.

Anyone still trying to decide who to vote for, need only look into their children’s eyes, the answer is right there waiting for you.

GO NEWT GO......this is not just about picking a president, it’s about the very survival of our country!!


12 posted on 01/27/2012 1:14:38 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Encouraging! Just hope those good folks in FL do the right thing next week, and help keep Newt going forward. My theory is that the more desperate and nasty Romney gets, the less people like him. Newt needs time to continue to get the conservative message out, in sharp contrast to Romney’s empty promises and scripted soundbites.


13 posted on 01/27/2012 1:15:25 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Jim Robinson
Who cares. Whoever the R Pres candidate ends up to be will get the votes.

I wish more attention was spent at the state level where we need to focus on sending more conservatives to Washington. Without a change in the Senate leadership and greater margins in the House I don't think much will change in this country no matter who becomes President.

14 posted on 01/27/2012 1:15:43 PM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: CainConservative

Santorum is not our friend. He is a vulture hoping Newt implodes. On the merits that will never happen to Newt and Rick Santorum knows it. He is waiting for Newt to be vaporized by the executioners and then he wants to pounce.
That is distressing to the core and conscience of a man.

Rick scores by making points off the Newt/Romney squabble and belittles it, when he has eyes to see a knee cap operation going on and stands by like the pedestrian he is.


15 posted on 01/27/2012 1:16:17 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: Gator113

Wish I knew why the national and Floriduh polls are so divergent. Counterfeit Mitt is ahead in FL, if polls are to be believed.


16 posted on 01/27/2012 1:17:37 PM PST by Lady Lucky (A tea party in name only is worse than no tea party at all.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ater Rick drops out (WHO goes back home and off the campaign trail 4 days before FL?)...

I think Santorum’s 15% Gallup number will go about:

Newt 9
Willard 5
Nutjob Ron 1


17 posted on 01/27/2012 1:17:43 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

cont. from my last post...

Newt 32 becomes Newt 41
Newt 24 becomes Willard 29


18 posted on 01/27/2012 1:20:46 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Jim Robinson

You made my day, Dear. The media has been extremely depressing today.


19 posted on 01/27/2012 1:23:16 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: CainConservative; Jim Robinson
My guess is that Santorum's decision to head home this weekend is a prelude to dropping out and I suspect he will endorse Newt over the weekend.
20 posted on 01/27/2012 1:24:13 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Jim Robinson
Romney ads are still going on today about Gingrich being GUILTY, fined & kicked out of his speakership in disgrace.

The ad was just on TV again & I've been getting calls about it from his campaign - got one again last night.

21 posted on 01/27/2012 1:25:00 PM PST by LADY J
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To: lonevoice

ping!


22 posted on 01/27/2012 1:27:51 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Jedidah

Or you could live in Virginia where Newt isn’t on the ballot....


23 posted on 01/27/2012 1:28:00 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: JaguarXKE

It’s starting to move against Newt in Florida...the GOP establishment and, naturally, the media are slamming him hard.

His last hope was to pull out another top notch debate victory...but, for some reason he lost his edge.

Romney the RINO is now the likely choice next summer at the convention.

Bring on the third party.


24 posted on 01/27/2012 1:28:13 PM PST by kjo
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To: Jedidah

Or you could live in Virginia where Newt isn’t on the ballot....


25 posted on 01/27/2012 1:28:44 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: katiedidit1

****Romney hired a debate coach. It is Bachmann’s former coach.****

Indeed. A slash and burner!!! Didn’t turn out too well for M.Bachmann - let’s hope he has the same luck with Romney.

That type of vindictive personal confrontation is just not Presidential - or manly - or persuasive....but it seems Romney found his true nasty self which he had previously been hiding behind the smarmy smile. This hateful persona is authentic - but the lies are still lies.


26 posted on 01/27/2012 1:29:50 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: wagglebee

Not gona happen..he said he was only going home to get his tax records. I’m afraid he is going to stay for the duration!!


27 posted on 01/27/2012 1:30:07 PM PST by ontap
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To: wallcrawlr

Well, this has to be encouraging to the Florida conservative base and tea partiers who are fighting hard against the establishment RINO coronation. Go, Florida!! Win one for the Newt!!


28 posted on 01/27/2012 1:31:03 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
George Soros:
"Well, look, either you’ll have an extremist conservative, be it Gingrich or Santorum, in which case I think it will make a big difference which of the two comes in. If it’s between Obama and Romney, there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them. And maybe better food. Probably better food on the Romney side."

GO NEWT!

Santorum canceled all his Florida events and went home. Unfortunately, he neglected to endorse Gingrich, because Santorum is still in the race. Apparently, stopping Romney is not all that important to him.

29 posted on 01/27/2012 1:31:24 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

With the carpet bombing campaign from the MSM and Mr Sh!t Runmey these numbers are encouraging.


30 posted on 01/27/2012 1:34:17 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: onyx

Santorum canceled all his Florida events and went home. Unfortunately, he neglected to endorse Gingrich, because Santorum is still in the race.
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If he’s going to exit the race, he’s going to do it in his homestate, not in Florida.


31 posted on 01/27/2012 1:34:25 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Raebie

Why are there no new Florida polls?
In SC, they were updating the polls daily, esp after Newt’s great debate.


32 posted on 01/27/2012 1:37:10 PM PST by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: sillsfan

I’ve seen several posted here today. At least they’re being billed as ‘new’.


33 posted on 01/27/2012 1:37:48 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Jim Robinson; onyx

34 posted on 01/27/2012 1:38:43 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Jim Robinson

I do believe nationally the Romney Sleaze Machine is starting to be recognized for what it is. Typical leftist tactics.


35 posted on 01/27/2012 1:39:34 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: kjo

You’re not on the ground in Florida. The Florida Republican Party gave 900 of the 1200 seats to the Romney campaign for last night’s debate which is why you might have thought Romney did better than he did: he had never before received so much applause and Newt so little. This is the same corrupt Florida Republican party that supported Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio.


36 posted on 01/27/2012 1:41:12 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

hi Jim, hope all is well.


37 posted on 01/27/2012 1:41:58 PM PST by brivette
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To: Raebie

I don’t think Santorum has any intention of bowing out.


38 posted on 01/27/2012 1:43:10 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

*&%^ yeah.


39 posted on 01/27/2012 1:44:35 PM PST by skeeter
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To: PhilDragoo; Jim Robinson

GO SARAH!

She would definitely vote for Newt!

Just say so again for good measuure!


40 posted on 01/27/2012 1:45:13 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Raebie

Santorum has a bee up his arse and won’t drop out.
He honestly thinks he can still win this!

I wish Newt and his team would call Little Ricky and ask to sit down with him over the weekend for a little “talk” for the sake of ..oh, Let’s just say: THE COUNTRY!!! FREEDOM!! OUR FUTURE!! What’s the harm in trying?

Time to take one for the team, Rick. Please.
You can be H and HS Secretary.
Okay, Sec.of State... but that’s our best offer.


41 posted on 01/27/2012 1:45:38 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Jim Robinson

Win one for the Newt!! Amen!

We can make calls (from anywhere) for NEWT! Just visit: www.Newtnetwork.com

NO ROMBAMA!!!


42 posted on 01/27/2012 1:46:01 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: onyx

Well that explains a lot!


43 posted on 01/27/2012 1:50:04 PM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: kjo
for some reason he lost his edge.

He lost his edge when he saw Godzilla coming at him from all sides. Anyone would.

44 posted on 01/27/2012 1:52:21 PM PST by firebrand
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45 posted on 01/27/2012 1:53:47 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Jim Robinson
"Nobody listens to Bob Dole." (Bob Dole, 2012)
46 posted on 01/27/2012 1:56:27 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Jim Robinson

That poll is an average from22-26 Nationally

The barrage of negative ads are in FLA and from what I have seen posted in the polls the last day or so Newt is trailing


47 posted on 01/27/2012 1:56:52 PM PST by uncbob
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To: CAluvdubya

Yes. Shame on the corrupt Florida Republican Party.

No wonder Romney was so damn smug.


48 posted on 01/27/2012 1:58:52 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: FReepers
GO Florida!

VOTE FOR NEWT!

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WooHoo!!



49 posted on 01/27/2012 2:00:04 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: montag813

Florida can no longer be considered a “Southern State”. Way too many north transplants that that have taken over the state. Newt would still win there if he had the money to compete and may still pull it out. If Palin endorses him before primary date that would be a big plus. With Santorum out of the race Newt would beat the liberal Romney by 15 or more points.

But, with that said, Romney the liberal WILL NOT WIN ANY SOUTHERN STATE. Aint gonna happen. If he does buy the Florida primary with his negative ads, he still has not won a Southern State and never will. Payback for Newt will be the REAL SOUTH.


50 posted on 01/27/2012 2:00:28 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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