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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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To: FReepers
GO NEWT!!!

GO FREE REPUBLIC!!!

Rebellion is ON! Please Donate!

51 posted on 01/27/2012 2:00:57 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: LADY J
-- Romney ads are still going on today about Gingrich being GUILTY, fined & kicked out of his speakership in disgrace. --

Do those ads conclude with Romney saying "I'm Mitt Romney, and I approved this ad."?

52 posted on 01/27/2012 2:05:11 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: CainConservative; Jim Robinson
Santorum was on fire last night. Is it known who he'll throw his support for?

I really hope Gingrich begins talking more about cutting government spending and what the American people can and will do with less government. He's alluded to these ideas including a mention last night. But if Gingrich really means to basically privatize the space program, for instance, he needed to put Santorum and Paul in their place and serve notice to the American people that he's talking about CUTTING NASA in particular (which seemed a reasonable implication) and GOVERNMENT in general.

53 posted on 01/27/2012 2:09:51 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

Gingrich wants to GUT the federal government. Check his website.


54 posted on 01/27/2012 2:13:23 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: onyx
-- I don't think Santorum has any intention of bowing out. --

I do. The questions are when, and whether he'll throw his support to a specific candidate. He won;t bow out before the 31st of January, I don't think, but he might on February 1st.

55 posted on 01/27/2012 2:17:00 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Raebie

I doubt Santorum would endorce newt...he has said in the past he didn’t like Newt...he was a freshman when newt took over the house I believe....I will be surprised if he endorces Newt, but you never know in politic’s...


56 posted on 01/27/2012 2:21:03 PM PST by goat granny
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To: onyx
I can't stand that idiot slimy smile!

None of the other candidates look like that when one of the others is talking.

We just have to get this country destroying Marxist out of office. He's killing us! We just found out he's cancelled another Northrop Grumann contract that will cost more jobs (in favor of an inefficient manned, WWII aircraft). Times are getting desperate!

57 posted on 01/27/2012 2:23:59 PM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: Cboldt

I’ve seen no evidence of Santorum bowing out. In fact, all of his statements say otherwise. He’s going to caucus states, like yours.


58 posted on 01/27/2012 2:30:30 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: CAluvdubya

UGH. Sorry to hear about that. CA is all but done and finished. I finally gave up my CA voter registration to vote in the personhood election here. I despise Romney. Refuse to vote for him. This state votes on Super Tuesday. I’m certain Romney won’t win this state.


59 posted on 01/27/2012 2:34:08 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: onyx
-- I've seen no evidence of Santorum bowing out. In fact, all of his statements say otherwise. --

His public statements aren't useful as a guide. All the candidates say they are "all in" until one day, they are suspending campaign activity. The evidence that he'll suspend within the next 2-3 weeks is basically embedded in his ballot performance and his campaign's financial condition. He's leaving FL before Tuesday, for non-emergency reasons.

-- He's going to caucus states, like yours. --

Ron Paul is planning to come to Maine before next Tuesday. I haven't found any statement of Santorum intent or schedule.

60 posted on 01/27/2012 2:49:37 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: onyx

I understand. We are coming to the same conclusion. In fact, had that discussion today about leaving Cali. We hate to leave the kids here....but, you know how that goes!


61 posted on 01/27/2012 2:53:31 PM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: onyx
-- He's going to caucus states, like yours. --

Ahh, I found a recent remark attributed to Santorum's campaign ...

"We have staff in Colorado. We have staff in Nevada. We have grassroots programs underway in both of those states," Santorum said. "We are in the process of - we've got some volunteers doing similar things in Minnesota, but we don't have a staff there in Minnesota or Maine. We're focused more on Nevada and Colorado. We think there are maybe better opportunities for us. And we also have ... a lot of folks helping us in Missouri for the primary vote there coming up in."
Rick Santorum Says He's Going Nowhere, in It for 'Long Haul' - ABC News
62 posted on 01/27/2012 2:54:44 PM PST by Cboldt
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63 posted on 01/27/2012 3:06:03 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Cboldt

“Rick Santorum says he is going Nowhere”

Well, lol...

...He has that right.


64 posted on 01/27/2012 3:12:29 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Jedidah
They mean nothing but they also do mean something.

They indicate whether the attacks on Newt have had a larger impact and where the momentum is trending in this race. So far Romney hasn't resurged but a FL win could flip the national numbers as he coasts through Feb. picking up delegates in friendly territory like Nevada (heavily Mormon) and Michigan (birth state, daddy was governor).

65 posted on 01/27/2012 4:43:38 PM PST by newzjunkey (a FL win returns Romney to the "inevitability" path.)
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To: Cboldt

Thanks very much! Now, that you found it, I recall it was an ABC interview. (DUH on me).


66 posted on 01/27/2012 4:48:08 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
Reports of Gingrich behind Romney again. I really think Gingrich could have done more last night to take the thunder away from Santorum and Romney (who really blasted Gingrich early on). Apparently Gingrich later said he was so surprised by Romney's dishonesty that he didn't know how to answer until he checked the facts later to be sure.

But I think Gingrich could have really fired back and launched some spot-on points about things like the trillion-dollar deficit, less, not more, government programs, etc. I think he probably missed his queue right at the starting gate when Blitzer baited him into a swipe at Romney. In the past, Gingrich has successfully called the moderator on that kind of stuff. (He did later but not as effective.)

I'm actually wondering if Gingrich's handlers influenced him the last couple of debates to play a "prevent defense" (almost always fails) instead of putting on a full-court press (i.e. defensively keep from losing instead of offensively going all out for the win).

Hope for the best.

67 posted on 01/27/2012 5:43:36 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: katiedidit1

I think the early voting in Florida may hurt Newt other than that he is probably winning. Hope he can pull it out in Florida.


68 posted on 01/27/2012 6:09:27 PM PST by Carry me back
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To: Carry me back

Newt needs to get off the defense and go on the offense! The Romney organization is very savvy at getting their attacks out at the most crucial moments..right before a debate or an election. Newt’s org needs to stay on top of this and plaster Drudge and the msm with big time bashes on Mitt. IF a reporter asks Newt about the attacks..Newt should do a Romney and say, “he hasn’t seen it” Time to NEWTER ROMNEY


69 posted on 01/27/2012 6:32:43 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: Carry me back

Newt needs to get off the defense and go on the offense! The Romney organization is very savvy at getting their attacks out at the most crucial moments..right before a debate or an election. Newt’s org needs to stay on top of this and plaster Drudge and the msm with big time bashes on Mitt. IF a reporter asks Newt about the attacks..Newt should do a Romney and say, “he hasn’t seen it” Time to NEWTER ROMNEY


70 posted on 01/27/2012 6:32:43 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: onyx; manc

Precisely. Manc lives in North Florida and posted this here with different numbers yesterday afternoon long before the debate.


71 posted on 01/27/2012 7:19:54 PM PST by BlackElk ( Dean of Discipline ,Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Burn 'em Bright!)
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To: BlackElk
Rankling the GOP-E then, and

REALLY rankling the statists in 2012.

72 posted on 01/27/2012 7:31:27 PM PST by txhurl ('We need to be sudden and relentless.' Save the canons for the whites of their eyes.)
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To: BlackElk; onyx
Indeed I did and after watching the debate last night and hearing the crowd clap when Romney said to Rick over Romney health care"no need to get angry" or words to that effect, then I knew the crowd was all staged. BTW I talked to another freeper today on here who lives in my county who also said that they tried to get tickets but could not. Now my county is St Johns a very republican county which is next to Duval and i know of no one from here who got tickets.
73 posted on 01/27/2012 7:43:23 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Where were Newts supporters last night?


74 posted on 02/08/2012 1:04:58 PM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr

If you mean on Free Republic, they were on Santorum victory threads trashing Santorum.

Which probably doesn’t endear them to Santorum supporters.

Class, people.

And take off the d**n sweater, Rick.

The most telling day is yet to come. We shall see.


75 posted on 02/08/2012 1:13:22 PM PST by altura
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To: altura

Actually I meant in the real world...like MN, MO and CO.

Why the sweater hate?


76 posted on 02/08/2012 2:15:25 PM PST by wallcrawlr
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