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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Gingrich Surge

Over the last several weeks the hottest political news in the country is 'the Gingrich surge'--Newt Gingrich's meteoric rise to the top of the pack in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Today that news gets even more interesting as the latest poll in New Hampshire shows that Gingrich is now in a statistical dead-heat with Mitt Romney, who has been the front-runner in the state for the entirety of the campaign.
If the election were held today, Romney would garner 29% of the vote in New Hampshire while Gingrich would earn 27%--within the poll's margin of error.
The significance of this surge cannot be overstated. Romney has been very popular among Republicans in the northeast, who tend to be much more 'moderate' or 'progressive' than Republicans in the rest of the country. And, having been Governor of Massachusetts is certainly a big plus for voters in the region.
New Hampshire is considered an important bellwether state due to its historic position as the nation's very first primary after the Iowa caucuses.
And this is not the only good news for the Gingrich campaign. In Iowa where Herman Cain had been running strong, a shock poll was released by Rasmussen yesterday indicating that Gingrich has catapulted to a 32% lead while Romney trails at 19%. Cain has dropped back to 3rd with 13%.

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