ATLANTA – Newt Gingrich is the current favorite in Florida’s Jan. 31 Republican presidential primary, picking up supporters who fled Herman Cain to claim 41 percent in a poll conducted Tuesday night for the Florida Times-Union.
Gingrich has as much support as the next four candidates combined in the telephone survey of 513 registered voters who say they’re likely to cast ballots in the primary. The poll, conducted by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research, has a margin of error of 4 percent….
The Times-Union poll was the first conducted in Florida since the woman claiming the affair broadcast her story on television. In it, Cain drops to third place with 13 percent, behind Mitt Romney’s 17. No other candidate is in double digits.
The same polling company, Atlanta-based Insider Advantage, puts Gingrich up in South Carolina as well this week, with 38 percent to 15 percent for Romney. A third Insider poll released earlier this week puts the former speaker up easily in Iowa as well, giving him 28 percent of the vote from GOP caucus attendees. Ron Paul came in second in that Iowa poll with 13 percent, followed by Romney at 11.5 percent.
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