Newt Gingrich’s relentless attacks on GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney appear to be working.
A just-released CNN poll of South Carolina voters shows that the former U.S. House speaker has cut Romney’s lead in half within the last week. Gingrich’s gain may be coming not just at the expense of Romney, but Santorum as well – an indication that the weekend attempt to rally evangelical voters behind the former Pennsylvania senator might not be working.
The new line:
– Romney, 33 percent (was 37 percent);
– Gingrich, 23 percent (was 18 percent);
– Santorum, 16 percent (was 19 percent);
– No opinion, 6 percent (was 6 percent).
The South Carolina poll is based on 505 likely Republican voters, and has an MOE of +/- 4.5 percentage points. One point that may be worth noting – half the poll was conducted before Monday night’s debate, and Gingrich’s performance has been all the buzz in Republican circles since then. So the race could be even tighter.
For the curious, CNN says it also asked voters who their second choice was – and substituted those results for anyone who named Jon Huntsman as their favorite. He withdrew on Monday.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider