CNN poll has Newt Gingrich rising in South Carolina

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

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23 comments Add your comment

td

January 18th, 2012
5:12 pm

Newt is on the way up.

cartoon

January 18th, 2012
5:18 pm

Newt is a player, and will be for many years to come, but he is ultimately unelectable unless he re-reads Mein Pet Kampf, which W was reading to that assemblage of Der Heetler Youth on 911.

If Newt re-reads the book, and follows the instructions to a T, then he has a chance.

All I'm Saying Is....

January 18th, 2012
5:23 pm

Need Newt to win to deflate Mitt’s ego without hopefully expanding Newt’s legendary opinion of himself beyond comprehension.

sheepdawg

January 18th, 2012
5:29 pm

he’ll do well in alabama and mississippi, as well as georgia……..what’s the common thread here? stupid attracts stupid is a clue….

Good Grief

January 18th, 2012
5:30 pm

Nominating Newt ensures an Obama win in November. The man is unelectable, regardless of what the talk radio wants us to believe. He says all the right things when talking to the like minded but the like minded are not enough to get him elected. Our candidate in November needs to be able to show the virtue of our cause to the independents and the undecideds. A man with his moral failings and his propensity to shoot off his mouth will not be able to do that. This is the man who equated Spanish with the “language of the ghetto” and who looks like a hypocrite to those outside of the GOP for calling out Clinton while engaging in his own moral predilections.

We need to win this election. Newt is not going to do that.

American

January 18th, 2012
5:31 pm

A win is a win so Gingrich must do better than close the gap….that often happens in sports and in politics. Either you win or you lose and that is the nature of an election.

Earth resident

January 18th, 2012
5:31 pm

@cartoon

Just what color are the trees in your world? why don’t you just go fart in an elevator full of people? You’d be adding about as much to the conversation.

GaNative

January 18th, 2012
5:35 pm

All of the politicians, democratic and republicans are out of touch with what is really going on in America with the average family. I sit and listen to their debates and they talk about how 99 weeks of unemployment could have been turned into an Associate’s degree. Well I have a degree and I’m still out of work. They talk about how Americans should go be retooled in today’s technology and skills. I have skills in the IT field, but most of the companies prefer Indians. I’m almost to the point where I just want to throw my hands in the air and agree with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and say “God Damn America”. My country has turned it’s back on me in favor of people who are not citizens.

[...] thing about CNN’s poll puzzles me. According to Jim Galloway, CNN says it also asked voters who their second choice was – and substituted those results for [...]

patrick r. cleburne

January 18th, 2012
5:39 pm

The democrats should join the intellectually challenged republican faction, and also form a super pack to support Newt. It would be the best money that they have ever spent. I think that Karl Rove would agree.

cowdog

January 18th, 2012
5:44 pm

Did anyone notice? Carter and Clinton both carrying water for Romney today—–Newt is looking better all the time. He’s proved he’s a “scrapper”….and do we ever need a scrapper in the Beltway!

Row Bott

January 18th, 2012
5:46 pm

How winning a primary in an Old Confederate state, replete with racist troglodytes, translates to winning the general election: It does not compute.

NotMittPLEEZE!

January 18th, 2012
6:05 pm

How many wives did Mitt’s Grand-Dad have? And all at the sametime??? Really, let’s not go there. Newt has my vote, and everyone I have talked to, I wonder where the MSM is getting their information on “electability”, I don’t know anyone that wants Romney as POTUS. The reason that Mitt doesn’t want to disclose his taxes is that ALL will know how much he contributes to the Morman Church. “ELECTABILITY” was something created in the Romney Camp & PAC’s, Sorry guy’s you can’t fool us!

Angel Macaroni

January 18th, 2012
6:25 pm

Willard’s grandpappy had FIVE wives, which is why he fled to Mexico Actually, he had four when he ran from the US, but picked another one while he was away. Momons don’t call this bigamy; they say “plural marriage.”

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Bootnewt

January 18th, 2012
11:33 pm

Click the link to see Esquire’s interview with the 2nd Mrs. Marianne Gingrich…a little cold water to cool off the Newtron Bomb:

http://www.esquire.com/features/newt-gingrich-0910

Eli

January 19th, 2012
8:06 am

I can not believe right-wingers actually believe Newt can win a general election. Idiots.

Newt is one of America’s almost universally despised humans and epitomizes the negative stereotypes Americans have of politicians.

[...] of course, ahead of its debate tonight, CNN on Wednesday evening released a poll that had a nearly 20-point lead by Romney shrinking to 10 points. Their current line: Romney, 33 [...]

Steve

January 19th, 2012
9:39 am

Whoops, looks like you missed Ron Paul. What a surprise. Shyster.

did ron paul drop out?

January 19th, 2012
10:58 am

[...] of course, ahead of its debate tonight, CNN on Wednesday evening released a poll that had a nearly 20-point lead by Romney shrinking to 10 points. Their current line: Romney, 33 [...]

DJ

January 19th, 2012
9:50 pm

lol, again, another pol with no mention of Ron Paul, who btw is killing the debate tonight.