Four polls show a Romney-Gingrich barn-burner in S.C.

Four polls of South Carolina voters in the last 24 hours agree that the first-in-the-South contest between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is tightening – and is likely to shift again in the next 24.

After all, we’ve got a CNN debate to get through tonight, and the late-night broadcast by ABC News of an ex-wife. Tweets this morning indicate that Marianne Gingrich, the second wife of the former U.S. House speaker, will allege that – before their divorce — her husband asked for an “open” marriage.

One would assume that the conversation is one that Gingrich repented of when he converted to Catholicism. A statement issued by the Gingrich campaign quoted his two daughters, Jackie Cushman and Kathy Lubbers, about the divorce:

“Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events.”

But about those polls. This morning, there’s the NBC/Marist poll:

As the Republican presidential candidates crisscross the Palmetto State in the days leading up to Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney leads Newt Gingrich, 34% to 24%, among likely Republican primary voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate based on interviews conducted on Monday and Tuesday.

But the Tuesday half of the poll, conducted after the Monday debate on Fox News, was sharply tilted toward Gingrich.

Politico.com also has a South Carolina survey out this morning, which shows Gingrich “within striking distance” of Romney. The poll “shows the former Massachusetts governor atop the GOP field with 37 percent and the former House speaker at 30 percent.”

And the Augusta Chronicle, whose circulation stretches into South Carolina, this morning is touting a Wednesday night, InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll that gives Gingrich the slight edge in a statistical tie over Romney – 32 percent to 29 percent, with a 3.8 percent margin of error.

And, 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 percent; Gingrich, 23 percent.

But CNN, too, noted that its survey straddled the Monday night debate, and results on one side of that divide were far different from the other.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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62 comments Add your comment

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:04 am

SO NEWTY wanted to be a swinger?…lol

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:07 am

why dont ROMNEY fight back? he can show that if NEWT gets the nominee ,his wife will be his former mistress. HOW CAN SHE EVER BE RESPECTED AS THE FIRST LADY when she was his wh@re? she was cheating with him while he was married to his second wife..

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:16 am

NEWT the rotound racist and his former wh@re will make the american people proud…,,,does SARAH PALIN think NEWT will select her as vp?…god this is hilarious and pathetic at the same time..

Aquagirl

January 19th, 2012
9:17 am

Barn-Burner? More like a Cross-Burner.

Frederick Douglass

January 19th, 2012
9:19 am

liberalefty @ 9:07

Callista Gingrich can be respected because she’s blonde, slender, maybe has blue eyes, and is seen, but never heard. Now on the other hand; Mrs. Obama gets no respect because she has hips, speaks her mind on occasion, and has only been married to one man……………it’s simple.

reebok

January 19th, 2012
9:40 am

If Newt goes onstage tonight and adds homphobia and immigrant-bashing to his racist attacks from a couple of nights ago, he’ll jump to a 20-point lead.

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:44 am

if NEWT just says ” N, N ,N,N,N,N word, the crowd will go bonkers..lol…

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:45 am

nobody hates like a christian conservative hates….

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:47 am

i guess CALLISTA was proud to be NEWTS wh@re for 8 years…so much for family values

Raquel Morris

January 19th, 2012
10:00 am

@Frederick Douglass, thank you.

Mark

January 19th, 2012
10:01 am

Perry to drop out of GOP presidential race.

They are dropping like flies!

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 19th, 2012
10:04 am

Isn’t the big story today the sudden surprise reappearance of the Fourth Estate with Google & Co’s apparent quashing of the SOPA/PIPA legislation? It & Occupy are the most positive political developments of the last thirty years.

Miss Silent Dogood

January 19th, 2012
10:07 am

You can tell that this is the Atlanta news paper, and leans to the left by the comments. The fact of the matter is. If Mr. Gingrich had been a Democrat none of this would be brought up. There is a double standard in the media and we all know it. The problem with President Obama is that he does not know how to lead this country. He is a good family man but stinks as a leader as we can see by the XL pipe line deal any thing that will help make this country better stronger and produce jobs he seems to be against. I had rather have a President who is not a great family man and a good leader. Than a good family and stink at being a leader. It would be perfect if we could get both, the only perfect one is Christ and he is not running.I know some of you will not agree with me but you will have to admit I have a point. Also to go along with this the disrespectful names used by the posters on this sight goes to show the inteligence level of the readers of this sight is pitiful. That they have to use names instead of facts to get a point across. This is the most important thing we do as AMERICANS PEOPLE GROW UP THIS IS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST IT IS OUR FUTURE CHOOSE WISELY VOTE FOR THE BEST NOT THE ONE THE MEDIA WANTS.

Miss Silent Dogood

January 19th, 2012
10:11 am

I am not a supporter of any party but I do support the AMERICAN PEOPLE

bart

January 19th, 2012
10:11 am

Gingrich is a liar, a hypocrite, a hater, and a loose cannon. He obviously has no self-discipline. All one has to do is look at his personal life to see that. God help us if he were ever elected President. And the peoplke are right about Calista. She was Newt’s mistress for 8 years, sleeping with him while he was married. Do we want a wh*** as a First Lady? I sure don’t.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 19th, 2012
10:15 am

Miss Silent, always good to hear from a Clinton supporter, thank you.

Sin is Sin

January 19th, 2012
10:18 am

We all have done things that are wrong and sinful, but we all don’t want to radically change America from the core. There are plenty of other countries out there that show what a bad experiment that would be ….

DannyX

January 19th, 2012
10:20 am

Are Republicans still going ahead with the South Carolina primary, or are party leaders going to just declare Romney the winner?

Keep It Real

January 19th, 2012
10:21 am

@Miss Silent Dogood- You can’t be for the American People if you are a Newt Gingrich supporter. He is a known racist. To suggest black people who are American People are lazy and children should begin working as janitors to learn how to work is an insult. If Newt Gingrich knew his history, he would know that black people know how to work for it was the hard labor of black people that helped many whites become wealthy off of their free labor. Additionally, how dare you talk about you’re for American People, when you criticize President Obama. President Obama has sought to help American People through affordable and fair healthcare, provide a fair tax where everyone pays their fair share (which republicans continue to shoot down because of their greed), and also through trying to help those struggling Americans with unemployment benefits (which many republicans rather not do). You’re not a support of American People but rather you support only Rich People.

Nancy: former republican

January 19th, 2012
10:21 am

Just wish the both of em were in the barn when it burns LOL

Miss Silent Dogood

January 19th, 2012
10:22 am

@J Throckmorton Malcontent I did not vote for Clinton in that election but I would prefer him over the last two we had. Obama is tring to move us toward socialism and I wonder why people can not see it.

Jimmy the Cricket

January 19th, 2012
10:26 am

@ Miss Silent
You have NOT presented any FACTS, only your sorrya$$ opinions – which are full of biases.

You haven’t had enough sleep – your bags are showing. lol

RBC

January 19th, 2012
10:29 am

Go Newt! Newt is the best candidate hands down.

honested

January 19th, 2012
10:29 am

Ms. S D

Define ’socialism’ and describe how we are ‘moving toward it’.

Please use only factual statements.

honested

January 19th, 2012
10:30 am

Yes, go newt…..back to VA…….and quietly return to suckling at the quasi-public teat.

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
10:31 am

why would a christian be against universal healthcare? dont they want their brothers and sisters to have healthcare? wouldnt their saviour want this? why is the GOP against saving lives, yet yell to the world how christian they are..

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
10:32 am

mrs silent

why are u against universal healthcare for your fellow human beings here in america

Independent Thinker

January 19th, 2012
10:32 am

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
9:47 am

You talk about Newt spewing a lot of hate, please look in the mirror.

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
10:33 am

GOVERNOR GAFFE aka “rick duh duh duh duh perry” has dropped out

honested

January 19th, 2012
10:34 am

Did parry drop out or did he just trip and fall off the stage?

zeke

January 19th, 2012
10:35 am

newt will win in sc, consider the redneck factor

DannyX

January 19th, 2012
10:36 am

The polls mean nothing in a Republican primary because they don’t include the Republican vote recalculating method.

If Romeny defeats Gingrich in South Carolina by 1,000 votes subtract 1,500 giving Gingrich the most votes which equals a Romney win by 200 votes.

liberalefty

January 19th, 2012
10:36 am

independent

thats not hate its the truth..newt uses his position to bash blacks, i’m just bashing back….newt knows as much about the work ethic of blacks as he knows about family values

Proud Repub

January 19th, 2012
10:39 am

The best thing we, as Americans can do, is show that fat,greasy,lying racist,cheating,greedy,two timing, fried chicken eating,nasty pig,is simply we don’t want him or his long nosed helmet haired licorice stick wife.

Proud Repub

January 19th, 2012
10:39 am

The best thing we, as Americans can do, is show that fat,greasy,lying racist,cheating,greedy,two timing, fried chicken eating,nasty pig,is simply we don’t want him or his long nosed helmet haired licorice stick wife.

MissMollie

January 19th, 2012
10:46 am

Newt’s secrets are no secret…The second Mrs Gingrich has spoken out before, this is not news.
I am sure what she has to say won’t help his campaign. Word has it that the incumbent wants to compete against Newt…wonder why??? (Rhetorical)…Paul is a RINO, too controversial and too old…Talking about family values, Newt’s adopted father did not go to his first wedding when he married his HS math teacher and he has a half sister who is working hard for Obama. He is enjoying spending the $3M dollar plus wind-fall from a casino owner/gambler (won’t be enough to carry him far), IMO. He and Clinton have one thing in common…”hanky-pankering”…

Independent

January 19th, 2012
10:49 am

Most of these comments sound like people who are still in high school. I don’t care about Newt’s relational past nor should any voter. Heck the exact time he was having affairs, Obama was snorting coke. Both have admitted their past ’sins’. Both got involved in their respective churches and we have a recent history to examine. It’s a bigger deal when someone is hiding it while they run for President like Edwards was. Let’s drop the stones, get over it and decide who can best lead our nation.

OMG

January 19th, 2012
10:53 am

Just show you how fast Democrats will drink the Kool-aid! Don’t worry if there is any truth to anything that is being said just jump blindly on the band wagon and drive off the cliff. Democrats are the most incredibly stupid people I’ve ever seen. Try to educate yourself. Try to find out FACTS before you condemn someone, but NO it’s too difficult to have an independent thought. It’s much easier for Democrats to be parrots and repeat everything they hear. Democrats have no value in the truth. Case in point more American have been put on food stamps under the Obama administration than any other president. That is a FACT you can’t spin it any other way. You can’t blame the complete failure of the Obama administration on Bush!

MissMollie

January 19th, 2012
10:59 am

P S I predict when the smoke and mirrors clear, Romney will win in S C and Fla., IMO.

honested

January 19th, 2012
11:03 am

independent,

Re-Election of who best can lead our nation is exactly what we should do.
Now that weekly unemployment numbers are at a 4 year low.
By the end of the second term we might regain the ground lost in the last failed republican experiment.

Filter

January 19th, 2012
11:15 am

Miss Silent,

“The fact of the matter is. If Mr. Gingrich had been a Democrat none of this would be brought up. There is a double standard in the media and we all know it. ”

REALLY??? Are you so blinded by your partisanship that yo have forgotten the media’s role in the Lewinsky affair? Have you forgotten the $6 – $7million that was spent looking into that mess with the media lapping it up like a big old dog? Are you really so blind to that?

(As an aside, have you forgotten who was one of the leading crusaders harping about the moral bankruptcy of Clinton. I believe it was a guy named Gingrich who himself WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR AT THE TIME.)

Such hypocrisy.

George Hills

January 19th, 2012
11:20 am

Any so-called support for Mr. Gingrich is superficial or confused. He stabbed too many people in the back to deserve office again. His globalist agenda is bad for our country. What he wants is voters to have Alzheimer’s on election day.

GTownsend

January 19th, 2012
11:28 am

Liber, you are pathetic, you liberals want everything for absolutely nothing. It’s not that we are against helping poor ppl or against an affordable healthcare system, we just want you sorry ass ppl who CAN work and pay there on way, to DO IT !! 2/3 of the uninsured could buy there on healthcare but would rather have an Escalade, smart phone, xbox, and 60″ flat screen instead !! If the 2/3 of American’s uninsured would take some responsibility, then our system could pay for and help the poor / disabled. And as far as unemployement is concerned, for the most part most American’s that are on unemployement have NO incentive to go find work, rather tax payers pay their income because Ceasar Obama keeps extending unemployement benefits. Oh and by the way, there are more white ppl using food stamps and are on unemployement than blacks – QUIT playing the freak’n race card – do you not have any other arguement ?! Its ALWAYS that we are picking on blacks !! No, we are ALL Americans who need to pull there on weight rather than have it given to you because you are LESS-FORTUNATE !!

And Miss Silent, You are ABSOLUTELY right; if a democratic candidate had accusations of infidelity, it wouldnt even make the news – aka Bill Clinton who desacrated the highest office on earth!! But I love to hear you libs start justifing his behavior !!

Filter

January 19th, 2012
11:42 am

Townsend,

Wait. Bill Clinton was involved in something sexual indiscretions? Really. Wow the mean ole media did a good job of covering that up.

Bonehead.

Mark

January 19th, 2012
11:43 am

And Miss Silent, You are ABSOLUTELY right; if a democratic candidate had accusations of infidelity, it wouldnt even make the news – aka Bill Clinton who desacrated the highest office on earth!! But I love to hear you libs start justifing his behavior !

Isn’t it ironic how conservatives always reference Bill Clinton, when they have a plethora of immoral representatives in the Republican party.

Mark

January 19th, 2012
12:10 pm

Representatives of the Party of Family Values – ALL SEX SCANDALS

Newt Gingrich
Idaho Senator Larry Craig
Robert William “Bob” Packwood
Mark Foley
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rep Christopher Lee
Rep Anthony Weiner –
Bob Allen (former John McCain Chairman)
Glenn Murhpy Jr.
Republican Dan Burton (1998
Republican Henry Hyde (1998)
Republican Rudy Giuliani (2002)
Republican James West (2005)
Republican Don Sherwood (2006)
Republican David Vitter (2007)
Republican Vito Fossella (2008)
Republican John Ensign (2009)
Republican Mark Sanford (2009)
Judge Clarence Thomas

Independent Thinker

January 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

Mark

January 19th, 2012
12:10 pm

I do not think either party is free of sinners, after all we all sin. By the way, Anthony Weiner was a Dem.

Mr. Dithers

January 19th, 2012
12:53 pm

And Miss Silent, You are ABSOLUTELY right; if a democratic candidate had accusations of infidelity, it wouldnt even make the news – aka Bill Clinton who desacrated the highest office on earth!! But I love to hear you libs start justifing his behavior !!

Did you even read this post before you posted it? Wouldn’t make the news??? What are you smoking? The first campaign covered Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones, the second starred Monica. Were you living in a cave? Did you miss Gov. McGreevey, Gary Hart, etc. The media doesn’t cover up this stuff, at least not since Kennedy. No one is justifying it either. But Bill Clinton did not run his campaign on piety and morality, either. The right wing always claims the moral high road, but will ignore it if it means they get the candidate they want. It’s the hypocrisy, that’s all.

ideas

January 19th, 2012
1:00 pm

Hey bart…..with your comments in the first 3 sentences I could swear you were talking about a democrat….Bill Clinton. OH BUT THAT IS OK. Because he did it in the White House, on the job, and never told his wife….lied, cheated with a hell of a lot more than one mistress and not all of the same race either. But I know that was OK because he was a Democrat. You two faced liberals are all alike. I bethca Obummer has dipped into some other sauce also. Michelle also….

ideas

January 19th, 2012
1:03 pm

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