“Mr. Soundbite” Newt Gingrich Rises To Second Place
November 12, 2011

Former Speaker of the House Moves UP in Polls

Former Speaker of the House, the irascible Newt Gingrich, has sneaked up on Herman Cain in a new CBS Poll and is now enjoying 2nd place in the GOP Presidential Sweepstakes.  Gingrich has been a crowd-pleaser on the national debate circuit, and he is one of the most experienced, and intelligent conservative thinkers in America.  Of course, with Gingrich moving UP, that means someone else is moving down.  This, from U.S. News and World Report:

Cain had lost some support over allegations of sexual harassment by four women, but he still clings to the top spot with 18 percent support, according to the poll. Romney, who has also slightly declined in support from earlier polling, received 15 percent support, tying him with an emergent Gingrich.

The poll, conducted from Nov. 6-10 surveyed 1,029 registered voters nationwide and 382 voters who said they plan on voting in a Republican primary.

The survey shows declining support for Cain among women and some conservatives. In a CBS News poll taken in late October, Cain was the top Republican for women, with 28 [percent support. In the most recent poll, that had dropped to just 15 percent.

Gingrich’s rise is buoyed in part by increased support from voters who identify with the Tea Party movement, showing an increase of eight points over the previous CBS News poll. Cain’s support has dropped from 32 percent to 19 percent in that group, according to CBS News.”  The one concern Newt Gingrich must have is how to ACT on this good news.  His campaign staff, virtually all of it has quit on him twice.  His funds are very lean.  He will be looking for donors to circle the wagons so that he can turn polling numbers into early Primary votes.

Working The Ground And Praying For A Lift From Iowans

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney holds steady in 2nd place.  Cain leads with 18% of support in the CBS Poll, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are tied at 15%.  Rick Perry’s campaign is described as being in “damage control” mode.  He is clinging to 8% support in the new poll.  Michele Bachmann only shows support in the CBS Poll of 4%, but she is putting her efforts into the ground of her birth state of Iowa hoping to re-energize her campaign with a win there.  All polls indicate that the race for president among Republicans has narrowed to a three-way competition with Gingrich being the benefactor of a very tough week for Rick Perry and Herman Cain.



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