Rasmussen nat’l poll showing second Gingrich boomlet?

posted at 11:10 am on January 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

After a brilliant debate performance by Newt Gingrich on Monday, some wondered whether it was too late in the cycle for a second bounce.  According to a Rasmussen poll taken yesterday of 1,000 likely GOP primary voters, Mitt Romney’s team may want to keep the party favors in the box for a little while longer:

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is now nearly even with Mitt Romney still on top but Newt Gingrich just three points apart.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters nationwide shows Romney with 30% support and Gingrich with 27% of the vote. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who was running second two weeks ago, has now dropped to 15%.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul captures 13% support from likely primary voters, and Texas Governor Rick Perry remains in last place with four percent (4%). Another four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)  

But the story in the new numbers, taken Tuesday night, is Gingrich’s jump 11 points from 16% two weeks ago. Romney’s support is essentially unchanged from 29% at that time, while Santorum is down six points from 21%. Paul’s and Perry’s support is also unchanged. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman earned four percent (4%) of the vote at the start of the month but dropped out of the race this week. This suggests that many voters are still looking for an alternative to Romney and currently see Gingrich as that candidate.

Bear in mind that Rasmussen polled South Carolina the day before and found Romney in the lead by 14 points.  That’s a big margin to overcome in a short period of time, but that is what debates can do for candidates, thanks to their immediate reach.

Gingrich still has issues in the internals.  Romney edges him among Republicans (31/28) and non-Republicans (27/25), the latter of whom comprise 28% of the overall sample.  Gingrich has a three-point lead among men but an 11-point deficit among women. He also has a lower favorability rating than Romney (58/38 and 68/29, respectively), which means that undecideds are a little more likely to drift to Romney than to Gingrich.  Also, Romney leads bt 14 points on the question of which would be stronger against Obama (13 points among Republicans and 16 points among non-Republicans), and 70% expect Romney to win the nomination anyway.

Still, the bounce upward indicates momentum for Gingrich, who squandered it in Iowa in December.  Romney hasn’t actually lost any momentum, either.  At whose expense has this momentum swung toward Gingrich?  It looks like Rick Santorum, while still polling respectably in the mid-teens, has begun dropping off the pace.  If the race comes down to Romney and a Romney alternative, at the moment the latter would be Gingrich — which is interesting, because Santorum has at least arguably tied for the win in one state, something Gingrich hasn’t even come close to doing as of yet.

Gingrich had better hope that this momentum is for real, and that it reaches the Palmetto State.  Coming in second in South Carolina won’t work, as Hugh Hewitt explains in his post titled “Elect Me Because The Guy I Can’t Beat Can’t Beat Obama”:

Trying to brand Romney a “moderate” is a fine campaign tactic that most voters just shrug off as noise, but they do hear the “and the odds are fairly high that he will lose to Obama,” which doesn’t hurt Romney but Gingrich himself, just as did the attacks on Bain.  Ginrich has risen when he has attacked Obama or the MSM or the sacred cows of media elites.  He falls when he lashes out at his competition or at the prospects of the party in the fall.

That’s because it’s a process argument, not a policy argument, and Gingrich hasn’t ever won a statewide election in this cycle or any other, let alone a national election for himself.  That doesn’t make Gingrich’s point false, but it doesn’t exactly give him the standing to make it, either.  If he wins South Carolina, this argument might work better for him in Florida.


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So The Mittigaters endorsements don’t do it for you. Chris Christie ? Nikki Haley? John Bolton ? Possibly Rubio in the next few days ahead of Fla ??
Are all these good Republicans wrong then ???

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Putting donut sprinkles on a turd, doesn’t make me want to take a bite. Because it’s still a turd.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

If only Santorum & Perry would drop out, Romney would be almost instantly losing.
Watching Mitt and his Clown-bots freak out would be worth it.
portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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So The Mittigaters endorsements don’t do it for you. Chris Christie ? Nikki Haley? John Bolton ? Possibly Rubio in the next few days ahead of Fla ??
Are all these good Republicans wrong then ???
FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Rubio voted to pass the NDAA. He knows his place and he will endorse Mittens.

Capitalist75 on January 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Rasmussen nat’l poll showing second Gingrich boomlet?

hmm, wonder why a bluegill hasn’t taken the bait yet?

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Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

If Rubio is smart he won’t endorse anyone until his state’s primary.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Mitt: Apollo Creed.

Newt: Rocky.

BuckeyeSam on January 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I see what you did there.

I wonder how many other people will get it.

Caiwyn on January 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

And Hugh, I love you but Romney is a moderate at best.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You’ll have to forgive him. Obviously somebody who actually thinks Al Gore invented the internet isn’t all there.

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

At first…I thought it may have been a recent closed head injury, and not stupidity. Lobotomy4life…though it is rare now days…had the front lobes taken out…I think! Has to be… the only answer I can come up with. No one can be that big a moron!

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So The Mittigaters endorsements don’t do it for you. Chris Christie ? Nikki Haley? John Bolton ? Possibly Rubio in the next few days ahead of Fla ??
Are all these good Republicans wrong then ???

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

And don’t forget his top ten donors…all Wall Street Corporations helped by TARP…and 18 of his top 20, all Wall Street…you think middle America embraces that…basically his top 20 donors, all TARP beneficiaries, and (right or wrong) the rogues gallery of corporate greed…led by Goldman and Sachs.
Oh yeah, Mitt will hit him on the economy, TARP (no), ObamaCare (no), budget (no, since Obama just hired a ex-Bain executive to run the budget committee), bailouts (no, just like Bain did, as Mitt foolishly stated)…global warming (no), how about abortion (Mitt appointed a Planned Parenthood to his abortion committee, NO)…what’s left?

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Newt may have his faults, but I am fairly confident he would not crater to Dems/Media pressure like current leadership does and Mitt would.

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

But didn’t you hear, he is – GHASP – divorced? And not only that, he buys his wife expensive jewelry? We can’t have this kind of monster in the White House.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Newt.

Bad haircut, divorced, goofy name.

Smartest man in the room.

Go get em Newt.

Irritable Pundit on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Newt for High School Principal! Kids need some of that special motivation to become janitors.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I would take Palin over any of those Rinos other than Rubio, and she is swinging for Newt.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:35 A

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She didn’t endorse Newt- can’t spin that. In her way, she wants more stimulating debate (OWS attacks on Rominee I guess) and thinking something will arise from the ashes. Steel sharpens steel she said…. but came short of “I support Newt for President”- AND SHE very well could have just come out and said that. She chose not too.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

People think the debates are American Idol, and they just don’t want to miss Newt’s next performance.

RBMN on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

For those of you climbing on the Newt Express, please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened. It’s recommended that you refrain from food or drink during the ride. Also, a crash helmet wouldn’t be a bad idea.

It’s not exactly Space Mountain, but it’s a wild ride taking off from Pontification Station.

EMD on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Jailbreak to have a feces covered hate response in 3…2…1…

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You mean the banned poster formerly known as Roger Waters?

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Wait, I thought Jail was Jen Rubin?

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Putting donut sprinkles on a turd, doesn’t make me want to take a bite. Because it’s still a turd.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

While your comment was spot on your imagery gave me pause and made me grateful that I had already eaten my doughnut.

dmn1972 on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

This is encouraging news ofr all Gingrich supporters. You need to donate as much as you can to Newt’s campaign. He needs to increase his TIffinay charge account to 2 million.

NickDeringer on January 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Heh. His mistress Callista needs a new diamond necklace, after all.

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Anybody that wants every citizen to HAVE to buy insurance or be fined or sent to prison is whacked!

Danielvito on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I agree that Newt’s support of the individual mandate should disqualify him from serious consideration.

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Newt is chaos personified. “My random thoughts are the truth.”

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Newt for High School Principal! Kids need some of that special motivation to become janitors.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Jimmy ! – Stop complaining and mop those floors !!!

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Newt is for capitalism. As long as it’s the humane, Marxist type of capitalism.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Newt is unelectable in a national race and can’t get the nomination anyway because he is not on all of the ballots. So, get over it.
Puma for Life on January 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Newt could theoretically win the nomination, but it does point to a disturbing lack of competency (which has been evident from the beginning when he took off on a cruise and lost his staff in protest). He has always been a great “ideas” man and great debater but he is a terrible manager.

Yet so many of his ideas are unworkable. For example, he wants a mandatory jobs training program for people on unemployment. What’s unsaid is it would require another big bureaucracy to run it. Moreover, many of the unemployed are white collar executives. They don’t need job training, they need jobs and that requires an improved economy, not another government program.

Y’all might want to think about this before you crown him a Tea Party hero.

CC: Sarah Palin

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

She made it very clear that she is not on the Romney love boat, and she absolutely pointed out who should stop him in SC. She is hedging because Newt is shaky as nitro, but she knows he is the best we have right now.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Romney sucks and he knows it!!!

His only hope was to run the board in the early primaries and force himself on the GOP rank and file, date rape style, before we knew what hit us. Well, it failed, despite the best efforts of the “conservative” media – partly owned by Romney himself. What truly amazes me is just how much the GOP still doesn’t get it, they’re not like or respected – merely tolerated for lack of a viable alternative. And that situation won’t last long.

abobo on January 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

What this shows is that Newt is superb at debating…and that is where the election will be won or lost, in the debates.

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Didn’t Newt promise to follow Obama all over the country and speak three hours later, challenging him to a series of Lincoln/Douglas style debates?

Heh heh heh.

Naturally Curly on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

What’s the deal on the leaked 200 page opposition file on Newt? Is it a non-story?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Did you mean Mitt? It is allegedly McCain’s oppo file on him from ’08. I would imagine our intrepid blogging team are vetting it as there seems to be some doubts about its authenticity.

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

What’s the deal on the leaked 200 page opposition file on Newt? Is it a non-story?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I thought the leaked op file was on Governor Romney? Was one released on the Speaker too?

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Jimmy ! – Stop complaining and mop those floors !!!

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

With Newt’s toupee.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I can’t argue with any of that. It’s a shame we can’t assemble a Frankenstein candidate with the best attributes from each.

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Romney is in panic mode. Tomorrow he will announce he is a lesbian

davemason2k on January 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

What this country needs is someone who will teach the Conservative principles by violating them.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Time to go all in on Newt. Mitt’s record is clear. He is Obama with the one saving grace of being pro-capitalism, and understanding economics.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Something Newt couldn’t abide.

cartooner on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Why I like Newt.

He has ideas.
He’s not afraid to admit when he’s wrong.
He’s not cowed by the media and he’s not afraid to take it to them.
Plus I like that he gets angry. Heck if I was in Washington I would probably already be in jail for breaking a few noses.

dmn1972 on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

But didn’t you hear, he is – GHASP – divorced? And not only that, he buys his wife expensive jewelry? We can’t have this kind of monster in the White House.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Are you suggesting Newt has an ounce of moral character? – Save your mea culpas for confession.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Most conservatives have been begging for a strong leader and as soon as one presents himself, he’s rejected for a middle of the road moderate. This is the same Newt that won every debate that he’s participated in. The only difference is the indecision of Iowans and their mindless ability to fall for political attack ads. I don’t count New Hampshire.

So how did Romney ever open a 20 point lead on Newt in S.C. and then have it close to 3 in the span of a week? There should be a test to vote.

cajunpatriot on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Juan, the role of the US President is to teach kids work ethics. It’s in the Newt’s amendment to the constitution.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Agreed. Santorum should go to Fl though before leaving.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I’d like to see Newt come out of SC as the decisive winner just to keep the momentum going. Newt may need more than just Perry getting out for that. We’ll see, maybe there will be a Palin effect.

lynncgb on January 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The best thing about Newt’s Presidency: Callista as first lady.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Are you suggesting Newt has an ounce of moral character? – Save your mea culpas for confession.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Are you suggesting that he doesn’t. Please explain to us your in depth knowledge of his character and please refrain from any of Romney’s talking points.

cajunpatriot on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Christie: RINO on all issues except union busting
Nikki Haley: Sold herself to Mitt for $36K
Rubio: Meh, he wants the VP slot
Bolton: Meh, he wants Sec of State

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Yeah, these are meaningless. What everyone wants to know is who gets the coveted angryed from Hot Gas endorsement. Newt? Well, put me down for Newt then! /

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Newt’s Juan Williams boomlet not likely to last unless Newt muzzles himself and CNN also gives him a boost.

Basilsbest on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

African American kids need to be inspired to consult for Freddie Mac. That’s what capitalism is all about.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The establishment GOP CAVES on everything. Newt may have his faults, but…

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Hahahahaha.

I always laugh at the fact that some people think Newt isn’t “the Establishment”.

Abby Adams on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I can only dream, but if the MSM takes up some sort of 200-page opposition file on Newt, doesn’t basic fairness mean that they have to the same on 0bama?

Fast and Furious?

Blago/Rezko?

Hidden: College records, Illinois legislative records?

Credit card verification info turned off during ’08 campaign so that thousands of donations come in in odd numbers like $321.86, 57.94, 1,1,09.11, etc. (obviously being funneled from abroad in foreign funds at an exchange rate)?

Unconstitutionally committing U.S. forces to a war while refusing to consult Congress?

Unconstitutionally ignoring the “advice and consent” clause of the Constitution in appointing advisors?

Etc.
Etc.
Etc.

To me, if an organized MSM campaign against Mitt or Newt arises, the most effective way to fight it would be to hold a press conference, blatantly refuse to address the accusation, and then make a detailed accusation against 0bama, and ask why the MSM won’t cover it.

After awhile, the MSM will realize that each hit piece on the GOP candidate(s) will result in an accusation against 0bama that they either must report on, or sweep under the rug.

This is the way to fight the MSM – after each slanted attack, respond by an attack on 0bama, instead of self-defense.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

No, darn it, I meant Gov. Romney. More coffee needed.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It’s a shame we can’t assemble a Frankenstein candidate with the best attributes from each.

Kataklysmic on January 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Said GOP monster would of course have Romney’s hair.

MidniteRambler on January 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

FDR is Newt’s favorite President. Wasn’t he a Conservative?

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Gingrich is mercurial. So was Churchill.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Churchill had WWII to help him out. His election losses in 1945 led to 40 years of liberals running England.

Newt is no Churchill anyway, Newt is just an adulterous scumbag, the kind of person Churchill always condemed.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Not surprised.

While I prefer Santorum over Newt, I will vote for whomever is most likely to beat Romney.

Norwegian on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

What’s the deal on the leaked 200 page opposition file on Newt? Is it a non-story?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I thought the leaked op file was on Governor Romney? Was one released on the Speaker too?

Flora Duh on January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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Did we learn nothing of the lefts smear treatment of Palin ? Are we just as bad as they are? The socialists have to be laughing their asses off at all this Republican Dysfunction.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Romney is a liberal except he likes capitalism and Newt is a conservative except he doesn’t like capitalism. OK, got it…we’re screwed!

cartooner on January 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Juan, the role of the US President is to teach kids work ethics. It’s in the Newt’s amendment to the constitution.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

It’s really the role of the President to teach kids to redeem food stamps, appoint department heads during a session of Congress, hire unlimited Czars and skip the whole unnecessary confirmation process and force them to buy health insurance. Those are Obama’s amendments to the constitution.

At least Newt proposes (emphasis on proposes) that they do something constructive with their lives.

cajunpatriot on January 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Romney can’t hold off a Marxist lawn gnome? Can’t we just let Obama run unopposed and take our chances in 2016?

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Getting illegal aliens legalized by local councils is a GRAND CONSERVATIVE idea! State’s rights? No, LOCAL rights! “So Mr. Smith, does your housekeeper have ties to the community?” “Oh yeah, she is a pillar!. I mean that’s her name.” “OK, she can stay!”

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I agree that a Newt presidency might be a wild ride but it would be a ride that I am willing to take. Look at the ride we have been on for over three years! Straight down! I like Romney and I know he is smart but look at his background. Every minute of it has been Wall Street except his tenure at Bain. I am not a venture capitalist hater but he sure as hell has not explained his tenure there very well. For that to be his main reason of being elected president he is not saying much about it. Newt is a bag of ideas and with a Republican Congress to help sort them out maybe between the two some of those ideas may just prove to be solutions. Mitt’s solutions for Medicare and Social Security were so small as to not be credible. If Santorum and Perry would drop out this would be a great race.

inspectorudy on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

portlylandon to have a feces covered hate response in 3…2…1…

Oh, wait, it already happened.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Are you suggesting that he doesn’t. Please explain to us your in depth knowledge of his character and please refrain from any of Romney’s talking points.

cajunpatriot on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

You’re kidding, right?

cartooner on January 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Newt is no Churchill anyway, Newt is just an adulterous scumbag, the kind of person Churchill always condemed.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

We already learned in 1998 that the American people aren’t electing a saint. They want someone to get something done.

The ad hominem against Gingrich holds no water.

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Newt got a standing O for the vision to teach kids how to work, how to get a better job, and be owners some day.

Maybe Igor needs a janitor job, or at least practice cleaning up after himself. Someday he could be a veterinary assistant to put down lame attacks.

WhatNot on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

It’s really the role of the President to teach kids to redeem food stamps, appoint department heads during a session of Congress, hire unlimited Czars and skip the whole unnecessary confirmation process and force them to buy health insurance. Those are Obama’s amendments to the constitution.

At least Newt proposes (emphasis on proposes) that they do something constructive with their lives.

cajunpatriot on January 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Yeah, the solution to Obama’s disdain for the constitutional limitations is a conservative with a disdain for those limitations.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Romneycare’s accomplishments;

*Enacted romneycare in Ma., the largest mandate in state history, it has bankrupted the state. In a democratic state, it WAS HIS INITIATIVE. He then had his advisors craft OBAMACARE, the biggest mandate in the history of the world, a sixth of our economy.

*The businessman was 47th out of 50 states in job creation.

*For gobal warming, cap & tax, gay marriage, abortion, higer taxes, tarp (every possible bailout)

*Has more wall street backers than obamasatan. Do you really believe he won’t do more bailouts.

*He believes (mormon) that when he dies he’ll have seven planets. I’m sorry that is whacked! donated millions to their church.

*Won’t release his taxes because it’ll show he pays no taxes living off his trust funds.

*His last year as governor, 2006, spent 212 days out of 11 months out of state campaigning for president.

*Increased taxes to balance the budget, not cutting spending, preview of things to come.

*Has greased the political system for 6 years to GET the nomination.

To the romneycare rump lickers, you’ll cost us the election w/obamasatan in Nov., giving us that commie for another 4 years. When that happens their will be open warfare with the Rino’s, GOP beltway pigs, media pimps etc..

Danielvito on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

So Republicans are suppose to ignore it while no one else will? And from what I understand it’s John McCain’s opposition book on Gov. Romney. This is what primaries are all about, getting to know everyone.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Newt is a grown up: he is always the adulterer in the room.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Newtron getting in touch with his feminine side.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/newt-gingrich-natural-woman-article-1.1005912

LOL!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Would Flop Sweat and Jethro please step aside so Newt can destroy this Ken Doll of a candidate once and for all?

Typhonian on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The interesting thing about this poll is it was taken after Monday,s debate .Rasmussen other poll on just S.C. which showed Romney up 14% was taken before the debate.I bet you will see Rasmussen quickly put out a revised poll on S.C.

logman1 on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Newt. is. not. Churchill.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Oh, wait, it already happened.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Go wash your hands.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

portlylandon to have a feces covered hate response in 3…2…1…

Oh, wait, it already happened.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Noobie, you’re defending one of the most vile and despicable posters in the history of Hot Air. You wouldn’t want to do that, would you?

kingsjester on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Newt got a standing O for the vision to teach kids how to work, how to get a better job, and be owners some day.

WhatNot on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Are you referring to Newt’s speech, “How to Get Rich Lobbying for Corrupt GSEs?”

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I agree that a Newt presidency might be a wild ride but it would be a ride that I am willing to take.

inspectorudy on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

There won’t be a presidency ride with Newt. Nationally, he has an underwater 27 in favorability.

Newt nomination guarantees an Obama presidency.

At least with Romney, swing states come into play.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Shocker!/

“Newt Gingrich spoke at my annual meeting two years ago, we paid him $40,000, and this gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it,” Levy said. “I can give you a copy of the check. We paid to the Washington Speakers Bureau for Newt Gingrich to come and speak. He was great. He gave a great evening. Everybody had fun. He fielded a lot of questions. He gave us a lot of time. But nobody praised private equity, risk taking, capital more fulsomely than Newt Gingrich.”

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

There won’t be a presidency ride with Newt. Nationally, he has an underwater 27 in favorability.

Newt nomination guarantees an Obama presidency.

At least with Romney, swing states come into play.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Against Newt, I’m thinking Obama wins what, 40 states?

EddieC on January 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM

This is encouraging news ofr all Gingrich supporters. You need to donate as much as you can to Newt’s campaign. He needs to increase his TIffinay charge account to 2 million.

Donate!!
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Donate!!

NickDeringer on January 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Rick Santorum is making $ from selling Santorum sweater vests. Maybe Newt could market plastic blonde colored helmets like Callista wears?

cartooner on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I was a Sarah Palin supporter, than a Cain supporter, and now a Ron Paul supporter. I wish Sarah Palin will stop being wishy washy on everything and be firm. If she want Newt to win than endorse him and get it over with. Why wait until it is to late to defeat Romney. Oh, wait! Maybe she will run or maybe she won’t run. To confusing. That’s why I like Ron Paul. Ron Paul is not everywhere on the issues. He does not pander. Say whatever to get your vote. He is firm. There is no guessing on what he will do as president!

Capitalist75 on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Newt. is. not. Churchill.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Someone deluded enough to be supporting the only Candidate in the Race that is to the Left of Neville Chamberline….is not in any position to say such a thing.

jp on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Yeah, these are meaningless. What everyone wants to know is who gets the coveted angryed from Hot Gas endorsement. Newt? Well, put me down for Newt then! /

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Typical Mittbot. You vote for who the establishment tells you to vote for. Oh, Romney got endorsed by so and so. Well, that does it for me. He’s the man. Ignore his record and flip flops. Mr. Elite Republican endorses him (who will get a nice cushy cabinet position), that’s all we care about.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

jp on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

So you think Newt is Churchill and you think I’m not in a position to judge? Alrighty then.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Are you suggesting that he doesn’t. Please explain to us your in depth knowledge of his character and please refrain from any of Romney’s talking points.

cajunpatriot on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Check out Newt on WIKI- its all there- no talking points – But lets start with Newt carrying on an affair, infidelity with the second spouse while the house was going after Clinton for Lewinski. Thats your guy. Thats all you need to know. If you ever were negative on Clinton or John Edwards dealings, that you have to include Newt in that group. Team Obama has.
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Do we need to review his ethics violations?

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I believe Rasmussen significantly underestimated Ron Paul’s success in the first two states, and although this case may be different I suspect Ron Paul is actually in third place.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Paul’s support in both NH and Iowa was from the Progressive Left and cranks voting on our Primaries. Half the vote in NH was by Non-Republicans.

SC is more closed, FL is very closed.

the poll is of Republicans and Conservatives, not Progressive Kucinich types.

jp on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Newt is no Churchill anyway, Newt is just an adulterous scumbag, the kind of person Churchill always condemed.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

We aren’t electing President of the Upstanding Husband Club.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

So you think Newt is Churchill and you think I’m not in a position to judge? Alrighty then.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Given Ron Paul makes Neville Chamberline look good, no you are not in any position to judge any comparison to Churchill since you are a Paultard in bed with Progressives worse than Chamberline ever was.

jp on January 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Churchill wasn’t exactly a saint, he was a drunk.

Most brilliant people have character flaws.

jp on January 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

REPORT: Mitt Romney Proposed Charging A Fee For Being Mentally Retarded
Michael Bre

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/report-mitt-romney-proposed-charging-a-fee-for-being-mentally-retarded-2012-1#ixzz1jpYSGGl5

davemason2k on January 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Grover Cleveland had a bastard child the country new about, elected him anyway and he governed pretty good during his time as President.

jp on January 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I will vote for whomever is most likely to beat Romney.

Norwegian on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

ABRtards claim that is Obama.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Typical Mittbot. You vote for who the establishment tells you to vote for. Oh, Romney got endorsed by so and so. Well, that does it for me. He’s the man. Ignore his record and flip flops. Mr. Elite Republican endorses him (who will get a nice cushy cabinet position), that’s all we care about.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

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So and so ? Really ? you dismiss the future REP leaders aside for a flip flopper like Newt with plenty of his own baggage?
Man- That’s a lot of spite.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Newt. is. not. Churchill.

FloatingRock on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Newt is much like Churchill, actually.

1. Mercurial
2. Passionate
3. Inconsistent
4. Retread
5. Brilliant
6. Loves his country
7. Calls a spade a spade
8. Polarizing

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Are you suggesting Newt has an ounce of moral character? – Save your mea culpas for confession.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

If we were holding an election for Most Honorable Man, then you’d have a point. We are however holding an election for someone to stand up to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the MSM. Who would you rather have doing that?

Newt fights and he will sometimes fight dirty. That’s what I like about him. You want to beat socialists? You fight, you cheat, you steal. You don’t play Mr. Nice Guy Reach Across The Aisle and Compromise.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Janitors for Newt/

JPeterman on January 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Newt Express… It’s not exactly Space Mountain, but it’s a wild ride taking off from Pontification Station.

EMD on January 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

With Romney, we’d snooze, and then we’d lose. With Gingrich, the election season would be wildly entertaining, at least. And we just might win.

philwynk on January 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Good, sound analysis.

philwynk on January 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

So and so ? Really ? you dismiss the future REP leaders aside for a flip flopper like Newt with plenty of his own baggage?
Man- That’s a lot of spite.

FlaMurph on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

God you’re thick. I don’t care if Reagan and Goldwater both were reincarnated and came back to endorse Romney. I don’t care about endorsements period.

I care about a candidate’s record. And Romney’s record is atrocious.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Newt is much like Churchill, actually.

got sent packing

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The Mitt Romney Opposition Research from Juan McCain is online.

That’s going to leave a mark on Mitt. I guess releasing this was a maverick thing….

WhatNot on January 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

7. Calls a spade a spade

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Calls a mop a mop.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Noobie, you’re defending one of the most vile and despicable posters in the history of Hot Air. You wouldn’t want to do that, would you?

kingsjester on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I wasn’t defending either portlylandon or Debbie Wasserman angryeyed.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Man, and people say that Romney supporters are sheeple. Toss one rant against Juan Williams at the conservatives after a couple weeks of uncoordinated, awkward and decidedly unconservative rants against creative destruction as it concerns investment capitalism and they’ll go right back to loving you in an instant.

I’m not sure whether to be impressed by how easily he can cow you all or be sad. Ah well, on to South Carolina.

WealthofNations on January 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Newt is much like Churchill, actually.

1. Mercurial
2. Passionate
3. Inconsistent
4. Retread
5. Brilliant
6. Loves his country
7. Calls a spade a spade
8. Polarizing

cane_loader on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

But he’s divorced eleventy!!!

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

REPORT: Mitt Romney Proposed Charging A Fee For Being Mentally Retarded

Michael Bre

this was too good to check. a true republican

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

For all the Romney-heads out there:

You just can’t wait ’till Saturday, can you? You’re hoping, hoping, hoping to run out the clock with that so-called “lead,” but you can’t help but notice the thundering applause and standing ovations that keep going to Newt–can you??

Go get ‘em, Newt!!!

jfs756 on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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