What’s up with Newt Gingrich? Gallup’s daily tracking poll, for one thing

posted at 7:10 pm on February 29, 2012 by Tina Korbe

While Mitt Romney continues to rack up delegates, each of the other three GOP candidates must still be able to see a path to the nomination for himself. Otherwise, they’d drop out, right?

For Newt Gingrich, that path runs through Georgia and — he hopes — Tennessee, Ohio, Texas and Oklahoma.

Gingrich predicted during an appearance at the Georgia Statehouse that he will win the state’s contest. Georgia is one of 10 holding primaries and caucuses next Tuesday and Gingrich predicted he’d “win it decisively.”

“That is the key building block that we have to have to move forward in the presidential campaign. Georgia really does matter,” Gingrich said. He was joined by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and a few dozen legislators, but took no questions from reporters.

The former House speaker has made clear he needs a win in Georgia on Super Tuesday, but has stopped short of saying a loss would force him from the race. He told CNN on Tuesday that “we unequivocally have to win Georgia.”

Betting on the South, Gingrich skipped primaries in Michigan and Arizona – both won by Mitt Romney – to save money and focus on delegate-rich states that vote with Georgia on March 6, including Tennessee, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Gingrich has a comfortable lead in Georgia; the RCP poll average puts him nine points ahead of his competitors in his home state. He doesn’t, however, fare nearly so well in the other states he’s supposedly targeting. In Ohio, for example, Gingrich polls at an average of 18 percent, behind Santorum’s 34.3 percent and Mitt Romney’s 26 percent. In Tennessee, Gingrich polls in fourth place, according to the Vanderbilt poll. Oklahoma looks similarly unconquerable for Gingrich.

Yet, today, Gingrich has at least one bit of poll improvement to tout: His Gallup support rating jumped two points today. With his personal life out of the limelight and his ideas about energy policy front-and-center, at least a few folks apparently have remembered Gingrich ain’t all bad.

Newt Gingrich has engineered two comebacks already. Is a third out of the realm of possibility? Never say never.


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Like a bad case of gas, he just won’t go away. He is a vengeful political hack that constantly tries to give himself credibility by referring to Reagan. Reagan would not have supported this idiot! Gingrich stubbornly staying in this race may cause the end of the GOP and Obamas re-election.

lhuffman34 on March 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

OFTEN and without hesitation he has repeated his praise of FDR and Wilson.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gingrich%2C+fdr%2C+wilson&oq=gingrich%2C+fdr%2C+wilson&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=187l6888l0l7255l23l23l1l2l2l1l419l4086l7.1.7.4.1l20l0

NewtBots explain this?

Why would we want this leading the party?

PappyD61 on March 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Yes, Santorum was not expected to win in MI and AZ by a realistic analysis—but he was expected to do better than he did.

Sekhmet on March 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM

He lost MI by 3. How much better could he have done without winning MI? Mittens won AZ thanks to Mormon support (Mormons voted for him 95-5). Not much Santorum could do about that. Mormon voting block is like the AA voting block. It will vote for Mittens/Obama 95-5 no matter what. Western states where there is a heavy concentration of Mormons will go for Mittens, that’s a given.

And MI is Mittens’ home state yet he had to fight hard to barely win it.

All in all, not a bad performance by Santy. Not spectacular but a good solid B.

angryed on March 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The changes Newt try to bring to Washington D.C., in 1994, are minor compared to the changes necessary today. The difference, between Newt and the rest, he recognizes that and is willing and able to do what’s necessary to get it done.

bflat879 on March 1, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Well Said.
Who other than Newt knows how to get the Congress in line?
Mittens hasn’t the ‘nads.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Those who bring up Newt in the nineties always fail to tell the whole story. In1997, Newt tried to throw the Contract With America under the bus. A group of young conservative members of congress took him on. While I am not a big fan of Joe Scarborough’s today, the story he tells in this op-ed is a true account of what happened. This is the real Newt, the political opportunist Newt, the Newt who will obfuscate and abandon his principles for personal gain. The op-ed is long but well worth the time of anyone who wants to know why so many conservatives do not like Newt Gingrich. We remember the betrayal in the nineties and did not close our eyes to his many betrayals of conservative policies since.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72084.html

Newt Gingrich accomplished some good things but he is not a man who can be trusted. His entire biography is filled with people and policies he betrayed.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Well Said.
Who other than Newt knows how to get the Congress in line?
Mittens hasn’t the ‘nads.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Agreed! Go Newt!

tinkerthinker on March 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

PappyD61 on March 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

angryed on March 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

If Santorum wins, I will be happy to vote for him in the general.

Night Owl on March 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Bigot Rick Santorum is yesterday’s news. I’m more interested in who Romney is considering as VP.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 8:25 AM

So, is that a promise we won’t hear you about little dicky Ricky anymore?

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I must say using Joe Scarborough as a reference is being a political opportunist by proxy.

tinkerthinker on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

So he’s going to win Georgia. Big whoop. We already knew that for a long time. I don’t know why this is a headline story on Drudge.

I think I do. Remember a few weeks ago before Florida, when Drudge had about a dozen front page stories critical of Newt Gingrich? So, it’s quite clear he’s not exactly a Newt fan. By boosting Newt now, or giving the appearance that he has some momentum (a whopping 2% in one tracking poll!), it suggests the Not-Romney vote is in play. Which is probably exactly what Romney wants. If Newt and Rick are duking it out for the Not Romney vote, Romney sails through.

YYZ on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I’m hoping that if Romney wins out, he has the sense and lack of ego to appoint Newt as VP. Imagine Newt in charge of the Senate….

cane_loader on March 1, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Sounds like Christmas!

lynncgb on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

tinkerthinker on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

You didn’t read the piece, did you? The last vestige of ignorance is destroying the messenger.

What Scarborough says in this piece DID HAPPEN and was well known at the time.

People like you prove that “their are none so blind as those who WILL NOT see.”

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Newt was completely destroyed by Romney’s campaign in a matter of about a week. Means it should take the Obama campaign about 2 days to accomplish the same thing.

Too much baggage.

gotsig on March 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Adjoran on February 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I was around then too. Prove it. Show proof of each accusation you made above or admit that it’s just hyperbole used by you to score political points.

Flora Duh on February 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I was around, too…

… And I second Flora Duh’s request that you show proof Adjoran.

Hang in there Newt…!!!
Seven Percent Solution on February 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I am old enough to have seen it all happen. Newt orchestrated the first Republican majority in 40 years. Other people helped too, but Newt was in charge, regardless of how you want to look at it. It was awsome to watch. He made it possible for all those other people you claim did every good thing that happened. JC Watts was there and he endorsed Newt. Lyndsey Graham has said he owes Newt an apology for what they did to him. I see you did not show either Flora Duh or Seven Percent Solution any proof, you just kept on with your anti-Newt talking points. You can say all the mean things you want about Newt, they don’t make Romney more appealing.

Night Owl on March 1, 2012 at 5:28 AM

He wasn’t competent to do that job, which is why conservatives tossed him out of the chair.

Adjoran on February 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Nov. 06, 1998 – Speaker Newt Gingrich has announced his plans to retire from Congress. “We have to get the bitterness out,” he told fellow Republicans in a conference call Friday. “It is clear that as long as I’m around that won’t happen.”

BTW, he announced his retirment the day AFTER winning his 11th term to Congress.

And why was there so much bitterness in the House during his time as Speaker? Much of it was due to entrenched Republicans falling in line with the Democrats in the ridiculous stream of ethics charges that began when Gingrich became Speaker.

Hmm, now why would they do that? Perhaps, like the Democrats, they didn’t like what they heard in this speech Gingrich gave in December, 1994 outlining the Congressional Reforms he wanted to enact upon taking his position as Speaker.

All that big mouthed buffoon did was generate bad publicity and get in the way of progress while trying to deal all our advances back to the Democrats for some elusive grand deal he never struck.

Adjoran on February 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Among other things, he identified, recruited, campaigned for and helped organize the biggest minority opposition swing in US modern history getting 367 Congressional candidates to sign the Contract With America. This resulted in a NET GOP pickup of 52 seats in the House, 8 in the Senate and 11 Governorships.

When Newt Gingrich became Speaker in 1995 congressional approval was around 20%. When he resigned the Speakership four years later, it was close to 60%. Source

Not that the backstabbing dirt bag has a snowball’s chance in Phoenix, but still . . . if you don’t know, ask somebody.

Adjoran on February 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 90% (most recent year was for 1998 at 100%)

National Taxpayers Union’s Annual Scorecard on reduced spending and taxes gave Gingrich an “A”, for his last four years in office, ranking him #1, #4, #2 and #11 and as one of the most conservative members in Congress.

Gingrich’s pro-life voting record is 98.6%, 70 out of 71 votes. Source

Flora Duh on March 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

.
Glenn says he’s only still in it because the “vast right-wing Establishment” wants Leroy to keep pulling votes away from the most conservative candidate -Poodle Skirt.
So yes, he’s still gonna be running all the way to Tampa.

FlaMurph on March 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Newt at the helm inspires confidence, trust, and security. He is the statesman and intellect in the crowd.

Newt has a proven record. He has a plan, which is concise and measurable. He is a great communicator and can drill down to the core of an issue in a few sentences. Newt’s message responds to the critical issues affecting Americans….jobs, economy,debt reduction and national security.

Newt has SUCCESSFULLY done this all before. He does not have to be “trained on the job”! Because of this, he can immediately find and reverse Obama’s policies. He knows where the rot is hiding.

Finally, Newt has tremendous foreign policy knowledge and has the willpower and tenacity to defend America against its enemies. He will not apologize nor bow to dictators. And, he will keep defense a priority.

I believe Newt is the right man in this critical time!

Go Newt!

Sparky5253 on March 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

gotsig on March 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

It wasn’t Romney that threw him off his stride. It was the really rather unexpected OMG OMG CRUSH NEWT reaction of conservative insiders, even down to smart military blogs like AOSHQ.

The baggage is nothing now; it was never anything anyway, and there was a serious lack of understanding of the vehemence of the Not-Romney camp. The same panickers quickly learned, it can always get worse.

Santorum filled the vacuum for a moment (and now he’s even dragged Mitt down with his miasma of poisonous issue-clouding).

Newt has continued to make sense; he makes the better case, the better argument, for conservative policy. I’m starting to think he’s the only one still capable of shaking off the nonsense that has so swiftly diminished the chances of the other two in the general.

SarahW on March 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Congrats on making the top headline on Drudge. Hopefully the site doesn’t crash.

zerodamage on March 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she’s a witch?

Peasant 3: Well, she turned me into a newt!

Sir Bedevere: A newt?

Peasant 3: [meekly after a long pause] … I got better.

Crowd: [shouts] Burn her him anyway!

Marcus Traianus on March 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Newt at the helm inspires confidence, trust, and security.
Sparky5253 on March 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Newt is a man of many merits, but the inability to make that statement of yours even remotely true is one of his largest downfalls. Maybe you can say that Newt at the helm inspires excitement, passions, tumult. Just the exact opposite of confidence, trust, security. Too much unpredictability and egomania in him.

joana on March 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

NewtBots explain this?

Why would we want this leading the party?

News flash. All the good candidates are already gone. The ones that are left and still standing because they were not seen as a threat to the Romney team. As soon as someone pulls into the lead, Romney carpet bombs them. Perhaps you noticed this trend?

Among the flawed candidates, only one agrees with Obama on the personal mandate, gun control, gay marriage, global warming, etc, etc, etc.

The one talking the most sense right now is Newt, warts and all.

Citizen-003528 on March 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

tinkerthinker on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Okay, how about what Senator Tom Coburn (a new freshman Congressman in 1994) has to say about Newt’s self-serving ego and his lack of conservative principles? Would that have credibility? If you think it might, then read Breach of Trust by Senator Coburn.

jb34461 on March 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

So today is March 1 and Gingrich is down a point.

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

Are we going to get a lengthy update? Better yet, how about an entirely new article based on who a half-dozen people in the US (sometimes hazily and mistakenly) name as their guy.

I only hope the Drudge link doesn’t encourage TK to write another foolishly conceived article based on a single data point of one national poll.

bobs1196 on March 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Newt at the helm inspires confidence, trust, and security. He is the statesman and intellect in the crowd.

Newt has a proven record. He has a plan, which is concise and measurable. He is a great communicator and can drill down to the core of an issue in a few sentences. Newt’s message responds to the critical issues affecting Americans….jobs, economy,debt reduction and national security.

Newt has SUCCESSFULLY done this all before. He does not have to be “trained on the job”! Because of this, he can immediately find and reverse Obama’s policies. He knows where the rot is hiding.

Finally, Newt has tremendous foreign policy knowledge and has the willpower and tenacity to defend America against its enemies. He will not apologize nor bow to dictators. And, he will keep defense a priority.

I believe Newt is the right man in this critical time!

Go Newt!

Sparky5253 on March 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

1000+

Newt Gingrich for President!

IndeCon on March 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Newt Gingrich is the only nominee who can turn our government in the right direction. Vote Newt. Santorum does not have the experience and Romney is weak.

madgrma on March 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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