Can Newt Gingrich Win Over The Anti-Romney Voting Bloc?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is making a comeback, and his stock rising in the latest polls. Will the anti-Romney voting bloc coalesce behind Gingrich’s presidential bid? Only time will tell. Amanda Paulson at The Christian Science Monitor has more:

Is Newt Gingrich merely the new anti-Romney flavor of the month (see: Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain), or will this particular fad stick?

Two new polls released Monday show Mr. Gingrich either leading the field or close to it.

The most recent PPP poll of likely GOP voters shows Gingrich up 13 percentage points in the past month, in the lead at 28 percent. The same poll puts Mr. Cain – who is down five points compared with a month ago – in second at 25 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in third at 18 percent. All the other candidates are in the low single digits.

The second poll released Monday, from CNN/ORC International, has Mr. Romney retaining a slim lead (24 percent of voters who are Republican or lean Republican), with Gingrich rising to 22 percent (a difference that’s within the poll’s margin of error). The CNN poll holds much worse news for Cain, whose numbers have dropped to 14 percent – an 11-point decline in the past month.

All of it, of course, is good news for Gingrich, who just a few months ago was considered all but dead in the water: His top campaign staff left en masse in June, citing differences with the direction of the campaign; his fundraising was poor; he had extended absences from the campaign trail; and he was facing embarrassing questions about why he and his wife had a $500,000 revolving credit line at Tiffany’s.

But Gingrich’s strong debate performances and desperation among conservative Republicans to find an alternative to Romney seem to have helped put the former House speaker back on the map.

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