If the 2012 GOP presidential nomination were decided solely on debate performances, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be tough to beat. Even Gingrich admits as much. CNN’s Paul Steinhauser has more:
Newt Gingrich says that his well-received performances in the Republican presidential debates are one reason why he’s rising in the polls in the race for the GOP nomination.
According to a USA Today/Gallup survey released Monday, 12% of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Gingrich for their party’s presidential nomination. That’s up 5 percentage points from a month ago.
And he’s also in third place with 13% in Monday’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, up 5 points from early October.
Gingrich was at 12% in an ABC News/Washington Post poll out Friday and had 10% support in a Quinnipiac University national poll released last Wednesday. He stands at 12% in a recent Fox News poll and at 10% in a recent CBS/New York Times survey.
And it’s not just national polling – in Iowa, the first state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, Gingrich is in fourth place, at 10%, according to a recent CNN/Time/ORC International poll of registered Republicans.
Gingrich’s campaign was left for dead by many in late spring, after a number of top advisers and staffers quit and the campaign faced financial difficulties.