Newt Gingrich Up Big In Early Primary States

Team Romney should be scared. That said, even with the enormous surge in the polls, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign is not exactly firing on all cylinders. The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. has more:

Newt Gingrich has opened up dominating leads in three of the first four nominating states and is now within striking distance of Mitt Romney in his prime redoubt of New Hampshire, according to a new Time/CNN poll.

With just three weeks before the first ballots are cast, the poll is the most vivid illustration so far of the extraordinary surge of support for the former House speaker, and the continued ebbing interest in nearly all other candidates except for Mr. Romney. Since late October, when the same pollsters last went into the field, Mr. Gingrich has shown double-digit gains in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

The Gingrich boom dwarfs the surges that other Romney rivals have experienced since the race got under way this spring. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain never opened up such large leads in as many early states as Mr. Gingrich now has.

Scariest for the Romney camp, though, are the numbers out of New Hampshire that show his support slumping to 35%, and Mr. Gingrich’s rising to 26%.  No one has come within single digits of Mr. Romney in New Hampshire all year. The Romney campaign has long put little stock in a win in Iowa, but has invested heavily in time, money and prestige in winning in New Hampshire.


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