National Polls Show Gingrich in Front
Gallup, Rasmussen have him leading Mitt Romney
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2012 2:34 PM CST
A supporter of Newt Gingrich waits to get an autograph before an event at the Tick Tock Restaurant Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – Newt Gingrich can lay claim to the title of frontrunner for real now: Gallup's daily tracking poll has him ahead of Mitt Romney nationally 31-27, reports USA Today, while Rasmussen Reports gives him an ever bigger lead of 35-28. Both surveys credit conservative voters for the Gingrich surge. One caveat: The new polls don't take into account yesterday's debate, in which Romney aggressively went after Gingrich, and the House speaker "seemed to fall flat," notes the Hill.