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. (Read more Newt Gingrich 2012 stories.)

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