Newt Gingrich still has some serious momentum after his upset victory in South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary. According to an averaging of the most recent polls out of Florida, Gingrich may have a leg-up on his Republican rival Mitt Romney there as well. The Huffington Post reports:
WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich’s improbable late January surge appears to be rolling into Florida, as a new poll confirms that victory in the South Carolina primary produced a “big jump” in the former House speaker’s support with just six days remaining before the Florida primary.
The new survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney still narrowly leading Gingrich, 36 to 34 percent, in interviews conducted among 601 likely Republican primary voters from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23. But on roughly half of the interviews conducted since Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Gingrich moves from trailing Romney by 11 percentage points on the Quinnipiac poll (26 to 37 percent), to a six-point lead (40 to 34 percent).
Quinnipiac’s new survey, which used live interviewers and sampled Florida voters over both landline and mobile telephones, confirmed the same trend measured by other surveys conducted entirely after the South Carolina vote. Three automated, recorded-voice surveys, by the Democratic pollsters Public Policy Polling (PPP), NewsMax/Insider Advantage and Rasmussen Reports, showed Gingrich leading (by margins of 5, 8 and 9 percentage points, respectively). Two more polls, an automated survey by WeAskAmerica and a poll of undisclosed methodology sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, showed a roughly dead-even race between Romney and Gingrich.
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