Winners and Losers: Gingrich Tops Republican Polls
Herman Cain’s exit helps Newt Gingrich in GOP race
As recently as mid-November, GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich seemed to be just a speck in the eye of Republican voters. His support from the GOP electorate never topped the single digits, and his campaign seemed to be in shambles after 12 members of his campaign staff quit and his campaign funds dried up. But now that Herman Cain’s bowed out of the race due to allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity, Gingrich’s luck has changed. According to a Fox News poll published Thursday, 36 percent of Republican primary voters now back Gingrich. That’s the highest percentage of support any GOP nominee has received during the past six months, Fox News reports. In just more than month, Gingrich has tripled his number of supporters.
Gingrich’s gain is Romney’s loss, however. About a quarter of GOP voters support the former Massachusetts governor, a number that remains largely unchanged for him during the 2012 race. Unfortunately for Romney, Herman Cain’s supporters have flocked to Gingrich, giving the former speaker of the House an edge among GOP candidates.
Tea Party voters especially support Gingrich, with a whopping 44 percent of them backing him, 15 percent backing Ron Paul and 11 percent backing Romney. Considering that Cain was a Tea Party favorite, it makes sense that Gingrich has risen in the polls due to disproportionate support from Tea Partiers. Gingrich’s support from the Tea Party will likely grow even larger if Cain officially endorses him as president, as he’s rumored to do.
When former President Bill Clinton appeared on “The View” Wednesday, he discussed both Gingrich and Romney. He said that Gingrich has good ideas but often undermines himself by making rash comments. On the other hand, Clinton praised Romney, saying, “I think the best thing Romney did in Massachusetts was the healthcare plan.”
“The View’s” Barbara Walters joked that she wasn’t sure if Clinton’s praise would help or hurt Romney.