New polls show that Newt Gingrich may be able to leverage the momentum he gained from his surprising victory in South Carolina for another upset.
According to a Rasmussen poll, the former Speaker of the House leads the GOP field in Florida at 41 percent, 9 points ahead of Mitt Romney. An additional poll from InsiderAdvantage reflects a similar outcome, with Gingrich again ahead of Romney 34 percent to 26 percent.
Mitt Romney has been viewed as the GOP frontrunner for the bulk of the 2012 race, despite frequent surges from other candidates attempting to establish themselves as the viable conservative alternative. However, the loss of South Carolina damaged the aura of inevitability surrounding Romney’s campaign and an additional loss in Florida would raise serious questions over his ability to gain his party’s nod.
Both polls surveyed likely Republican primary voters on Sunday evening. InsiderAdvantage conducted theirs among 557 and Rasmussen surveyed 750.