Is Newtmentum cooling off?
A CNN/Time/ORC International Poll also indicates that while Gingrich surged following his 12-point victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, his momentum appears to be quickly cooling off.
According to the poll, 36% of people likely to vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the Sunshine State say they are backing Romney as the party’s nominee, with 34% supporting Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor’s two point margin over the former House speaker is well within the survey’s sampling error.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is at 11% and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is at 9%, with 7% unsure. The poll’s Wednesday release comes one day before a CNN-Republican Party of Florida presidential debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The showdown is the last time the candidates will face off on the same stage before Tuesday’s winner-take-all primary, where 50 delegates are up for grabs.
Wanna guess what’s going to happen in the Florida primary? I called South Carolina for Gingrich while Newt was still holding John King’s beating heart aloft in Charleston, but I won’t hazard a guess about Florida right now. But you could win an iPad if you guess right.