Poll: Gingrich edges Romney in Virginia (but can he get on the ballot?)
December 21st, 2011
11:01 AM ET
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Poll: Gingrich edges Romney in Virginia (but can he get on the ballot?)

(CNN) – As Republican presidential candidates race to meet Thursday's deadline to get on Virginia's primary ballot, a new poll out Wednesday shows Newt Gingrich topping opponent Mitt Romney in the state.

The results come the same day Gingrich travels to Virginia to try and collect the 10,000 signatures needed to secure a spot on the ballot for the state's Republican primary on Super Tuesday - March 6.

"We're going to make it. It's going to be exciting." Gingrich said Tuesday at a campaign stop in Iowa, just one day after telling reporters on Monday that his campaign "may barely make it" by Thursday's deadline.

The survey, conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, shows the former House speaker with a 30% to 25% advantage over Romney, a margin that falls within the sampling error.

Coming in third, Texas Rep. Ron Paul was the top choice for 9% of Republicans in the state, with no other candidate polling higher than 6%.

While Virginia doesn't hold its primary until March, the commonwealth could prove an influential player in the nominating process should the contest become a heated battle between leading candidates.

According to the poll, Gingrich polls even higher against Romney in a head-to-head matchup, with a 47% to 39% margin.

But in hypothetical contests with President Barack Obama, Romney fares better than his Republican rival. The former Massachusetts governor takes in 44% of support among all voters to Obama's 42%, while Gingrich trails Obama by a 46% to 41% margin in favor of the president.

As he attempts to shore up more support in the Old Dominion, Gingrich will hold a campaign rally in Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday night, with more stops on Thursday.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,135 registered voters by telephone from Dec. 13-19, with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Also see:

Iowa faith leader asked Bachmann to consider dropping out, campaign says

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Virginia
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Kim Jung Yuk - the first dictator of the U.S.A. And don't forget his spouse - Maiden Diamond Yuk

    December 21, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Newt will not win Virginia with Gov. McDonnell backing Willard. I have a gut feeling that McDonnell is seeking a cabinet position if not the Vice Presidency.

    December 21, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It would appear that Mr. Gingrich is all talk, and has neither the will nor the drive to walk the walk. Maybe he should have been signing people up as they bought his books.

    December 21, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. It is Against Ronald Reagan Rule for Myth Romney and his Super PACs Thug to Attack Fellow GOPers

    Myth Romney is still tanking in the pollls despite his taking the whole playbook of dirty politics out of Karl Rove's hand and throwing dirt & kitchen sinks at his political enemies!!!

    Myth Romney is NO Ronald Reagan!!!!

    December 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. FIELD1stSGT

    Come on Newt do what Obama did. Falsify signatures until you have enough. We have a fr4aus in the White House now.

    December 21, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Vic of New York

    I'm for Newt.... or Paul. Anyone but Romney!

    December 21, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. realitybites

    You know that time of year when it gets real boring b/c there aren't any sports events really worth watching and you can't wait until Football to start? Just saying.

    December 21, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “I don't object to being outspent. I object to lies. I object to negative smear campaigns, and I object to things that the candidate himself refuses to support,” Gingrich said
    ------------------------
    And we object to you Newt, as you are the personification of ALL these things you purport to object to.

    December 21, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Hopefully the philanderer will get on so he can beat Mittens and further cement himself as the sacrificial lamb to Obama's landslide reelection

    December 21, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Sniffit

    So how are you going to spin it to make it look like both sides' faults now that, while Captain Orange Glow was in his office prancing sweetly in front of the cameras and claiming that the GOP isn't at fault for gridlock and the current crisis they manufactured over the payroll tax cuts, fellow GOPer Fitzpatrick, who was filling in for him as Speaker, was busy literally walking off the House floor in the middle of Howyer speaking in order to prevent Hoyer from exercising the right to request a unanimous consent vote on the payroll tax cuts? You gotta work quick on this one...beacuse it's on tape and it's coming to commercials near you...so you're not going to have the option of helping the GOP by pretending it never happened.

    December 21, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Barney

    I've voted democratic the last three elections. If Ron Paul wins the Republican ticket, I'm voting Republican this time. Ron Paul knows the constitution, he believes in what America used to be all about, and he's the smartest guy up there. People who think he's "crazy" are obviously ignorant because NOBODY can debate Ron Paul on anything because he's way to smart and knows way too much and makes way too much sense. Look at the issues, learn economics, learn the constitution. Ron Paul is the man.

    December 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Dave

    MItt is it, sorry but you have to live with it, Newt is a newt, Ron is to honest, live with it people, it is time to band together to kick Obama out.

    December 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "I've voted democratic the last three elections. If Ron Paul wins the Republican ticket, I'm voting Republican this time. "

    Seriously. Someone needs to tell the people who train astroturfers that not a single person who frequents comment boards ever believes it when someone issues a testimonial about their conversion from one side to the other.

    BTW, Rondroid does a good job pretending to understand the Constitution and has all the right talking points prepared for pretending that 200+ years of SCOTUS precedent interpreting it has nothing to do with what the founding fathers intended when they created the Constitution, not to mention the SCOTUS and gave it the power of judicial review, but his blather is ultimately just extremist literalism that has NOTHING to do with the founding fathers' expressed intent. He's a loony ideologue who, despite being the most sincere candidate on the stage during the GOP's debate infomercial attack-Obama sessions, is also the most divorced from reality.

    December 21, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "I've voted democratic the last three elections. If Ron Paul wins the Republican ticket, I'm voting Republican this time. "

    Seriously. Someone needs to tell the people who train astroturfers that not a single person who frequents comment boards ever believes it when someone issues a testimonial about their conversion from one side to the other.

    December 21, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    BTW, Rondroid does a good job pretending to understand the Constitution and has all the right talking points prepared for pretending that 200+ years of SCOTUS precedent interpreting it has nothing to do with what the founding fathers intended when they created the Constitution, not to mention the SCOTUS and gave it the power of judicial review, but his blather is ultimately just extremist literalism that has NOTHING to do with the founding fathers' expressed intent. He's a loony ideologue who, despite being the most sincere candidate on the stage during the GOP's debate infomercial attack-Obama sessions, is also the most divorced from reality.

    December 21, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. CP

    I don't understand...ask most people (Americans – hell, even Canadians) and most people would tell you that their political system is broke or untrustworthy etc. etc....so why the heck wouldn't you vote for someone like R.Paul? Remember regardless of what HE personally thinks (even if you disagree with him), he's fighting to restore a system which is more democratic. I thought he made a poignant point in the debate where he said he doesn't want to become a huge CEO and have all this power, he's trying to restore respect and democracy to the constitution! Folks, in your last election I would have voted Obama and probably would vote him again against other GOP candidates EXCEPT for Ron Paul. If R.Paul becomes the republican candidate I would support him over any democrat...say what you want about Paul's foreign policy...folks, don't you realize bankrupting the US Gov't will kill you before Iran or any other tyrant nukes you first!!!

    December 21, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FIELD1stSGT apparently was dishonorably discharged from his "mental" army of ONE. In between missing his meds he lays under his bed blogging obscenities about our First Lady, and self-creatd conspiracy theories about our President.
    What a lonely, and despicably hateful and lonely life he must lead.
    I will send your name to Michelle Bachmann's Prayer List in the hopes that she can pray your hate away.

    December 21, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    “I don't object to being outspent. I object to lies. I object to negative smear campaigns, and I object to things that the candidate himself refuses to support,” Gingrich said
    --------
    But, Newt Gingrich has no objections when he is the one being the demogogue. Newt has no complaints when Newt lies.

    December 21, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. hextarski

    You can't spell Gingrich without G-R-I-N-C-H.

    December 21, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. hextarski

    Newt will self-destruct before the primaries are over. Just like he did when he was Speaker of the House.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    December 21, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. mike

    Ron Paul 2012, the real American!

    December 21, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    Hmmm.... if Ron Paul wins in Iowa with Newt & Mitt in 2nd & 3rd... then Romney wins NH with Huntsman in 2nd or 3rd..... and Newt wins VA – it could be a long race that goes all the way to the convention. A fractious Republican convention – wouldn't that be fun?

    December 21, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Newt has the most to lose when things go negative. He is dishonest to the core and those who choose to believe otherwise are delusional. The bumper sticker for Gingrich supporters should read "Forget honor – He's not a Mormon nor an African American!".

    December 21, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    What's more, nobody believes that Clinton is going to run and primary Obama, yet the GOP is messing its pants so badly that they've had robocalls going out across toss-up states like MI and PA trying to convince people to "recruit" her (good job picking up on it and reporting about it CNN...not). Switching from voting for Obama to Paul or Obama to Gingrich or Clinton to McCain...none of it is believable....their expressly stated policy positions and intentions are too starkly different and diametrically opposed. Cut the crap.

    December 21, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. mike

    Here is how I think of it:
    If you are OK with Newt stealing your 1.6M then wote for Newt. It is that simple.
    If you are OK with Mitt #1 from last year who disagrees with Mitt #2 we know today then vote for Mitt #1.
    If you are OK with Mitt #2 today who has disagreed with almost everything with Mitt #1 from last year, then vote for Mitt #2.

    If you are for freedom, liberty, sound money, and someone who has been warning us (and predicted what has come true in 2008) then vote for only candiate who wants to end wars, then vote for Dr. Ron Paul.

    Simple really.

    December 21, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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