Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With one week to go until the start of the primary and caucus calendar, a new national poll indicates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are battling for the top spot in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
According to a Gallup Daily Tracking Poll released Tuesday, 25% of registered Republicans say they support Gingrich, the former House speaker, for their party's nomination, with 24% backing Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the White House. Gingrich's one point margin is well within the poll's sampling error.
The survey was conducted Dec. 20-26 and is the first national poll released since Christmas.
Earlier this month, Gingrich held double digits leads over Romney and the rest of the Republican presidential candidates in Gallup polling and in other organizations' surveys but the latest polls indicate his advantage has disappeared. A CNN/ORC International survey released last week indicated Gingrich and Romney deadlocked at 28%.
According to the new Gallup poll; Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, is at 11%, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 8%, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 6%, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 3%, and former Utah Gov. and former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at 2%.
While national polls are valuable, they are often not a good indicator of what will happen in the early voting states, like Iowa and New Hampshire. Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, and the latest polls in the Hawkeye state indicate that Paul, Romney, and Gingrich are basically deadlocked for the top spot among likely GOP caucus goers. In New Hampshire, which goes second and holds its primary one week after Iowa, the latest surveys indicate that Romney remains the overwhelming front runner among likely Republican primary voters.
Romney 2012 !!! The logical choice. A true leader and a role model.
If everyone lowers their expectations of presidential candidates to that of a prom king, then Mittens the flip flopper, and the serial adulterer start looking like they are adults.
Ping and Pong !
@Jariv – Role model? Is that a joke? This guy got rich buying and selling companies, slashing jobs, outsourcing, off-shoring, spinning off the profitable units, and leaving the remaining carcus to die, costing thousands upon thousands of jobs. He didn't create companies. He didn't build. He didn't create jobs. He sucked the life out of existing companies that were ripe for the picking. He was a corporate parasite with absolutely no conscience regarding the carnage he created. Role model, RIGHT.
Just a few years ago, he was pro-choice, believe in the proven science of global climate change, supported public healthcare and an individual mandate, AND supported the EPA and environmental regulation. These were some of the best things about him as a public servant.
He has now done a 180 on every one of those positions and many more. He is the KING OF FLIP-FLOPPERS. You can cover your eyes and ears and it is still true.
The battle for the anti-Romney vote begins in earnest.
Neither one of these doofus' will be President. :)
looks like the republican party has hit a dead end
It is anyone's game, but certainly not either of these nit wits. It just seems so childish and immature to throw the hate around your own people. I would rather hear, "what are you going to do for me if I vote for you?"
Romney is out of touch with the conservatives and just as much a crook as obama.
The Robot v. The Blowhard. What a sad circus! Ron Paul is the only true conservative running.
Why is everyone wishing for a candidate that doesn't exist? Anyone who holds the standards, morals, and ability to be the type of president we all are looking for is too smart to want the job! Instead of wishing for what isn't, lets focus on what is. We have 3 choices.
What is (and isn't working); Obama.
What was(and was already removed once); Gingrich.
What could be; Romney.
Obama is a dishonest nut job and the only reason people don't call him a flip floper is that he hasn't been around long enough to establish the reputation. What he has established is a history of associating with terrorists, anti-american preachers, and thugs. Argue with the facts if you want, but they don't lie.
Gingrich- How is this guy still around? He only insists on a clean campain because he has the most garbage to drag up.
Romney- Not my favorite guy. Wish he had some of Obamas fire. But look how deep people have to dig to find even the slightest dirt. They drag up some slightly know religion that everyone seems to have wildly differeing opinions on. I personally used to live next to an LDS (mormon) family that were some of the kindest, most sincere people i've know. I also met an LDS guy who would have sold his mother for the right price. My personal opinon is that people are people, regardless of the mantle they put on themselves. You can't judge a person according to his religion anymore that you can judge an entire religion by just a few people. Yeah, he has bounced back and forth on issues more that I want, but show me a politician who hasn't. He has a lot of money, but my biggest problem there is that i'm jealous. By everything I can find, he truely seems to be a family man, has strong moral values (whether or not you like his religion) has a stong background of taking broken situations and righting the ship.
As i'm sure you can see, I obviously see Romney as the lesser of three evils. How is this not obvious to everyone else?
I'd hate to think my sons or young grandson would use Romney as a "role model". I don't see anyone in this parade of clowns that would deserve the title of role model.
The dumbing down of America or should I say republicans.
It's a shame that Huntsman's campaign never gained any traction. He would have been a big hit with moderates and independents. Thanks closed primaries for forcing us to the extremes.
The truth is that one of these guys is going to win the Republican nomination but non will defeat President Obama in the general election