Poll: Gingrich ahead in Oklahoma
February 8th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Poll: Gingrich ahead in Oklahoma

(CNN) – A new poll released Wednesday shows Newt Gingrich topping the Republican presidential field in Oklahoma, less than a month before the state's Super Tuesday primary on March 6.

Thirty-four percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would back the former House speaker, while 31% said they would vote for Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, according to the American Research Group survey.

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Rick Santorum, who pulled an upset Tuesday night with his three-state victory, came in with 16% and Texas Rep. Ron Paul took fourth place with 10%.

The survey
was conducted Monday and Tuesday, entirely before Tuesday night's results revealed Santorum's big victories in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.

The former Pennsylvania senator is campaigning in North Texas on Wednesday with plans to stop in Oklahoma on Thursday. The Sooner State has 43 total Republican delegates.

As for tea party support, Gingrich took a wide lead over his opponents. The poll shows Gingrich with a 46%-26% advantage over Romney among those who support the conservative grassroots movement, while Santorum followed behind with 15% and Paul at 7%.

The former House speaker, who won the South Carolina primary and came in second place in Florida last month, has indicated he plans to aggressively focus on the Southern states.

The American Research Group surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters in Oklahoma by telephone February 6-7, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Also see:

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Gingrich touts nationwide campaign

Paul, on quests for delegates, looks past Tuesday contests

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Oklahoma • Polls
soundoff (24 Responses)

    Newt, you gotta bring the fight to Willard now. He's picking on you like you have a "kick me" sign taped to your back. Break out your confederate flag and put that Massachusetts moderate back in his place. Fight back Newt!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 8, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Satberry

    Everyone hate's Willard .Most republicans will be staying home if Willard is nominated.He is unelectable and a pathological flip flopping lier.

    February 8, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Newt won almost every county in SC

    Santorum won all the counties in Missouri and almost every county in Minnesota

    Romney has to quit the race super Tuesday for Newt

    February 8, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Noodle Nose Johnson

    What this and Santorum's "surge from behind" shows me is that the flyover states are truly worth flying over.

    February 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    As for Tea Party support, they simply want a beast that can go forth and shout down the President.

    February 8, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - As for Tea Party support, they simply want a beast that can go forth and shout down the President
    But I thought the Tea Party didn't exist anymore Rudy??? They all just wandered away never to be heard from again???

    Starting to hear the footsteps are you???!!

    February 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Max.


    Romney is a HUGE PROBLEM for the republican party nomination. He is a serial flip-flopper and he's NOT a conservative. I think he would do better running as an independent with Donald Trump's support.

    February 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Max.

    It's time

    Romney is getting very negative vibes from the conservative party. The clear message is that he does not share conservative values nor reflect republicans ideals

    It's time for Romney to quit. I mean he's been running for the nomination over five years now and is still not attractive as a conservative presidential candidate? He is just not the one to represent the party...It's just time for Romney to QUIT! The sooner, the better for the rest of us

    February 8, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    As for Tea Party support, they simply want a beast that can go forth and shout down the President.
    Hey Rudy – Newt would be able to make Obama look the fool without even raising his voice. Next....

    February 8, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. anagram_kid

    I think it might be a good idea for all four to run as ‘independents’.
    Romney – The Only Rich People Matter Party
    Gingrich – The My Ego Must Be Fed 24/7 Party
    Santorum – Only White Straight Christian Repressed Men Matter Party
    Paul – The US Peaked in 1776, So Let’s Go Back To Then Party

    Or better yet – Obama 2012

    February 8, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Gingrich , Romney and Santorum ,

    All of them , OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY .

    February 8, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    It is so refreshing to see those on the right displaying the fact that they're bankrupt when it comes to solutions and ideas on jobs creation and fixing the economy. The only ideas that they have presented have been exactly the same ideas that they have tried in Europle, especially Greece.

    The draconian austerity measures that they enacted in Greece just simply further aggravated their debt crisis because of reduced federal revenue. They were warned, but they did it anyway. The fools took money out of the economy, lots of it.

    February 8, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Ol' Lefty

    I think the GOP Primary Campaign must have been disigned by David Axelrod. These guys seem to be doing everything possible to re-elect the President. OK by me, but sure is weird.

    February 8, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    And don't forget...

    Obama - The Bankrupt America Socialist Party

    February 8, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Newt is a fake bully with the brain of a gerbil in heat who couldn't escape from a wet paper bag.
    With Satanorum – the sincerely confused religious finatic – "coming from behind", it's just too precious.
    And to top it off when Romoney speaks honestly he sinks to new lows with 99% of the population.
    As the tea-bags and Repubs continue to prove they only understand and admire failure & fear with more destructive policies to match – our President couldn't ask for more pitiful opponents.

    February 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Good summary, anagram_kid!

    February 8, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. works for me

    This figures... Oklahoma, like Newt, wants to take America back . Too bad the intelligent ones want to take it forward...
    OBAMA 2012

    February 8, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    No, truth, its our laughter at the Tea Party and the rest of the reality-challenged crowd you hang with.

    February 8, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. mark

    Republicans, like Newt, can continue to blame Obama for our country's economic woes. They seem to forget that our economic collapse was brought to you by George W. Bush all the while republicans like Newt were giving him everything he wanted. They will be quick to blame but do not feel any responsibility. In fact, they want to put this counrty on that same track. It failed before and it will fail again.

    February 8, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    And last but not least:

    GOP- The Moral, Intellectual and Fiscally Impotent Party
    Party Motto- We Screwed Up Before, Let Us Do It Again!

    February 8, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Sing children . . . . . . . . Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain . . . . . . . . as the biggest hot air windbag lying cheat ever!

    February 8, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Tom in the Great NW

    Newt is hanging, Rick is gaining, Ron is doing the limbo rock, Mitt is regrouping a stung group, and Rove is geting ready to square off against CLINT EASTWOOD.
    McCain lost 19 states in the primaries/caucuses of 2008 – HE ALSO LOST THE ELECTION !!
    About President Obama; WHO WILL THEY SEND AGAINST HIM NOW !

    February 8, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    I guess with "Sanitarium's" 3 state Tri-fecta win – it sounds like he's just the flavor of the month. I guess everyone has to have their turn. When June rolls around, we will find out who will be the nominee, since the repubs want to drag this thing out that far. Hillary & Obama drug it out til June of "08" – maybe the repubs want to do the same thing.

    February 8, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Larry in Houston

    @Satberry – you surely must be living in a dreamland. You think all the republicans are going to sit at home ? and Not Vote ? for the Republican Nominee ? surely you Jest. or else you've been drinking the Republican Kool – Aid much too long.

    February 8, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |