(CNN) – A new national poll released Monday shows Newt Gingrich surging to a statistical tie with rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The former House speaker now has the backing of 28% of registered Republicans to Romney's 29% nationwide, according to the latest results from Gallup's daily tracking poll.
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Voters were surveyed Wednesday through Saturday, mostly before and partially after Gingrich's South Carolina primary victory.
The poll was also done during a week with two strong debate performances for the former House speaker, with voters questioned partly before but mostly after the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate on Thursday night - just two days before the primary.
Gingrich's new poll numbers mark a big boost from his standing a week ago, shortly after the New Hampshire primary when 14% of those surveyed said they would back the candidate, while 37% preferred Romney.
The results come as both candidates storm through Florida ahead of the Sunshine State's critical primary on January 31.
Team Romney has already sharpened its offense against Gingrich, as the former Massachusetts governor has been hitting the former speaker as an un-electable, "highly erratic" Washington insider. On Monday, Romney warned voters Gingrich could result in an "October surprise" should he make it to the general election as the party's nominee.
Gingrich, meanwhile, continues to paint Romney as a "Massachusetts moderate" who couldn't go toe-to-toe with Obama and argued Romney's latest attacks are an act of desperation.
"If you've been campaigning for six years and you see it slip away, you get desperate," Gingrich said Monday at a campaign even in Tampa, Florida.
The same Gallup poll shows less drastic changes for the other two candidates in the race. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum had the support of 11%, down from 14% last week. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who plans to largely skip campaigning in Florida, came in with 13% support, up one point from last week.
Gallup surveyed 1,221 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone Jan. 18-22, with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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People Please! Do you homework on Newt and DO NOT let this man in to the White House. You think things are bad now. If Newt gets in to power I guarantee you we will be at war with Iran and probably be sending troops back to Iraq. We will never get out of Afghanistan and there will be bread lines in the US because he will do everything he can to completely erase the middle class from the country. Please, please do you homework. This man is evil, mean and greedy. We do not need him anywhere in Washington, much less have the power that comes with the White House.
$40 million spent so far, and Mittens is clinging to 29% of the vote. It is good that the Kochs and Rove are going to bank roll him, as he is not much of a business man.
Wait til that Vegas mogul (Adelson) buys more power and influence by giving Gingrich another $5 MILLION or maybe $10 MILLION.
I am surprised that the Mittens' is only getting support from those making over $150,000. His bumper stickers should include, "15% for the 1%", "Housing, its not for everyone", "Let them fail," "Corporations are caring people," and "Everyone envies me,"
Obama is getting concerned and want democrats to vote for Romney. Obama does not want to heve to debate Gingrich.
Gonna get the same old same old if you pick anyone but Paul. Lobbyists are the biggest threats!
i love the fact that newt is doing good in this race because mitt been runing for president for about six years and will said anything to get elected.he has change position on just about everything.now having said,i would rather see mitt as president over newt because mitt is a moderate and newt will spread hate but if newt get nomination he loose BIG TO THE PRESIDENT,SO FOR ME IT WIN WIN FOR THE PRESIDENT.
Calgary Mike – You may be right. It is hard to have a response when Newt calls you a 'Mother Teresa Type Radical,' an 'Ice Cream Socialist,' a "Baseball, Apple Pie, Hot Dogs, and Chevrolet Union Thug,' and of course, "Obama Never Had It As Difficult As Mitt and I.'
Hey Ollie, IS NEWT-MITT PRESIDENT YET ?
No Stan......and THEY ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT PEOPLE; ONE IS A NEWT and the other IS A MITT.
What's the difference, Ollie ?
One WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE US......and the other WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF US.
Obama will wipe the floor with Gingrich in any debate.
Dems are laughing and waiting for Gingrich to be nominated.
It will be like when the Republicans nominated Goldwater.
Gingrich will lose 45–48 States in a general election against Obama.
Obama will win in a landslide against Gingrich
Gingrich is all hot air.
Gingrich has more excess baggage than the claim check area at the airport.
Republicans' only hope in the general election is Romney.
Otherwise, go back to the drawing board until 2016.
But what ALL these voters have is a HUNGER to get Obama OUT of the Whitehouse and the Democrats OUT of Congress. The American people have seen what Obama is and represents. Obama is a closet socialist and the Democrat Party has been taken over by left wing radicals. Now in Obama's State of the Union address Obama wants to remake our economy??? ""level the playing field"??? This from a clown that never ran a Lemonade stand!
American, WAKE UP!! Obama and the Democrats are a clear and present danger to this country and its economy.
Calgary Mike - Obama and we Democrats are not concerned about anyone the Greed Over People party has to offer. None of those left on the Clown Car Republican Island of Political Half-wits have a chance against Obama.
My Daddy used to say, "Son, the republicans will always bet against America, that's how money is made."
All Democrats including President Obama are celebrating. Newt or Romney doesn't matter because President Obama will win re-election no problem. With the exception of Ron Paul, the GOP/Tea Party choices for leaders are prime examples of the blind leading the blind. President Obama is happily married, has four years experience as Commander in Chief, he exterminated OBL without starting a war and without any casualties, and he is CHAMPION of the middle class. Enough said. He has my vote and he has raised a billion dollars mostly from small donations from everday voters just like myself instead of from billionaires he calls his friends. He has enough voters supporting him like it or not! Boop Boop De Doop!
I remember foreign owned media telling us in 2000, that it did not matter which candidate won, Gore or Bush. Too bad we couldn't have had a do over.
A vote for Newt is a vote for Obama. Go Newt!
Fall in line Hicks, the deal is seal and get ready to put your Mormon hats on.
It is a sorry stae that the repo party is in . One rich totally out of touch contender and one full of himself buffoon. Gee if newt wins do we call his wife the first mistress or the home wrecker? The high minded repos with all their family values have really gone into the toilet this time around. No ideas just nasty commentsa about each other and the president. Boner has already trashed the state of the union speack without having heard it. So much for the repos working to help America. Vote Obama 2012
Gingrich. is a wife cheater, takes kickbacks from lobbyist and yet the dorks from South Carolina vote for the dirt?? boy! oh. boy! Gingrich is not the right guy for 2012
watched the last debate. guys on stage looked more like a police line up than the future POTUS. thought to myself, first to the top of the loser pole wins i guess. can hardly wait 'til 2016. went to bed and had a nightmare one of these guys actually won the election.
obama vs all four...he will beat em all!
Folks, listen, Entire GOP idiots are Evil, Greedy, Corporate looters, they will never care for Middle Class Americans, They ship jobs overseas, they ban your social security, Medicare, Health care law, etc, Today nation is on right track. They send you to Iran, you, your sons, your daughters. Not their sons....Obama2012.
Does anyone remember that amusing avatar name Rep. Bachmann came up with one debate when she was trying to equivocate Gringrich and Romney as being one and the same? She kept referring in the 3rd person to a "Newt Romney."
One thing that I DO like about Newt is that he WILL call Obama and his policies socialist. He does not mince words when it comes to Obama. Romney might take a few lessons from Newt's approach. It could help him tremendously.
Voting for either one of them is like putting on the same underwear you wore yesterday as they both want a return of the Bush policies which were proven FAILURES. President Obama is bringing us out of this nightmare and I am not going to place these goons back in charge to finish destroying this country.