Poll: Newt Gingrich’s Lead Over Romney Is Gone

Source:Brian Montopoli / CBS News

Newt Gingrich has dropped into a tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new national poll. http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/12/19/rel20a.pdf

The CNN/ORC International Poll found both Gingrich and Romney with 28 percent support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. In the same poll last month, Gingrich led Romney 24 percent to 20 percent.

The poll also found that Ron Paul has risen from nine percent to 14 percent support. All the other candidates were in the single digits.

Gingrich, who had just eight percent support in an October CNN/ORC poll, has risen dramatically in recent weeks. But his momentum may have stalled. A new survey from Democratic polling company Public Policy Polling shows Gingrich with 14 percent support in Iowa, down from 22 percent in a PPP poll one week ago. (It should be noted that PPP conducts its surveys through automated telephone interviews.) Polls last week also suggested Gingrich was losing steam, and the Gallup tracking poll Monday found Gingrich’s lead over Romney nationally has narrowed from double digits to four points.

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