Gingrich Surges In Des Moines Register Poll

One month ahead of the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses, one candidate has effectively ended his campaign and a new poll in the first-in-the-nation state provides more evidence that a new dynamic has emerged.

A new Iowa Poll by the Des Moines Register shows that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged into a clear lead in the state, the results coming on the same day that Georgia businessman Herman Cain suspended his run for the White House.

In the new survey, taken before Cain's announcement, Gingrich received 25 percent of support from likely caucus goers. His showing is a gain of 18 percentage points since the last Iowa Poll was released on Oct. 29. That poll showed Gingrich in fifth place, trailing Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Romney dropped 6 percentage points and into third place in the new survey, polling at just 16 percent

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas moved into second place in the Register's poll, with 18 percent, up from 12 percent.

Eleven percent of likely caucus goers say they are undecided. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota trails with 8 percent (the same she polled in the October poll), Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are tied at 6 percent, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman came in at 2 percent.

Although the poll was conducted before his announcement, Cain received just 8 percent in the new poll.

Gingrich has risen despite spending no money on television advertising in the state thus far and having just opened a campaign headquarters in the state this week.

This new Iowa Poll was made public just after a prominent Northwest Iowa newspaper, the Sioux City Journal, give its endorsement to Romney saying he has the "experience, skills and charisma to lead the country." The Register has yet to endorse a candidate.

Gingrich now commands a nine-point lead over Romney with 30 days to go before Iowans vote.

"Solutions matter and so does Iowa. Newt is going to keep campaigning hard and when it is time to caucus Iowa will be able to choose a President who is offering leadership now," Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told NBC News shortly after the poll was released.

Such volatility in Iowa is not abnormal. Four years ago at this time, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee jumped ahead of Romney in the Des Moines Register poll. Huckabee moved ahead of Romney by 5 percentage points and went on to win the caucuses a month later.

New NBC News/Marist polls from Iowa and New Hampshire will be released Sunday at 9 a.m. EST, as well.

An analysis from the Des Moines Register notes that the race in Iowa is still far from settled, as 60 percent said they could still change their minds. Forty-three percent of likely caucus goers picked Gingrich as first or second, according to the paper.

There are three upcoming debates in Iowa: Dec. 10, Dec. 15 and Dec. 27.


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  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:51 AM
    Has anyone heard from the Koch brothers lately? LOL. Guess they went into hiding since they figured out they couldn't buy their way into the White House.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to Lavon
      Has anyone heard if Warren Buffet, big Obama contributor, has paid his back taxes since 2002? I guess he is trying remove his head out of his Lavon for saying he would pay more in taxes....
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        by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        You didn't answer his question, instead you asked another question. There as a name for people who do this, and its not a pretty.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    If Ronald Reagen was alive today he would be so ashamed of the Republican Party and what they have become. He would be so embarrassed. Now you have Trump trying to host a debate. How pathetic is that. What in Gods name has these people turned into
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      by Wolfgang on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:24 PM in reply to Lavon
      Lavon JFK , RFK & Slick Willie would be so ashamed. The White House has not been used as a brothel in years?
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Lavon...come on man, I told you Obama is not going to win regardless of your rants. Your vote doesn't count in the primaries and it won't matter in the 2012 election. He blew it. We tried to tell you but you didn't care about what he was about, just what his color was. Its not acceptable on your part. I told you to read his book, you didn't and when the news on Fox exposed Wright, Ayers, Jones and the communists in the party, you hid in a corner with you eyes closed, hands over years and yelling like a girl with a spider on her leg. Not a good visual...really.
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      by Lavon on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Yea ok. What did I tell you in 2008? Your still being hardheaded I see. One of these days your going to learn to listen to me son.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to Lavon
        And the same polls the said he would win, Rasmussen, say he is threw, you deny....Why would I listen to a daddy that was wrong on the economy, the debt and a man that has told more lies than Clinton? Sorry dad, moving out of the house. I cannot tell my friends you voted for him any longer...they just dissappear when I do. They think you use drugs...I just tell them, no, he only uses koolaid!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” ~Newt Gingrich, arguing that it’s okay for politicians to be bought and paid for.
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      by To anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:24 PM in reply to
      He ought to know! Mitt changes for votes, Newt changes for money.
  • by And he is the front runner?? on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    The Environmental Protection Agency is one of our nation’s most important organizations — it’s responsible for protecting our water and air from pollution. The EPA is the reason our rivers and lakes aren’t contaminated, and our cities aren’t choked with smog. The agency does a job no company could effectively do — protect the natural commons — due to the fundamental nature of the market economy. And the EPA does an admirable job of protecting the environment in the omnipresent face of Big Corporate Interests, that would sacrifice American Citizens Health over Profits— but evidently, it’s not a good enough for Newt. Newt Gingrich, onetime Speaker of the House and probable presidential candidate, has just called for the entire EPA to be abolished.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to And he is the front runner??
      if the EPA spends 100 billion a year... please tell me why if can't be done for 10 billion a year. The job they do is not the problem, it's what it costs. They also do stand in the way of many projects and cause un-needed delays for stupid stuff
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM in reply to
        Newt wants do "ELIMINATE" the EPA, he said nothing about controlling the cost of it. Bad for the average American, but great news for Big Business and Corporations.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:32 PM in reply to
          Great news for unemployed if corps move back to this country. Bad news for tree huggers, clam cuddlers and tadpoles...
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:45 PM in reply to
          Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:48 PM post those fatalities or a link to prove the point. The point you guys miss is that most of what they do, are aready covered by another state or federal agency. Kind of overkill. And if someone were to get injured, the attorneys are there to take up the dough. I want you to show us how our air is cleaner after trillions spent. It should be so hard. I can guide you to cities in NC and other places, just google "Companies shut down due to EPA" and read away to the 7,480,000. Posts. BEEEEEEPPPP, you lose!
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        by To anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:29 PM in reply to
        I don't disagree that it couldn't, but it WOULDN'T. Privately, it could be done, but there isn't enough profit in it! The government may waste money due to red tape, but private industry will not do it at ALL!! If they had, we wouldn't have needed the EPA in the first place! Just as Newt forgets that child labor laws are to PROTECT our children because the "free market" let them down mine shafts, let them burn up in factories, and lose limbs in machinery.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM in reply to To anonymous
          I bet osoc will be proud of the fatalities involved.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    Ron Paul? Im still trying to figure out why your still talking about him for. The bottom line is this. Paul has NO! CHANCE! at ever being President. EVER!!. I mean really, it's as if you Republicans are living on a different planet or something. And to actually think Newt can beat Obama is just down right dumb. Thinking Newt can beat Obama is just as dumb when you thought MCcain and Palin could beat him. Whats with you people? I mean really
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      by Really on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:29 PM in reply to Lavon
      So being tied for first in Iowa, and second in NH gives him no chance right?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Just what we need...another old white guy with the same ideas that have failed since the Regan administration running the country.
  • by Milo Location: Nowhereville on Dec 5, 2011 at 02:58 AM
    Who would have guessed Gingrich would be the front runner? Not me. Not my first choice but starting to become enthused with the idea of a Gingrich Administration. He is the smartest candidate by far on both sides, right up there with Bill Clinton. Obama beware, a storm is coming.
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      by Lavon on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:44 AM in reply to Milo
      Sorry to dissapoint you but that won't ever happen. Americans don't vote career politicians into the white house
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to Lavon
        Does Bill Clinton ring a bell Lavon ??
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:59 AM in reply to Milo
      To many skeletons.....not going to happen. And to think, he was at the bottom of the barrel less than 6 months ago. Geez, A storm is coming alright, and Newt is going to be left out in the rain.
  • by troy on Dec 4, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    Honestly not trying to be funny,but not one man can even come close to a perfect voting record as the Dr Paul. Not on this earth anyway! God be with you Mr.Paul protect you and watch over the last chance our great nation has left.If you fail,we loose America to the corrupt few at the top!I always get what I pray for so in Jesus name I do pray!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:50 AM in reply to troy
      Troy, I agree with you but Paul is just a little "too far out there" for the majority of America. I agree with a lot of his points, but I could never vote for him in a primary. Is he better than obama ? Sure, Donald Duck is smarter than obama. But if the majority of Americans decide that Paul is the one... he'll get my vote against obama. obama MUST BE STOPPED before he totally destroys our nation.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 02:46 AM in reply to
        Smarter than Obama? Good luck with that one.
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          by Yup on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:08 AM in reply to
          Much smarter than Obama could ever hope to be, yes Anonymous. He will tear Obama apart in the debates because Obama has NO CLUE what he is talking about and Newt even offered him a teleprompter!!
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          by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to
          Yeah the guy who believes we should allow child slave labor knows exactly what he's talking about...
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to
        Smarter than Obama? You mean the president who ratings tanked lower than Jimmy Carters numbers for the same given time? I would say he is not the brightest bulb in the Christmas Tree. All 57 states, Asia and England agree...
  • by troy on Dec 4, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    Gingrich,Gingrich,Gingrich........?Fall for the same old same old! You may not always like the truth but it is what it is...The truth !! One and may I repeat ONE and only one has been willing to tell you truth! No matter we like it or not still it is truth.Don"t truth still create the foundation of anything to come after? Ron Paul is the truth. I challenge anyone here to pull his voting record and point out even one discrepancy in it. just one please show me! Pull Newts and I promise you I will try my best not to laugh! Paul's record over 15 years can be touched by just one man. Christ himself and yes I said it!!!!
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      by To troy on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:32 PM in reply to troy
      Just because there is no discrepancy doesn't make Paul right! He could be consistently wrong! You are correct, he is a straight libertarian-that's fine, if you are also a libertarian-but for those of us who are not-it is NOT a good thing! I don't want anarchy!
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