There’s a new frontrunner in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, at least in the critical swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows Gingrich with a double-digit lead in all three states. “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is no longer just the flavor of the month since his boomlet has now stretched from November into December and voting begins in Iowa in less than four weeks,” says pollster Peter Brown.
While Gingrich rose to political fame as a Georgia Congressman, he is a native of Harrisburg, PA. Here in the Keystone State, Gingrich leads a head-to-head matchup with Mitt Romney, 50 – 31 percent. In hypothetical General Election matchups, Romney trails President Obama by three points; Gingrich trails by eight points. “The fact that both Romney and Gingrich trail the president by three and eight points respectively at this point in the Keystone State could be a good sign for the Republicans given that Obama carried Pennsylvania by double-digits in 2008,” Brown explains.
Gingrich leads the pack in Pennsylvania with 31% of likely Republican voters’ support, according to today’s Quinnipiac Poll. In Florida, Gingrich leads with 35% support, and that number tops out at 36% in Ohio. Since 1960, no one has won the White House without carrying at least two of these three swing states.