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Gingrich is leading with pretty much every key segment of the Republican electorate. He's up 41-21 on Romney and Santorum with Evangelicals, he has a 52-18 advantage on Romney with Tea Partiers, he leads Santorum 44-21 with 'very conservative' voters with Romney at 20%, and he's up 39-26 with men.
In the final week of the campaign Gingrich rose from 24% to 37% in PPP's polling while Romney basically stayed in place, going from 29% to 28%. Romney saw a 15 point decline in his net favorability in the closing stretch from +24 (57/33) to just +9 (51/42). Gingrich saw a modest increase in his numbers over the final week from +14 (51/37) to +17 (54/37).
Mark Blumenthal's piece today for Huffington Post about 'expecting the unexpected' tomorrow is well worth a read. Gingrich will probably win tomorrow- but there's a higher than normal chance for a surprise given everything that's gone down in the last 48 hours. Full results here
Other interesting developments that are of note come in the area of endorsements. Michael Reagan, the adopted son and talk radio host of Ronald Reagan, came out with an unqualified endorsement of Newt.
Michael Reagan said in a statement released Friday afternoon that Gingrich “exemplifies the conservative principles my father championed.”
Reagan urged “fellow Republicans and conservatives” to vote for Gingrich, citing the contrast between Gingrich’s Reagan conservatism and President Obama’s “European style” socialism.
“We cannot afford a candidate backed by the same Washington insiders who repeatedly tried to undermine my father and the Reagan revolution,” he added.
This is pretty serious ... much more serious than Tea Party standout, former Alaska Governor, and past Vice-Presidential pick, Sarah Palin's "If I were a person voting in South Carolina ..." endorsement of Newt.
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