Gingrich finds hope in polls that show he’s trailing Romneyby Jane Musgrave | January 30th, 2012
JACKSONVILLE – Lauding two polls that he said show him closing the gap with rival Mitt Romney, GOP president hopeful Newt Gingrich began his last day of campaigning before Florida’s winner-take-all primary with the son of a Republican icon by his side.
After introducing the late President Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael, to about 100 supporters in a hotel conference room, Gingrich talked polls. He pointed out that a new Insider Advantage poll shows him 5 points behind the former Massachusetts governor. The poll, with a margin of error of 3.8 percent, shows Romney with 36 percent support of likely Republican voters and Gingrich with 31 percent.
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul both had 12 percent support among voters. Another 9 percent of GOP voters were undecided.
Public Policy Polling found Romney leading with 40 percent and Gingrich with 32 percent. Santorum had 15 percent and Paul 9 percent.
“We have closed the gap a lot according to Insider Advantage,” Gingrich said. “We have a chance now, in the next 24 hours to finish the job.”
He was referring to a weekend poll that showed him down by 11 points. However, Public Policy Polling said all polls are showing the same trend: strong movement away from Gingrich and toward Romney.
While clearly not writing off Florida, Gingrich said regardless of what happens in the Sunshine State on Tuesday, he’s not conceding the nomination to Romney, who he has branded a liberal.
“The last three national polls I was ahead of Romney. Why would people wonder what I’m going to do?” he asked. “The idea that the conservative movement is going to roll over and give up, it’s not going to happen.”