Poll: Gingrich Closes Gap on Romney
New poll shows Gingrich just behind Romney
A new poll shows former House speaker Newt Gingrich creeping closer to frontrunner Mitt Romney in the race for South Carolina.
The InsiderAdvantage poll surveyed 726 likely GOP primary voters on Wednesday, the day after Romney won the New Hampshire primary.
Here are the complete results:
- Mitt Romney: 23 percent
- Newt Gingrich: 21 percent
- Rick Santorum: 14 percent
- Ron Paul: 13 percent
- Jon Huntsman: 7 percent
- Rick Perry: 5 percent
Romney's two-point lead was smaller than his lead in polls released last week. Those polls also showed Gingrich and Santorum in a virtual dead-heat, while the latest poll shows Gingrich with a more secure hold on second place.
Even with the latest poll, Romney maintains a nine-point lead over Gingrich according to the RealClearPolitics average of all recent South Carolina polls.
Polls have been a rollercoaster throughout the campaign, but as the date of the primary nears, they tend to become more accurate.