Gingrich claims top spot in new GOP poll

A national poll released Tuesday shows surging former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now at the front of the pack, with Mitt Romney running second.

Mr. Gingrich received 26 percent, while Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, received 22 percent, according to the new Quinnipiac University poll of more than 2,500 registered voters. The survey also found that businessman Herman Cain’s support has fallen off significantly since earlier this month, dropping from 30 percent to 14 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry were tied in a distant fourth place with 6 percent.

“When it comes to the Republican horse race, the scenario hasn’t changed much over the past few months — just the players,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Speaker Newt Gingrich is the latest GOP contender to rise to the top, powered by conservatives who remain skeptical about Gov. Mitt Romney.”

Washington Times