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Newt Gingrich stomps Mitt Romney in Florida poll

Newt Gingrich is ahead of Mitt Romney by a wide margin in Florida, a key GOP primary state. Will the surge last?

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Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speaking in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 1.

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Newt Gingrich is blowing up in the polls – everywhere. But his lead is huge in Florida, a key early primary state. He's benefiting from Herman Cain's collapse in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and the claim of a 13-year affair with single-mother Ginger White. 

Consider Conservaposts’s take by Daniel Bruski on the latest numbers, which shows the former Speaker with a 24-point lead over Mitt Rommey.

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Here’s the shattering results from the Florida Times-Union poll:

NEWT GINGRICH - 41%

MITT ROMNEY - 17%

HERMAN CAIN - 13%

RICK PERRY - 7%

RON PAUL - 4%

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MICHELE BACHMANN - 3%

RICK SANTORUM - 1%

"With how things are going at this point in time, I believe that Newt Gingrich will garner Iowa, come close to or win New Hampshire, and win both South Carolina and Florida with numbers off the charts. In my nonprofessional opinion, Speaker Gingrich is the only candidate that can mount a successful bid against both Mitt Romney for the Republican Nomination and Barack Obama for the American Presidency; he harbors the experience necessary to do this right."

- Daniel Bruski

Of course, Florida - like South Carolina and Iowa - appears susceptible to the GOP’s “flavor of the moment” race to this point: Rick Perry and Herman Cain also had massive bumps in their poll numbers in all three states only to fall back to Earth as their campaigns faltered. The only constant has been New Hampshire, where Mitt Romney has maintained a sizable advantage.

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