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Did Newt Gingrich peak too early? CNN poll shows him fading

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(Read caption) In this Dec. 18 photo provided by CBS News, Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appears on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington. Gingrich continued to level harsh attacks on the judicial branch Sunday, saying as president he would consider dispatching U.S. marshals to force judges to appear before Congress to explain controversial decisions.

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The bad news keeps piling up for Newt Gingrich.

A new CNN national poll released Monday shows the former House speaker now tied for the lead with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, each with 28 percent in a survey of likely Republican primary voters. Ron Paul is in third with 14 percent, a 5 point rise since CNN's last poll a month ago.

Mr. Gingrich's lead in the polls – which was in the double digits for most of this month – has been steadily eroding, according to Real Clear Politics poll tracking, but the CNN survey is the first major national poll in over a month to show Gingrich not in the lead at all.

The poll comes on the heels of a Public Policy Polling survey showing Gingrich now significantly down in Iowa, well behind both Ron Paul (the leader) and Mr. Romney.

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