Mitt Romney has moved ahead of Newt Gingrich in national Republican registered voters’ preferences for the 2012 GOP nomination, 31% to 26%, according to Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 27-31. This includes one night of interviewing that may partly reflect Republicans’ reactions to Romney’s victory in the Jan. 31 Florida Republican primary.
Newt Gingrich will have to survive the month of February with small gains – perhaps with a win in Arizona. The proportional contests will not lead to a “real”or insurrmountable delegate lead for Mitt Romney.
As long as Newt’s money holds out, he can wait until later Southern GOP primary elections and hope that Rick Santorum drops out, so he can consolidate the anti-Romney more conservative vote.