Newt Gingrich continues to be the preferred presidential candidate among Republican registered voters nationally, according to Gallup Daily tracking
from Jan. 22-26.
The level of support — 32 percent of Republican voters say Gingrich is the candidate they are most likely to support — is the highest since primary voting began in January. The 24 percent who say they're supporting Mitt Romney represent his lowest number.
Ron Paul and Rick Santorum each have just under 15 percent support, the Gallup tracking poll shows.
Gingrich's eight-percentage-point lead over Romney is his best since mid-December, Gallup says. He moved ahead of Romney in Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 19-23, and has expanded the lead slightly, Gallup says, "indicating that Romney's sharpened rhetoric, combined with various attacks on Gingrich by such major Republican Party figures as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Bob Dole, hasn't been particularly harmful."
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