Newt Gingrich is still leading Mitt Romney in the GOP contest for the White House, a new Gallup Poll
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, Gingrich is 3 percentage points over Romney at 26 percent, compared with 23 percent for Romney.
That lead has narrowed sharply from the 15-point lead the former speaker had in early December.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul trails the two with 12 percent of the vote. Texas Gov. Rick Perry had 8 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman polled last with 1 percent.
Gingrich had topped Romney in November and managed to maintain his lead, unlike several other candidates, including Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain who rose and fell within weeks.
Paul has gained traction over the past few weeks with some of his policies favored by pockets of conservatives in Iowa, the Gallup survey found.
Gingrich remains the favorite to take the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3, although Romney appears to eclipse him in New Hampshire, a new poll by the Boston Globe shows.
Romney has the support of 39 percent of New Hampshire's likely Republican voters, 3 percentage points lower than last month. But in the contest for second place, Gingrich and Paul are tied with 17 percent each, ahead of Jon Huntsman, who has the support of 11 percent of likely Republican voters.
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