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Can Newt Gingrich Beat Obama?

Tuesday, 06 Dec 2011 03:00 PM

By Martin Gould

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has surged ahead of the Republican pack of presidential contenders, but the big question remains: “Can Newt Gingrich beat Obama next November?”

Newt Gingrich is confident, already looking forward to presidential debates, getting in a little dig against the Commander-in-Chief.

“If he wants to use a teleprompter, that would be fine with me,” Gingrich said.

A slew of polls are now saying the same thing – the GOP nomination is Gingrich’s to lose.

His nearest rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney simply cannot excite the party’s base and, unless there is another huge upheaval once the primary season gets started, no other candidate comes close now that pizza mogul Herman Cain is out of the race.

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So Republicans now have to look forward to next November when the name Gingrich will likely be alongside Obama’s on presidential ballots.

And there is a good chance that Newt Gingrich can beat Obama, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Dec. 8.

The poll – or actually three separate polls taken in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida –shows Gingrich has a good chance of beating President Obama.

He actually beats Obama by a single digit – 43 percent to 42 – in Ohio. In Florida he is just two points behind although the gap widens to eight points in Pennsylvania.

Even the Keystone State result is not as bad for Newt Gingrich as it might sound, says Peter Brown, the assistant director of the university’s polling institute as Obama carried Pennsylvania by double digits in 2008.

A Gallup poll showed that Obama has the lowest ratings for any president at this point in his first term, giving Gingrich even more hope that he can beat Obama and win the White House.

“Barack Obama is in the area where presidents who lose elections tend to be,” USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page pointed out in an online discussion with Gallup Editor-n-Chief Frank Newport.

She said Obama now has to get his ratings up “or make sure the Republican opponent’s approval rating is even lower.”

It may just be that Gingrich can beat Obama in 2012.

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