Could Gingrich Go For It?
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich again stoked speculation of a presidential run yesterday, but he would face long odds in his party's nomination battle, according to the new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Just five percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the new poll would vote for him in the race to be the GOP nominee. He has been in the single digits ever since speculation of Fred Thompson's candidacy started in the spring. Previously, Gingrich had been as high as 15 percent in a February Post-ABC poll.
In many ways, Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee, aims to appeal to the same conservative, southern base Gingrich would hope to parlay to the nomination. Thompson's formal entry into the race last week and his competitive poll standing likely complicates Gingrich's path.
In the new poll, Gingrich fails to reach double-digits in any key GOP group. Five percent of conservatives back his candidacy; 8 percent of white evangelical Protestants and 8 percent of southerners would vote for him if their state's primary or caucus were held today.
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