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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.

--Jon Cohen

By Washington Post editors  |  September 12, 2007; 3:30 PM ET
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Well Newt is the only one able to "to elucidate a grand, eloquent and appealing plan for America". No else has even come close. Just "listen" to the man speak. Extremely intelligent, very well spoken, and a true understanding and respect for the ideals that made us great. Yes, he has sinned, so what! Find someone who hasn't. The fact is he has lived; he's been there in the throws of power. His record exceeds all the others by far. Going back in he would have everything it takes to be a great President.

Posted by: simsaid11 | September 12, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich possesses an unique ability to elucidate a grand, eloquent and appealing plan for America. But alack and alas his internal moral code does not match his grandiloquent gift. When he was a newly minted and elected celebrity instead of staying and soberly minding the store and guiding his words into action he instead chose to join that little boy's club for a pee in the woods (Bohemian Grove) and that showed me that he was just another shallow man beguiled by the perks and fun of celebrity. His chase of women not his wife is all part and parcel of the same shallow moral code. Not for me, Newt.

Posted by: ardysrp | September 12, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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