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Gingrich Up 10 in Iowa; Perry Moves Into Third

Gingrich Up 10 in Iowa; Perry Moves Into Third

By Kyle Adams - December 13, 2011


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to hold a strong lead in Iowa, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has moved into third place ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Gingrich leads the field with 27 percent support while Texas Rep. Ron Paul comes in second with 17 percent (up from 13 percent in an Insider Advantage poll released in late November). Perry has 13 percent, up from 7 percent in the November poll, and Romney has 12 percent.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has 10 percent, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum garners 7 percent support, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman rounds out the field with 4 percent.

The poll comes on the heels of Saturday night's debate in Des Moines, where Gingrich fended off numerous attacks from his rivals, and Romney came under fire for offering Perry a $10,000 bet.

Perry, who rocketed to the top of the field after his entrance in August but plummeted in the polls in the wake of several poor debate performances, has seen his numbers rise in Iowa as he blankets the state's airwaves with ads highlighting his faith and his anti-Washington credentials.

Romney, after initially holding back in Iowa, has increased his presence in the Hawkeye State in recent weeks. His campaign is airing ads in the state, and a super PAC supporting him recently launched a massive $3.1 million ad buy.

Insider Advantage surveyed 517 likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Kyle Adams can be reached at kadams@realclearpolitics.com.

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