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Poll: Romney Back in Control in Florida

Poll: Romney Back in Control in Florida

By Kyle Adams - January 26, 2012


Mitt Romney now leads Newt Gingrich by eight points in the volatile GOP presidential race in Florida, according to a new poll from Insider Advantage.

In another Insider Advantage poll released Monday, Gingrich, riding a wave of momentum after his resounding victory in the South Carolina primary, led Romney by eight points, 34 percent to 26 percent. Now, however, after several days in which Romney has hammered Gingrich over his consulting work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, the former Massachusetts governor leads the former House speaker, 40 percent to 32 percent.

In addition to slamming Gingrich on Freddie Mac, Romney has sought to raise questions about Gingrich's tenure as speaker of the House. He has called on Gingrich to release "all of the records" from the House ethics investigation of him in the 1990s. Gingrich has attempted to brush off Romney's attacks, calling him a "desperate" candidate.

Though the super PAC supporting Gingrich, Winning Our Future, recently received a $5 million contribution from Miriam Adelson, the wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, and announced a $6 million ad buy in the Sunshine State, Romney's campaign and the super PAC supporting it, Restore Our Future, still hold a big money and advertising advantage. 

Romney began ratcheting up the pressure on Gingrich during Monday's debate in Tampa Bay. The candidates face off again on Thursday night in Jacksonville.

Insider Advantage surveyed 530 likely Florida Republican voters on Wednesday. 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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