A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports shows Gingrich has support from 38 percent of likely Republican primary voters while Mitt Romney gets only 17 percent. Not only is that a huge lead for anyone to have over Romney, the favorite for the nomination, Rasmussen says its the "largest national lead held by any candidate so far in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination." The rest of the field remains in the single digits. The Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve has written about the tendency of Rasmussen polls to over-emphasize the lead of conservative candidates, and with Gingrich considered by some to be a conservative alternative to Romney, it seems like these results could fit with that pattern. Still, it's another sign that Gingrich's "Newtmentum" remains more than alive and well.
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