Rasmussen Poll Shows Mitt Romney Surging Back to an 8 Point Lead in Florida over Newt Gingrich

Rasmussen is out with a new Florida Poll this morning that leaves little doubt as to a major swing in favor of Mitt Romney there. The new poll has Romney leading Newt Gingrich by 8 points 39%-31%, a major turnaround from the previous Rasmussen survey conducted in Florida on Sunday, just after Gingrich had won the South Carolina Primary. Gingrich had moved to a 9 point lead 41%-32% in that poll.

RASMUSSEN: Mitt Romney has jumped back ahead in the fevered Florida Republican Primary race with his support back to where it was before Newt Gingrich’s big win Saturday in South Carolina.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters, taken Wednesday night, shows Romney with 39% support to Gingrich’s 31%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum earns 12%, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with nine percent (9%). Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

Four days ago, just after the South Carolina Primary, Gingrich led Romney 41% to 32%. Less than two weeks earlier, coming off Romney’s decisive win in the New Hampshire Primary, it was Romney 41%, Gingrich 19% in Florida. Santorum’s and Paul’s support has remained largely the same throughout. . . .

The new Rasmussen Poll confirms what Insider Advantage also found yesterday, and that is a move up for Romney following his more aggressive debate performance on Monday. American Research Group also put out a poll yesterday showing Romney back to a 7 point lead in Florida.

We now have Romney up to a 3 point lead over Gingrich in Florida in our 3-Day Average of Polls.

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