Poll: Gingrich in the lead among Republicans, but Romney tied with Obama nationally

Chris Moody

Another national poll shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich leading the race for the Republican nomination, but among all GOP presidential candidates, only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney places anywhere near President Obama in a head-to-head match up.

Gingrich, whose recent surge comes at the expense of businessman Herman Cain, now leads with 26 percent among Republican voters, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Romney trails Gingrich by 4 percentage points. When you take the other GOP candidates out of the equation, Gingrich still leads Romney, this time by 10 percentage points.

The poll of 1,039 Republican voters, taken Nov. 14 - 20, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

That, however, is where the good news ends for Gingrich. When the pollsters asked a larger sample of Republicans, Democrats and independents who they would support between just Obama and Gingrich, the former speaker trails by 9 percentage points. The same poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percent, shows Romney in a dead heat with the president.

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