Politics

Ron Paul Surging in Iowa; Nearly Catches Newt Gingrich

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It looks like Newt Gingrich's reign as the frontunner for the Republican nomination for president might be a short one -- Ron Paul is surging in Iowa.

In the latest poll released by Public Policy Polling, Paul finishes just a hair behind Gingrich, 22%-21%. But what is important to note is the direction both candidates are going.

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Gingrich is down five points, while Paul is up around the same amount. Gingrich's favorability rating is down from 61% to 52%, while Paul's rose from 52% to 61%.

Paul is polling very well with young voters and new voters in Iowa -- the same people who swept President Obama into office in 2008.

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As far as that former frontrunner Mitt Romney, his presumed nomination no longer seems eventual -- he is holding steady with a mediocre 16%.