Pretty much everyone agrees: Newt Gingrich must win Mississippi & Alabama to move forward as a presidential candidate. 2 new polls show Gingrich surging to the lead in both states.
From Rasmussen Reports:
The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Alabama finds Newt Gingrich barely ahead with 30% support to 29% for Rick Santorum and 28% for Mitt Romney. Texas Congressman Ron Paul trails with seven percent (7%) of the vote. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and six percent (6%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
From American Research Group:
Newt Gingrich leads the Mississippi Republican presidential primary with 35%. Gingrich is followed by Mitt Romney with 31%, Rick Santorum with 20%, and Ron Paul with 7%.
This is very exciting news for idea-oriented activists.
We are obviously not to the finish line yet, and Newt should brace himself for on onslaught of negative, misleading attacks from Romney over the next 4 days. But if Newt can hold on and win both of these states, this process continues and Lazarus will have once again risen from the political dead.