On to Florida: Early Poll Has Romney Trailing Newt by 8 Points

Erika Johnsen
Posted: Jan 23, 2012 7:41 AM

After Newt Gingrich's victory in the South Carolina primary this weekend, the candidates are moving on to Florida, whose primary is scheduled for January 31st. An early InsiderAdvantage poll completed on Sunday evening indicates that Newt Gingrich is keeping his momentum, and already leads Mitt Romney by 8 points in the state:

The InsiderAdvantage poll of of 557 registered Republican voters is one of the first polls taken in Florida in the aftermath of Gingrich's double-digit win in the South Carolina primary Saturday.

The poll results follow:

Gingrich: 34%

Romney: 26%

Paul: 13%

Santorum: 11%

Other: 2%

No opinion: 14%

Update: This morning, Rasmussen reported similar Florida findings:

Less than two weeks ago,  Mitt Romney had a 22-point lead in Florida, but that’s ancient history in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Following his big win in South Carolina on Saturday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now is on top in Florida by nine.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters, taken Sunday evening, finds Gingrich earning 41% of the vote with Romney in second at 32%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum runs third with 11%, while Texas Congressman Ron Paul attracts support from eight percent (8%). Nine percent (9%) remain undecided. ...

Florida allows early voting, and Romney leads among those voters by 11 points. Gingrich leads by 12 among those who have not yet voted. Fourteen percent (14%) have already cast their vote.