McClatchy-Marist national poll finds that Romney remains first at 23%, Gingrich climbs to second at 19% and Cain at 17%. Perry has fallen to 8%.
Since the eventual second-place finisher may be in a strong posture to position himself as the “non-Romney” conservative candidate, the second-place position is the essential slot.
Georgians Gingrich and Cain represent two distinct factions in the GOP: Cain doing well by the small-government crowd, Gingrich essentially being from the government-solutions wing of the party.
I question the methodology of this poll. It’s apparently a poll of registered voters, filtered to self-described Republican and Republican-leaning voters, which is different than actual *known* voters (which is more accurate). But there’s no question that Gingrich is climbing as a result of continuing internal GOP dissatisfaction with the field.
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