Mr. Gingrich keeps gaining a bit with almost every poll and he sits at 13% nationally (a gain of 3 points) and now has 235 delegates. Mr. Perry is now down slightly to 10.8% and has 169 delegates (a bit of a loss.) Finally, of the big 5, Dr. Paul appeared to have a bit of a difficult week slipping slightly under the 9% mark and he is down to 112 delegates.
In short, Mr. Perry has all, but stopped the bleeding for now, Mr. Romney holds steady, Mr. Cain is starting to slip and Mr. Gingrich had the best week of everybody. For the most part, I do not have a whole lot to say about the weeks result because the next week or two will make things a little clearer. To be sure, it will be interesting to see how things shake out with Mr. Cain. On the one hand, he is starting to slip and he will probably not be the front-runner next week, but on the other hand, he is not in a free fall yet. Sure, his favorability ratings have slipped a bit, but it has been a poor week for most politicians in that regards.
While I myself were among those who predicted that Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry would not benefit a whole lot if Mr. Cain slipped, I admit that I am surprised that Mr. Gingrich seems to be the one getting most of the benefit. At the same time, Mr. Gingrich’s gains might not be due totally to Mr. Cain’s struggles. The Undecideds are starting to break and Mr. Gingrich happens to be the biggest beneficiary at the moment. There is no doubt that people are giving him a second look. Various people in my neighborhood have asked me what I think of Mr. Gingrich. I politely tell them that I did not immigrate to America to support somebody with a record of such shenanigans. So I am not happy with the rise of Mr. Gingrich, but we will see how it turns out.
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