Just a week ago, Mitt Romney’s lead over Newt Gingrich was 23 points. Now in the wake of the stunning South Carolina results (Romney didn’t drop, but Newt surged), Gallup’s Sunday national poll tracker puts Romney at 30 and Gingrich at 25.
Just as in South Carolina, this represents less of a drop for Romney than a huge surge for Newt. Expectations were that Gingrich would catch and perhaps surpass Romney between now and the Florida primary on Jan. 31. And while Florida may be seeing a ton of advertising this week (much of it negative), the national numbers will reflect the overall gestalt.