A rising star puts the Gingrich candidacy in its place.
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Republicans’ focus on “electability,” despite that term’s driving many conservatives to distraction, explains Thursday’s Rasmussen Reports poll results showing a huge swing among likely Florida GOP voters: In a survey taken Wednesday night, after the Rubio Rumble, Romney led Gingrich by 39 percent to 31 percent, this just four days after Gingrich stormed out to a 9 point lead over Romney following the Speaker’s remarkable comeback victory in South Carolina.
The poll shows a similar reversal in Floridians’ views of the candidates’ electability, with Romney now 15 points ahead of Gingrich in that measure, whereas Gingrich had a 3-point lead on the same question four days ago. Rick Santorum comes in at 12 percent, with Ron Paul at the end of the line with 9 percent. Unlike what we saw in prior contests during this campaign season, a surprisingly small seven percent of those surveyed are undecided.
As tremendous as South Carolina’s primary victory was for Newt Gingrich, his momentum is fading rapidly and without another unforced error from Romney (such as his amateurish response to the debate questions about his tax returns), it is not obvious that Gingrich can or will recover.
Marco Rubio may like and respect Newt Gingrich, but the young senator from Florida may have just ended the former Speaker’s chances of winning the Florida primary or the Republican nomination.
* The idea of self-deportation is not the fantasy that Gingrich suggests, with compelling data, even accepted by the anti-immigration Center for Immigration Studies, showing that “the illegal population declined 13.7 percent (1.7 million) from a peak of 12.5 million in the summer of 2007 to 10.8 million in the first quarter of 2009” and that “the decline was caused by both fewer illegal immigrants coming and an increase in the number returning home.” More recent data confirm the dramatic reduction of illegal immigration into the US and increase in illegal aliens, particularly from Mexico, returning home. To be sure, the primary driver is economics rather than enforcement, but it proves the basic point that with the right incentives in place illegal aliens will “self-deport.”
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