Gingrich takes lead in national poll, Romney wins Federation of Illinois Young Republicans straw poll

Newt Gingrich

Online Staff Report

A USA Today/Gallup poll released Nov. 21 shows former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich taking the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich claimed 22 percent in the poll, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) took second with 21 percent. Herman Cain was third with 16 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was fourth with 9 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was fifth with 8 percent, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was sixth with 4 percent, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman were tied for last with 1 percent.

Meantime, Romney was a narrow victor in a straw poll conducted by the Federation of Illinois Young Republicans at their state convention Nov. 19 in Bolingbrook, Ill. The conventioneers at the Bolingbrook Golf Club heard from Romney campaign coordinator Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford earlier in the day.

Romney took 37 percent, while Gingrich took 32 percent and Cain finished third with 15 percent.

It is clear that this race remains close in Illinois,” said Federation of Illinois Young Republicans Co-Chairman Scott Gryder. “Romney has been the frontrunner, while there have been a host of candidates that have taken turns as the top challenger to him. Gingrich has been gaining popularity here in Illinois as he has in the early primary states, and I think we are going to continue to have an interesting debate over the next few months.”

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