Poll: Gingrich The Favorite In Georgia, Romney Lags Behind

A new poll released by SurveyUSA shows Newt Gingrich holding a comfortable lead ahead of the March 6 (better known as “Super Tuesday”) primary in his stomping ground of Georgia. 

Among likely Republican primary voters in the Peach State, Gingrich claims the support of 39 percent, giving the former House Speaker a healthy cushion against Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, who get 24 percent and 23 percent respectively. 

The poll represents a bad omen for Romney, whose difficulty to win over ardent conservatives has dogged him throughout the race.  Romney is struggling to gain traction in other southern states such as Tennesee and Oklahoma, which are also hosting primaries on Super Tuesday. The TPM Poll Average of Georgia also shows Gingrich as the clear favorite to win there, with Romney a distant third. 



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