Newt Gingrich is poised to win.
December 3, 2011

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Eighteen years after he led Republicans to an unexpected takeover of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich looks increasingly poised to engineer yet another improbable election win.

The former House Speaker, whose presidential campaign was left for dead a few months ago amidst heavy debt and a staff exodus, sits atop the new Des Moines Register poll, at 25 percent. In the last Register poll -- released in late October -- he was at seven percent.

The poll was conducted Nov. 27-30 among 401 likely Republican caucus-goers, and has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

Gingrich is trailed by Rep. Ron Paul at 18 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with 16 percent. Businessman Herman Cain, who earlier in the day announced that he was suspending his beleaguered presidential campaign in response to allegations of an extramarital affair and past charges of sexual harassment, was favored by eight percent of voters, down from 22 percent in the Register's last survey.

In line with other recent surveys, the new poll shows that Cain was fading fast in Iowa as well as nationally before suspending his campaign.

The decline is likely music to Gingrich's ears. Several recent national polls have shown Gingrich potentially gaining the most ground among Cain supporters

This should also be music to Obama's ears because Newt Gingrich cannot possibly win an election unless the Republicans steal it again, the way they did in 2000, and if that happens. you are probably watching the beginning of the end of the Republican party as we know it. The public has lost it's apetite for the grotesque corruption and incompetence that is responsible for the current mess, and Gingrich may be the frontrunner in a cast of more worthy candidates, but he will never become the next President of the United States.

Obama has already won the next election, and he hasn't even begun to campaign.

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