As the Florida GOP race moves to Florida and a new Rasmussen survey finds Gingrich with 41%, Romney with 32% and Santorum at 11%, the Romney campaign is wrestling with the fact Newt has completely turned the tables and is now the insurgent ‘outsider’ who will bring change to Washington.
Of course, this is preposterous. Gingrich can’t change Washington, because he is Washington.
This is a dangerous time for Romney, and the fact Gingrich has flipped the insider vs. outsider dynamic on its head with relative ease, and through sheer force of personality and intellect, will require Romney to flip the insider-outsider table back over. What a brawl.
The rap on Mitt Romney in both national surveys and states beyond just his home geo base in NH is that he cannot poke through approximately 25% in this large multi-candidate.
While just one survey, the new CNN/Time/ORC South Carolina poll puts Romney at 37% followed by Santorum at 18%.
Psychologically, if anything, this data portends good news as the sheer weight of the NH, SC, FL gauntlet bares down on the shrinking GOP field.
While NH is where Romney needs to meet his expectations, and where the focus on the deluge of polls are at the moment, this new little polling tidbit from South Carolina is as revealing as it is likely prescient of where things could be in just several weeks: over and done with.