Gallup National Poll: Gingrich Up 8 Points Over Romney

By Staff | January 27, 2012 | 3:48 PM EST

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massashusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at CNN's Republican presidential debate in Jacksonville, Fla. on Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo)

( - The latest Gallup national tracking poll of registered Republican voters shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with an 8-point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential nomination race.

Since the South Carolina primary last Saturday, Gingrich has picked up 7 points in the Gallup national poll and Romney has dropped 6 points.

The tracking poll, which surveyed 1,184 registered Republicans from Jan. 22, 2012 through Jan. 26, 2012, gave Gingrich 32 percent, Romney 24 percent, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas 14 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 13 percent.

Gallup’s 5-day national tracking poll completed on Jan. 21, the day of the South Carolina primary, had put Romney at 30 percent, Gingrich at 25 percent, Paul at 13 percent, and Santorum at 12 percent.

Although Gallup’s national poll now has Gingrich leading Romney, Romney still leads Gingrich by just over 7 points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls in Florida, which will hold its primary on  Tuesday.