Poll: Gingrich leads US Republicans in 2012 race

November 17, 2011 05:55

WASHINGTON - Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich now leads the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination as support for businessman Herman Cain slips, according to a Fox News poll released on Wednesday.

Gingrich has 23 percent support among Republican primary voters, which puts him in a dead heat with Mitt Romney who is holding steady with 22 percent, the poll found.

The poll shows support for Gingrich has more than doubled in the last three weeks. He had 12 percent in late October before the Cain campaign was roiled by sexual harassment allegations. It was also before Texas Governor Rick Perry's debate stumble over a federal agency he would shut if elected.

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