Mitt Romney is just not catching a break. First he got slammed for his ties to Bain Capital. Then, he got trounced in two nationally televised GOP Debates by Newt Gingrich and was harangued by Gingrich for refused to release his tax returns. To top it all off, Romney suffered a huge defeat in the South Carolina primary and his lead in Florida is disappearing, as is his national lead according to a recent Gallup Poll.
After once holding a 23 point lead nationally, Romney has seen his lead go up in smoke in a span of only a week. According to Gallup, Romney has lost a ton of support among Republican voters and now is in a statistical dead heat with Gingrich. Romney has the support of 29% of Republican voters, which is a drop of eight points. Meanwhile, Gingrich now has 28%, which is an uptick of 14 points.
These new numbers confirm that the Republican Party is split. Conservatives support the philanderer, while the Republican establishment supports the flip flopper. It’s clear that this is a tumultuous time for the Republican Party. Romney can’t make up his mind about where he stands on the issues and Newt Gingrich has a lot of past baggage to answer for. With a new infusion of money and support, Gingrich is swiftly gaining ground on Romney, who is struggling to gain back what he has lost. Florida could be the breaking point for either candidate so the debate on Thursday and the coming vote will be very important to watch. But the longer this division goes on within the party, the better President Obama looks to American electorate. And that is excellent news to Democrats.