According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Newt Gingrich now enjoys the support of 52 percent of Tea Party voters, and his huge advantage among such voters has vaulted him into the national lead in the GOP presidential race. The poll was taken yesterday, two days after Gingrich’s win in the South Carolina primary, and it shows the former speaker leading Mitt Romney by an overall margin of 7 percentage points — 35 to 28 percent. That result marks a 10-point swing between the two candidates from six days earlier, when Romney led Gingrich by 3 points in Rasmussen’s polling (30 to 27 percent), and a 20-point swing from 19 days earlier, when Romney led Gingrich by 13 points (29 to 16 percent).
Romney still has a 10-point lead among likely Republican primary voters who do not consider themselves to be affiliated with the Tea Party. Among such voters, Romney enjoys 36 percent support, compared to 26 percent for Gingrich, 13 percent for Rick Santorum, and 11 percent for Ron Paul. However, Gingrich leads Romney by a whopping 36 points among voters who consider themselves to be affiliated with the Tea Party. Among such voters, Gingrich has 52 percent support, compared to 20 percent for Santorum, 16 percent for Romney, and 8 percent for Paul.