With the primaries and caucuses quickly approaching, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to demonstrate his surging popularity in several early primary states. In the latest Insider Advantage poll of likely Florida Republican presidential primary voters, Gingrich pulled in 41 percent of the votes to finish in first place. Gingrich defeated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by 24 percentage points. While Romney garnered 17 percent of the votes, pizza magnate Herman Cain earned 13 percent of the votes to take third place. Texas Governor Rick Perry finished in fourth place with 7 percent of the votes.
Gingrich won the latest Insider Advantage polls of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers and likely South Carolina Republican presidential primary voters Tuesday. In the Iowa poll, Gingrich garnered 28 percent of the votes, placing the Georgia businessman 15 percentage points ahead of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. In the South Carolina poll, Gingrich pulled in 38 percent of the votes, placing the former House speaker 23 percentage points ahead of Romney.
According to Real Clear Politics, Gingrich leads by an average of 8.2 points in Iowa polls and by an average of 8.6 points in South Carolina polls. Given that the first caucus is in Iowa on January 3, followed by the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, Gingrich is likely to win two out of the first three major competitions of the 2012 presidential race.