In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of them out for the top spot. Both Cain and Romney have lost support since late October.
The field of Republican candidates now has three candidates within striking distance of each other at the top of the list: with 18 percent, Herman Cain is in the top spot, followed by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with 15% each. Support for both Cain and Romney has declined since late last month, and Gingrich is the only one of the top three whose support is steadily – if slowly – on the upswing.
Jazz Shaw, over at HotAir, argues that “absent a serious sea change, this thing might easily go deep into the state primaries if somebody can’t find a way to seize some actual, lasting momentum.” I could not agree more, and that notion is at the heart of what I was saying in today’s earlier post about Mitt Romney’s purported support in South Carolina. I also pointed out Gingrich’s role as a serious stalking horse in One Year Out: A Look at the State of the Race.
Frankly, this is what we want. The more contested the GOP primary, the less that conservatives acquiesce to eventuality, the better off the eventual nominee–whether it be Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, or anyone else–will be when it comes to facing off against the left in the general election. Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment simply will not apply in the general election, and it is both our job as informed voters as well as the respective jobs of the other candidates to sharpen whomever will rise as the nominee.