WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newt Gingrich holds a 10-point lead in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, but he would fare worse against President Barack Obama than Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
With the first nominating contest in Iowa less than three weeks away, Gingrich leads Romney among Republican voters nationwide by 28 percent to 18 percent, the poll found.
However, the poll raises questions about whether Gingrich -- a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who has shot to the top of Republican opinion polls in recent weeks -- would be able to defeat Obama.
The poll found that if the November 2012 presidential election were held today, Obama would defeat Gingrich, 51 percent to 38 percent. By contrast, Obama would defeat Romney by a narrower margin, 48 percent to 40 percent.
Analysts say the results reflect the risk that Republicans could face if they nominate Gingrich, whose strong performances in debates have won him support among conservatives seeking an alternative to Romney.
Gingrich has a long record of making provocative statements that could alienate independent voters, such as when he recently referred to Palestinians as an "invented" people...
--------------------------------------------------------= Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is vowing to block a payroll tax-cut extension that passed the U.S. House of Representatives until after the 2012 elections.
The House yesterday passed the $202.4 billion measure, 234-193, and it was sent to the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority. President Barack Obama opposes provisions of the legislation that would speed up approval of a Canadian pipeline and restructure unemployment compensation. The White House threatened to veto the measure yesterday and Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said he wants to hold a vote today to stop it from advancing.Those voters who are on social welfare programs are the democrats biggest voting block.
Eric Holder Targets Voter ID Laws Just in Time for 2012 Election
Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 01:34 PM
Gaffe-prone attorney general Eric Holder came under new Republican fire on Wednesday after calling for an end to state laws requiring voters to show identification at polling stations.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas immediately slammed Holder. "Voter identification laws are constitutional and necessary to prevent fraud at the ballot box," Cornyn said.
"Facing an election challenge next year, this administration has chosen to target efforts by the states to protect the democratic process."
The increased pressure on Holder came on the same day that 22 House Republicans proposed a vote of no confidence in him for his handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scheme.
The move was headed by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who told Newsmax that Holder’s speech was further proof that “he is completely out of his depth as attorney general.”
“In the game of baseball it’s three strikes and you’re out,” Gosar added.
“First, with the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation, then with the laundering of U.S taxpayers money to Mexican cartels and finally now an attempt to circumvent the states’ rights to promote secure elections, Attorney General Holder has shown that he is completely out of touch with the American people.
“If we are to maintain the integrity of the democratic process, it is not unreasonable that voters should show appropriate identification when they turn up at polling stations and for him to suggest otherwise flies in the face of common sense,” added Gosar. “I have already called on Mr. Holder to resign over Fast and Furious. This latest speech should serve as his final strike.”