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Does Rick Santorum have a snowball's chance in Florida

Politico poll puts Gingrich within reach of defeating Romney

On Wednesday evening, a score of enthusiatic supporters of Newt Gingrich waved sign at motorists in Boca Raton. A member of the Crowley Political Report team reports that many drivers honked their horns and waved in support of Gingrich.

Could it be that the former House Speaker, is catching on in Florida?

Mitt Romney's campaign remains a formidable machine but the newest polls suggest Romney is still struggling to win the hearts of GOP primary voters.

A new Politico poll released Thursday morning shows Gingrich within striking distance of Romney in South Carolina.

"The poll finds Romney atop the GOP field with 37 percent and Gingrich at 30 percent. Ron Paul trails with 11 percent, followed by Rick Santorum at 10 percent and Rick Perry, who barely registers at four percent. Just eight percent remain undecided."

Many of the voters who will show up at the polls for the Jan. 31 Florida primary are likely to Tea Party supporting conservatives - folks not terribly fond of Romney.

What will likely save Romney in Florida is absentee ballots and possibly the start of early voting. Gingrich simple didn't catch fire when absentee ballots were being cast. 

Still, if Gingrich wins or comes very close to Romney in South Carolina, a victory in Florida could take Gingrich to the nomination.

Rear more of Politico here.

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