Now that Newt Gingrich has soared to the top of the GOP presidential polls by double digits, where does the former Speaker of the House’s campaign go from here? Winthrop University Political Science professor Dr. Scott Huffmon says Gingrich has staying power and he is adept at working up a crowd with his often fiery rhetoric.
Huffmon says Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and most recently Herman Cain have all enjoyed the view at the top of polls, but all soon wilted under the spotlight of greater scrutiny. Huffmon says various areas of Gingrich’s past either politically or issues in his private life could come back to haunt him. However, unlike the previous leaders, Gingrich is a political veteran on the national scene. Huffmon says it will be interesting to see if Gingrich can hold on to the greater support he has garnered.
Huffmon says, for the most part in this campaign, Gingrich has shown discipline in staying on message. However, in his past he has been known to make controversial statements that have drawn the ire of both political foes and supporters alike.
Huffmon is the founder and director of the Winthrop Poll. The latest edition of the poll released Tuesday shows Gingrich leading among likely GOP primary voters in South Carolina with 38.4 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney is second at 21.5 percent.
AUDIO: Huffmon wonders how much staying power Gingrich has