Florida Has Old People, Old People Love Newt Gingrich, Poll Says He Leads by 30 Points

Former House Speaker Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is apparently a thing in the GOP presidential race now, with the most recent poll released this afternoon showing nearly half of Florida Republicans opting for him to be the party's nominee.

Gingrich somehow managed to raise his poll numbers with a pace akin to his ability to rack up debt at Tiffany & Co., as he leads former Massachusetts Gov. Willard Mitt Romney 47-17, according to Public Policy Polling.

Not surprisingly, most of the people now supporting Gingrich are old -- between the ages of 65 and dinosaur fossils -- with 54 percent saying they'd opt for Gingrich if the primary were today.

As for the people wondering whether Gingrich is here to stay atop the polls, PPP looked into that one -- 56 percent of the survey's respondents said they might end up choosing someone else.

Behind Gingrich's 54 percent are Romney at 17 percent, Herman Cain at 15 percent, Rep. Ron Paul at 5 percent, and everyone else at 4 percent or less.

When respondents were polled about how they liked each of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate race, most, as usual, responded with the who the hell is that answer of "not sure," except for Rep. Connie Mack, who's the fourth person in a row in his family to have that name, if that helps.

Mack leads that one with 40 percent, followed by George LeMieux at 12 percent and the rest of the field at 4 percent or less.

PPP's ever-fascinating "miscellaneous" poll of Florida's GOP voters will be released tomorrow, and we got a sneak peek at one of the answers.

"The most popular person we asked about on our Florida poll by a wide margin is Mr. Tebow," the firm says.

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