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Swing states Q poll: Gingrich well over Romney, who matches better v. Obama

From a press release:

FLORIDA: Romney 45 – Obama 42; Obama 46 – Gingrich 44

OHIO: Romney 43 – Obama 42; Gingrich 43 – Obama 42

PENNSYLVANIA: Obama 46 – Romney 43; Obama 48 – Gingrich 40 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds double-digit leads over the Republican primary field and cuts sharply into President Barack Obama’s general election lead should he win the GOP nomination, according to today’s Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  

In head-to-head matchups, Republican voters choose Gingrich over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by margins of 18-27 percentage points.

Matching President Obama against either Gingrich or Romney in each of these key states – no one has won the White House since 1960 without carrying at least two of them – the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:

Florida: Romney with 45 percent to Obama’s 42 percent;

               Obama at 46 percent to Gingrich’s 44 percent.

Ohio: Romney at 43 percent to Obama’s 42 percent;

           Gingrich with 43 percent to Obama’s 42 percent.

Pennsylvania: Obama edging Romney 46 – 43 percent;

                   Obama tops Gingrich 48 – 40 percent.

“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is no longer just the flavor of the month since his boomlet has now stretched from November into December and voting begins in Iowa in less than four weeks,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “The suspension of Herman Cain’s campaign is unlikely to hurt Gingrich and might help him visa-vie Romney by reducing the number of candidates courting Tea Party voters.”