Before we get to this afternoon’s various sporting contests, one more thought on the Clown Car Cavalcade: The latest NBC/Marist polls for Florida and South Carolina show a big lead for Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney, 15 points in the Sunshine State, 19 points in the Palmetto State.
That’s not the shocking part. This is, buried in paragraphs 20-23 at the tail end of the MSNBC First Read article (but on page 2 on each poll’s full results, pretty much right up top.)
Turning to the general election, President Obama’s standing has improved in Florida, always a key presidential battleground state.
Forty-six percent of registered voters in the state approve of his job, which is up five points since October.
In hypothetical match-ups, the president leads Romney by seven points (48 to 41 percent) and Gingrich by 12 points (51 to 39 percent).
In South Carolina — a reliable Republican state in presidential contests — Obama’s approval rating stands at 44 percent, and he holds narrow leads over Romney (45 to 42 percent) and Gingrich (46 to 42 percent).
Yeah, see, President Obama leading in South Carolina over both these chuckleheads should be a big, fat story. But no, it’s all about Newt’s double digit lead in the primaries. And yes, I know I’m supposed to keep this on the down low in case the Republicans figure out this whole “the further to the right I catapult myself in the primaries, the worse I’ll do in the general” thing, but it’s far, far too late for that.
Funny how that works.