In July, it was Michele Bachmann; in September, Rick Perry, and in October, Herman Cain. Now Newt Gingrich is poised to be the ascendant Republican presidential candidate of the month -- or perhaps a lasting contender, if his past isn't held against him.
As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has held relatively steady in the polls, the Minnesota congresswoman, Texas governor and former Godfather's Pizza CEO have taken their turns near the top. Cain is still there, but recent sexual harassment accusations may be taking their toll; his days at the top of the roller coaster seem numbered, and Bachmann and Perry are waving a welcome to him from halfway down.
Recent polls show a modest surge for Gingrich, the wonkish former House Speaker from Georgia, pushing him ahead of Perry with Romney and Cain still ahead. It's been a long slog back to double digits for Gingrich -- he'd seemed to have shot himself in the foot right after declaring candidacy in May, both by criticizing the Paul Ryan budget plan beloved by many in the GOP and by fumbling his response to a Tiffany jewelry credit line that was seemingly at odds with his fiscally conservative image.
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