With less than two months to go before the 2012 presidential sweepstakes begins with a flurry of caucuses and primaries, new polling numbers are giving a boost to the campaigns of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich.
Two Iowa polls this past week show Paul in a statistical tie for first-place. One, by Bloomberg News, indicated Paul garnering 19 percent of likely Republican Iowa caucus voters within the margin error with Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Approximately two-thirds of Iowans who responded to the poll said they had been contacted by the Paul campaign by phone, e-mail or a knock on the door, more than any other candidate.
Meanwhile, a new poll in New Hampshire shows a resurgence in Gingrich's effort. According to a new survey conducted by Magellan Strategies, Gingrich is in a statistical dead heat with Romney, who was considered to be a lock in the Granite State, given that he's the former governor of next-door Massachusetts. According to the poll Romney is leading with 29 percent among likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, while Gingrich follows with 27 percent, which is inside the 3.6 percent margin of error. Paul is in third place at 16 percent, followed by Cain with 10 percent.