Newt Gingrich has double digit leads over Mitt Romney in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, according to new Quinnipiac polls released today.
In Florida, Gingrich is 35 percent to Romney’s 22 percent. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, Gingrich leads Romney by 18 points and 14 points respectively.
But in match-ups with President Obama, Romney does better than Gingrich in Florida and Pennsylvania, and the two do have the same in Ohio. The Quinnipiac results:
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.
Republicans in the three states were also asked if they thought Gingrich or Romney “would do a better job on foreign policy,” had “the knowledge and experience to be a good president,” “has strong moral character,” and “is a strong leader.” In three of the four categories, Gingrich lead by a huge margin; the one category Romney dominated was having a “strong moral character,” suggesting that yesterday’s ad touting Romney’s long marriage isn’t the last we’ll see of such reminders.