For the first time since the New Year, Newt Gingrich has pulled ahead of Mitt Romney in Gallup’s national polling. In the most recent 5-day poll — from January 20-24 (straddling the South Carolina primary) — Gingrich leads Romney by 3 percentage points: 31 to 28 percent. Ten days earlier (January 10-14), Romney led Gingrich by 24 percentage points: 37 to 13 percent. Gingrich’s level of support rose 18 points in 10 days.

Gallup shows Rick Santorum and Ron Paul tied for third, with 12 percent support apiece. Both candidates’ level of support is holding relatively steady.

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