|Rasmussen Reports polled Republican voters in Florida on January 11, 10 days before the South Carolina primaries. That survey showed Mitt Romney leading the Newt Gingrich by
more than 2 to 1 (41% to 19%). Today, they released another poll taken in the Sunshine State after Gingrich walloped Romney in South Carolina on Saturday. No longer
does Romney hold an overwhelming lead. In fact, it is now
commands a clear advantage, 41%-32%. That's a swing of 31 points. And that, my friends, is what you call a bounce. The striking change serves to highlight the
real power of the early primary states - particularly South Carolina.
Sure, not many delegates were at stake in the Palmetto State, but the course of the whole primary election season may have been reversed there this weekend.
Unless something happens to derail the former Speaker for a third time this election cycle, he has to be considered the favorite to win in Florida. And where it had been Romney's nomination
to lose just a few days ago, it is now Gingrich, assuming he indeed wins Florida, who will wear the mantle of frontrunner heading into February.