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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Newt Gingrich: The 2012 Republican nominee?

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Charlie Neibergall)
Newt Gingrich has emerged as the clear front-runner in Iowa according to the latest Washington Post - ABC News poll. Do you think he will be able to secure the Republican presidential nomination? Vote in the poll below and explain your vote in the comments.

What are readers saying?

Here is a sampling of some of our most recommended comments about Newt Gingrich’s chances. Do you agree or disagree with these readers?

It is hard to comprehend that Iowa voters say Gingrich’s political experience gives him positive reviews when he was drummed out of his job as Speaker by his own Republican leadership and fined $300,000 for ethics violations. So being a crook in Congress is okay in Iowa?
— nancytropoli
I predict that this is where Gingrich peaks. He’s had it very easy up til now with Cain’s stupid antics distracting people from his own disgusting behavior. But a serial-philandering, fat-cat-consultant, insider-dealing, beltway-lobbyist, mentally incontinent gasbag can only charm people for so long.
— karlmarx2
Newt is a loose cannon and will implode when least expected. Remember all the other “front-runners” in Iowa.
That Newt is the flavor of the week only means that he is the flavor of the week.
— asmith1

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