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President Gingrich? That’s who had the big lead in Republican race four years ago today

2016Donald Trump is dominating the 2016 Republican race, if you consider polling between 27 and 35 percent nationally a dominant position.

You do? Cool. Guess who was doing better than that four years ago this week?

Yeah, Newt Gingrich.

The former House speaker was as high as 40 percent in early December 2011 polls of Republican voters, with eventual nominee Mitt Romney only within single digits of Gingrich in one of eight national polls taken between Nov. 30 and Dec. 16.

When it turned, it turned quickly. Romney had overtaken Gingrich by early January, and Gingrich, as we know, was not a factor in the primaries.

– Story by Chris Graham