DES MOINES, Iowa ( TheStreet) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's resurgence in the GOP race is apparent in the latest Iowa poll results.
The former House speaker placed first in a
Des Moines Register
poll released late Saturday, with 25% support, according to the
. That put Gingrich ahead of Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas), with 18%, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with 16%.
Businessman Herman Cain, a previous top contender,
suspended his campaign Saturday
amid allegations of sexual harassment and adultery.
With Cain's departure, the race has largely narrowed to a two-man contest between Gingrich and Romney, and
some observers say Cain's absence plays in Gingrich's favor
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The Iowa poll is significant because the state's caucuses, scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012, officially kick off the Republican primary season. Winners in early contests can get momentum -- and campaign contributions -- that can carry them through later state battles.
|Republican presidential candidate former Rep. Newt Gingrich appears Saturday on the Republican Presidential Forum on Fox News' "Huckabee" program.