Newt=$2.50 A Gallon Ga--Ah, We're Already Distracted

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March 7 2012 12:04 PM

Newt=$2.50 A Gallon Ga--Ah, We're Already Distracted

On my desk, now and forever, sits the press pass from Newt Gingrich's Super Tuesday party. It's a laminated miniature of the just-a-little-iconic Super Tuesday Newt campaign logo: A gas pump with the Newt logo and a $2.50 price tag. In the closing days of the primary, this was almost all he talked about. Did it do him any good? Ask the exits.

Oklahoma:

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It's an "important factor" for three-quarters of the electorate -- a classic Gingrichian supermajority -- but he only polls 2 points better with gasoholics than he polled statewide. Tennessee:

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Well, that's better: Gingrich wins 30 percent of the gas-conscious, 6 points better than his statewide total. And Georgia:

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He actually did a little worse with the gas-conscious than he did with everyone else. This is an example, I think, of how hard it is to capture a brand new issue in the middle of an election. Not a flop, not a decisive factor for Gingrich.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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