Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 12:04 PM
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.
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:
Well, that's better: Gingrich wins 30 percent of the gas-conscious, 6 points better than his statewide total. And Georgia:
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.