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January 19, 2012


Perry Endorsement All About Perceptions

Nate Silver doesn't think Rick Perry's endorsement of Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary will give Gingrich a direct boost, but that's not to say it doesn't help advance the emerging "Newt-mentum" narrative.

"Among these voters, second-place support was about evenly divided among three candidates: Mr. Gingrich was listed by 22 percent of Mr. Perry's supporters as their second choice, but Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney were each listed as the second choice by 20 percent of Mr. Perry's voters... And some of the ground that Mr. Gingrich has gained there since Monday night's debate has come at Mr. Perry's expense, so the voters who were most amenable to switching to Mr. Gingrich may already have done so... Instead, the main way this may aid Mr. Gingrich is by generating a strong headline for his campaign and entrenching the sense among the news media that he has the momentum in the race. That could be helpful to Mr. Gingrich given the complex story lines of the past few days."












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