Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit writes,
A female reader writes that Gingrich may not have been so hurt by ex-wife Marianne’s TV interview:Gingrich was also said to be to far right and too radical for Independent voters. Again, the experts were wrong. Romney was the expected to be the Independent's favored candidate, but those calling themselves Very Conservative in exit polling turned out only 19% of the vote vs 48% for Gingrich. Those claiming to be Somewhat Conservative voted 41% for Gingrich and 30% for Romney. Mitt Romney only beat Gingrich among the Moderate-Liberal Independents, 34% to 31%.
Hate to say this and don’t use my name, but I watched the interview and thought
“You bitch, he cheated on his first wife with you. What the heck did you expect?”That may explain it.
STILL MORE: Another female reader writes: “Check the dates. Marianne, the supposed women scorned, married Newt when his star was rising (1981-his second term in Congress) and divorced him at his political nadir in 2000. If Callista is the real golddigger she’s also the one who stood by her man in his politically lean decade.”
The religious voters were supposed to run from Gingrich because of his serial marital peccadillo's and faith switching in favor of the religious and stable family man, Mitt Romney. For a third time, the pundits were wrong. Among the Born Again crowd, Gingrich won 44% to 22%; however, Romney got the non born-again vote 38% to 33%, but just barely.
Both the college degreed and non-college group went for Gingrich 37% to 31% and 43% to 24%. Interestingly, all income groups went for Gingrich from less than $50,000 to over $100,000.