Focus Group Explains Gingrich Surge, Romney Stall

A focus group corralled by NBC/WSJ pollster Peter Hart has shed light on why Newt Gingrich is surging and Mitt Romney seems stuck. The group, consisting of a dozen Republican primary voters, considered the pair of GOP frontrunners and likened Romney to a "fun neighbor," "cousin," "second cousin" and "dad that was never home." Gingrich was seen as "grandfather," "father," "my favorite uncle," and "uncle who keeps bringing home different wives." Still, given Gingrich's volatile history and penchant for self-immolation when speaking off the cuff, one member called Romney a "safe bet."

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