Newt Gingrich's Surge

...because of the Union Leader's endorsement. And what an endorsement it is -- on the front-page no less! Money:
Readers of the Union Leader and Sunday News know that we don't back candidates based on popularity polls or big-shot backers. We look for conservatives of courage and conviction who are independent-minded, grounded in their core beliefs about this nation and its people, and best equipped for the job.

We don't have to agree with them on every issue. We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear.

Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running.
My emphasis.

The question remains: is this how the whole of the GOP feels? Vote for the lesser-of-two-evils?

Although, some might argue that this is what every election boils down to...