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Gingrich's rise puzzles critics of his record


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's rapid rise in presidential polls has left veteran Republicans scratching their heads.

They're trying to figure out why Gingrich is supported by GOP voters who think he's not particularly honest and doesn't share their values. They wonder why Iowa evangelical Christians are flocking to a man who was unfaithful to two wives and who paid $300,000 in House ethics fines.

Some analysts say conservatives are willing to overlook Gingrich's faults because they love his willingness to confront the media, Congress and President Barack Obama.

Others say Gingrich may suffer if voters learn more about his record and past.

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