10 Election Things You Need To Know Today

12/01/2011 07:52 am ET | Updated Dec 01, 2011

Want to know what's happening on the campaign trail? Who's up and who's down in the polls? Where you can meet the candidates in person? Here you go:

1. Newt Gingrich is leading the GOP presidential race nationally with 25%, a new Economist/YouGov poll shows. Mitt Romney came in second with 17% and Herman Cain snagged a third-place slot with 15%.

2. The former House speaker has a full day of events ahead of him. He'll do interviews with Jan Mickelson, Simon Conway and Greta Van Susteren followed by three speeches in Iowa. Not surprisingly, Gingrich will also sign books following the Polk County GOP Annual Republican Victory Dinner tonight.

3. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has clearly been paying attention to the polls, and to Gingrich's rising star. On Wednesday, the Paul campaign released a scathing video titled "Newt Gingrinch: Serial Hypocrisy":

4. Paul plans to spend the day giving speeches to voters in New Hampshire followed by a town hall meeting at the Belknap Mill in Laconia.

5. Romney may be the back-up candidate -- the one Republican voters turn to when the leading contender crashes and burns -- but he's certainly racking up the endorsements. With just six weeks to go until the first-in-the-nation primary, the former Massachusetts governor has a new ally: New Hampshire State Senate President Peter Bragdon.

6. The Romney campaign also released a new ad called "The Right Answer." It will begin airing in New Hampshire and Iowa today.

7. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who calls himself "a consistent and outspoken advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty," will cohost an online town hall meeting tonight with GOProud co-founder and executive director Jimmy LaSalvia. The topic: LGBT issues.

8. Last night, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer took to Twitter to make a big announcement:

In a statement, Roemer said he will "continue to campaign for the Republican nomination and hope to surprise everyone on January 10 in New Hampshire."

9. President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail yesterday. While speaking to a group of donors at the home of Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress, Obama promised to remain committed to the security of Israel. "We don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security," he said. Obama will deliver remarks today at a World AIDS Day event and attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse.

10. Lastly, another candidate has officially tossed his hat into the ring. Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson has formed a new political party, the Justice Party, and filled out the paperwork for a presidential exploratory committee. One of Utah's most liberal politicians, Anderson reportedly renounced his affiliation with the Democratic Party in August, saying he was fed up with it along with Congress, the Obama administration and Republicans. Will a third-party candidate have a shot at the White House? Only time will tell.

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