A new poll shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has erased most of the lead that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had in the national polls.
The Gallup poll shows the two candidates are now essentially tied, at 29 percent for Romney and 28 percent for Gingrich. Just a week ago, Romney had a 23-point lead.
The poll also showed Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 13 and 11 percent, respectively.
Gingrich is counting on support from evangelical voters in his bid for the Republican nomination. He told CBN News he asked God for forgiveness and for strength.
"I have confessed my weaknesses, and I have had to go to God for forgiveness and reconciliation," Gingrich said.
"And I think most people can identify either with themselves or with friends or loved ones -- that life has moments that are very sad and you wished wouldn't have occurred. And you look back on them and you seek forgiveness for not having been everything you could be," he said.
**The former House speaker said he believes there is a war against religion, and he is prepared to fight back. Watch more of Gingrich's exclusive interview with CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody on Brody's blog, The Brody File.