Some discussion in yesterday’s post about an Alabama congressional race looked at whether Newt Gingrich’s comments on space in Huntsville last week helped or hurt him there. Below are the results from the state’s GOP primary and in three northern Alabama counties, including Madison, where Huntsville is located (data via CNN:
In those counties Gingrich polled one to two percentage points below his statewide total, a difference that is probably not statistically significant. (Rick Santorum, who said little about space in a Huntsville visit two days after Gingrich’s, did worse in Madison County than he did statewide or in the other two north Alabama counties, with Mitt Romney doing better there.) Gingrich’s comments on space, in Huntsville or earlier, certainly did not help him there, but they may not have hurt him either: keep in mind that his disdain for NASA bureaucracy may have been, for some, a liability in a place that’s home to a major NASA center.