Congressman Ron Paul of Texas at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Creative Commons/Gage Skidmore
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 10:16 AM EST

And then, there was Ron Paul. The players in the dramatic comedy that's been the GOP primary have each taken a turn on center stage--Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, most recently Newt Gingrich. But it now looks Paul is stealing Gingrich's scene this week. Yes, Ron Paul of [I wouldn't have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act fame](http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/05/ron_paul_would_have_voted_against...). [Talking Points Memo has the polling details:](http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/ppp-poll-iowa-slipping-away-fr...) >The latest results from Democratic pollster PPP show Ron Paul overtaking Gingrich for the top spot with 23% of the vote. > >Gingrich is in second place with 20% of the vote and Romney is at 14%. Notably, several of the other candidates have double digit shares, giving them some potential for a last minute surge: Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are all tied for fourth at 10%. Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson each are at 4%. So, while Paul's surging, it's actually a toss up. Which is cold comfort for racial justice. Check out Colorlines.com contributor [Sally Kohn's "Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the Republican Primaries (So Far)."](http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/08/the_definitive_guide_to_racism_se...)