South Carolina poll: Gingrich 32, Romney 26, Paul 11, Santorum 9

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    Jan 20, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Goodbye, Mr. Romneycare, the flip-flopper who likes to fire people.

    http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/4047With polls opening in less than 24 hours for the important South Carolina presidential primary election, the final Palmetto Poll shows Newt Gingrich leading over Mitt Romney in a gritty battle fraught with personal attacks and breaking news about the candidates’ personal lives.

    That’s the finding of the third Clemson University 2012 Palmetto Poll, a sample of 429 South Carolina GOP voters who indicated they plan to vote Saturday. The telephone poll was initiated Jan. 13 and recalibrated Jan. 18-19 to measure changing dynamics. Twenty percent of the likely voters remain undecided.

    “We expect a reaction by the electorate to the personal revelations about Gingrich to be registered on Saturday, however, we do not think it will be substantial enough to erase the lead Gingrich has over Romney,” said Clemson University political scientist Dave Woodard.

    “Our head-to-head matchup of the candidates has consistently shown Mitt Romney competitive. The margin for Romney has evaporated this week, and we believe that Gingrich — who led our December poll with 38 percent to Romney’s 21 percent — will win the South Carolina primary,” he said.
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    Has to be good news to Jimmy Carter, I mean Barack Obama.
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    I think Paul will do better that this poll suggests, but I do think Romney made some serious gaffes over this last week and it is worrysome for his chances.