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Polls: Romney Ahead By a Hair In SC, Way Up In Florida

 

The latest Insider Advantage poll, taken and released on Wednesday, has the South Carolina primary race looking like this:

Mitt Romney 23%

Newt Gingrich 21%

Rick Santorum 14%

Ron Paul 13%

Jon Huntsman 7%

Rick Perry 5%

The poll of likely voters shows about 17% of respondents either had no opinion, or backed an unlisted candidate. 

Perry has actually slid below Huntsman?  Goodbye, Governor.  Texas will be glad to have you back.  Romney scores considerably better in other, older polls figured into the RealClearPolitics polling average for South Carolina, with a January 4-5 poll putting him fully 18 points ahead of Gingrich, so it looks like the race might be tightening… but mostly because Romney’s going down, not because Gingrich is rising.  Interestingly, Perry’s 5 percent is absolutely unanimous among all of the polls listed, while Santorum also appears to be losing ground.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen released a new Florida poll on Wednesday, also performed among likely voters, which has the Sunshine State primary looking like this:

Mitt Romney 41%

Newt Gingrich 19%

Rick Santorum 15%

Ron Paul 9%

Jon Huntsman 5%

Rick Perry 2%

That’s a huge lead in a state Gingrich was winning not more than a month ago.  If Romney takes South Carolina and has a blowout in Florida, the primary endgame may well be in sight.

 

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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