Romney Leading in New SC Poll
In another sign of the front-runner’s growing strength, Mitt Romney has taken the lead in South Carolina, according to a TIME/CNN/ORC poll released Friday.
The poll, which surveyed likely primary voters on Wednesday and Thursday, found Romney commanding 37% support, a 17-point gain since early December. He’s not the only one carrying momentum out of Iowa’s photo finish. Rick Santorum has surged 15 points to 19%, picking up the largest chunk of Newt Gingrich’s shattered coalition. The former Speaker is still in the hunt with 18%, but that’s down from 43% in December.
Ron Paul’s share has doubled to 12%, while Rick Perry’s has dwindled to a mere 5%.
So, I guess that “skipping NH” thing is playing out as I expected for Perry.
I am not surprised to see Santorum surge, as he is the clear hardcore social conservative left in the race. I am mildly surprised by Romney’s surge, as I thought he might hit a slight bump in the road in SC, but this may end up not being the case.
If Romney can win SC by double-digits, this race is going to be over for all practical purposes very, very quickly.