Friday, January 6, 2012
Romney took a commanding lead in South Carolina in a Time/CNN/ORC poll released moments ago. The survey of likely primary voters has Romney at 37 percent, Rick Santorum at 19 and Newt Gingrich dropping 25 points since December to sit at 18 percent. Ron Paul placed fourth with 12 percent, with Rick Perry at 5 and Jon Huntsman 1.
Romney 37 percent is a 17-point gain since early December, with Santorum gaining 15 percent. There's still plenty of potential for more swings, with 49 percent of those surveyed saying they might change their minds.
Romney finished a distant fourth in South Carolina in 2008 before dropping out three weeks later, and the conservative state is likely a last stand for the Mitt alternatives. A convincing Romney victory here would pretty much cinch his nomination.
Photo: Mitt Romney was joined by U.S. Sen. John McCain and Gov. Nikki Haley at a rally at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston on Thursday. TIM DOMINICK - firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter St. Onge
Posted by The Observer Editorial Board at 12:17 PM