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Gingrich, Romney in dead heat in new South Carolina (ARG: Newt-33, Mitt-32, Paul-19, Santorum-9)
cbsnews.com ^ | 1/19/2012 | Stephanie Condon

Posted on 01/19/2012 1:13:47 PM PST by TBBT

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has gained popularity in South Carolina in recent days and is now in a dead heat with Mitt Romney in the Palmetto state, according to a new poll.

Gingrich leads in the latest American Research Group (ARG) poll, conducted January 17-18, with 33 percent. Romney finishes close behind with 32 percent, while Rep. Ron Paul is in third with 19 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum earned 9 percent support.

Romney heads into South Carolina's January 21 primary as the clear frontrunner after virtually tying for first place in the Iowa caucuses and finishing first in the New Hampshire primaries. He also has a clear lead among Republican primary voters nationwide, according to the latest CBS News/ New York Times poll.

However, Gingrich appears to be making inroads in South Carolina, and today he won the endorsement of Rick Perry when the Texas governor announced he was dropping his own presidential bid. Perry garnered 4 percent in the ARG poll, and if his support shifts to Gingrich, it could be enough to give him a solid lead.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; poll; sc2012
4th poll showing a Newt lead...
1 posted on 01/19/2012 1:13:58 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT
Cue the trolls to prate about how fat and "disgusting" Gingrich is and how "hypocritical" it is for "conservatives" to support anyone but a teetotaling caffeine-free corporate raider one percenter who has all the warmth and personality of a Disney animatronic empty suit.

Please, Gingrich, stick your fist in Romney the dolphin's blow-hole, figuratively speaking.
2 posted on 01/19/2012 1:18:18 PM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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To: TBBT

He needs to nail this debate tonight. I hope they have good answers to the guaranteed questions about his ex. I think if he can get the crowd stirred up like earlier this week, he’ll win Saturday.


3 posted on 01/19/2012 1:20:21 PM PST by GOPyouth ("We're buying shrimp, guys. Come on." - Dear Leader)
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To: TBBT

“Santorum earned 9 percent support.”

It’s time for Santorum to drop out.


4 posted on 01/19/2012 1:20:21 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: TBBT

All the polls trending like this one, altho this one is a tad heavy for Paul and a tad light for Santorum. But clearly Newt made the case that he’s the conservative folks want to see run against Obama on Monday by how he handled the racial question and Santorum made the case that he’s a nice guy without the big time talent when he went all PC on MLK day.


5 posted on 01/19/2012 1:21:12 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: TBBT

“Romney heads into South Carolina’s January 21 primary as the clear frontrunner after virtually tying for first place in the Iowa caucuses”

Oh, but when he was 8 votes AHEAD, he didn’t virtually tie, he “won in a close contest”. Can these people be any more transparently hypocritical? Just wow...


6 posted on 01/19/2012 1:21:26 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Gator113

“It’s time for Santorum to drop out.”

Yes, it the right thing to do!


7 posted on 01/19/2012 1:22:16 PM PST by PeachyKeen
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To: TBBT

He has the wind in his sails right now but he’s sailing into rocky waters. We need to get this Marianne Gingrich crap out of the news. I only know of two Republicans with the power to do that right now, John Boehner and Rick Santorum.


8 posted on 01/19/2012 1:23:37 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: Gator113

Let Santorum debate tonight first. As we have seen, he can be vicious and bloody Mitt without Newt having to do the dirty work.


9 posted on 01/19/2012 1:27:06 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: TBBT

WOOT!

GO NEWT!


10 posted on 01/19/2012 1:28:59 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: TBBT
ARG is rated at the bottom so my guess is that Newt is up MORE -- likely about 5+ :~)


11 posted on 01/19/2012 1:29:37 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Perry 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: wolfman23601

the whole election may hinge on the debate tonight... wow


12 posted on 01/19/2012 1:30:25 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: TBBT

I wonder... Is Drudge getting paid by the hour for keeping the Ex-Wife story the main headline?


13 posted on 01/19/2012 1:36:18 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

The other three:

Latest Polls Thursday, January 19

South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary PPP Romney 28, Gingrich 34, Paul 15, Santorum 14, Perry 5 Gingrich +6

South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary Insider Advantage Romney 29, Gingrich 32, Paul 15, Santorum 11, Perry 3 Gingrich +3

South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary Rasmussen Reports Romney 31, Gingrich 33, Paul 15, Santorum 11, Perry 2 Gingrich +2


14 posted on 01/19/2012 1:37:03 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Perry 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: wolfman23601

Okay, I’ll wait until tomorrow before I make him step down. ;>)


15 posted on 01/19/2012 1:37:31 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: TBBT
Ron Paul is in third with 19 percent

RoPaul third? 19%? If Paul ever got the nomination, he would be an easy target for the opposition. There's plenty of negative stuff on Paul out there. The vetting of him by the media and Dems would be a dream come true.

16 posted on 01/19/2012 1:40:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: TBBT

When the polls close and teh votes counted there will be a number of people who will look around and say, “How did he win taht many votes?” The question si WHO will we be talking about? But the contest is a marathon not a sprint.


17 posted on 01/19/2012 1:41:42 PM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: All
Well, it looks like I have some serious selling to do... Boy do I have a deal for you all... d u hear?


18 posted on 01/19/2012 1:43:26 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: TBBT

Pointing out the obvious here, but if these numbers hold, the GOP primary will be a brand new game. Romney’s “inevitability factor” will have been shattered, and the momentum towards a perceived easy win in Florida will be gone as well.


19 posted on 01/19/2012 1:43:40 PM PST by DemforBush (Are you any better off than you were $6 trillion ago?)
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To: DemforBush

Dr. Paul continues his steady upward climb in the polls.

Dr. Paul is the one true conservative in the race without baggage !


20 posted on 01/19/2012 2:05:09 PM PST by vooch
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Dr. Paul is the one true conservative in the race without baggage !

Jimmy Carter didn't have any baggage, and like Dr. Paul, he believes in aiding our enemies.

21 posted on 01/19/2012 2:07:35 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: vooch

You misspelled “dangerous nutjob”. I know it looks a lot like “conservative”, but it is different.


22 posted on 01/19/2012 2:11:56 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: vooch

Vooch...Dr Paul’s foreign policy ineptness is his downfall....he needs to get out of the way...


23 posted on 01/19/2012 2:14:10 PM PST by oust the louse (The presstitutes think after 2 primaries it's over and Mittens is the one...Santorum says: GAME ON)
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Ping!


24 posted on 01/19/2012 2:51:32 PM PST by TitansAFC (Rick Santuckabee is 2012's version of Mike Huckatorum. Avoid Conservicide voting; support Newt!!)
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To: TitansAFC
Pious Baloney
25 posted on 01/19/2012 2:53:59 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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