Gingrich takes lead in SC poll

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ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich has taken a commanding lead in the South Caro­lina Republican primary, with more than twice the support of Mitt Romney or Herman Cain, according to a poll conducted Monday evening for The Augusta Chronicle.

Gingrich, a former congressman from Georgia, has 38 percent, followed by 15 percent for Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Cain, a Georgia native, had 13 percent.

No other candidate reached double digits in the telephone survey conducted Monday night among 519 registered voters who say they’re likely to vote in the state’s GOP primary. InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research conducted the poll, and it has a 4 percent margin of error.

“Gingrich has consolidated a substantial lead among those who consider themselves Republicans, which are the more long-time GOP voters,” said InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery. “The independents who had supported Cain are moving to Gingrich as well.”

The pattern is repeating itself in other early voting states, as illustrated in other polls Towery’s organization conducted Monday night.

In Iowa, Gingrich leads with 28 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s 13 percent and Romney’s 12 percent.

In New Hampshire, Ging­rich has 27 points to Rom­ney’s 31, putting them in a tie once the margin of error is considered.

Conservatives have dallied with nearly every other candidate in the race as an alternative to Romney. Before Gingrich’s rise in the polls, they leaned toward Cain, who led in South Carolina in October and mid-November, according to surveys for The Augusta Chronicle. Romney held 16 percent in both months, essentially the same support he has now.

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GOP PRIMARY RACE

The standings in the latest poll of South Carolina’s Republican primary, according to a survey by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research for The Augusta Chronicle.

Newt Gingrich 38 percent

Mitt Romney 15

Herman Cain 13

Ron Paul 7

Rick Perry 4

Michele Bachmann 3

Rick Santorum 2

Someone else 5

No opinion 13

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juantez
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juantez 11/29/11 - 04:11 am
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Mr. Family Values
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Mr. Family Values

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/29/11 - 07:00 am
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That's a right respectable

That's a right respectable lead.

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writer 11/29/11 - 09:27 am
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The Gingrich 2012 computer

The Gingrich 2012 computer recording called us at 8 a.m. today. What? That's way too early (in the morning and the campaign) - I just couldn't listen to the message.

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seenitB4 11/29/11 - 09:39 am
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If the robot calls keep

If the robot calls keep calling in the wee hours his stats will drop......& fast.

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Little Lamb 11/29/11 - 11:33 am
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Herman Cain was leading in SC

Herman Cain was leading in SC and would seem to be a natural fit. However, the bimbo eruptions seem to have done him in. Cain and Romney each dropped 10 points and Gingrich picked up twenty.

Do you remember how now-Gov. Haley was dogged by allegations of sexual misadventure? South Carolinians were able to put those behind them, but they don't look so charitable toward Cain.

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Chillen 11/29/11 - 11:53 am
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Doesn't matter who gets the

Doesn't matter who gets the nomination. I will support them. And they will beat obama. The economy he has wrecked will ensure it.

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kmb413 11/29/11 - 12:05 pm
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I agree with Chillen. I will

I agree with Chillen. I will vote for who ever is running against Obama. Even if it is Mitt.

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TK3 12/03/11 - 08:51 pm
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I made a comment in support

I made a comment in support of Ron Paul but appears it "disappeared".
Yea, I know, why it couldn't have been "censored".

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Sean Moores 12/04/11 - 11:11 am
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Again TK3. we didn't remove

Again TK3. we didn't remove any of your comments from this story. You must not be posting them.

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Vito45 12/04/11 - 11:30 am
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Sean, from time to time I see

Sean, from time to time I see a post on the main page, but when I go to the specific article to make a reply it isn't there. Occasionally I will copy/paste it under the actual article becuase I would like to reply to their comment. Maybe that is what is happening to TK3.

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