Romney's Lead Vanishing in South Carolina

Gingrich nipping at his heels in new poll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 1:16 PM CST
Mitt Romney shakes hands with Newt Gingrich after a Republican debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Dec. 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Could South Carolina be Mitt Romney's first stumbling block? A new Insider Advantage poll has Romney falling to 23% in the state, an insignificant two points ahead of Newt Gingrich's 21%. Rick Santorum is well behind them with 14%, followed by Ron Paul with 13%, Jon Huntsman with 7%, and Rick Perry with 5%. (The poll did not include Stephen Colbert.)

The poll is Romney's worst showing since the start of the new year, with the past three polls having him at 37%, 27%, and 30%, according to the Hill. The poll, writes Justin Sink, also indicates that Santorum's post-Iowa boomlet is dying down following his less-than-impressive New Hampshire showing. Perry, too, seems to be missing the boost he had hoped for, in the early state presumably best demographically disposed to him. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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