McCain Leads in 2 SC Polls

Three new studies give berth to Arizona senator
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2008 10:10 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, signs a guitar for Calib Fulmer, 13, from Summerville, N.C., at a campaign stop at Williams Brice Stadium at the University of South...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – John McCain leads the pack in the GOP race for South Carolina, two new polls show, with Mike Huckabee in second place, the State reports. A Reuters/C-Span/Zogby poll updated today gives McCain 29% of voters to Huckabee's 22%; Fred Thompson follows with 14% and Mitt Romney 12%. Clemson University also finds 29% preferring McCain, while Huckabee pulls 22%. Fred Thompson ties Romney for third place at 13%.

With a portion of the Zogby polling done after Mitt Romney's Michigan win Tuesday, Romney slid 1 point, to 12%. "I was looking for a sign of a Romney bounce after Michigan and didn't get it," said John Zogby. Still, the economy—the issue Romney made his own in Michigan—is the top issue for potential GOP voters in South Carolina, with 30% saying it was their highest priority.