Gingrich numbers on the rise in South Carolina

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Clemson Palmetto Poll has found that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has surged in the polls in South Carolina following Herman Cain's scandal-ridden month ahead of the January primary.

Since Cain's campaign suspension the former Speaker of the House seems to have taken most, if not all of Cain's supporters, according to the Clemson poll. 

Here's the rundown:

  • Newt Gingrich (38 percent) up 10 percentage points from November
  • Mitt Romney (21 percent) stayed at near the same level he was a month ago
  • Ron Paul (10 percent) moved up from his November poll rating.
  • Rick Perry (5 percent)
  • Michele Bachmann (5 percent)
  • Jon Huntsman (3 percent)
  • Rick Santorum (2 percent)

Via Clemson Newsroom:

“With the demise of Cain’s candidacy, which was high in our November poll, Gingrich has risen in popularity,” said Clemson University political scientist Dave Woodard. “This surge is being reflected nationwide as well.”

That’s the finding of the second Clemson University 2012 Palmetto Poll of a sample of 600 South Carolinian voters. The S.C. presidential primary is expected to draw 600,000 voters early next year. The telephone poll was conducted from Dec. 6 to 19.

Everyone who responded to the poll said they will be voting on the January 21st GOP primary, however 32% of respondents said they are unsure for whom they will be voting for. 

In November's Clemson poll Romney was the clear winner with 22% of those polled saying that Mitt was their guy. Gingrich was at only 10% in the last poll. Romney's numbers dropped by only 1% in the most recent poll. 

The Clemson Newsroom piece goes on to say that most voters seem to be keeping their options open. Hop on over to the Clemson Newsroom for the full story

Check out last months poll questions and results right here, and read the December poll here. In both polls there are quite a few interesting numbers regarding the Tea Party and other State representatives. 

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