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Update: Polls Show Romney's Lead Grows

Monmouth and Rasmussen polls both show solid leads.

SPRING VALLEY, SC- South Carolina polls have throughout the campaign, but as Primary day inches closer, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney may be able to coast to a victory.

Two new polls show Romney with more than 10-point leads on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

One new poll, from Monmouth University, shows Romney with an 11-point lead on his nearest competition.

Romney earned 33 percent support among likely Republican primary voters, while Gingrich earned 22 percent.

Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul both dropped to the third tier, with Santorum earning 14 percent support and Paul getting 12 percent.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry earned 6 percent support and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who unday, earned 4 percent.

Romney won most of his support with moderate, liberal or somewhat conservative voters, while Gingrich found favor with self-described Tea Party Republicans or those who considered themselves very conservative.

However, the poll also shows that evangelicals may be warming to . Romney led Gingrich among evangelicals 29 percent to 26 percent, with Santorum at 19 percent.

second poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports shows Romney with an even larger lead, earning 35 percent support from likely primary voters.

Gingrich stands second at 21 percent, while Paul and Santorum are tied at 16 percent each.

The results come from a Monday evening survey, after Huntsman left the race but before the .

Matthias Klein January 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
There is no doubt about it: Mitt Romney is the pure representative of the 1%. He does not work and gets the yearly wage of a MainSt worker in one DAY if it is true what I heard and I calculated right. When I immigrated to the USA somone told me, welcome to capitalism central. Yes, welcome to a country that blinds its people by boasting about being the land of the free. A groundless claim because one truth is not considered but valid. The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender, as Salomon says. So what went wrong? You cannot serve both, God and riches says the Bible. And in this respect the 99% of the USA are responsible as well. As long as they refuse to accept Christ as King of King, supreme lawgiver and head of all governments, they will not have a free society. Democracy is a smoke screen. It is ruled by the rich. Currently more than ever because of the huge national debt. Watch: German preacher's thoughts on 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpLYq525SpM
John Stella January 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Ron Paul, a patriot, who has honorably served his country, defends both the constitution and civil liberties, and is for peace and prosperity. Dr. Paul has the wisdom, foresight, honesty and integrity to be president. Dr. Paul believes spending and deficits are destroying this country. Dr. Paul's budget plan would save $1 trillion in the first year. Besides the spending cuts, there are other issues of importance to voters. For conservatives, Dr. Paul scores an A+ on all of them: Second Amendment protection, pro-life record, right-to-work, pro-business, anti-tax, states' rights, you name it. Dr. Paul also believes America should have the strongest national defense on earth — which he believes begins with not trying to constantly police the earth. Right now, our government puts our best and bravest in harm's way on a regular basis for questionable reasons and with no discernible notion of victory. This is not supporting the troops. It's abusing them. Dr. Paul wants an end to this absurd, costly policy. The voters have declared Dr. Paul the alternative to the liberal, flip flopping Mitt Romney. The other candidates are simply irrelevant. In the New Hampshire Primary, Dr. Paul received more votes than all the supposed Anti-Romney (Santorum, Gingrich, and Perry) candidates combined. The question for Republican voters is not whether they can afford to vote for Dr. Paul - it's whether they can afford not to. America Needs Ron Paul.
Pappy Yokum January 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Since Willard Romney's ceiling seems to be about a third of Republican voters, and his main theme for his campaign is "it is my turn to be the nominee: resistance is futile," will he consider a third party run? Dole and McCain got the party nomination the same way and went down in flames in November. Surely Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan will continue to support him if he ran on the Big Bank ticket.

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