A second new poll now shows Newt Gingrich with the lead over Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Rasmussen joins Insider Advantage in showing the Gingrich surge in the wake of Monday’s GOP Debate. Rasmussen now has Gingrich up 33%-31%, with Rick Santorum dropping to 11%.

Second New Poll Shows Newt Gingrich Now Leading Mitt Romney in South Carolina – 1/19/12

Just two days ahead of voting in the South Carolina Primary, one new poll shows Newt Gingrich now leading Mitt Romney 32%-29%.

An Insider Advantage Poll done entirely after Monday night’s GOP Debate puts Gingrich in the lead, a dramatic turnaround from a poll done by the same firm last Sunday, which gave Romney an 11-point lead over Gingrich.

The new poll also shows Rick Santorum falling back rather dramatically, now at only 11% support. Ron Paul is actually in third place at 15%.

We’ll see if any other polls put Gingrich in the lead today or tomorrow. For now, our three-day average of polls has Romney now with a 6-point lead in South Carolina.

New Poll Shows Newt Gingirch Surging into the Lead in South Carolina Two Days Ahead of Primary Voting – 1/19/12

New polls in the early key voting states of Iowa, Florida, and South Carolina all show Newt Gingrich moving out to substantial leads over his GOP Presidential rivals. Only in the state of New Hampshire does Gingrich not now lead. Mitt Romney leads there.

Our average of polls in the early-voting states now has Gingrich up by 11.9 points in Iowa, by 19 points in South Carolina, and by 22.4 points in Florida. Romney leads Gingrich by 15.2 points in New Hampshire.

Newt Gingrich Now has Double-Digit Polling Average Leads in Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida – 12/8/11

New Poll – South Carolina – 2012 GOP Nomination

11/8/11

Insider Advantage

Cain

26

Gingrich

19

Romney

16

Perry

6

Bachmann

5

Paul

3

Santorum

2

 

A new Insider Advantage Poll in South Carolina shows Herman Cain continuing to lead there, but with Newt Gingrich surging to second place just 7-points behind. Cain leads Gingrich 26%-19%, with Mitt Romney falling to third at 16%.

In the Insider Advantage Poll conducted less than a month ago, Cain led Romney 32%-16%, with Gingrich at only 8%.

Our 21-day average of polls in South Carolina now shows Cain in the lead by 4-points over Mitt Romney, 25.5%-21.5%. Gingrich is now third with 13%.

New Poll Shows Newt Gingrich Surging into 2nd Place in South Carolina; Cain Still Leads – 11/11/11

New Poll – 2012 GOP Nomination – South Carolina

8/22-23/11

Magellan

Perry

31

Romney

20

Bachmann

14

Cain

9

Gingrich

5

Paul

4

Santorum

2

Huntsman

2

 

A new Magellan poll out of South Carolina shows Gov. Rick Perry with an 11-point lead over the GOP Presidential Field.

Perry leads Gov. Mitt Romney 31%-20%, with Rep. Michele Bachmann third at 14%. No other candidate reaches double-digits in the poll.

Perry announced his candidacy in South Carolina, and has staked out the state as a firewall state for his candidacy.

Check the latest averages from all the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida.

Poll: Gov. Rick Perry Holds 11-Point Lead in South Carolina over GOP Presidential Field – 8/26/11

New Poll – 2012 GOP Nomination – South Carolina

7/12-17/11

American Research Group

Romney

25

Palin

16

Bachmann

13

Cain

10

Perry

6

Giuliani

6

Gingrich

3

Roemer

2

Paul

2

Santorum

2

Huntsman

0

Pawlenty

0

Johnson

0

 

American Research Group has released a new poll out of South Carolina showing Gov. Mitt Romney leading the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination field by 9-points.

Romney received 25% support in the poll, followed by Sarah Palin at 16% and Michele Bachmann at 13%. Herman Cain was the only other candidate in double-figures at 10%.

Perhaps shocking is Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has been touted as a top-tier candidate by media and political pundits for months. Pawlenty got 0% in the poll. He is simply not connecting with Republican voters. It’s like he is invisible despite getting a great deal of press now for months.

Check all the latest polls and national averages in the Election Center.

New South Carolina GOP Nomination Poll: Shocking Tim Pawlenty Result – 0%; Mitt Romney Leads the Field – 7/18/11

We have added a whole bunch of 2012 GOP Primary / Caucus Polls from various states issued by Public Policy Polling. You can access those polls by clicking the link on the left-side of our pollbar above – “2012 GOP Presidential Primary / Caucus Polls.” That link will take you to an index of state polls that have been released on the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination.

For national 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination Polls, use the link by that name on the left-side of the pollbar above.

On the state polls released, a clear pattern can be seen. The top three candidates in most states are Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee. Palin and Romney usually jockey for one and two, with Huckabee not far behind, although in some states, it is Huckabee in first or second, with either Romney or Palin further down. Gingrich is in fourth in most cases, fairly close to Huckabee. Then you have the next tier of candidates, with Pawlenty and Pence well back from the leaders and close to each other. At the bottom in most polls are Mitch Daniels and John Thune – barely registering.

At this point, the polls don’t tell you much at all about the eventual outcome. They do give a snapshot of who the likely names are to be in the mix, particularly among the well-known names. Daniels, Pence and Thune are just not very well-known among voters, and they have potential for a lot of upside if they can raise their profiles in the months ahead.

State Polls for 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination Added; Palin, Romney at Top of Most Polls

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