Gingrich: Still the leader in S.C.
December 19th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich: Still the leader in S.C.

(CNN) – While his national poll numbers have dipped, Newt Gingrich still leads the pack of Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina.

The Clemson University Palmetto Poll released Monday showed the former House speaker with a 17-point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 38% to 21%. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas received 10% followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota tied with 5%. The other candidates garnered less than 5%.

Monday's findings mirror those taken in the first-in-the-South primary state earlier in the month. Gingrich led by double digits in CNN/TIME/ORC, NBC/Marist and Winthrop University surveys. The most recent national poll from CNN, also released Monday, indicated Gingrich tied with Romney, a change from his top position in last month's poll.

However, the new figures indicated only one-third or 32% of respondents have decided who to support in the Jan. 21 contest. Among those who said their minds were made up, Gingrich saw a 28% jump since the November poll, while Romney stayed roughly the same and Paul moved up 6 percentage points.

The Palmetto Poll surveyed 600 South Carolina voters between Dec. 6 and Dec. 19 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Polls • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Newt's from Georgia so this is in his neck of the woods, his home turf. Newt will probably do better than Romney throughout the South with the except of Florida maybe. A lot of transplanted Northerners there to help Romney. Newt needs to survive Iowa and NH first though.

    This is going to get interesting...

    December 19, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Hear Ye

    I can almost read the bubble over this slippery eel's head ... it says " I am not a crook"

    December 19, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. diridi

    Are you crazy and brainless., or are you duping Public and their illiteracy? SC governor endorsed Mittens, you claim this dude. Of course, both are idiots.

    December 19, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Logic in LA wrote:

    Obviously even the liberal posters to this site think that anytime a Dem says no it's a good thing. As a liberal, I agree with Boehner- why two months? It is too short,will basically cause disruption with the accounting of every business in the country and is a waste of time.
    Either make it longer or come up with something better now. Stop this nonsense
    You don't get it, do you? I've explained it several times today. Sen. Reid was deceived. Why would almost every Republican vote for the extension, especially when they have been against it from the start? It allows them to cast a vote against raising taxes on the middle class. Why is every Republican in the House against the Senate bill? Because it doesn't include the pipeline and all of the other poisons that they wish to add in the House version to make it unpalatable to Democrats. Thus, voting records will show that Democrats voted against cutting taxes [effecively raising them] while Republicans have voting records that reflect that they voted for a middle class tax cut.

    Do you get it now? I bet that they were adivsed by the Newt himself on how to pull this off.

    December 19, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    The real test for Gingrich and Romney is Florida. NH and SC have built-in advantages for both of them, so FL is the first real test of strength for them, with enthusiasum vs money and organization. That will be interesting to watch.

    December 19, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Someone has been posting that I support the lying spineless jelly fish, Mittens, and that is not true. While he is fun to watch, he is like plastic bending so someone will like him. The Kochs and Rove chose Mittens for one reason, he is a true blue anti middle class upper 1%er who is owned by Wall Street.

    December 19, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The corrupt governor Haley's endorsement of Flipper probably helps Gingrich.

    December 19, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Go Newt Go. I don't want to hear anything bad about Gingrich. He the guy we want to take on Obama next November.

    December 19, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How long will it last? Earlier, CNN reported that Gingrich was now only tied with Romney. Is it going to be race down to the wire?

    December 19, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After Nikki joined forces with the Kochs and Rove to support Mittens, I thought it was over for the Newter. But, Maybe she has as much influence as the not a witch candidate.

    December 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Phil in KC

    I guess they don't care who you're fooling around with – along as it isn't their guns, their money or their religion.

    December 19, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. donna

    The whole Republican party is in a shambles. Bachmann should drop out as she irresponsibly stated that immunizations will make your child retarded, not something you expect to hear from the President of the United States. Perry started as a Democrat and just can't seem to bluff his way through Republican scrutiny. Santorum will be an embarrassment to us in the eyes of the world whenever they google President Santorum of the United States and discover an urban dictionary term instead – we'd never live that one down. Ever. Gingrich has too much baggage to trust his intentions. Romney adopts any issue he thinks the people want to hear, and Huntsman is too smart and too polite to get a Mandarin word in edgewise. They might as well vote for Obama and get it over with, lol!

    December 19, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Why is every Republican in the House against the Senate bill? Because it doesn't include the pipeline and all of the other poisons that they wish to add in the House version to make it unpalatable to Democrats.

    Need to get your facts straight Rudy. The current bill that the Senate passed does include the pipeline. Redi wasn't deceived by anyone, he's simply an incompetent obstructionist fool.

    December 19, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. DAK

    Any person who has to take a marriage pledge is never going to get my vote. I don't care that Newt is divorced... it is the cheating on his wife and the lying about it that has turned me off and means he will NEVER get my vote, not even if he was the only one running. I'd rather the office sat empty for 4 years than have Newt in there.

    Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman are the only two with any personal integrity, the only two with any brains and the only two that are honest in their answers. The rest will say anything, tell any lie no matter how big and would sell their own mother to sit in the oval office. No thanks! If Paul or Huntsman gets the nomination, one of them will get my vote. If not, then Obama gets it by default as I won't vote for any of the others if they were running for county dog catcher much lass the Presidency.

    December 19, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Jack the Ripper could get elected in S.C., as long as he declared himself a republican. S.C. is a fanatically republican state, dominated by extremist views and politicians.

    December 19, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Blinded by the republican lie

    OMG this guy looks genetically evil...With that smirk on his face..I wonder???

    December 19, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    "...I don't want to hear anything bad about Gingrich."
    Too bad, Mikey, there is nothing good to say about him, so guess you will have to cover your little ears.

    December 19, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Roger B.

    Has the moral fiber of this nation become so loose that the majority in uncaring at the possibility that a mistress/concubine (may) becoome the First Lady of the United States ? It would appear so!

    December 19, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |