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Polls: Gingrich Surging in S.C.

The former House Speaker has moved from fifth to second in three weeks.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign was left for dead months ago by many, is surging in South Carolina.

Gingrich has filled the void created by failing support of Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry and former Gov. Mitt Romney to take the No. 2 spot in a new poll out Friday from Insider Advantage. Businessman Herman Cain, despite allegations of sexual harrassment, still leads S.C. polling with 26 percent.

Gingrich has risen to 19 percent support, according to the poll, while Romney fell to third at 16 percent.

The poll, conducted Tuesday of 457 likely Republican voters across the state, continues a big month for Gingrich. And comes out just as the field visits South Carolina to take part in the first nationally televised debate of the season, live from Wofford College in Spartanburg at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The former House Speaker was fifth, with single-digit support, in a CNN/Time poll conducted the third week of October. A Rasmussen Reports poll in the first week of November showed Gingrich at 15 percent support, and in third place behind Cain and Romney. Now, he's moved into second, with Cain's lead tenuous as the he-said, she-saids continue to fly.

The move comes as little surprise to influential conservatives across South Carolina. In this week's Huffington Post/ Patch Power Outsiders poll, Republicans across the four early nominating states said they agree with Gingrich on many of the issues.

The HuffPo/Patch polling results were even stronger for Gingrich in South Carolina, where conservatives said they felt like Gingrich best represented what they wanted in leadership and experience and in issues including taxes, healthcare, immigration and foreign policy.

Romney and Gingrich tied for the top support on dealing with the economy. Only in abortion did South Carolina influential conservatives say he did not represent their views.

Gingrich has recently boosted his South Carolina effort, adding staffers and planning Saturday's opening of his state headquarters in Greenville. Romney, meanwhile, has made few stops in the state and has no office.

stanley seigler November 13, 2011 at 07:10 PM
@dr john re: Obama has trouble getting a 50% majority opinion on almost all issues..." FYI stuff regan's approval in 1983 (about a year before he was reelected) was around 40%; ditto clinton one year before reelected...as is BO's one year before his REELECTION. OTOH "W" approval rating one year before reelection was about 50%...sad he did not live up to expectations...he left (2008) with an unusually low approval...around 22%. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-presapp0605-31.html what do popularity polls prove? i dunno...perhaps; "who you gonna vote for" polls are helpful...which basically show BO and ROM in a statistical tie...and BO a few points ahead of the others. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/elections/
Dr. John November 14, 2011 at 01:06 AM
stanley, Here is the most recent data on issues from swing states http://www.gallup.com/poll/150599/GOP-Candidate-Beats-Obama-Swing-States-Jobs-Deficit.aspx here is how all presidents have polled in the 11th quarter of their presidency since Eisenhower in 1955, Obama is the second lowest only to Jimmy Carter... http://www.gallup.com/poll/150230/Obama-Job-Approval-Average-Slides-New-Low-11th-Quarter.aspx Stanley, Please note that I referenced issue voting, not overall disapprove/approve voting. There is a difference.
stanley seigler November 14, 2011 at 03:34 AM
@dr john we can quote polls from now til nov 2012...they are meaningless...the only poll that matters will be released on the wed after 2012 nov tue...my opine: BO will win by a land slide...he is on right side of history (the 99%) as was FDR after the hoover's 1929 depression. po folks (the 99%) do better under DEM administrations...rich folks (the 1%) do better under GOP administrations...
George Grace November 14, 2011 at 04:40 AM
BO will win by a land slide..." I agree. When only 25% of registered Repub's vote for Mitt (one poll), he hasn't got independents.
stanley seigler November 14, 2011 at 05:56 PM
@drjohn re: "Please note that I referenced issue voting, not overall disapprove/approve voting. There is a difference." agree, will consider positions and thanks for the information (links)...i dont agree with many of BO's positions...just agree with more of his than those of the GOPers...and; as a bleeding heart redneck will vote for our current president unless he is involved in penn state child abuse.

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