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Ron Paul surges in South Carolina 


Mitt Romney leads the South Carolina Republican presidential primary with 29%. Newt Gingrich is in second place with 25% and Ron Paul is in third place with 20%.

Paul has gained the most and Rick Santorum has lost the most since the last American Research Group survey on January 4-5. In that survey, Paul was at 9% and Santorum was at 24%.

Gingrich and Romney are tied among self-identified Republicans with 29% each, followed by Paul with 18%. Paul leads among independents and Democrats with 29%, followed by Romney with 27%, Gingrich with 12%, and Rick Perry with 11%.

Gingrich leads among those likely primary voters saying they are supporters of the Tea Party with 28%, followed by Romney with 24%, Paul with 20%, and Santorum with 11%. Romney leads with 33% among those saying they are not supporters of the Tea Party or are undecided about the Tea Party, followed by Gingrich with 23%, and Paul with 21%.

Gingrich leads among evangelical Christians with 40%, followed by Perry with 15%, Romney with 13%, Santorum with 12%, and Paul with 10%. Among likely voters saying they are not evangelical Christians, Romney leads with 48% and followed by Paul with 33%.

Gingrich leads among men with 29%, followed by Paul with 23%, Romney at 18%, and Santorum with 14%. Among women, Romney leads with 38%, followed Gingrich with 22%, and Paul with 18%.

These are the complete poll results:

South Carolina
Likely Republican
Primary Voters
Jan 11-12
Gingrich 25%
Huntsman 1%
Paul 20%
Perry 9%
Romney 29%
Santorum 7%
Other 2%
Undecided 7%

Comparison to Past Surveys:

South Carolina
Likely Republican
Primary Voters
Jan 4-5
Jan 11-12
Bachmann 5% 13% 5% 3% ni ni
Barbour 2% ni ni ni ni ni
Cain 1% 10% 26% 10% ni ni
Daniels 1% ni ni ni ni ni
Gingrich 9% 3% 8% 33% 24% 25%
Giuliani 4% 6% ni ni ni ni
Huckabee 20% ni ni ni ni ni
Huntsman 3% 2% 1%
Johnson * ni ni
Karger ni ni ni ni ni
Palin 10% 16% ni ni ni ni
Pataki ni ni ni ni ni
Rand Paul 2% ni ni ni ni ni
Ron Paul 1% 2% 7% 8% 9% 20%
Pawlenty 2% ni ni ni ni
Perry ni 6% 15% 8% 2% 9%
Roemer 2% ni ni
Romney 18% 25% 25% 22% 31% 29%
Santorum 1% 2% 1% 1% 24% 7%
Trump 13% ni ni ni ni ni
Other/Undecided 11% 15% 13% 12% 8% 9%

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About the author: Luis Miranda

Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 19 years and almost every form of news media. He attended Montclair State University's School of Broadcasting and also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Luis speaks English, Spanish Portuguese and Italian.

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