Uh. Oh. Bad news for the “Occupy Mitt Romney” movement. The candidate who is supposed to be in trouble after a close call in Iowa still holds a huge lead in New Hampshire and has surged to a “major lead” in South Carolina.
A new CNN/Time magazine poll shows Romney’s support down South climbed 17 percentage points in the last month — up to 37 percent and a 20 point lead over second place Rick Santorum.
Not a bad showing for a candidate who all but ignored South Carolina until recently. After picking up the endorsement of Gov. Nikki Haley — a tea party favorite and pal of Sarah Palin — Romney has stepped up his presence in the state and it appears to have paid off.
Romney continues to hold a big poll lead in New Hampshire but is expected to be battered by Santroum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry in back-to-back debates there over the weekend and all three candidates say they will go after him in South Carolina.
But polls suggest Romney is becoming the candidate that most GOP voters think has the best shot at defeating President Barack Obama and that feeling helps them overcome others reservations.
- Romney Ahead In South Carolina, But Santorum’s Rising (huffingtonpost.com)
- Romney Leads in South Carolina Poll; Santorum Second (ibtimes.com)
- With Lead in SC, Romney Is on Glide Path to Nomination (elections.firedoglake.com)
- New TIME/CNN Poll Shows Romney Surge in South Carolina Primary (swampland.time.com)