A CNN/Time/ORC International poll indicates that 33% of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters say they are backing Romney, with 23% supporting Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor’s 10 point advantage over the former House speaker is down from a 19 point lead two weeks ago. According to the survey, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is at 16%, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is at 13%, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands at 6%.
One thing about CNN’s poll puzzles me. According to Jim Galloway,
CNN says it also asked voters who their second choice was – and substituted those results for anyone who named Jon Huntsman as their favorite. He withdrew on Monday.
If Herman Cain’s name remains on the ballot, won’t Huntsman’s? Will South Carolina do the same thing as CNN by substituting Stephen Colbert’s name for anyone who votes for Cain?