In South Carolina, six of seven surveys done this week indicate former House speaker Newt Gingrich is now running slightly ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. This doesn’t guarantee Gingrich victory, of course, but it shows he stands a good chance of winning today’s primary. Few would have thought this after his poor showing in Iowa?
Many voters in South Carolina are still undecided, some are trying to factor in Thursday’s events of which one report said:
A plugged-in toaster was dropped into what had been the relatively placid waters of the South Carolina presidential primary Thursday, scorching one candidate’s prospects to a crisp and roiling the campaigns of the others left in the race.
The $64 question: Will South Carolina voters turn on Gingrich because, as one pundit put it, he talked the family values talk, but failed to walk that family values walk?
A Clemson University Palmetto Poll, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, has Gingrich ahead of Romney by 32 to 26 per cent. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are shown as running far behind at 11 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively.
Certainly looks good for Gingrich, but this one’s just too close to call.