South Carolina is one place where candidates like Perry and Santorium have to do well or it’s likely the end of the road. Frankly I’m surprised Romney is doing so well. But as this poll tells us:
“Mitt Romney continues to hold a modest lead in South Carolina’s Republican primary for President. He’s at 29% to 24% for Newt Gingrich, 15% for Ron Paul, 14% for Rick Santorum, 6% for Rick Perry, 5% for Jon Huntsman, and 1% for Buddy Roemer.
Things haven’t changed too much at the top in the last week. Romney is down 1 point from his pre-New Hampshire standing, while Gingrich has gained a point. There’s more movement in the middle. Paul has gained 6 points to move into 3rd place, while Santorum has dropped by 5 points. Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have each picked up a single point and remain in 5th and 6th place respectively.
Why is Romney winning South Carolina? Voters there are overwhelmingly focused on the economy this year and that’s working to his advantage. 39% say jobs and the economy are their top issue, closely followed by 34% who pick government spending and reducing the debt. Asked who they trust most on economic issues 35% pick Romney to 25% for Gingrich, 16% for Paul, and 10 for Santorum. And despite the attacks on it this week Romney’s business background is an asset for him. 58% have a favorable opinion of his record in business to just 27% with a negative view of it.”
The economy is on my mind, your mind, everyone’s mind. I’m like a lot of Americans, watching the signs, worried where the debt and the world market is going to lead. Right now everyone is looking for someone they think that can not only lead to fix the issues, but who can of course beat Barack Obama who’s primarily responsible for the mess.
Looking ahead to Florida Romney’s up 15 points. Santorium is coming in 3rd, with Perry a distant 5th.
The nomination is Romney’s to lose at this point. The Bain attacks (stupid from a conservative standpoint) haven’t made a dent. Again saving some unseen disaster he’s the GOP candidate.
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