Gingrich surges into lead in South Carolina

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A new We Ask America poll in South Carolina shows Newt Gingrich leading the GOP field with 32%, followed by Mitt Romney at 28%, Ron Paul at 13%, Rick Santorum at 9%, Rick Perry at 3% and Jon Huntsman at 3%.

A new  Public Policy Polling survey also show Gingrich continues to lead Romney, 35-29, with Paul and Santorum each tied for third at 15%.

Nate Silver: “Our forecasts now say that Mr. Gingrich has become the slight favorite to win in South Carolina.”

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