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Romney's Support Dropping Nationally, Too

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Republican presidential candidate former, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at Tommyís Country Ham House, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Greenville, S.C., on South Carolina's Republican primary election day.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The recent anti-Mitt Romney contagion is spreading beyond South Carolina. 
Gallup's tracking poll of the Republican presidential race reported Friday that the GOP front-runner -- whose nomination seemed inevitable as recently as Monday -- has watched his national lead among Republicans erode this week. On Monday, the ex-Bay State governor stood at 37 percent, according to Gallup. At the time, Newt Gingrich had just 14 percent of the vote. 
By Friday, Gingrich had cut Romney's edge by more than half. Romney's support had fallen to 30 percent, while Gingrich surged to 20 percent. That's 13-point swing between the two candidates in five days. 

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