Perry, Romney Lead Pack in South Carolina Poll
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lead the Republican presidential field in the early primary state of South Carolina, according to a new Winthrop University poll released early Tuesday.
Among those who say they are "definitely" planning to vote in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Perry, who announced his bid for the White House in the Palmetto State last month, leads Romney, 31 percent to 27 percent, with no other candidates in double-digits.
Businessman Herman Cain was third at eight percent, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin followed with six percent. Trailing the rest of the field were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at five percent; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at four percent; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at four percent; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at two percent; and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., at two percent. Eleven percent were undecided.
When asked which candidate was most likely to win the Republican nomination, 35 percent of definite GOP voters chose Perry, compared to 29 percent who backed Romney.