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S.C. Poll: Romney 33, Gingrich 22, Santorum 14, Paul 12

11:47 AM, Jan 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Hill reports on the latest ahead of this weekend's primary vote in South Carolina: 

A new Monmouth University poll of South Carolina voters shows Republican front-runner Mitt Romney maintaining a double-digit lead over the remainder of the GOP field, further increasing the likelihood of the Massachusetts governor winning the South Carolina primary and Republican nomination.

Romney earned 33 percent support of likely Republican voters, 11 percent higher than Newt Gingrich, whose 22 percent of support was good enough for second. Rick Santorum, whom Romney was able to narrowly edge in the Iowa caucuses, is earning 14 percent of voters, locking him into a struggle for third place with Ron Paul. The Texas congressman was earning 12 percent of those polled.

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