A new CNN/Time poll shows Mitt Romney has gotten a recent boost in South Carolina.
The telephone poll of 485 likely Republican voters found 37 percent of them said they were most likely to support Romney in the January 21 primary. That is well ahead of the next two candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich– who polled at 19 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
However, 49 percent of those interviewed said they might change their mind, meaning the race could still be very much in flux. (The poll did not allow respondents the option of “undecided”)
Romney also led among those respondents who said they support the Tea Party (32 percent), as well as those who said they were neutral or opposed the Tea Party (41 percent).
Ron Paul was fourth at 12 percent. Rick Perry was a distant fifth, receiving only 5 percent support. The poll’s margin of error was 4.5 percent.