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South Carolina polls have throughout the campaign, reports, but as the South Carolina primary inches closer, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney may be able to coast to a victory and further cement his lead status as the Republican presidential nominee.
Romney, , earned 33 percent support among likely Republican primary voters, while Gingrich earned 22 percent. Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul both dropped to the third tier, with Santorum earning 14 percent support and Paul getting 12 percent.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry earned 6 percent support and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who , earned 4 percent.
Three of the five presidential candidates spoke to a packed room of South Carolina business leaders about the economy and jobs on Tuesday afternoon. For a recap of that event, .
Gingrich, meanwhile, is urging competitors Rick Santorum and Rick Perry bow out of the Republican presidential race so conservatives can rally behind one "anti-Mitt Romney" candidate, according to CNN.
The South Carolina primary is Thursday and will be followed by Florida on Jan. 31. Illinois' primary is set for March 20.
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