Newt Gingrich's momentum continues with yet another poll, this one by the New Hampshire-based American Research Group, showing him moving ahead of fomer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in South Carolina.
Gingrich leads the South Carolina Republican presidential primary with 33 percent, Romney has 32 percent, Ron Paul is in third place with 19 percent and Rick Santorum is in fourth place with 9 percent, according to the poll.
The survey of 600 likely primary voters was conducted before Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race and endorsed Gingrich. It was also conducted after Monday night's South Carolina debate where Gingrich had a strong showing.
Just a week a go, the polling firm had Romney four points ahead of Gingrich with 29 percent to 25 percent.
Tea Party support has given Gingrich the lead, the firm finds.
Tea Party supporters say they will vote for Gingrich at a rate of 43 percent, up from 28 percent a week ago.
Gingrich leads Romney 37 percent to 36 percent among self-identified Republicans, followed by Paul with 15 percent. Paul leads among independents and Democrats with 33 percent, followed by Gingrich with 17 percent, Romney and Rick Perry (who today dropped out) each had 15 percent, and Santorum had 11 percent.
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