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Romney, Santorum ride Iowa momentum into South Carolina

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Mitt Romney’s Iowa caucus victory has propelled him to a lead in South Carolina, and has boosted Iowa runner-up Rick Santorum as well, according to two new polls Friday.

Those polls also show Newt Gingrich plummeting in South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21, 10 days after New Hampshire primary voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

A CNN/Time poll showed Mr. Romney at 37 percent support while a Rasmussen Reports survey put him at 27 percent support — signaling the fallout from the Iowa caucuses remains fluid. But in both polls he took the lead, leap-frogging Mr. Gingrich who had consistently led in polls taken last month.

Mr. Santorum, whose near-win in Iowa has boosted him in the national conversation, surged to 19 percent in the CNN/Time poll and to 24 percent in the Rasmussen survey.

Mr. Gingrich was at 18 percent in both surveys, good enough for third place. And Rep. Ron Paul polled 12 and 11 percent support.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stayed in the race to compete in South Carolina, garnered 5 percent support.

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