COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The latest poll in South Carolina keeps 2012 GOP primary candidate Herman Cain slightly ahead of Mitt Romney.
The Georgia businessman pulled in support from 30 percent of those likely Republican primary voters polled in the NBC News/Marist Poll.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney trailed by four points. Next in line is Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 9 percent. Fifteen percent remain undecided.
Full Results:30% for Herman Cain26% for Mitt Romney9% for Rick Perry6% for Newt Gingrich5% for Ron Paul5% for Michele Bachmann2% for Rick Santorum1% for Jon HuntsmanLess than 1% for Gary Johnson15% are undecided
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The results released following Tuesday's CNN Western Debate, are similar to a recent American Research Group, Inc. poll in the Palmetto State. Cain picked up 26 percent of likely GOP primary voters. However, Romney trailed by only one percentage point, with Perry at 15 percent.
This first test of candidate strength in the South is shaping up right now as a two-way contest between Cain and Romney, explains Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Team Romney has to be concerned about Cain TMs 40% lead among likely South Carolina voters who strongly support the Tea Party.
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