Poll: Romney leads in SC, other early GOP primary states

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COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The latest political poll of early GOP presidential primary states puts former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the top.

Public Policy Polling released the results Tuesday showing the Republican up by nine points in South Carolina with 27 percent.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin follows with 18 percent. However, Palin has not yet officially declared her candidacy despite an East Coast tour.

PPP says results show Romney's lead will only grow if Palin doesn't decide to run.

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich pulled in 12 percent.

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Romney leads in similar polls conducted in New Hampshire, Nevada and Iowa.

We TMve polled all four of the key early Republican contests in the last two months and Mitt Romney leads them all, said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. The post-Mike Huckabee landscape looks very good for him.

PPP asked 1,000 likely state Republican primary voters over the phone this week. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

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