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Two new polls out on Friday suggest trouble for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.
Gallup’s tracking poll shows Romney’s lead nationally – which was 23 percentage points last week – has fallen considerably. He still leads the pack of Republican contenders – which is now considerably smaller after the departure of Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry this week – but by just 10 percentage points.
Romney has 30% support, followed by Newt Gingrich with 20% and Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, who are tied at 13%
“Clearly things are collapsing,” Gallup political director Frank Newport said in an appearance on MSNBC earlier today.
But a poll out of South Carolina is more immediately troublesome for Romney.
Clemson University’s newest 2012 Palmetto Poll shows Romney trailing Gingrich in the South's first primary state, where voting starts tomorrow morning. The poll found Gingrich with 32% support, followed by Romney with 26%, Paul with 11% and Santorum with 9%.