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It seems the negative attacks perceived by many as leftist and anti-capitalist from candidates considered conservative–Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry–have backfired tremendously as Mitt Romney’s lead has grown in South Carolina.

In successive polls completed over the past five days, Romney has led each one with 28% (1/12, Rasmussen), 29% (1/13, PPP), 33% (1/15, Monmouth), and 32% (1/15, Insider Advantage). Further, the gap between Romney and Gingrich has moved significantly (in the same poll order) 7, 5, 11, 11 points.

Romney has the momentum while Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry likely do not have enough time to change South Carolina strategy. The damage may be done and the Republican nominee will be chosen.