All the polls came out Thursday and reflect what most observers have been saying on the ground; Romney is crashing and Newt is surging.
Three new polls released Thursday have Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina over Mitt Romney, while a third poll showed the former House Speaker received a boost from his debate performance Monday.
Gingrich leads Romney by 34 percent to 28 percent, according to Public Policy Polling. Gingrich has risen from 23 percent over the last two weeks as other candidates faltered.
Rasmussen has Gingrich at 33 percent versus Romney's 31 percent. Romney held a 14-point lead in a Rasmussen poll taken just before Monday's debate.
American Research Group puts Gingrich with 33 percent, narrowly ahead of Romney at 32 percent.
In a poll released by NBC/Marist, Romney has 34 percent over Gingrich's 24 percent. But the poll was taken before and after the debate in Myrtle Beach.
Before the debate, Romney led Gingrich by 37 percent to 22 percent. After Romney fumbled on several questions including one about his taxes and Gingrich won a standing ovation for how he would get the poor back to work, Romney's post-debate lead over Gingrich shrank 31 percent to 26 percent.
The interview with Gingrich's ex wife will no doubt cost the candidate something. At the very least it will slow his momentum. But you might want to brew yourself a strong pot of coffee on Saturday night because it might very well be a late night for returns from the Palmetto State.