Perry at 9 percent in S.C. poll, 4th behind Gingrich

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Gov. Rick Perry is fourth among GOP presidential candidates in the just-released Clemson University Palmetto Poll, a sample of 600 likely voters.

To be sure, a majority of the respondents haven't yet decided who to vote for. Sixty-eight percent said they haven't made up their mind, and a similar number said they were most likely to change their mind before the primary on Jan. 21.

Mitt Romney leads with 22 percent of the vote, or 131 of the 600 likely voters.

Close behind is Herman Cain at 20 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich with about 10 percent.

Perry was the favorite of 53 voters in the poll, or about 9 percent.

Texan Ron Paul drew 3.5 percent.

Perry ran strongest among voters between age 26 and 40, where he came close to matching Romney (although both trailed Cain). Perry led Gingrich among women but trailed among men.

Men favored Cain while women preferred Romney. There was a 9-point gap -- 24-15 -- between Cain's support among men and women.

The full survey: Palmetto Poll

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