Public Policy Polling reports today indicate that pro-Colbert ads run by his former Super PAC are working. Colbert has surged in South Carolina polls, now at 8%, up from 5% just a few days ago. In an unscientific Obama Conspiracy Theories poll, most South Carolina voters are not even aware of who Stephen Colbert is, much less that he is running for President of South Carolina. That’s going to change after tomorrow’s mass rally in Charleston featuring Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain.
Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in South Carolina, polling 31% to Romney’s 26% (according to PPP). That poll was taken before Rick Perry withdrew and threw his support to Gingrich today.
I suspect that The Colbert Report, Colbert’s 4-night-per-week program on Comedy Central, is over the heads of most South Carolinians (and it’s on too late at night and TiVos are illegal in the state1). That’s not the case nationally. According to PPP, Colbert leads all Republican candidates nationally in approval.
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That same Public Policy Polling report shows Colbert receiving 13% of the vote in a three-way race with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
1I just made that part about TiVos up.