Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, sits in the top-tier in the latest NBC News/Marist polls of South Carolina and Florida GOP voters. Mr. Paul pulled in 9 percent of the votes in the latest NBC News/Marist poll of South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary voters for a third place finish. Mr. Paul garnered 8 percent of the votes in the latest NBC News/Marist poll of Florida Republican Presidential Primary voters.
Mr. Paul leads Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman in South Carolina and Florida. While Mr. Paul holds a 2 point lead over Mr. Perry and Ms. Bachmann in South Carolina, the Texas congressman sits 4 points ahead of the Texas governor and 5 points in front of the Minnesota representative in Florida.