81
      Sunday
      84 / 71
      Monday
      84 / 73
      Tuesday
      86 / 74

      Debate attracts diverse conservatives

      The Myrtle Beach Convention Center was packed Monday night with thousands for the GOP presidential debate.

      3,000 ticket holders were allowed inside the debate. An additional 382 members of the media had signed up to cover the event.

      The debate lasted for two hours, and the candidates discussed everything from job creation and foreign policy to local issues like I-73. http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=708274

      It was a lively crowd, who often erupted into applause and a few times groans of disapproval could be heard from the audience.

      A poll of 720 voters conducted last night by Insider Advantage shows Romney ahead in South Carolina with 31 percent. He's followed by Newt Gingrich with 21, Ron Paul with 14, Rick Santorum at 13 percent, and Rick Perry with 5 percent support.

      The candidates will spend the rest of the week courting South Carolina voters, hoping to increase their support here ahead of Saturday's primary.