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Conservatives talk social issues in South Carolina, but money is still on their minds

Monday, January 16, 2012

(Fox News) With Jon Huntsman gone from the Republican presidential primary race, five candidates remain standing ahead of Monday night's Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate, an opportunity to glimpse how Palmetto State Republicans are leaning ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary.

Saturday is only the third vote of the nominating season, but one that could all but wrap the process, and while social issues have dominated Iowa and taken up much of the conversation in South Carolina, the economy is still the deciding factor for many voters.

"This is a very volatile field, and it's had its leaks and valleys and ebbs and flows," said Amy Kremer, head of the Tea Party Express and based out of Atlanta. "Right now (Rick) Santorum is surfing ... at the end of the day, the people of South Carolina are going to have to make the decision and what they can all agree on is the economy is the most important issue."

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