Mitt Romney downplayed expectations that he would win all of the Republican presidential primaries, conceding that Newt Gingrich would likely win some as well.

"I expect that Newt will win some primaries and contests and I expect I will as well," Romney said Friday on Laura Ingraham's radio show. He added that he isn't "expecting to win them all."

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Romney's comments came a day before the South Carolina primary. Two recent South Carolina polls, one by Public Policy Polling and one by the conservative Rasmussen Reports, found Gingrich overtaking Romney in the Palmetto State. The PPP poll has Gingrich as the front-runner, leading Romney 34 percent to 28 percent.

The Rasmussen poll also showed Gingrich leading the field, 33 percent to 31 percent. 


A CNN/Opinion Research Company poll for Florida, where the next primary is set for Jan. 31, found Romney with a wide lead over the rest of the field, 43 percent to Rick Santorum's 19 percent in second place. The poll found Gingrich in a close third, with 18 percent.