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Here we go again … as if the final 24 hours of the 2012 South Carolina Republican presidential primary haven’t been sufficiently bizarre, into the fray at the last minute jumps U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

Well … Jim DeMint circa 2007.

A recorded phone message featuring DeMint’s 2007 endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney began burning up the phone lines in the Palmetto State late Friday – a desperate last-minute attempt by pro-Romney forces to fool people into thinking that DeMint is support their candidate on the eve of Saturday’s election.

He’s not …  something the popular U.S. Senator made perfectly clear a few months ago.

While DeMint did not endorse a presidential candidate this go-round, he has spoken out enthusiastically on behalf of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul – and permitted Paul’s campaign to use his voice in its campaign materials.

Now Romney backers are using DeMint’s voice without permission to imply support for their candidate that doesn’t exist.

“Just got a robocall playing Demint’s 2007 endorsement of Romney. Desperate,” S.C. Rep. Tommy Stringer wrote on his Facebook page.

Numerous other sources confirmed to FITS that they had received the calls.

Romney – who enjoyed a double-digit lead in South Carolina earlier this week – has seen his support erode over the past few days. Meanwhile former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich has been enjoying a second surge in the Palmetto State.