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WASHINGTON (CNN) - It’s all about South Carolina today, where GOP voters head to the polls in a little more than a week for the first of the state’s two presidential primaries.
Before the New Hampshire primary, Barack Obama was leading Hillary Clinton, and Mike Huckabee was leading John McCain and Mitt Romney, by double-digit margins in most recent Palmetto State polls. But with no post-New Hampshire numbers for guidance, the terrain is a bit tricky.
Rudy Giuliani is already looking past the state's January 19 primary, setting up shop in Florida and focusing his efforts on that state's January 29 primary.
Others are staking everything on their South Carolina Alamo: Fred Thompson has moved his entire campaign here, lock stock and barrel. (If that alone doesn’t say “last stand,” the pay cuts some of his staffers are taking to work the South Carolina effort speaks for itself.)
And John McCain, fresh off his New Hampshire triumph, is making a serious play for territory that served as his Waterloo eight years ago – and still planning to spend enough time in Michigan to once again make Mitt Romney’s life a lot more complicated.
All of them end the day in Myrtle Beach, at the Republican presidential primary debate.
- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand
The Democratic presidential field will get smaller today, as Bill Richardson is expected to abandon his bid for the White House. And Michael Bloomberg is still considering jumping into the race. Political Ticker