Editor's note: James A. Barnes is former chief political correspondent at the National Journal and is part of CNN's Election Night decision team. He is a contributor to The State of American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) and has been a guest lecturer at Oxford University.
(CNN) - As South Carolina Republicans begin voting in the first primary of the south today, GOP insiders say that all the candidates have had their problems in Palmetto State, one reason why today's outcome has been so hard to predict.
Washington (CNN) - If Mitt Romney is able to follow up his razor-thin, first-place finish in the Iowa caucuses with a win in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, he'll be the first GOP presidential candidate to post back-to-back victories in those two states since Gerald R. Ford accomplished that feat in 1976.
Even though Romney is on the cusp of that achievement, so far he remains only a tepid favorite for the GOP presidential nomination in national polls of Republican voters and the CNN New Hampshire Insiders Survey. And many conservative party activists are actively engaged in trying to rally that party's base around an alternative to Romney.
Washington (CNN) – New Hampshire Republican political pros are not expecting a big surprise when the state's voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary, seeing an easy victory for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But the race for second place is much less clear.
A CNN survey of 52 New Hampshire GOP insiders found that only one thought Romney would lose the primary, and that was to former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.