South Carolina in spotlight after Romney win in N.H.
January 11th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
11 years ago

South Carolina in spotlight after Romney win in N.H.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - The race for the Republican presidential nomination headed south Wednesday, one day after a resounding New Hampshire primary win for Mitt Romney that left the rest of the GOP field scrambling to catch the former Massachusetts governor.

South Carolina is next on the primary calendar; voters there head to the polls January 21. Romney's main rivals are counting on the state's social conservatism and reputation for brass-knuckle political brawls to slow the former governor's momentum. The Palmetto State has picked the winner of every GOP nomination fight since 1980.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • South Carolina
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  1. Loomis

    So let me get this straight, Romney finishes in Iowa 8 votes ahead of Santorum in a race reported too close to call and then wins in his own backyard in New Hampshire, and now with 48 states still to go and five other candidates he is the overwhelming shoe in?!! Confucius say, Talking heads worse than talking rears.

    January 11, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  2. DENNA

    It was always going to be Romney. He is the only candidate who does not appear crazy. Note: When he wins, he will move to the middle. Think Romney/Obamacare. Face it, this man is a sort of conserva-liberal hybrid.

    January 11, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  3. Marie MD

    You are going south now. Make sure you have that hunting vest and big gun with you because that is what they like down south! 🙁
    Also make sure you continue to lie about your stand on abortion and gay marriage. That should bring those bible thumping hypocritical christians out in droves.

    January 11, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  4. tedt

    Whether your union or non union worker whether your white collar or blue collar worker. mitt romney is labors worst nightmare mark my words. One word to back my concern, Bain

    January 11, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Phase 2 of Karl Rove's Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot begins now. It will be no difficult task to spin up the yahoos in SC, confuse em with endorsements from paid-off politicians and then play the "at least Romney's not black" subliminal messages to the extreme rightwing sheeple. Rove will have them headed down the slaughter chute before most of them even realize something is wrong.

    January 11, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Good job Mittens. You made 40% in a moderate state that is adjacent to your own. Now, let's see your tax returns and also how you fare with the thumpers in SC. Also, exit polls said 33% want someone else in the race. Still feel that good??

    January 11, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  7. ed fl

    I beloieve we have seen this play before. No matter what he is still from UTAH and a mormon. Lots of luck GOP, you will need it.

    January 11, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. Joan

    Seriously now, Romney did not really win Iowa. Winning by seven votes is more of a tie. The vote last night in New Hampshire was pretty well scrutinized and probably pretty accurate. The caucus system leaves itself wide open for mistakes and other problems. There is a story that twenty votes were not counted which would have put Santorum over the top. The fact that it took hours to get the final total from two ladies speaks volumes. Is Iowa the new Florida? It does look like Romney will probably win the nomination but how must it feel to know you are sort of winning by default and that you really do not have the hearts and minds of your party? Actually watching the campaign now, it seems that Romney will be pretty vulnerable in the general election thanks to all of the information the other candidates have already unveiled. The candidate that probably has the most to offer and would really be a match for Pres. Obama is Huntsman but the Tea Party will never let that happen. Whoever wins the nomination, if they win the White House, will have a constant fight with the Tea Party members in Congress and it would be another four years of dysfunction just like the last year. The country is gradually healing right now and things are improving. Don't try to fix something if it isn't broken. Going back to previous policies and laws will only stagnate the economy again. The world is watching what America does very closely and is worried that it could take a step back in time. It affects everyone not just Americans.

    January 11, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |