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January 02, 2012


South Carolina May Be Last Chance to Stop Romney

Joe Klein: "The word on Sunday was that Iowa may not fulfill its only plausible function: winnowing the field. It seems that both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich will stagger on. Neither candidate seems to have much hope in New Hampshire. Perry may wind up owing votes there. But they will hang on to test their mettle in South Carolina, a real southern state, the deepest crimson of red states. Why will they do this?"

"Because there is still the belief that an anti-Romney candidate will emerge. And it's likely that South Carolina will be the anti-Romney Super Bowl, contested by Perry, Gingrich and Rick Santorum. All three will have advantages -- Santorum will have momentum, perhaps, if he does as well as he's supposed to do in Iowa; Perry will have money and a region-appropriate accent; Gingrich will have something akin to home field advantage, coming from neighboring Georgia."












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