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Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican candidates will battle it out in South Carolina before the primary on Jan. 21.
The New Hampshire primary has just finished, but Republican candidates have already made their way to South Carolina, the location of the next primary vote on Jan. 21.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is already stirring up some excitement. He called out his fellow candidates Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich by name on Wednesday, saying their attacks “will fall entirely flat,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Romney has just had a big win in New Hampshire, pulling in 39 percent of the vote. His closest rivals were Texas congressman Ron Paul with 23 percent of the vote and Jon Huntsman with 17 percent. Newt Gingrich has just 9.4 percent of the vote, and Rick Santorum suffered a big deficit from his Iowa votes, with only 9.3 percent. Rick Perry received just 0.7 percent of the vote.
Now Romney predicts his party rivals will throw everything at him to prevent him from another win in South Carolina, the Guardian reported. His rivals will likely devote millions of dollars to ads focused on him being a vulture capitalist and his views on abortion, huge issues in South Carolina. An attack on Romney’s Mormon religion is also likely to be brought up, since Christian Evangelicals view it with suspicion, the Guardian reported.
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South Carolina will probably prove to be Romney’s toughest state, although the results will likely be affected by what happened in New Hampshire, The New York Times reported. So far, the forecasts for Romney’s wins have been almost exact, so the worst case scenario is his numbers will remain the same in South Carolina.
The Palmetto state will likely be the last chance for Santorum, Gingrich or Perry to rake in big numbers and stay in the race for the Republican seat in the presidential election. Gingrich said in an interview on MSNBC that if Romney wins South Carolina “it will be very hard to stop” his campaign, the Washington Post reported.
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