After New Hampshire, all eyes will be on the first in the South primary, in South Carolina on January 21, to see if the negative ads about Mitt Romney’s career buying out and sometimes shutting down companies will have an effect.
Romney currently holds a narrow lead over Newt Gingrich in South Carolina. Romney is pushing back against the ads, and also insisting that comments he made yesterday about liking to fire people were taken out of context. Rick Perry, who once had a huge lead in the state and is the only candidate campaigning there today, has apparently made Romney’s comments into a ring tone.
South Carolinians pride themselves on picking the eventual Republican nominee, which they’ve done in every election since 1980.
Gina Smith, reporter for The State newspaper in South Carolina says the state’s electorate is divided and she wonders “Can any one candidate take all of the groups and say ‘I am y’all’s candidate?’ That’s a tall order, and to do it in a matter of weeks, wow!”
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