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Will Romney Extend His Winning Streak to South Carolina?

AIKEN, S.C. — Wednesday is the first day of the rest of Mitt Romney's life. Ever since announcing he would make a second run for the Republican presidential nomination, the 2008 runner-up has followed a campaign strategy of winning the New Hampshire primary and building from there.

Now, Romney heads to a state where some Christian conservatives express deep skepticism, if not downright antipathy, toward his candidacy, and where his rivals plan a barrage of negative assaults that might have made legendary South Carolina attack man Lee Atwater blush.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 7:40am

Poll: Obama Makes No Gains in Florida

President Obama faces an uphill battle in electoral-vote-rich Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early on Wednesday that shows that a majority of Sunshine State voters feel he does not deserve to be reelected.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 7:40am

Q Poll: Mack, Nelson Neck-and-Neck in Florida

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rep. Connie Mack remain locked in a neck-and-neck race in Florida's Senate race, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 7:40am

What South Carolinians Are Waking Up To

This post has been updated to clarify which PACs have purchased air time in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After decades at the head of the primary calendar, South Carolina voters won't be surprised when they turn on their televisions this morning and see wall-to-wall campaign advertisements. And while a super PAC backing Newt Gingrich has said it will spend $3.4 million on negative ads blasting front-runner Mitt Romney, it's actually Romney and his allies who are spending the most on television time this week and next.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 7:40am

Paul's Movement is Romney's Headache

Ron Paul said Tuesday he was "nibbling" at Mitt Romney's heels.
Soon, Romney may be eating out of Paul's hand. 
That's an over-statement to be sure - but it's becoming increasingly clear to those in the Romney camp that something must be done and done soon to build bridges to Paul.
The reason is clear: Romney and his top advisers anticipate a close general election if, as appears likely, he emerges as the GOP nominee. A close general election puts a premium on enthusiasm/turnout and party unity. 

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 2:40am

Huntsman Surged -- But Not Enough

In the end, Jon Huntsman’s long-awaited surge came too late. After a double-digit gain in the polls, the former Utah governor finished a disappointing third and staggered to less-familiar turf in South Carolina in hopes of saving his campaign. “We’re in the hunt,” he told supporters.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:40am

It's On to South Carolina for 'Kamizake Newt'

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign may be going down in flames, but he’s determined to burn GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney as badly as he can before the crash. He could singe his future standing within his own party while he’s at it.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:40am

Biden: Romney 'Probably Taken Out of Context'

Vice President Joe Biden surprisingly defended Mitt Romney on Tuesday, telling a group of New Hampshire Democrats that he doubted the likely Republican nominee meant he likes to fire people.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:40am

Santorum's Granite-State Stall May Help Perry

LEXINGTON, S.C.—On Tuesday, Rick Perry was enjoying the last day of being the only player in South Carolina.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:40am

Romney Expands Appeal to Evangelicals, Tea Party in N.H.

Mitt Romney demonstrated extraordinary reach across the Republican coalition in a sweeping New Hampshire victory Tuesday night that has left his rivals facing a potentially do-or-die stand in South Carolina a week from Saturday.

Romney dominated not only the groups that favored him in Iowa last week, but also several of those that had resisted him there -- particularly voters who identified as either evangelical Christians or strong tea party supporters, according to the exit polls reported on CNN.com.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:40am