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South Carolina Is The Last Chance For Republicans To Challenge Romney

With the New Hampshire primary in the rear view mirror and a convincing Mitt Romney victory in the books, time is rapidly running out for Republican presidential candidates to pose a formidable threat to the former Massachusetts governor.

I believe that the upcoming primary in South Carolina on January 21st is the last realistic opportunity that guys like Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have in this race.  If this race ends up like recent polling suggests, Romney will have essentially sealed up the Republican nomination.

A week and a half isn’t much time to mount a comeback but polls suggest that Newt Gingrich might have the best shot at pulling it off.  He currently trails Romney by about 7 points in the latest poll with Rick Santorum trailing by about 11 points.  Ron Paul is even further back.

It’s hard to say who, if anybody, has a realistic shot though.  Gingrich has barely registered much support in either Iowa or New Hampshire so it’s hard to see him suddenly winning South Carolina.  Rick Santorum finished way behind Romney in New Hampshire dampening some of the momentum he had in almost winning Iowa.  Ron Paul finished in the top three in both Iowa and New Hampshire but polls show him way behind Romney in both South Carolina and Florida.

Mitt Romney appears to be the only consistent Republican candidate out there right now.  A win in South Carolina should cement what may already be a foregone conclusion.

What say you?  Does anybody have a realistic shot at challenging Mitt Romney right now?  Feel free to comment below.

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  1. January 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Perry might land a win in South Carolina. His super PAC has been spending madly there and all the negative ads may take Romney down a notch or two. As I mentioned before, the nomination is his to win or lose. The others really need to buckle down and shake hands and run ads like crazy on radio and t.v. I’d like to see one of the others take it, just to keep the race interesting. Whoever wins, Obama will crush in November. Unemployment will be below 8% (fingers crossed) and that’s what will really determine the outcome in November.

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