It is New Hampshire primary day but professional candidate-watchers already have their eyes on the next electoral rendezvous – South Carolina.
It will be a make-or-break state for Mitt Romney, who has yet to convince America’s religious right that he is their man. Not a problem here, but down south Romney’s Mormon faith doesn’t play well.
In a debate many expressed a belief that this time he has enough momentum to take him to the Republican Convention in Florida.
“No Republican has won both Iowa and New Hampshire in the modern era. Those two states have always gone in different directions. Romney eked out the win in Iowa, so he’s in a position to do what no other Republican candidate has done. If he can then build on that and win South Carolina, which has been decisive since 1980, I can’t see a reason why he should lose the nomination,” said the Washington Post’s Dan Balz.
So Romney appears poised for the kill and could wrap up this race quickly, but there is still a bumpy road ahead.
“New Hampshire tends to surprise. It’s an independent state. Romney had a little bit of a problem today, talking about how he likes to fire people. We’ll see how that plays off. I mean, he was taken out of context, but it’s the kind of comment that plays into what people already don’t like about him,” said ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.
With the attack ads now coming thick and fast Romney will have to shrug off the damage if he wants to scoop up South Carolina.