GOP front-runner sets sights on South Carolina in wake of New Hampshire victory

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:54pm

Mitt Romney is hoping back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire will build momentum.

Romney ran a political gauntlet in his own backyard and emerged with a convincing win in New Hampshire.

Now he's headed south.

"I've got an uphill climb in South Carolina ahead of me," he admitted.

The South Carolina primary is now ten days away and Romney's hoping to do exactly what he did in New Hampshire.

He captured 39 percent of the vote, winning over enough conservatives to claim victory
while the other candidates canceled each other out.

Ron Paul grabbed second place.

"I feel good that the momentum is building," Paul said.

Jon Huntsman, who had pinned his hopes on New Hampshire, finished third.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry are all hoping for a stronger showing in the South,
where social conservatives have been slow to embrace Romney.

Still, Romney leads in the latest polls in South Carolina and a win there would make him all but unbeatable.

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