Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accomplished something big in the first two primary states -- he was the first GOP candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. That set the narrative totally toward a Romney roll: He moved up in the polls at the next stop in the process, South Carolina, and with a huge fundraising quarter it very much looked like Mr. Inevitable was, well, inevitable.
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And then the campaigning down south started.
The TPM Poll Average of the race shows that Romney had a ten point lead in the week after his Iowa win and expected victory in New Hampshire. When the campaign moved to South Carolina, and the circular firing squad over Romney's tenure as CEO of Bain Capital began, he started dropping while the chief Bain critic, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has bounced back in the state. Now new Public Policy Polling (D) numbers out Friday show Romney in the lead with 29 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 24, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) with 15 and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at 14. The rest of the field is in single digits.