Romney Skips South Carolina for Nevada
Mitt Romney has decided to move on to Nevada, writing off his chances of winning South Carolina.
Just a day after his big win in Michigan, Mitt Romney ceded South Carolina to his rivals.
“This is a state I’d expect that Sen. [John] McCain has pretty well wrapped up,” Romney told reporters at the Sun City Hilton Head Retirement Center in Bluffton. “It would be an enormous surprise if he were unable to win here.”
This is shrewd on two fronts.
First, he’s certainly going to come in no better than third in the Palmetto State, so he might as well move on to a state he can win. The publicly available polling in Nevada consists of one poll showing Romney leading McCain 28-21 and another showing Romney in third place behind McCain and Giuliani, 22-18-15. It’s a caucus, though, so anything can happen and being there is a plus.
Second, while it’s true that McCain has surged in recent South Carolina polls into a consistent lead over Mike Huckabee, it’s hardly a foregone conclusion that he’ll take the state. So, Romney has simultaneously diminished the impact of a McCain victory and increased the agony of defeat.