With the nation's first GOP presidential primary three days away here, a confident Mitt Romney spent most of Friday in South Carolina as Rick Santorum tried to build on his near upset in Iowa to make up ground on the front-runner.
Michigan native Romney is comfortably ahead in the Granite State, and back-to-back victories could solidify his lead among six candidates early in the nominating process.
South Carolina's primary is next, on Jan. 21, and a pair of polls out Friday shows Romney ahead, despite the state's conservative, evangelical tilt. Romney, a businessman who has stressed job creation, struggled in his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign in part because conservatives see him as too moderate and evangelicals are wary of his Mormon faith.
"Romney has got money, and he has the best operatives of any of the candidates," said politics expert David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.
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