The New Hampshire primary is next Tuesday and the South Carolina primary is 11 days after that.
The big story in political circles this week is that Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus by only 8 votes, with Rick Santorum coming in second and Ron Paul a strong third.
South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly talked about Santorum’s surprising turnout in Iowa, saying that the former Pennsylvania Senator has a good ground game and good people on-board, giving him a chance to get the GOP nomination.
South Carolina Democrat Chairman Dick Harpootlian says Republican voters are split and inconsistent.
“This state is going to boil down to that dichotomy in the Republican party between the tea partiers and the conservative right-wing nuts, and the main stream folks,” said Harpootlian. “The Republican Party is becoming the ‘Almond Joy’ party. Some days they feel like a nut. Some days they don’t.”
Historically, since 1980 every GOP nominee that has won the South Carolina primary went on to receive the party’s nomination. Connelly says he believes that tradition will continue.
“This is the state that is the firewall or whatever those candidates want to call it. This is the place with the best cross-section of Republican primary voters in the nation,” said Connelly.
The South Carolina primary is Saturday, January 21st.
SCRN’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report.