How did Romney lose in South Carolina (he came in 4th)? He didn’t campaign there, and still came in 4th:
While former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won big in Nevada, the race there was largely uncontested. Romney finished fourth in South Carolina after passing up campaigning there to concentrate on Nevada. “If you can win those two states — Michigan and Nevada — it means you have put together quite a coalition and have been able to make the kind of inroads you have to make to take the White House,” Romney said Saturday afternoon from Florida.
McCain won South Carolina and New Hampshire, but Romney is winning the war of the delegates. Romney has 66 delegates to McCain’s 38. How important are delegates? Well, delegates are what’s needed to win the candidacy. The delegates have to vote for the candidate at the RNC convention in Minneapolis, MN this year. Republican candidates have to win 1,191 delegates. It’s early yet, but Romney’s strategy of winning delegate-rich states is having the desired effect. This is Giuliani’s strategy, as well, who abandoned all early states in favor of stumping in Florida and California. Somehow, I think Giulian’s strategy will not work, as he has been off the national radar for a very long time. McCain’s momentum is a positive push, but Romney is winning where it counts.