03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Romney Cedes South Carolina To Rivals

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 tricky expectations game has left his top advisers here in an awkward position. They need to defend their candidate's decision without downplaying the importance of their own state, a fiercely proud place where locals frequently tout their first-in-the-South primary status and tradition of deciding the GOP nominee.

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