With the New Hampshire primary now behind them, the Republicans vying for the 2012 nomination now head to South Carolina for a crucial primary there next Saturday.

Van Hipp was part of the team that created the South Carolina primary and he is a former South Carolina Republican Party chairman. He explains how much Mitt Romney’s momentum will matter in the Palmetto State and which of the alternatives might emerge as the toughest challenger for Romney.

Hipp also discusses South Carolina’s reputation for rough and tumble politics and whether Romney will encounter resistance because he is a Mormon. Hipp also offers a bit of a prediction.

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