Mitt Romney squeaked out a win in Iowa. He has a huge lead in New Hampshire and at least one poll suggests he’s very well positioned to win in    South Carolina as well.

Republican strategist Joe Watkins served in the Bush 41 administration and ran against Rick Santorum in the 1994 U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania.

He explains why finishing in second in New Hampshire is important for the other candidates, why Romney is smart to spend part of this week campaigning in South Carolina and whether a long, bruising primary is good for the eventual GOP nominee.

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