I think James’ point is especially true given the enormous commitment Romney made to Iowa. If he spent $5-7M and logged hundreds of “Ask Mitt” meetings just to get the equivalent of the “All I got from my trips to Iowa was a 4 pt win over Huckabee” t-shirt, you can bet the media will play Huckabee as the David to Romney’s Goliath. This was perhaps inevitable given Romney’s decision to pour huge resources into Iowa and “run up the score” in the polls. And we should keep in mind a similar tightening of the race may occur in NH as Rudy’s ads and McCain’s full court press register with voters. If Romney narrowly edges Huckabee and wins by a less than overwhelming margin in his own backyard are these tsunami creating events which will carry him to wins in SC and on February 5? Maybe. For now, team Romney is likely in a sweat having postulated the primacy of the early primaries only to see Huckabee within striking range.
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