Two well-known congressional Republicans from South Carolina say that if Mitt Romney wins in their state, the contest should be all but over.
"If Romney wins South Carolina, I think the game's over,” said Rep. Tim Scott, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is the last stand for many candidates."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, speaking on the same show, said, "If Mitt Romney wins South Carolina, no one's ever won all three, I think it should be over. That'd be quite a testament to his ability as a candidate and campaigner and I'd hope the party would rally around him."
Scott said that Romney’s opponents may split the evangelical vote in South Carolina, which could favor the former Massachusetts governor. “It's hard to find a single candidate that rallies all of the Christian voters in South Carolina,” he said, “and therefore that splintered approach will probably have a major impact on Saturday."
Graham said that attacks on Romney for his work at the private equity firm Bain Capital go too far if they attack private equity or venture capital as bad for the economy. “I think that's misplaced,” he said.
"This is our election to lose,” Graham said f the general election matchup against President Obama. “And the only way we're going to lose it is if we go too long in time in terms of the primary and if our attacks go too far. We haven't done that yet. We haven't done damage to ourselves yet."
He called Romney, “a good man that tea party people should look at closely.”