Romney Trims SC Prospects, Eyes Nevada

Concedes Palmetto State to McCain, eyes overall delegate count
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 12:17 PM CST
Holding a rose, Mary Romney, daughter-in-law of Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, waits for her husband Craig Romney and father-in-law after a campaign stop in Charleston...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With polls placing him third in South Carolina's primary Saturday, Mitt Romney is conceding and turning attention to all-but-forgotten Nevada caucuses. Romney says “it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put a few drops” in a GOP bucket that John McCain’s already filled, but Politico says Romney's “erasing a bit of recent history”: He spent earlier massively in Palmetto country.

Opting out is a gamble—ask Rudy Giuliani—but it may pay off out West, where the Las Vegas Review-Journal today endorsed Romney based on his resolutely Republican economic platform. A Nevada victory could mitigate a South Carolina loss, the Las Vegas Sun concludes, but one observer says expectations games cut both ways: If Romney loses Nevada, “This would end up being man biting dog.”