The Madeleine Brand Show for January 9, 2012

South Carolina could be last stand for not-Romney candidates

GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Perry Returns To Campaign Trail In South Carolina

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SPARTANBURG, SC- JANUARY 8: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (L) kisses 7-month-old Elaina Stephens, as her aunt Candi Tennyson (R) looks on during a campaign stop at the Beacon Drive-In January 8, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After suffering a fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Gov. Perry has returned to the campaign trail in South Carolina with events for the next several days in hopes of keeping his candidacy alive.

South Carolina will hold its primary on Jan. 21, and while Mitt Romney holds a safe lead in the polls, the "not-Romney" candidates are putting up a fight. A new wave of attack ads from a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich slam Mitt Romney on his record as head of Bain Capital. Will support coalesce around a single anti-Romney, or will they split the social conservative vote and deliver Romney a win? Gina Smith, a political reporter with South Carolina newspaper, The State, joins Madeleine with an update.

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