As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surges in polls, one of Mitt Romney's senior advisers is preempting his own candidate's possible loss in the crucial South Carolina primary.
Romney strategist Stuart Stevens told CNN
after last night's debate said the idea of a loss to Gingrich on Saturday is possible
"Do I think we could lose South Carolina? Sure. Of course," Stevens said.
"The very idea that we are sitting where we are two days before South Carolina, having won New Hampshire, having done very well in Iowa, and the question is 'Could Romney lose South Carolina,' is such an absurd question."
"The idea should be does he have a chance in South Carolina," Stevens claimed.
Reminded of Romney's 10-point lead over Gingrich as recently as Tuesday, Stevens shook his head.
"These things were always going to be close," he said. "I think it's very competitive. I think it's a four-way race. The whole race is very fluid."
Romney is scrambling to shore up his lead as Gingrich surges in polls following two strong debate performances and several flubs by Romney on the campaign trail and during the same debates. And, it doesn't help that Rick Perry dropped out of the race, endorsed Gingrich, likely boosting Gingrich;s numbers in the final stretch.
"It's tight, it's real tight," one Romney adviser who did not want to be quoted discussing internal poll numbers told CNN.
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