Mitt Romney's week in South Carolina is over. Thank goodness! After a week of debate flubs, a distant second place finish and a surging Newt, he's ready for better results in Florida.
Romney suffered quite a thumping in South Carolina, even with a second finish. Mitt's polling one week ago placed him 10-12% above then second place Newt Gingrich. After Newt's dazzling debate performances and Mitt's dribble about his taxes, Romney plummeted by a 20% swing. What was startling was the exit poll data. Romney was second to Gingrich in all, yes all major categories. Including: conservatives, evangelicals, tea party supporters, protestants, military, and more. Santorum won versus Romney and Gingrich on exit poll data on pro-life support.
Romney finally cleared the air on his taxes Sunday on Fox News. Mitt announced to Chris Wallace that he would release his 2010 taxes and estimated taxes for 2011 on Tuesday. Gingrich released his 2010 tax information during the Thursday's CNN debate. Neither Ron Paul or Rick Santorum have released any tax documentation to the public.
Mitt Romney heads to Tampa for tonight for the NBC candidate debate. He'll need a strong, confident performance to best Newt's momentum leading up to the January 31 Florida primary.