I agree with a lot of the political posters that momentum in the early GOP primaries is extremely important. Romney's loss in Iowa in 2008 can hardly be minimized in considering the deflationary impact on his momentum and expectations and McCain's subsequent filling of the " vacuum "
Having said that, if we consider 2012 momentum, based upon the four early primaries, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Tuesday's results are certainly positive augers for Romney's 2012 chances. After all, the incoming Governors in Iowa and South Carolina were both Romney stalwarts in 2008, he lives in New Hampshire much of the year and has a huge supporter in Brian Sandoval in Nevada. It is hard to see how Romney doesn't come out of these 4 primaries as the acknowledged 2012 leader, no matter what Fox would like. Even the recent polls are showing these likely results, even without the impact of the endorsement of these new Governors, Haley, Sandoval and Branstad and Mitt's current 20 + point polling lead in New Hampshire. After these early primaries, the momentum is all Mitt's. The only risk is to let expectations get too high so the MSM ( Which Fox News now trumpets is......Fox News ) doesn't play the shortfall to expectations with insight from " Campaign Carl "