The Washington Post on the importance of watching the vote in Beaufort County in today’s Republican presidential primary:
1. Beaufort County
This was Romneyâ€™s best county â€“ by far â€“ in 2008, when he took 26 percent of the vote in this southeastern coastal area. Itâ€™s also the most moderate-friendly county, having given nearly three-quarters of the vote to the trio of Romney, John McCain and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
The ninth-biggest county in the 2008 results, it has grown even more since then as northern retirees continue to move south. Romney should do very well here, and if he doesnâ€™t, thatâ€™s a bad sign.
One caveat, though, is that Rick Santorumâ€™s brother is from here, and Romney hasnâ€™t visited much (see our visit tracker here), so the former Pennsylvania senator could steal votes and play spoiler.
2008 results: McCain 42, Romney 26, Mike Huckabee 16, Fred Thompson 8, Giuliani 6, Ron Paul 2
It’s an interesting piece with lots of data from the 2008 vote.