The First in the South primary is done in South Carolina. Results: McCain 1st; Huckabee 2nd; Thompson 3rd. Here are my thoughts:
Thompson put all his chips in on SC and needed a very strong showing. Finishing 3rd is a very poor finish for all the effort. My prediction is that he will drop out before Florida. Rumor has it that he will endorse McCain...I certainly hope that isn't true.
Huckabee needed to win b/c SC is one of the most evangelical states and by not being able to win there, I don't see any other state he can win. He will stay in until FL and if he doesn't finish in the top 2, which I don't think he will, he will be out before Super Tuesday or at least should be if he is facing reality.
McCain's win will give him a major bump in FL and now in my opinion it is down to a three man race; McCain, Romeny and Rudy.
Next stop...Florida. If Rudy doesn't win FL he will be done b/c he is staking his whole big state strategy on winning FL first and rolling on from there and then it will be down to two.