South Carolina TV already awash in GOP attack ads

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the media during a campaign stop at Cherokee Trikes & More on January 12, 2012 in Greer, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21st to vote in the primary election to pick their choice for U.S. presidential candidate. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - GOP presidential candidates and their deep-pocketed allies are teeing up millions of dollars in ads, many in attack fashion, ahead of the pivotal South Carolina primary.

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Newt Gingrich is hitting Mitt Romney over abortion. A group backing Romney is ridiculing Gingrich's judgment by showing footage of him with Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi. And Ron Paul is tagging Rick Santorum as a "serial hypocrite" with "a record of betrayal."

In a state known for brutal campaign tactics, the savaging has only just begun.

Romney's wins in the first two contests set up a now-or-never situation for opponents desperate to deny him the presidential nomination.

South Carolina voters weigh in on Jan. 21.

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