COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Call it the fight for the coast.
Mitt Romney's presidential challengers will stump up and down the South Carolina shoreline Sunday as they work to stymie the GOP front-runner one week before the state's pivotal GOP primary.
Meanwhile, the former Massachusetts governor's taking a day off the campaign trail ahead of a jam-packed week that includes two debates. The first is on Monday in Myrtle Beach, and the other is Thursday in Charleston.
The Carolina coast is a heavily populated area that includes many veterans, active military personnel, moderates and fiscal conservatives whose support Romney and his rivals are courting.
South Carolina's primary is Jan. 21 and Florida votes just 10 days later.
The pressure is on Romney's opponents to shift the course of the race over the next week.
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