New Hampshire might be the next stop for Republican presidential candidates, but campaigning is already underway down in South Carolina. According to the state GOP chair, the state is an important indicator of who the nominee will be.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

From America's Election Headquarters...

South Carolina Republicans like to brag...

(Connelly) "Somebody's gotta win here to win the nomination. We've got a thirty year track record."

That's the state party chair, Chad Connelly. Ever since the state GOP contest began in 1980, the winner always gets the party nomination, and that's why he said serious contenders don't forget about South Carolina.

(Connelly) "You know, Iowa and New Hampshire are doing their job, but just the fact you see candidates coming here... even Governor Romney has come here before the New Hampshire primary... it just highlights the importance and the role our state plays."

Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.