The “Anybody But Romney” forces are running out of track fast, as Mitt appears to have opened up a double-digit lead in South Carolina and is starting to poll in Florida like he won in New Hampshire.

As much as people complain that there are still dozens of primaries and thousands of delegates left after the next two races, if Romney wins South Carolina, he wins Florida, and this thing is over.

The problem remains that there are too many ABR candidates out there splitting the vote. Based on performance in the first two races, Ron Paul would appear to be the candidate best situated to challenge Romney, but in South Carolina, he has fallen behind Newt Gingrich and is polling about the same as Rick Santorum. Rick Perry doesn’t appear to be a threat to break double digits in the Palmetto State and is likely out soon after it ends.

The path to the nomination looks wide open for Mitt Romney.