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“Tomorrow’s vote will divide leaders into two starkly different camps: the tax-and-spend establishment and the true reformers, who want to roll back decades of government enlargement, overreach and irresponsibility,” he said.

Mr. Romney emerged from Monday’s bumpy debate saying he was “delighted” by the outcome and continued to press an attack on former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who in 2002 voted to force states to let felons who have served their sentences be allowed to vote in federal elections.

The amendment, which failed, would have overturned rules in about a dozen states that require felons to apply to have their rights restored — usually to the governor — or ban them from voting altogether.

The attack was first raised in an advertisement being run by political supporters of Mr. Romney.

While Mr. Romney had seemed almost apologetic for the ad in Monday’s debate, it was no-holds-barred Tuesday morning.

Mr. Santorum had criticized the former governor for doing nothing to overturn a Massachusetts law that allowed felons to vote while on parole.

But Mr. Romney said the criticism was odd, given that Mr. Santorum had supported similar legislation.

“It was a very strange thing, but I thought it was great for him to make it very clear that he’s someone who thinks felons should be able to vote,” Mr. Romney said. “I’m someone who believes felons who committed violent crimes should not be able to vote.”

Speaking to reporters in Charleston, Mr. Santorum said Mr. Romney must condemn the ads.

“We have a candidate who’s not going to stand up and tell the truth,” he said. “That leads to real serious questions about whether that man can be trusted to tell the truth on a variety of things.”

For his part, Mr. Perry, who ignited the calls for Mr. Romney’s tax returns, spent Tuesday trying to win voters one by one.

In Florence, he ate lunch at the Drive-In restaurant and showed off photos of his family to Stephanie Rawlinson, vice chairman of the county’s GOP, who is still trying to make up her mind whether to vote for Mr. Perry or Mr. Gingrich.

She said she crossed Mr. Romney off that list earlier in the day after he campaigned a few miles away at the civic center, where she said his staff treated the local party members and volunteers poorly.

“His staff was as rude to our local party as they could possibly be,” she said, her words marked with a distinct Southern lilt. “Our volunteers left the event and went to the Gingrich event because they were so rude.”

As for her, she said she was impressed by the Texas governor.

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