Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Newt Gingrich has stormed to an upset victory over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina GOP primary.


Newt Gingrich has stormed to an upset victory over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina GOP primary with a pair of strong debate performances that most voters said was important to their choice.

Within minutes, the former speaker of the House was looking ahead to the next contest Jan. 31.

"Thank you South Carolina!," he tweeted. "Help me deliver the knockout punch in Florida."

Even as he congratulates Newt Gingrich on his victory in the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney is telling supporters that Gingrich isn't the one to lead the Republicans to victory in November.

He says Republicans can't win with a candidate who has never run a business and has never run a state. Without singling out Gingrich by name, Romney again criticized Republican opponents who he said had joined Democrats in attacking the free enterprise system. Gingrich had been among those raising questions about Romney's tenure as head of a venture capital firm.

In exit polls, most voters said they made up their minds in the last few days of the campaign. Two-thirds said the debates were an important factor in their vote.

Gingrich led among the state's conservatives, tea party supporters and born-again Christians. Romney held a small advantage among moderate and liberal voters, and those who are not born-again Christians.

Romney vowed to "keep fighting for every vote" in the weeks and months ahead. He's already looking ahead to the next primary in Florida, a state that he says has "suffered terribly" under what he calls the "failed policies" of Obama.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    Hearing some of the things Newt is saying these days, you would think he was the best thing to come along since Barry Goldwater. Wrong! He is counting on people not remembering his days in Congress or be too young to know. Newt was the leader who hijacked and neutered the "Contract With America" in the 1990's. He is a New World Order Council On Foreign Relations member to the core. I suspect one area he can compete on level ground with Obama is his ability to look you in the eye and fib.
  • by jazzcat on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM
    LOL...the AP strikes again! Could they have found a less flattering picture? I love obvious agendas...
  • by H. on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
    Wow! Bring on the clowns! It's the best they can do!
  • by realist on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    Booooo! He's too hot headed.
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