Gingrich Wins South Carolina

For those of us who like things to stay interesting, this is our election year. Santorum ended up winning Iowa, Romney won New Hampshire, and now Gingrich has a convincing win in South Carolina:

Newt Gingrich won Saturday’s South Carolina GOP presidential primary, marking a stunning turnaround for a candidate who finished fourth in Iowa and New Hampshire and whose campaign had been left for dead — again — by observers just weeks ago.

With about 95% of polling places reporting, Gingrich had 40% of the vote, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney getting 27% and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum getting 17%. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas had 13%. Based on early returns and exit polls, CNN projected Gingrich the winner.

Romney still leads in delegate count, however. And now it’s on to Florida for the primary on January 31, which just got a lot more interesting.

What was the reason for Newt’s late S.C. surge? Among other things, we can’t discount the Sarah Palin nod a few days ago.

The big loser of the night? Possibly ABC News, who you just know thought they had a campaign-ending blockbuster expose, but instead all it did was cost them a Sunday morning interview with the winner of the S.C. primary.

Here’s Gingrich Saturday night after it was clear he won:

Author: Doug Powers

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