Gingrich wins South Carolina

South Carolina GOP Primary winner Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came back from the political dead again Saturday, upsetting Mitt Romney to capture the South Carolina GOP Primary.

After falling from frontrunner to the bottom of the polls in recent weeks, Gingrich surged in the last week, capitalizing on campaign gaffes from former frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Networks declared Gingrich the winner as soon as polls closed.

With 99.49 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, Gingrich leads with 40 percent (242,417 votes), followed by Romney with 28 percent (167,419 votes), Rick Santorum at 17 (101,914) and Ron Paul collecting 13 (77,943).

Exit polls showed South Carolina voters felt Gingrich has a better shot than Romney at defeating President Barack Obama.

Coming into South Carolina after the New Hampshire primary, Romney appeared to have the momentum.  He had two apparent wins and led early polls by more than 20 points.  But Romney stumbled in two debates and failed to come up with an acceptable answer on why he won’t release his income tax returns.  To make matters worse, a recount showed he didn’t win the Iowa caucuses.

Romney had endorsements from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and GOP Senator Jim DeMint, both favorites of the tea party.  Gingrich had endorsements from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race on Thursday and actor Chuck Norris.

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7 Responses to "Gingrich wins South Carolina"

  1. Carl Nemo **==  January 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is good news, meaning the absolute and total ‘death’ of the Republican Party.

    If Newt is ultimately nominated nationwide on their party’s behalf, he cannot prevail against Barack Obama in November, unless the e-machines and ballot boxes are ‘rigged’ nationwide.

    This also demonstrates to what a low metric the people of South Carolina operate. It’s claimed they have a God-fearing ‘religous’ bent, well if so then this partisan selection of Newt for their next President is a ‘dipstick’ indicator of their bankrupt, craven souls. So too they would go for Rick Santorum over Ron Paul?! Methinks the ‘rethug’ nomination process is turning into the proverbial ‘chinese fire drill’. : ))

    If a guy like Gingrich makes it to our highest office, then assuredly Americans will get the government they sorely deserve in spades.

    Yikes…!:O

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Carl Nemo **==  January 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      “It’s claimed they have a God-fearing [‘religous’] bent,…” extract from post

      Should read:

      “It’s claimed they have a God-fearing [‘religious’] bent,…”

      It’s errors like this that have a tendency to ‘rat about in my psyche’. / : | It’s too bad the site doesn’t have a convenient editing program as on ReaderRant and so too in times past.

      My apologies.

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. Sandy Price  January 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I will listen to the Mozart Requiem for the death of the Republican Party.

    South Carolina traded their faith in Jesus for a man who can defeat President Obama. I don’t remember if this action is kosher or even ethical. It is the ultimate action in hatred for one man and replacing him with the ideal dirty old man.

    The GOP has been fading in integrity since 2000 when the National Republican Committee declared that all Republicans must live and vote according to the New Testament.

    What’s next? Oh yes, we must nuke Iran just to even up the numbers between Muslims and Christians. If they can’t talk them into Christianity, they kill ‘em. This is now called Exceptionalism.

  3. woody188  January 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Gingrich can’t get people out to his events but wins the primary?

    They guy that can’t go anywhere without getting mobbed gets fourth?

    1+1=3?

    • woody188  January 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Guess I wasn’t the only one wondering if I woke up in bizarro world: South Carolina’s Attorney General detects voter fraud during primaries

    • woody188  January 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Add to that the newer revelations in Iowa: Iowa vote fraud official

      I don’t think Republicans have a front runner with these shenanigans going on. I don’t think we have a republic anymore with these things going on.

      • Carl Nemo **==  January 23, 2012 at 2:40 am

        Thanks Woody188 for the two links. It just confirms that primary electioneering politics is rife with ‘good ol’ boy’ influence and fraud.

        It’s hard to believe this country, now in it’s third century as a nation that our political system is still operating in a retrograde, downhome, ‘Billybob and Mary Sue’ process of intimidaton, racebating, outright ballot box stuffing, fraud and overall corruption. / : |

        U.S. citizens are soon to pay the supreme price for having fallen asleep at the wheel of life when it comes to discernment for candidate selection. Believe it…!

        Carl Nemo **==

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