Newt Gingrich is the Projected South Carolina Victor

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The polls have now closed in South Carolina, and Fox News and others project that Newt Gingrich has won, while Mitt Romney has come in second. Interesting that the presumptive nominee, the front-runner, as Romney is called, has lost two out of the three elections so far.

Fox reports:

Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects, further scrambling an already volatile presidential race which has produced three different winners in three states.

Fox News projects that Mitt Romney will place second in the Palmetto State, where he was leading in the polls just one week ago. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for third place, and that contest remains too close to call, though Fox News exit polls show Santorum with a slight lead over the Texas congressman.

Gingrich's victory marks a remarkable comeback for the former House speaker, propelled by his strong performance in two debates in South Carolina this week.

Read more here.

Earlier this week, Governor Palin, though not giving Gingrich a full endorsement, said if she were a South Carolinian, she would vote for him to keep the race going so all candidates can be vetted to the max. "No October surprises," she repeatedly says.

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