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Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary[90% Voted Based On Debates: Gingrich=41%, Romney=27%]
LATimes ^ | January 21, 2012 | Mark Z. Barabak

Posted on 01/21/2012 6:38:57 PM PST by Steelfish

Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary

By Mark Z. Barabak January 21

Newt Gingrich surged to victory Saturday in the South Carolina primary, riding a pair of strong debate performances to overtake Mitt Romney and stop his seemingly relentless march to the GOP nomination.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney appeared headed for second place, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas trailing well behind.

With a tight smile, Romney addressed supporters in Columbia about an hour after the polls closed and immediately displayed a more pugnacious style.

Without mentioning his rival by name, Romney contrasted his business background with his chief opponent’s long Washington resume and sought to turn back Gingrich's attacks on Romney's business success.

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The results were a fitting addition to a roller-coaster campaign, marking the first time that three different contestants have won the first three Republican contests.

More important, the outcome stripped Romney of the brief air of inevitablity he enjoyed after seemingly winning Iowa -- an outcome reversed this week in Santorum's favor -- and romping to victory in New Hampshire.

It promised, at the very least, a costly and heated fight ahead of the next primary, Jan. 31 in Florida, and possibly beyond -- to Nevada on Feb. 4 and into March when a rush of contests begins.

South Carolina, a state notorious for its unruly politics, lived up to its reputation, hosting one of the most raucous weeks of the tumultuous presidential campaign. (snip)

Interviews with voters leaving the polls Saturday showed why: Just over half made up their minds in the last few days, and nearly 90% said a big factor was the debates, ...

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: mittromney; newt; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; romney; santorum; scprimary; southcarolina
Brit Hume on FoxNews calls it a "whopping victory"
1 posted on 01/21/2012 6:39:02 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Newt 1

Liberal Media 0

2 posted on 01/21/2012 6:40:41 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Steelfish

That’s going to leave a mark.


3 posted on 01/21/2012 6:43:31 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Steelfish

Switch parties Mittens.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 6:45:28 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Steelfish
Next...


5 posted on 01/21/2012 6:47:32 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Steelfish

NEWT’S GOT CLASS. Listening to his victory speech. I’m getting excited about this campaign!


6 posted on 01/21/2012 6:47:59 PM PST by mockingbyrd
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To: All

Willard is toast. He should drop out.


7 posted on 01/21/2012 6:50:02 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: All; Steelfish
Looks like Newt in a squeaker. /s

FL is the next challenge for the anti-Romney voter; Romney has a very good chance of winning there.

NV will go Romney without question because of the concentration of Mormons.

8 posted on 01/21/2012 6:56:43 PM PST by newzjunkey (Next up FL... we must derail Romney's inevitability.)
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To: Leep

Ha, good one. According to this Reid Wilson fellow, not to worry, the race is still Romney’s.

http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/the-race-is-still-romney-s-20120120

I think Willard might as well drop out too.


9 posted on 01/21/2012 6:59:38 PM PST by ngat
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To: mockingbyrd

This dill be Newts last stand. He is an angry sleepy man


10 posted on 01/21/2012 7:02:57 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: newzjunkey

“FL is the next challenge for the anti-Romney voter; Romney has a very good chance of winning there.”

A “very good chance”? I thought it was supposed to be a Florida cakewalk for Romney. (due to the well-known demographics in Florida, of course)


11 posted on 01/21/2012 7:03:08 PM PST by ngat
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To: Leep

“”””Willard is toast. He should drop out.””””

Willard should run as a democrat where he belongs.


12 posted on 01/21/2012 7:03:25 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Texas4ever

Correction will be Neets last stand. And sleezy


13 posted on 01/21/2012 7:04:23 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: Texas4ever

Correction will be Neets last stand. And sleezy


14 posted on 01/21/2012 7:06:38 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: Texas4ever

Correction will be Neets last stand. And sleezy


15 posted on 01/21/2012 7:06:39 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: FrdmLvr
Newt 1

Liberal Media 0

Don't underestimate the liberal media.

They will be extremely unfair and dirty.

They will be unbelievably filthy.

They will start their attacks now -- probably tomorrow -- and the attacks will increase as it becomes more and more evident that Newt is the nominee. They will come up with hundreds of ways to portray Newt as mean and nasty -- from unflattering pictures, to skits on Saturday Night Live, to whiny remarks from celebrities, to unfair interpretations of everything he says and does.

Be prepared. Obama's billion dollar negative advertising war chest and the liberal media will be an overwhelming force.

Much more so than McCain, Romney and even Bush, Newt is susceptible to these attacks.

The level and nastiness of the attacks will be *far* beyond anything we've ever seen before. In nine months, the world that listens to and believes the MSM will think that Newt is the most evil man of our generation.

Be prepared to fight it. We have to fight it. We can't sit back and say that's just the way the liberal media is. We have to expose them like Newt did in the debate.

We have to fight the liberal media or Newt will get buried.

.

16 posted on 01/21/2012 7:10:01 PM PST by bobk333
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To: Texas4ever

Drunk, eh?


17 posted on 01/21/2012 7:11:42 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Texas4ever

Izzat you, Marianne?


18 posted on 01/21/2012 7:13:04 PM PST by bigbob
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To: newzjunkey

I thought the Mormon concentration was in Utah.


19 posted on 01/21/2012 7:13:08 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: Leep
Willard is toast. He should drop out.

It's like many of us on FR have been saying: except for a handful of states, Romney has a relatively small base of support that is constant at about 25 to 30 percent -- AND NO MORE.

It's surprising that there are people out there who don't understand this.

I'm not crazy about Newt, but he's better than Romney.

Many of us on FR have been hoping that 2012 would be a landmark year for economic conservatives, when we could finally convince most of the country that the Big Government policies of the past are ruining the country. With the Republican Establishment winning the primaries, I have my doubts that this will happen; but Newt, who is in many ways the ultimate insider, is now our best chance to carry that flag.

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20 posted on 01/21/2012 7:19:33 PM PST by bobk333
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To: newzjunkey

Yeah, I am surprised that the LSM hasn’t called it a “toss-up”!


21 posted on 01/21/2012 7:25:39 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: bigbob
Izzat you, Marianne?

ROFL.

22 posted on 01/21/2012 7:25:57 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: bigbob

Ha ha yea. Love the way Christian conservatives go to the side of an angry bigoted sleezy. Politician. Shameful our founding fathers would cringe. It’s not an angry pit bull we need it is aman of consistent character and a love of what is good for everyone.


23 posted on 01/21/2012 7:34:20 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: Texas4ever

Perhaps you are not aware that Gingrich is a historian and wrote a documentary about Pope John Paul II.

He’s no sleepy old man.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 7:37:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Texas4ever
Newt has changed dramatically. Here are some FR links about his conversion.

Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Newt Gingrich: America’s Next Catholic President?
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich (38%) momentum growing, most S.C. GOP voters still uncommitted
Gingrich Threatens GOP's Chance to Nab Independents

The Evangelical Case for Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}
Newt Gingrich on Catholicism and JPII
Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'
Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary
Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic

25 posted on 01/21/2012 7:37:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Newt can change we all can change. But if your Mitt and change your a flip flipper. So which is it? Newt can change his views. But unfortunately he cannot change who he is. He is an angry grump that looks down at anyone who doesn’t see it his way. Get ready to hear how mr speaker really was. Can’t change the stripes. Sorry.


26 posted on 01/21/2012 7:43:56 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: Salvation

Newt can change we all can change. But if your Mitt and change your a flip flipper. So which is it? Newt can change his views. But unfortunately he cannot change who he is. He is an angry grump that looks down at anyone who doesn’t see it his way. Get ready to hear how mr speaker really was. Can’t change the stripes. Sorry.


27 posted on 01/21/2012 7:44:02 PM PST by Texas4ever (:))
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Steelfish. Note the partisan media shills' spin here:
Newt Gingrich surged to victory Saturday... Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney appeared headed for second place, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas trailing well behind.
...but not "former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich? Of course, maybe it's in the original, I'm lazy and didn't check.


28 posted on 01/21/2012 7:45:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Steelfish

I thought the debates didn’t matter.


29 posted on 01/21/2012 7:46:31 PM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Steelfish

Have you seen this YAHOO POLL???

Can Gingrich defeat Obama in 2012?

Yes, he’s got what it takes to win.

28%

No, Obama is too hard to beat.

49%

It’s too early to tell.

23%

Thank you for voting


30 posted on 01/21/2012 7:46:39 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: newzjunkey

[ NV will go Romney without question because of the concentration of Mormons. ]

Newt should adopt this as a strategy..
Challenging Mormons to vote for the country not for their religion..
This may work with some of them..

If Myth wins Nevada and Utah could expose these areas as the “MORON-I belt”..


31 posted on 01/21/2012 7:58:35 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: hosepipe

The Mormons will vote for Mittens the same way blacks vote for 0bama. All the “I’m a Mormon” ads on TV are there as a way of making Mittens palatable. Lots of Mormons were more or less recruited to run in last years’ Republican primaries at the local level.

Newt isn’t peeling off any Mormons.


32 posted on 01/21/2012 8:30:43 PM PST by henkster (Obama regime mission statement: "Find the people working, and stop them!")
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To: Steelfish
Brit Hume on FoxNews calls it a "whopping victory"

Hume also said that debates in the general election have marginal influence. He cited only the Reagan-Carter debates as the last one that he recalled making a difference.

I dispute Hume's recollection.

I think that the first Bush-Gore debate was a turning point for Gore. Going into that debate, Bush was the "dummy" and Gore was the "seasoned debator." However, Gore was so obnoxious and arrogant during the debate that most people thought that Bush won it. SNL devastated Gore in the same manner that they devastated Palin eight years later.

Gingrich should take a lesson from Gore if he is the one who ends up debating Obama. I'm not saying that Gingrich should go soft, but Gore was so pompous during the first debate with Bush that he never recovered from it.

-PJ

33 posted on 01/21/2012 8:39:25 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Steelfish

Newt for the win.


34 posted on 01/21/2012 9:49:12 PM PST by Mozilla
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