Campaign Buzz January 21, 2012: Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina Republican Primary — Sweeps the State – Romney Places Distant Second Place


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.


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Newt Gingrich spoke to a packed audience at Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C. on Saturday. More Photos »

Candidate Votes Percent
Newt Gingrich 215,187 40.3%
Mitt Romney 144,262 27.0
Rick Santorum 92,788 17.4
Ron Paul 71,894 13.5
Others 9,286 1.7
Full Results » 90% reporting


Newt Gingrich Wins the South Carolina Primary, The A.P. Projects: Television networks and The Associated Press projected Newt Gingrich as the winner of the South Carolina primary Saturday, just 10 days after a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire left the impression his candidacy was all but dead.
Surprising his rivals and upending the highly unpredictable Republican race for the presidency in its third, pivotal contest, so strong was Mr. Gingrich’s performance that the major television networks declared him the winner the minute the polls closed, basing their projections on exit polls that showed him winning a plurality of voters among a wide swath of important Republican voting blocs…. –

Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina primary: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to victory in South Carolina’s primary tonight, a win that virtually ensures the Republican presidential nomination fight will continue for weeks…. – WaPo, 1-21-12

Gingrich leads in S.C. Republican presidential primary: Exit polls in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary show former House speaker Newt Gingrich with a strong lead over Mitt Romney. Three networks have called the race for Gingrich. Polls have now closed; the results of Saturday’s Republican presidential primary could profoundly re-shape a race that seemed all but settled a week ago…. – WaPo, 1-21-12

Live Coverage: South Carolina Republican Primary: The Times’s political unit is on the ground in South Carolina with the candidates to provide live updates and analysis from the trail…. – NYT, 1-21-12

Liveblogging the South Carolina primary with Yahoo News, ABC News, Jeff Greenfield & Thomas EdsallYahoo!, 1-21-12

  • Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary, Upending G.O.P. Race: Newt Gingrich’s showing brought to the fore questions about whether Mitt Romney, presumed the front-runner, could win over conservatives, Tea Party supporters and evangelical Christians…. – NYT, 1-21-12
  • Gingrich comes from behind to win South Carolina: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) won a stunning come-from-behind victory in the South Carolina presidential primary on Saturday, using hard-edged debate performances to vault over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. … – WaPo, 1-21-12
  • Gingrich Wins Republican Primary in South Carolina, AP Says: Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election, the Associated Press said, giving the former US House speaker his first victory in the race and upsetting rival Mitt Romney’s hopes for a quick path…. – Bloomberg, 1-21-12
  • To Gingrich supporters, a ‘win for the conservative movement’: When the polls closed in South Carolina and Newt Gingrich was projected to be the winner of the South’s first primary, his party in a hotel ballroom was filled more with reporters than supporters. But dozens roared as the former House … – LAT, 1-21-12
  • Voters say they opted for Gingrich’s ‘guts’: They wanted a fighter. On Saturday, as Newt Gingrich won a startling victory in the South Carolina Republican primary, many voters chose Gingrich for reasons that had little to do with his ideas, his hyper-complex proposals to … – WaPo, 1-21-12
  • Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina primary: 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…. – LAT, 1-21-12
  • ‘Thank you, South Carolina!’ _ Gingrich sweeps to win in South Carolina: Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset win in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, dealing a sharp setback to Mitt Romney and scrambling the race for the Republican presidential nomination. “Thank you, South Carolina!”… – WaPo, 1-21-12
  • Gingrich wins South Carolina primary: Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset win in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, dealing a sharp setback to Mitt Romney and scrambling … – Lincoln Journal Star, 1-21-12
  • SC Republican voters conservative, religious and looking for a winner; most decided late: Preliminary exit polls find South Carolina’s late-deciding voters broke toward Newt Gingrich. Strong performances in the debates leading up to the contest and a conservative leaning electorate gave the former House speaker a boost… – WaPo, 1-21-12
  • Analysis: Having skipped easy way out, GOP now faces wrenching search for its identity: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich took a giant step Saturday toward becoming the Republican alternative to Mitt Romney that tea partyers and social conservatives have been seeking for months. Gingrich’s come-from-behind win in the South … – WaPo, 1-21-12

Full Text January 21, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address on Creating Jobs by Boosting Tourism



President Obama tells the American people about a series of steps he’s taken without the help of Congress to grow the economy and create jobs — including a new strategy aimed at boosting tourism introduced this week.

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address
President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address, White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, 1/20/12

Weekly Address: America is Open for Business

Source: WH, 1-21-12

President Obama tells the American people about a series of steps he’s taken without the help of Congress to grow the economy and create jobs — including a new strategy aimed at boosting tourism introduced this week. In next week’s State of the Union Address, the President will outline his blueprint for creating an economy built to last.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Creating Jobs by Boosting Tourism

In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people about steps his Administration is taking to make it easier for travelers to visit the United States, because increasing tourism will help local economies and support businesses looking to expand and hire.  This plan to boost tourism is part of a series of actions the President has taken without Congress, because we can’t wait any longer to take the steps we need to help grow the economy and create jobs.  President Obama also said that in next week’s State of the Union Address, he will outline his blueprint for how our elected leaders and all Americans can work together to create an economy that is built to last.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
The White House
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hello, everybody.  On Thursday, I went down to Florida to visit Disneyworld.  To Sasha and Malia’s great disappointment, I was not there to hang out with Mickey or ride Space Mountain.  Instead, I was there to talk about steps we’re taking to boost tourism and create jobs.

Tourism is the number one service we export.  Every year, tens of millions of tourists come from all over the world to visit America.  They stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, and see all the sights America has to offer.

That’s good for local businesses.  That’s good for local economies.  And the more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work.  It’s that simple.

We can’t wait to seize this opportunity.  As I’ve said before, I will continue to work with Congress, states, and leaders in the private sector to find ways to move this country forward.  But where they can’t act or won’t act, I will.  Because we want the world to know that America is open for business.  And that’s why I announced steps we’re taking to promote America and make it easier for tourists to come and visit.

Frequent travelers who pass an extensive background check will be able to scan their passports and fingerprints and skip long lines at immigration at more airports.   We’re going to expand the number of countries where visitors can get pre-cleared by Homeland Security so they don’t need a tourist visa.  And we’re going to speed up visa processing for countries with growing middle classes that can afford to visit America – countries like China and Brazil.

We want more visitors coming here.  We want them spending money here.  It’s good for our economy, and it will help provide the boost more businesses need to grow and hire.  And we can’t wait to make it happen.

Too often over the last few months, we’ve seen Congress drag its feet and refuse to take steps we know will help strengthen our economy.  That’s why this is the latest in a series of actions I’ve taken on my own to help our economy keep growing, creating jobs, and restoring security for middle-class families.

In September, we decided to stop waiting for Congress to fix No Child Left Behind and give states the flexibility they need to help our kids meet higher standards.  We made sure that small businesses that have contracts with the Federal Government can get paid faster so they can start hiring more people.  We made it easier for veterans to get jobs and put their skills to work.  We took steps to help families whose home values have fallen refinance their mortgages and save up to thousands of dollars a year.  We sped up the loan process for companies that want to rebuild our roads and bridges – putting construction workers back on the job.  And I appointed Richard Cordray to be America’s consumer watchdog and protect working Americans from the worst abuses of the financial industry.

These are good steps.  Now we need to do more.

On Tuesday evening, I’ll deliver my State of the Union Address, where I’ll lay out my blueprint for actions we need to take together – not just me, or Congress, but every American – to rebuild an economy where hard work and responsibility are rewarded.  An economy that’s built to last.

I hope you’ll tune in.  In the meantime, I’m going to keep doing everything I can to make this country not only the best place to visit and do business – but the best place to live and work and build a better life.

Thanks for watching. Have a great weekend.  And I’ll see you on Tuesday.

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