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
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