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Gingrich Upsets Romney in South Carolina


MADISON (WKOW) -- In Your Voice, Your Vote coverage, after falling behind in the polls, Newt Gingrich has made a huge come back.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, ABC News reports Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 40 percent of the vote.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is behind with 28 percent.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in third with 17 percent, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul in last place at 13 percent.

So far, the bottom candidates have showed no sign of slowing down.

Experts say what gave Gingrich the upper hand were his performances in the last debates.

Tonight, Romney congratulated his opponent in a concession speech.

All eyes will now be on Florida. Saturday was the start of early voting there.

That January 31st primary may now be a must win for Mitt Romney.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Newt Gingrich won most of the delegates in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary, narrowing Former MassachusettsMitt Romney's lead in the race for delegates to the party's national convention that will happen in the summer.

The former House speaker won at least 19 delegates, with six left to be awarded.

These are the first Gingrich has won in a primary or caucus. In all, Gingrich has 21 delegates. Mitt Romney has a total of 33 delegates.

The race for delegates is still in the early stages. Only 62 delegates were at stake in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, combined.

It will take 1,144 delegates to win the GOP nomination.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WKOW) -- Newt Gingrich stormed toward an upset over Mitt Romney Saturday night in the South Carolina primary.

That's according to ABC News Projections and exit polls, which showed the former House speaker ahead of the former Massachusetts governor overall. Gingrich was leading by a wide margin among the state's conservatives, tea party supporters and born-again Christians.

Romney held a small advantage among moderate and liberal voters.

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