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GOP candidates reflect on South Carolina primary


MADISON (WKOW) -- With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Primary. Here are the final numbers:



2,136 of 2,136 precincts - 100 percent

Winner - Newt Gingrich, 243,153 - 40 percent

Mitt Romney, 167,279 - 28 percent

Rick Santorum, 102,055 - 17 percent

Ron Paul, 77,993 - 13 percent


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Newt Gingrich says his hardline conservative views and sharp debate skills will be needed by Republicans to take back the White House.

Coming off a big victory in Saturday's South Carolina primary, Gingrich says he can go "toe to toe with President Obama on big things."

Gingrich says his views on lower taxes, less government regulation and foreign policy put him in stark contrast to Obama and that the dynamics of a Gingrich-Obama fight are much more alluring to voters.

Gingrich tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he represents "the largest amount of change of any candidate."

Rick Santorum is standing strong in the GOP presidential race. The former Pennsylvania senator says he is building momentum even after a third-place finish in South Carolina.

He says he expects to run well in Florida on January 31.

Mitt Romney says he will come out strong in Florida. Romney will release his 2010 tax returns and 2011 tax estimates on Tuesday. He says it was a mistake for his presidential campaign to hold off as long as it did.

Romney says he wants to shift the focus back to the main campaign issues and hopes that releasing his returns will help do that.


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