With 99% of precincts reporting in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has won 40% of the vote in the southern state, affectively crushing former governor Romney. This large win gives him all 23 delegates from the state. Also, this means that Newt Gingrich has broken the 40% ceiling that Romney has been struggling to get for the past several weeks.
He won in almost every county of the state, with Romney picking only three counties. And the counties that Mitt Romney won were fairly close, compared to other states. Below is a picture of the Palmetto State. The green is Newt Gingrich and the red is Mitt Romney.
As you can see from the picture, it was very much a landslide in former speakers favor.
Other results in the race show Rick Santorum in 3rd with 17%, and Cong. Ron Paul with 13%. If you look at the results by county, Santorum received more votes than Romney in three of the northern counties. While Paul jumped of the former senator in one state, and even jumped up to second in another.
Needless to say, for all of the candidates it was not an extremely close race. But the biggest news will still be Gingrich’s large victory.
What remains to be seen is if South Carolina will plays its old role of predicting who the nominee will be. Reagan himself had won two of the first three states. While three of the current candidates hold one win each. I have a suspicion that this might be the year that breaks South Carolina’s running record.
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- What does Gingrich win in South Carolina mean for Florida? (tampabay.com)
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- Gingrich wins South Carolina GOP Primary (capitolhillblue.com)