South Carolina Primary


Sat January 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Gingrich Wins South Carolina

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 7:10 pm

For the record:

As our live blog has reported, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won today's Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to have finished second.

In third: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

That puts Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in fourth.

So the race continues, with Florida's Jan. 31 primary as the next major contest.

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Sat January 21, 2012
It's All Politics

On Primary Day In South Carolina, Even Weddings Get Political

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 4:50 pm

A wedding party stops by GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum's headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina on the state's primary day, January 21.
Don Gonyea NPR

There are water fountains, park benches, churches and expensive restaurants and then there are presidential candidates' headquarters, now making the list of places to take wedding photos.

Especially if you're a part of this wedding party getting hitched on primary day in South Carolina.

NPR's Don Gonyea tweeted this photo of the bride and her bridesmaids while preparing to cover the results of Saturday's first-in-the-South vote.

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Sat January 21, 2012
Presidential Race

Gingrich Has Chance For 'Pretty Big Win' In S.C.

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:05 am

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, celebrate after Gingrich was declared the winner of South Carolina's primary Saturday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Newt Gingrich has beaten Mitt Romney in South Carolina. The question now becomes whether he can pull off that trick enough times in enough states to deny Romney the Republican presidential nomination.

It was a big win for Gingrich, the former House speaker, who took 40 percent of the vote, compared to 28 percent for Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

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Sat January 21, 2012
It's All Politics

'Dirty' Politics As Usual In South?

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South Carolinians are voting today in the GOP primary, which some pundits see as the candidates' last stand for getting the GOP nomination to run in the general election.

On weekends on All Things Considered today, host Guy Raz talked with Danielle Vinson, the chair of the political science department at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., about what is often considered "dirty" South Carolina primary politics.

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Sat January 21, 2012
It's All Politics

At S.C. Ham House, The Early Bird Avoids Confrontation

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 1:05 pm

Newt Gingrich stands on an ice cooler while addressing the crowd at Tommy's Country Ham House.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Tommy's Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C., was jam packed this morning with voters wanting to catch some action between GOP presidential rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who were scheduled to show up for breakfast at the same time.

But Romney showed up a little early, just as polls indicate he's losing ground to Gingrich.

"We'd like to win here of course, but we've got a long way to go," he said, inviting supporters to come help him in Florida.

One woman shouted, "Thanks for paying for our breakfast!"

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