Dear Commons Community,
All of the media outlets are reporting that Newt Gingrich, scored a stunning victory over Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary today. As soon as the polls closed at 7 p.m., the major TV networks called the race for Gingrich. With about 76% of the precincts of the precincts reporting, Newt Gingrich had 40% of the vote to Romney’s 26%. Rick Santorum had 17% and Ron Paul 13%.
The Huffington Post in an article commented that:
“Gingrich’s win in South Carolina capped off a remarkable week in politics that saw the former House Speaker from Georgia decimate Romney’s 10-point lead in the state in just five days”
However, not all Republicans are enthralled with Gingrich’s showing.
“He is a ticking time bomb,” said Henry Barbour, a top Republican party fundraiser from Mississippi who moved his support to Romney from Texas Gov. Rick Perry after Perry dropped out on Thursday. “He won’t last. He’s great for a cable news show, but when does he blow up?” Barbour told HuffPost.
“Romney has the plan, infrastructure and resources to win a quick or protracted campaign. Gingrich and Santorum will have a very hard time managing this as the pace quickens beyond their ability to execute in all the places they need to campaign. It’s a brutal process.”
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