(CNN) - Political heavyweight and Republican Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Monday that if the election were held today, GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich would win the Palmetto State.
"We'd love to see Mitt Romney spend more time in South Carolina, but I believe today if we were to hold the election, those are the two guys that would be at the top of the ticket and Newt would win," Scott said in an interview with CNN's "John King, USA."
The first-term congressman, a tea party favorite, has yet to endorse a candidate but has hosted a series of town halls for the presidential hopefuls stopping in South Carolina. Gingrich was in town Monday night to attend one of the events.
The former House Speaker took heat from the right last week when he said his approach to immigration would be "humane," arguing that longtime illegal immigrants who are well-assimilated into society should be considered for legal status.
Scott said he disagreed with that position but conceded voters in the state weren't looking for "the perfect candidate."
"We are simply a very strong anti-illegal immigration state. We will stay that way," Scott said. "You don't have to find the perfect candidate, however. What we need is someone who can beat President Obama and someone who makes sense."
I would hope that any American intending to vote for Newt Gingrich would take the important time to look up his background and find out just how much baggage this man brings to the candidacy... It is definitively NOT presidential!!!! Isn't it worth the time?? It should be!!!
Gingrich may take South Carolina, but thankfully voters in the rest of the country are a lot smarter than South Carolina voters.
Wow, when lawmakers decide making something illegal to being legal in our country is definitely on the downturn.
The rule of law is what really matters and changing it makes us much like ancient Rome. It becomes self serving . Newt would change it to get more votes, to be more popular and ultimately to get elected. Politicians have sold US out a long time ago and this is now just the norm. I agree the "Perfect candidate" doesn't exist ,however; starting with someone with integrity would be a good start. The Newt isn't it.
"Gingrich would take South Carolina"... Yup. And Obama will lose it.