Gingrich adviser predicts 4-6 point win in South Carolina
January 20th, 2012
08:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich adviser predicts 4-6 point win in South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – One of Newt Gingrich's top advisers in South Carolina is all but guaranteeing a Gingrich victory in Saturday's Republican presidential primary.

Richard Quinn, a longtime South Carolina GOP strategist who worked for Jon Huntsman but signed on to advise Gingrich this week, told CNN Friday that the former House speaker will walk away with "between a four and six point plurality win" in the contest.

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"There is definite momentum in Newt's direction from the Fox debate on Monday, you can sense it everywhere," Quinn told CNN. He pointed to the roughly 500-person crowd Gingrich drew Friday in the town of Orangeburg, not exactly a GOP stronghold.

Gingrich won a standing ovation and jumped in the polls in that Monday debate after his heated exchange with moderator Juan Williams over one of the candidate's favorite talking points, that President Barack Obama is a "food stamp president."

But Quinn said he was still unsure how Thursday's CNN debate, in which Gingrich ferociously attacked the media for raising questions about his ex-wife, was impacting the South Carolina race in its closing hours.

"It was kind of a big moment in the convention center," he said. "There was a sense in there that he knocked it out of the park in the first five minutes. But I don't know how it played for people in their living rooms."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. cisco4

    So you are telling me that all these so called Christians approve of Open Marriges and all that trash stuff of Newtie..Shame on South Carolina christians.. go to church sunday and repent.. Newtie is a Phoney all the way.. >Newtie divorced his first wife when she got cancer.. divorced his second wife when she got Multiple scerolsis..... Huh...Newt?...And of course Newt diverts the subject and tosses red bloody meat to the hungary crowd...Mob violence I would call it..Answer the question Newt.. Yes or NO..

    January 20, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Hawk in Texas

    I didn't realize that there were that many crazy people in s.c.

    January 20, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. cisco4

    Just fake it newt....

    January 20, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Maryellen

    I want to vomit, I cannot understand how the Christain people of South Carolina could ever in a million years vote for a man who is adulterer and a horrible person, left 2 wives, married a mistress oif 5 years. Please clue me in on how this is possible, Romney has his problem but he has got to be the best of the two.

    January 20, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Diana

    Sir, there is one decent thing about you.

    Your hair.

    January 20, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. Tam

    I am ashamed and appalled at the quality of the candidates. These are our best leaders?! How did they get that far? At least the really dumb duds fell by the wayside. This would be comic relief if it weren't so sad and scary.

    January 20, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Bill

    I hope Gingrich wins the nomination and then knocks Obama "out of the park!"

    January 20, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. SafeJourney

    Newt is ethicly and morally bankrupt and corrupt. Dont let Newt and his mistress/wife anywhere near the White House.

    January 20, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Steve-Illinois

    After that spanking he gave John King there's no doubt his numbers go up!

    January 20, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    WOW how to down play what happened to John King ( who got the horse whipping and the best most effective tongue lashing I have heard in a long time ) at the debate with his opening question to Newt.
    That destroyed the whole of the CNN team that night to conduct a reasonable PRESIDENTIAL debate. I also highlighted as far as the audience and I guess ( I was one of ) a whole lot of viewers are sick to the high teeth of media ( not just CNN) concentrating on divisive matters rather than the MAJOR THINGS, that decide elections this time around. Jobs the economy wars and spending both military and otherwise and debt.
    Religious issues are important to Republican voters but not the overall deciding factor in the way they vote. It is well down the list re-presidents/ presidential votes. There is far too much reporting on Abortion pro life pro choice and gays and whatever and not enoough on how these candidates are going to solve major issues.
    Somewhat tongue in cheek, God bless Gingrich for putting John King CNN and other media on notice. People don't like this divise and unnecessary coverage and concentration on personal social and DIVISIVE matters especially if its supposed to BE ABOUT who shall be our next president.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 21, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. Robert

    Correction: Citing an exceptionally weak and laughable Republican field, Gingrich's adviser predicts 4-6 point win for President Obama in South Carolina in November.

    January 21, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Any win for a Republican is a loss for the American People and our future.

    January 21, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. ct

    doesnt matter, whoever is nominated will get crushed by obama..The only true hope the gop had was huntsman, but they booted him. Just shows that there is no viable candidate..

    January 21, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  14. BethT

    From a woman's perspective, trust me Newt did not "knock it out of the park". The "open marriage " allegations just add more credibility to his status a serial hypocrite. I don't know any woman will vote for him.

    January 21, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  15. Squigman

    It would be a blessing to see Newt, win. At this point, no republican need utter the words (Family Values). The fact that this cretin is in the race, proves that most republicans, have no values at all.

    January 21, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  16. willie floyd

    It really doesn't matter who eventually gets the nomination, neither of them can hold a candle to our current pres.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 21, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  17. Independent from NH

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch Newt. However, you are as arrogant as they come and you most assuredly will. Remember, second place is first loser.

    January 21, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  18. diridi

    I am his VP. Right?

    January 21, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Marie MD

    the first thing newter would have to do is lose weight. Then he would have to learn how to be diplomatic. The media shouldn't be afraid of this insult to humanity. There is plenty of bad this man has done.
    As Stewart said on the Daily Show . . . . his first wife cancer, his second wife MS, newter leroy is a human pollutant!!

    January 21, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. diridi

    so true for Romney, in Foreign Affairs, and shipping jobs overseas. None of the GOP is truly trustworthy. o.k, America is very well aware. World is changing. America needs to. GOP is for banning your Social Security, Medicare, all needed Entitlements of the USA.

    January 21, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. GI Joe

    Dog wistles work there, don't they?

    January 21, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |