Live blog of the South Carolina primary
January 21st, 2012
09:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Live blog of the South Carolina primary

(CNN) – Polling is open in the Palmetto State Saturday as voters kick off the third round of the Republican presidential nomination. Check back here for updates from our reporters and producers throughout the first-in-the-South primary state of South Carolina. Tune in live at 6 p.m. ET for CNN's live special coverage and follow real-times results at CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Read more here.

The South Carolina contenders are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

9:50 p.m. ET - @alexcast: "President Obama is so weak he makes J Carter look strong." newt. he's nailing this. if he can frame weak vs. strong....

9:43 p.m. ET
- @alexcast: oh no. news media will try to destroy Ging this week for this food stamp pres/anti-elite-newsmedia riff. that will be jet fuel for him.

9:42 p.m. ET - @adamplevycnn: Florida – 50 delegates. Winner take all. Get ready for a southern brawl. #CNNDebate moderated by @wolfblitzercnn on Thursday will be great.

9:40 p.m. ET
- @EWErickson: On the CNN tracker, Gingrich's line about anti-religious bigotry causes FL women voters to respond favorably to him.

9:39 p.m. ET - @alexcast: newt message: my opponents are fine but you know they are not the big leader you need. powerful

9:38 p.m. ET - @YellinCNN: On Gingrich's night, Dems stay focused on Romney eg – RT @DWStweets The central rationale of Mitt Romney’s campaign is cratering.

9:37 p.m. ET
- Gingrich said if he becomes the GOP nominee, he will challenge Obama to seven three-hour debates.

"I have already conceded he can use a teleprompter if he wants to," Gingrich added.

9:35 p.m. ET @EWErickson: Newt Gingrich campaigns for Santorum endorsement.

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9:34 p.m. ET – Gingrich issued praise on his three rivals, saying "the four of us are proof you can come from a wide range of backgrounds."

9:30 p.m. ET – After taking the stage at his campaign headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina, Gingrich told the crowd that the two recent debates in South Carolina prove the "American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for a half century to quit being American."

"It's not that I'm a great debater ... I articulate the deepest held values of the American people," Gingrich said.

9:24 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Groups Romney won: "moderate or liberal," income over $200K, postgraduate educated, oppose Tea Party movement, religion matters "not at all"

9:13 p.m. ET @CNNExpress: Let's take the bus!!! “@mattyhoyeCNN: @psteinhauserCNN – Does this mean we might go back to Puerto Rico and Hawaii for their primaries? :)”

9:12 p.m. ET @adamplevycnn: Gingrich's SC win puts him back into the delegate race. Check out @CNN's updated delegate count here: tinyurl.com/7wyl7kc #SCPrimary

9:05 p.m. ET @jimacostacnn: Notable that Gingrich doesn't have big name surrogates on stage. Didn't need em.

9:03 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Music at Gingrich party is essentially a Casey Kasem grab bag from 1992 (i.e. atrocious)

9:00 p.m. ET – Appearing live on CNN, Paul said he's taking the race "one state at a time and one day at a time and one debate at a time" and focusing on delivering his message.

8:57 p.m. ET - @ShepherdCNN: And escorted out – too hot in packed room. Don't blame them. RT @ShepherdCNN Newt Gingrich's sisters just escorted into the room

8:55 p.m. ET
– Former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson, who advised Gingrich and then Perry, told @ShepherdCNN that the Perry endorsement greatly helped Gingrich.

"Rick Perry, certainly on what could have been a bad day for Newt Gingrich, helped it become a really good day and put a lot of conservative gas in his tank ... A lot of dominoes went, but I think Newt would tell you that was a pretty good size domino that morning at 11 o'clock," Dawson said.

8:53 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: It is approximately 1000 degrees in Newt HQ. Press sweating. Just the way Newt likes it. pic.twitter.com/jnxuGXaV

8:52 p.m. ET - With 70% of precincts reporting, Gingrich received 40% support, followed by Romney with 27%, Santorum with 18% and Paul with 13%.

8:50 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Romney source " if Jeb (bush) is endorsing us, he hasn't told us yet. " "not expecting".

8:50 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: Occupy protestor got into Santorum event threw some confetti , yelled "occupy" & then walked out -Santorum continued speaking #CNNElections

8:49 p.m. ET @JohnKingCNN: Team @MittRomney says will: deal aggressively w tax issue in week ahead, and turn to @newtgingrich ethics/character #cnnelections

8:39 p.m. ET – Santorum told the crowd: "Three states, three winners, what a great country." @DanaBashCNN: yfrog.com/h3ahfcomj

8:37 p.m. ET - Santorum took the stage at his campaign headquarters in Charleston, SC, flanked by his sons, all donning his now infamous sweater vests.

8:36 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Romney strategy: race into Florida, work over Newt, roll out endorsements. (Paging Jeb Bush) Oh and lots of ads

8:35 p.m. ET
- @alexcast: when economic house is on fire, people want a fireman and don't care so much where he slept last night. but they do want reliable one.

8:33 p.m. ET - @YellinCNN: Up next Florida. Who's spending? Romney campaign + SuperPAC $4,862,480 in ads. Gingrich, Santorum $0. All per CMAG thru 1/19.

8:31 p.m. ET
- @deirdrewalshcnn: Santorum supporters chanting "we pick Rick" as they await him to come out and address the crowd

8:27 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Gingrich Spokesman R.C. Hammond: "Newt and Jeb are longtime email buddies. They talk all the time ... But there have been no conservations about an endorsement."

8:29 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Fave chant of night "END THE FED" @ ( oh u already know this) Ron Paul headquarters.

8:25 p.m. ET
- @AriFleischer: Santorum's thought bubble: I can win this because Newt will blow up Romney, and Newt will also blow up Newt. That leaves me.

8:21 p.m. ET
- Romney will finish second in the South Carolina GOP primary, CNN projects.

8:19 p.m. ET
- @PeterHambyCNN received a statement from Rob Johnson, an adviser to Texas Gov. Perry, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race and endorsed Gingrich Thursday:

"Governor Perry congratulates Speaker Gingrich on his primary win in South Carolina. Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country. There is no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer and the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement." 

8:18 p.m. ET
- @JohnKingCNN reports Romney has secured an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according to three Republican sources. A spokesman for Bush denied the report.

8:16 p.m. ET – Speaking to supporters in Columbia, South Carolina, Paul said "This is the beginning of a long, hard slog."


8:14 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: Per Romney campaign, Romney and Gingrich talked and had a "nice conversation."

8:09 p.m. ET
– With 20% of polling precincts reporting, Gingrich has 41% support followed by Romney with 27%, Santorum with 17% and Paul with 13%.

8:08 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Gingrich house music: "hit me with your best shot."

8:07 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mitt in double barreled blast. Obama's never run a state or a business& GOP should not nominate someone who hasn't run a bizness or state

8:06 p.m. ET - Romney said he will compete in every state, "I don't shrink from competition."


8:05 p.m. ET
- @JohnAvlon: Now Mitt going hard against Newt and Bain attacks – but never mentions him by name.

8:04 p.m. ET @crowleyCNN: mitt: race "even more interesting" My mom uses "interesting" 4 anything she doesnt like Eg: like this dress, Mom? " It's interesting."

8:03 p.m. ET – Romney also took aim at Saturday's victor Gingrich, saying the GOP party cannot be run by someone who, like Obama, has never run a state or business. He said the Republican Party is the party of "free enterprise, and free markets and consumer choice," despite what his rivals say.

8:02 p.m. ET - @cwelchcnn: Computer problems with the electronic ballot system in Horry Co. SC. Not one ballot counted yet... pic.twitter.com/a4YFb0y1

8:01 p.m. ET
@alexcast: if florida gop is only 31% evangelical, then mitt should still win florida. but his weakness w/ conservatives is troubling.

8:00 p.m. ET - "We've still got a long way to go and tomorrow we're going to move onto Florida," Romney told supporters Saturday before launching into criticism of President Obama.

7:58 p.m. ET - Romney took the stage at his headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina and told the crowd that the race "is getting to be even more interesting."

7:56 p.m. ET
- @YellinCNN: What's the Obama Campaign saying 2nite: RT @BenLaBolt Romney has lost independents in all 3 contests. Placed 3rd w/ indies in SC exits.

7:51 p.m. ET
@PaulBegala: Biggest loser in SC? The 100 self-anointed religious conservatives who "chose" Santorum. Biggest winner? David Axelrod.

7:50 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: Question to top Romney surrogate "should Romney release his taxes next week?". Answer: "maybe" meanwhile, crowd here does wave.

7:47 p.m. ET
- During an interview with @DanaBashCNN in @RickSantorum's campaign war room, the candidate said Gingrich "kicked butt" in South Carolina.

"It's game on again and I can't be more excited," he said, adding that there was momentum behind Gingrich in the Palmetto State.

Santorum predicted a "long race" ahead that will be "the best thing that can happen for whoever the eventual nominee is."


7:45 p.m. ET
- @streitfeldcnn: Ballots rolling into Charleston SC Board of Elections to be counted. #cnnelections yfrog.com/nv7a3bkj

7:44 p.m. ET
- @sinderbrandcnn: The most important candidate quality for Republican voters today? Same answer they've given all year: Picking a candidate with the ability to beat President Obama. What's new is the candidate who has the advantage among voters who said picking a winner was their top priority: they gave Gingrich the edge over Romney in early exit polls.

7:41 p.m. ET
@LisaDCNN: BOTTOM LINE: Gingrich to win SC. Romney to go after Gingrich. Paul, Santorum likely to go to Florida and blast both frontrunners.

7:40 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Heads up for romney they singing national anthem here.

7:37 p.m. ET
- @DanaBashCNN: Seconds after #CNN calls south Carolina for Gingrich, santorum releases travel sked for florida

7:36 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Crowd shouts "President Romney". This is what's called a hard pivot

7:36 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: On to florida w/3 winners of 3 early states. #cnnelections. yfrog.com/kjnhdwdj

7:35 p.m. ET - From Lexington County, South Carolina board of elections: Ballots are being dropped off in large boxes that are then carted into be counted by inmates from the Lexington County Department of Correction. They may not be able to vote, but they can help deliver them. (via CNN's Josh Rubin)

7:33 p.m. ET - Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, CNN projects based on exit polls and early vote totals.

7:32 p.m. ET
- @JohnKingCNN: A brand new #gop race. #magicwall filling in as #SCprimary goes to @newtgingrich #cnnelections yfrog.com/oc4xrskj

7:30 p.m. ET @DanaBashCNN: View from inside santorum hq. Supporters trickling in. Pouring outside #cnnelections yfrog.com/nx1tinvj

7:29 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Rs were 71% of voters and went for G 42%, R 25%. Indys were 26% and went G 30%, R 26%. Significant that Newt carried Indys.

7:28 p.m. ET – Gingrich initiates a campaign "Moneybomb" over Twitter, asking supporters to help him deliver a "knockout punch in Florida."

7:26 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Newt isn't just winning becuz SC is conservative. He was the alpha male who rose up and seized the crown. A slugfest ahead.

7:22 p.m. ET
- @sinderbrandcnn: Losing Newtmentum? Late deciders gave Newt Gingrich a 26-point edge over Romney – but that gap dropped by more than half among those who decided today, to 42-32, according to CNN exit polling.

7:21 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Newt HQ playing Bad to the Bone.

7:18 p.m. ET
- @sinderbrandcnn: An example endorsements don’t matter: Nikki Haley went all in for Romney, stumping with him across the state, and she had 66% approval among voters Saturday. So who did voters who approve of her back in early exit polls? Newt Gingrich, 40-33.

7:17 p.m. ET @sinderbrandcnn: What women problem? Throughout the South Carolina race, a majority of women Republican voters supported Mitt Romney, while men backed Gingrich. The big question mark heading into tonight had been whether (or how much) Gingrich could expect that gender gap to widen. Instead, he virtually erased it. Gingrich, as expected won men handily, by a double-digit margin. But he won women too, by 5 points over Romney, 37 to 32%.

7:16 p.m. ET - @sinderbrandcnn: Fifty-seven percent of the voters in early exit polls Saturday said it’s very important that a candidate share their religious beliefs - and 46% of those voters backed Newt Gingrich. Romney came in a distant second, at 22%. For those voters who didn’t think shared religious beliefs were all that critical, Romney was the top pick, at 43%. Gingrich was second, at 29%.

7:15 p.m. ET
- @streitfeldcnn: Rain picking up sharply in Charleston..polls are closed but the elex board still waiting for precinct results to be delivered by hand to HQ

7:12 p.m. ET @crowleyCNN: Romney crowd at SC headquarters " Florida here we come"

7:06 p.m. ET - A Romney source told @crowleyCNN the campaign "will not be surprised" with a second place finish in South Carolina. They said the campaign will immediately pivot to Florida, the fourth state to vote on the road to the White House, where "we have a strong organization and big plans for next week."

On tap for next week? A "major" economic speech Tuesday, in which Romney will differentiate himself from Obama and Gingrich. He is also planning a reaction speech Wednesday morning to the president's Tuesday night State of the Union address, according to the source.

7:04 p.m. ET - @SamFeistCNN: #CNNElections: CNN is NOT calling SC at this time. After looking closely at the data, we are waiting for real votes.

7:01 p.m. ET
- @DanaBashCNN: Jim bob duggar and 5 of his 19 kids just showed up at santorum hq

7:00 p.m. ET - Polls closed in South Carolina at 7 p.m. ET, but CNN has yet to project a winner. According to exit polling, 38% of voters supported Gingrich, 29% backed Romney, 17% supported Santorum and 15% threw their backing to Paul.

6:54 p.m. ET
@YellinCNN: We're told Pres is at the White House, not watching s carolina returns. Maybe only person in politics not riveted by 2nite's outcome.

6:47 p.m. ET
@JohnKingCNN: Big #cnnelections night and @andersoncooper & @wolfblitzercnn at their stations. #magicwall time. yfrog.com/gybkczoj

6:46 p.m. ET - @stevebruskCNN: Next: Romney and Santorum go to Florida for Sunday events, Gingrich returns to DC, Paul no events

6:41 p.m. ET @HowardKurtz: Last Sunday everyone expected Romney to win SC. Now anything less than a big win will be seen as setback for Newt. #damnexpectationsgame

6:36 p.m. ET – According to CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon: If Gingrich wins the South Carolina Republican primary tonight, it will mark the first time since 1980 or modern GOP primary history that three different GOP candidates won Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The modern South Carolina GOP primary as we know it today began in 1980; the modern Iowa GOP caucuses as we know them today began in 1976.

The last time it happened for Democrats was 1992 (Tom Harkin won Iowa; Paul Tsongas won New Hampshire; Bill Clinton won South Carolina).


6:35 p.m. ET
- @AriFleischer: In SC '08, 34% of voters made up their minds on election day or last 3 days; this year 53%. Late deciders big boost for Newt

6:35 p.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: DNC Chair @DWStweets tells me don't read into her presence at Gingrich HQ. Asked why Gingrich may win, she pointed to Romney.

6:33 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: At Santorum HQ at the Citadel Hootie and the Blowfish playing, appropo of the candidate who talks abt marriage, wedding just down the hall

6:32 p.m. ET @BrookeBCNN: Fact: IF Gingrich wins tonight, it will be the FIRST time since 1980 that three different GOP candidates won IA, NH and SC. #CNNElections

6:30 p.m. ET
- Thirty-seven percent of voters said they decided who to support in the last few days and 16% they made their final decision Saturday, according to CNN exit polling. Did the presidential debates impact voters' decisions? Eighty-eight percent said yes and 11% said no. There were two debates in the past week, including CNN's on Thursday.

6:27 p.m. ET @JohnAvlon: Atmosphere at Romney HQ is like someone died right before a big party but the caterers still arrived.

6:18 p.m. ET
– What issue is most important to South Carolina voters, according to CNN exit polling? Sixty-one percent said the economy, 23% said the deficit, 8% said abortion and 4% said immigration. Seventy-eight percent said they are very worried about the economy and 19% said they are somewhat worried.

6:15 p.m. ET
@David_Gergen: Early exits on high number of conservatives voting encouraging for Newt. Big night.

6:12 p.m. ET - @psteinhausercnn: Guess where John Edwards held his HQ in the 2008 Democratic primary in South Carolina ... JILLIANS ... same place Paul is holding his HQ tonight.

6:00 p.m. ET - According to CNN exit polling: 64% of voters said they were born again or Evangelical Christians. Sixty-six percent said they support the tea party, 25% said they were neutral and 8% opposed the grassroots movement.

5:59 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: #CNNElections coverage is underway. Fasten your seatbelts. Gonna be an interesting night...

5:57 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Chchchanges? @DWStweets is at Gingrich HQ right now.

5:50 p.m. ET @PeterHambyCNN: Buzz: bad weather narrows margin a bit, but no one thinks Newt loses tonight. 5 point win is emerging CW right now.

5:47 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: At santorum hq. Aides say he's heading to florida tomorrow morning no matter what happens tonight and will continue on

5:45 p.m. ET - @BrookeBCNN: 15 minutes til live SC Primary #CNNElections. Putting finishing touches on studio!

5:03 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: 2 hours before SC polls close, Rick Santorum issues a fundraising email touting: Iowa win, a $1million moneybomb & looks ahead to Fla.

4:53 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Tonight South Carolina will bring us one step closer to Jeb Bush or Bobby Jindal or someone else saving the GOP from itself.

4:50 p.m. ET @streitfeldcnn reports that Romney's campaign sent a cake on Saturday to Team Gingrich marking the 15th anniversary of Gingrich's formal reprimand by the House in 1997. See picture of the cake here, per Romney campaign source.

4:47 p.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: Gingrich room. A work in progress. pic.twitter.com/dm03aDla

4:32 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Skies may be clearing over Columbia! #SCPrimary pic.twitter.com/SPfurTmv

4:23 p.m. ET - @CNNExpress: Light turnout in Lexington sc instagr.am/p/jStvG/

4:18 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Prediction: After tonight, Romney backers within the GOP will be pulling out the stops to raise money for Rick Santorum to keep Newt down.

4:12 p.m. ET - As of Jan. 1, 2012 there were 2,722,344 total registered voters in South Carolina, where residents do not register by party. There is no Democratic presidential primary in 2012. The event was canceled.

4:02 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: Tune In Now: Rerunning the CNN/SRLC Debate on #cnn #cnndebate

4:00 p.m. ET - Polls opened at 7 a.m. ET and will close at 7 p.m. ET.

3:45 p.m. ET
- There are 25 delegates at stake in Saturday's contest. Eleven are winner-take-all by the statewide vote and 14 are winner-take-all by the vote in each congressional district (2 delegates per district).

3:08 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN interviews precinct leader Ivy Wright-Coleman in Charleston, South Carolina. She has worked in the polls for 27 years and described the turnout as "moderate ... much higher in the past."

2:50 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Torrential downpours in Columbia. My producer @mattyhoyeCNN and I counted six pile-ups on the roads in. #SCPrimary

2:30 p.m. ET - SPIN CYCLE? @tromney: Nothing like the glamorous life on the road pic.twitter.com/Xuj9b3H8

1:45 p.m. ET - Team Gingrich pointed out that Saturday is the 15th anniversary of Gingrich's formal reprimand by the House "ethical wrongdoing." The Hose voted on Jan. 21, 1997.

1 p.m. ET - Tornado watch in affect until 8 p.m. in 14 South Carolina counties, including Counties included: Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Edhgefiel, Fairfield, Hampton, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Saluda counties.

12:51 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: New ARG poll: Newt up by double digits here in SC. Fasten seat belts for landing.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul • South Carolina
soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Mitt Romney should know by now that his smart mouth is selling him down the river.. Criticizing and making fun of the president have lost him position that he couldn't afford to lose but with his money he thinks he can walk on water and not get wet. News for you "mittens" you are getting soaked!!!!........{ and it's too late to dry off} Bye!!! { and good riddance}!!!!

    January 21, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. ron

    Newt is a Failure as a Husband, Father, and Elected Official as he was broke Ethics Rules while Speaker. WHY, reallly WHY? Would ANYONE trust him AGAIN?

    January 21, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Mark Olenick

    Did Mitt Romney really go after the professor that the movie a beautiful mind is based off during the debate in SC? "I believe Adam Smith" .....because as important as Adam Smith is the modification of ADam Smith's Equation was GROUNDBREAKING. The Good of the Group is BEST served when each party acts to serve their own interests AND the interests of the group.

    January 21, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Seems like the republicans in SC are D.I.V.I.D.E.D. as well as Iowa... and NH....

    January 21, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Lisa

    They need to rally around one person...because the DEMS have rallied around OBAMA....:)

    January 21, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. scott

    Why is Ron Paul nowhere to be found on this page? He finished second in NH Primary. Why are you so afraid CNN?

    January 21, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Mark

    @ron Newt was later acquitted of all charges, and he was not fined. he voluntarily paid for half of the investigation

    January 21, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Jason

    Why does everyone shy away from the smarter Republicans like Ron Paul?

    January 21, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. iaswimman

    As much noise as they're making here, the whole nomination could be over if Romney actually holds on in SC.

    I could understand gop voters problem in deciding who is 'electable' in this bunch. Romney is about as appealing as cheese in a hot tennis shoe and Newt is nothing but a pure political beast, a blatant player who contradicts himself at every turn and hopes for the polls to close before anyone sorts it out. Obama could pretty much laugh off either of these characters in the general election.

    January 21, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. CountMeIn

    From CNN's website as of 4:30PM EST Jan 21 – Which GOP candidate do you want to win the presidential nomination?

    Paul
    33%
    69037
    Romney
    32%
    65526
    Gingrich
    22%
    46024
    Santorum
    13%
    26730
    Total votes: 207317

    January 21, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Jm

    Give me a break, how can these guys who lie at evry chance win the trust of so many. Everyone is caught upu in the moment and only hearing and seeing what they want. A white guy in office and the black guy out

    January 21, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Chris Larkin

    I'm a registered democrat and i have rallied around Ron Paul! So much so, I may change my affiliation to Rep. just to be able to support him in whatever voting I can! Change is scary, but we were built by certain standards and morals that have been slowly ripped apart. Time to wake up and govern by the blueprint our forefathers had left us.

    January 21, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. RationalFew

    I think Paul will continue to run for president even if he doesn't get on the republican ticket. This is the closest he has ever come to being in the running. He may cause serious damage to the republican ticket.

    January 21, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. David

    South Carolina is going to wake up with a bad hangover if Newt wins there. Do the voters there really think he would have a chance against Obama in the fall? Half of the Republican party hates Newt and nearly all Independents do.

    January 21, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. donna

    I hope there is a strong voter turnout in SC. But I think these incessant polls tend to turn voters away. I think they interfere with the process too much.

    Just as there is a minimum safe distance around voting booths that prevents political comments or signs, there ought to be a minimum safe time period around the voting day that prevents comments or polls.

    January 21, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Angie

    Please Not Newt!!! He is a dishonest Washington insider – dishonest in his personal and public life – that points to character and as we all know, most people don't really change over the years! Newt has just gotten good at saying he takes responsibility for all of his wrong-doing – and that's supposed to make it all better??!! Please Republicans look hard at the choices and their track records. At this point I say anybody BUT Newt is acceptable!!

    January 21, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Name

    Romney is the greatest

    January 21, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Lou Green

    Why is it no one asks Mitt about his religion? I think the people of the United States should hear, from his mouth, exactly what a Morman believes and exactly what that religion is. There is a lot of things about Mormans that just does not sit well with me and I think this should be brought front and center. It's as much or more important than how many times someone's been married or had affairs. Mormans are a cult. Someone please be brave enough to dig into this religion and ask Mitt about it. We need to know.

    January 21, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Angel

    Is there going to be live coverage of the primary? (Like that of Iowa) If anyone knows please post the link. Thanks

    Ron Paul 2012!!

    January 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. bluecollarlogistics

    We the people should not be influenced by who says one candidate is more electible over another or who can win a debate over President Obama. We as independent thinkers should be able to distinquish between the Republican candidates who is better for OUR country on our own! I urge you to vote for the one that will improve our landscape for years to come for our children and not get hung up on more empty promises by elected officials that can't or won't produce.

    January 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Brandon

    Yeah Lisa, One person... married for 54 years, faithfully. Consistently voted against big government his entire career in congress. A war veteran. A certified Doctor. a Christian man. And someone with the conviction to DO what he says he's going to DO. He's right... he is dangerous to the current status quo.

    Unfortunately, I think people would rather be lied to, and in doing so, face the negative consequences of the "new world" in store for them.

    January 21, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. michael lazorik

    classic tug of war between we would like to be he Repiblican President, vs the person we think has the best chance of
    displacing Obama in Nov 2012 vote !

    January 21, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. sandy

    All the Republican candidates are so hypocritical... other in regards to their wealth, and how they will help the "poor" with their trinkle down mentality that hasn't done anytihing for the middle/lower class in about 10 years, or in the claim of :Christianity" with infidelities or in their constant playing to whatever audience they stand before. It is despicable and I fear we no longer live in a democracy as the "wealthy" continue to be the only ones who can run for office.

    January 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Fredrick Jerman

    4 Years ago we(usa)made history by choosing americas first black president.Lets make history again bu choosing the oldest president in hisstory....vote:Ron Paul(the only real candidate with a contrasted plan)...WAKE UP PEOPLE

    January 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Anantha

    This country amazes me when they ask the President about their personal troubles: It is like a doctor can treat a cancer patient well if the doctor had undergone cancer. Mitt being successful in personal life should be a testimony for his success.

    I wonder how the conservatives think that Newt is a conservative when it is not one failure of marriage whereas 2 failures in marriage. If one could not keep the sanctity vow of marriage or the ethical vow of the office, what makes people think he will keep it this time. He will again repeat the same.
    Country needs people with brains and commitment and not necessarily good orators

    January 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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