One year ago this week, Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, blunting Mitt Romney's momentum and challenging the Palmetto State's perfect, modern day prediction of picking the GOP nominee.
When we arrived in South Carolina for the key CNN debate, we fully expected Texas Gov. Rick Perry to take the stage. We and everyone else was wrong and it capped off an intense 24 hours of political upheaval that resulted in a narrowing of the GOP field, symbolized by the removal Perry's podium from the debate set.
We were also greeted by proud South Carolinians holding banners declaring: "We pick presidents" - a nod to their track record at anointing the chosen one.
So, in fantasy politics tradition, let's say South Carolina got it right. That Gingrich's momentum after an influx of money and strong debate performances translated into him securing the GOP nomination.
Could Gingrich have defeated President Barack Obama? Would the former House speaker have been able to do better than Romney in making inroads among growing demographics?