Gingrich gets vote from S.C. lieutenant governor
January 17th, 2012
10:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich gets vote from S.C. lieutenant governor

Florence, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard announced Tuesday that his vote in the state’s Saturday primary will be for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Ard is the highest office-holder in the Palmetto State to back the longtime Georgia congressman and former House speaker.

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"That's not an endorsement, that's me telling you for what it's worth who I'll be voting for,” Ard said. He continued, "I think South Carolina and its voters are too independent to listen to many endorsements.

"When I vote Saturday morning it will be for Newt Gingrich."

The state’s governor, Nikki Haley, announced her formal endorsement for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney last month.

The first-term lieutenant governor won his election overwhelmingly in 2010, but has since been mired in controversy over campaign finance violations that are currently under investigation by a state grand jury. He remains very popular in his home county of Florence.

Ard introduced Gingrich at his first stop in Florence Tuesday morning at a speech to employees at the Carolinas Hospital System.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    It takes extraordinary talent these days for a poliician to get himself embroiled in campaign financing irregularities. Citizens United has pretty much blown the doors off of any campaign finance rules so badly that is is arguably legal to bribe a politician through contributions.

    January 17, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. RLA

    Hmmmmm What's new and differnt about that?

    January 17, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, it is one person with ethical issues planning on voting for another with ethical issues. Did I get that correct there? I believe that I did.

    January 17, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    I can not wait for the Telemundo ad against Romney that uses his own words against him.

    Latinos will remember that he is against something as basic as the DREAM Act.

    January 17, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |