Gingrich has momentum as South Carolina votes
January 21st, 2012
04:45 PM ET
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Gingrich has momentum as South Carolina votes

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich had all the momentum on Saturday as South Carolinians were voting in their state's Republican primary.

A poll released Saturday morning showed the former House speaker's surge over the last week carrying him past Mitt Romney, who had been the front-runner in the state all month. The American Research Group poll shows Gingrich leading Romney by a 40%-26% margin. ARG's last poll, released Thursday, showed a virtual tie with Gingrich at 33% and Romney at 32%.

It’s a big day for politics in South Carolina Saturday on CNN. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET to see the candidates debate the issues from Thursday night’s edge-of-your-seat debate then, at 6 p.m. ET, CNN’s special live coverage of the South Carolina primary begins. See the results as they come in on on CNN, and the CNN mobile apps.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. sara

    Using the old playbook of race and hatred. He reminds me of "Segregation Now, Segregation furever!" Will work only in SC, MS and definitely Al.

    January 21, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. bcrunner

    I heard him last nigh just about declaring him the nominee... Hmmm... didn't we hear that from him once before? The only thing you can say about Newt, nothing humiliates him...

    January 21, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    99% of ginGRINCH's backers are MEN!! If you noticed at the debats, 99% of the audience "cheering" ginGRINCH were MEN! I guess MEN are more "forgiving" when it comes to "infidelity," especially if they are the "guilty" party.

    Obama 2012 – that's one MAN I would vote for without worrying about "morals."

    January 21, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    All the new polls show Newt has very good lead better Romney change his campaign strategy other wise he may lose south completely
    If Newt win SC it will boost Tea Party

    January 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. george of the jungle

    well we can see how SC feels about family values.

    January 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Tough USA

    I would not worry too much , if Newt the adulterer should win. Romney and Paul support would never go for a progressive. Vote will swing 100% for an independant or liberal. Same outcome as 2008.

    January 21, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. george of the jungle

    what a laugh the republican party has become.

    January 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Bushper

    The GOP is the same now as it was then. The same policy that put Americans in this economic mess. Doing something the same old way and expecting a different result defines the GOP.

    January 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. DENNA

    I thought Iowa was full of buffoons, but South Carolina has them beat. Newt Gingrinch has no prayer of getting past the smarter Americans in the general election. Might as well declare Obama is winner right now or at least put up a good fight. As a liberal, on the outside looking in, I think Jon Huntsman would have been a better choice than any of the others, but I guess he wasn't crazy enough for the "Christian" Right.

    January 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Bushper

    The GOP DEFICIT. It preaches family values but has no vallue for families. It rants about integrity in elections but is good at stealing elections using the supreme court as political cover.Even state primaries are bungled too. We should keep our eyes wide open in the 2012 elections because the GOP wants to win at all cost.

    January 21, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Doug

    Obama with another 4 years will put a black eye on this nation that goes beyond slavery. The comments that he, Biden, and every other Democrat has made about Conservatives and Christians leaves no doubt that exterminating their opposition in the same ways as their National Socialist cousins in Germany did in the 1930s is the #1 goal of every leftist. An innocent child, doesn't matter they are the child of a Conservative, the Democrat wants that child harmed most want that child killed. Just listen to 'dem, they don't even try to hide their hate anymore.

    January 21, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Phil J.

    If you think the Clinton/Lewinski scandal was embarrassing wait until Gingrich gets his secretary under his desk. John king did the right thing. Ethics, morals and character do matter. Maybe the voters in South Carolina cna't see it but Gingrich is a poor choice and if nominated, he will be rejected in the general election. I would rather have a president of great wealth and high achievement than a president of poor character.

    January 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    It's better to vote for the KNOWN devil (Gingrich) than the UNKNOWN (Willard and Paul). Yes, Paul. Too many questions surround EACH of these men and NO answers except denial and silence. Think BEFORE you cast that vote.

    Obama 2012

    January 21, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Diana

    Mr. Gingrich, you are an immoral man trying to present yourself as decent.

    You are not. Your plastic Barbie mistress-come-third wife attests to that.

    January 21, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. claudia deprez

    What a bunch of hypocrits ! Newt left two wives, both in ill health, Clarissa better hope she doesn't break out in acne! This is the best the Repbulicans can do? This is your family values candidate? Please ! at least Romney and Santorum have stayed married, shows some since of ethics, Newt has NONE !

    January 21, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Manie

    Gingrich is a smart guy but I will not trust this guy. there is a difference between being smart and wise. if He becomes president , or Santorum we will most def. see another major war. It's allready enough that the U.S was mortally wounded in 1913 the the Federal reserve act but another war will put the final nail in the coffin of the U.S economic status.

    January 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. L Gray

    No state shall the final word and the hype from the media is no longer
    the control of the American public at large. As south carolina goes it is red war state that
    would go for any one who promotes war.

    January 21, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Conrack

    Pity the poor South Carolina voters – a choice between a snake or a chameleon.

    January 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Perry W

    The GOP just hate to see an african american man in the white house – that can do a better job then all the other white men. Why do you think the GOP congress act the way they do? And why do you think they want to cut education to public schools. All because it may put another educated black man in the white house someday! And they just can't have that! What a country we live in!

    January 21, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |