22 Jan '12, 2am

Gingrich wins key vote, reshapes Republican race: COLUMBIA, South Carolina: Republican White House hopeful Newt

Gingrich wins key vote, reshapes Republican race: COLUMBIA, South Carolina: Republican White House hopeful Newt

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich walloped rival and long-time frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina's primary Saturday, dramatically reshaping the topsy-turvy race. The former House speaker, repeatedly declared politically dead over the past year, surged to a shock victory in the battle to be the party's standard-bearer against Democratic President Barack Obama in November 6 elections. With 99 percent of the precincts counted, Gingrich had captured 41 percent of the vote compared to 27 percent for Romney. Gingrich triumphantly cast his insurgent win here as a blow delivered by Americans "who feel that the elites in Washington and New York have no understanding, no care, no concern, no reliability and in fact do not represent them at all." The result destroyed the aura of invincibility that had cloaked Romney, the former Massachuset...

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