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Gingrich wins South Carolina

Jan 21, 2012 9:22 pm
Newt Gingrich handily won the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina Sat., Jan. 21. Mitt Romney finished second, Ron Santorum third, Ron Paul fourth, Herman Cain (who dropped out, but who let comedian Stephen Colbert run under his name) fifth, and Rick Perry, who dropped out earlier in the week, sixth. In the only vote that matters, the delegate count it is now a tie according to The New York Times, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both with 19 delegates; Rick Santorum has twelve; Ron Paul, 3; and since-out Jon Huntsman has two. CNN has a different delegate count: Romney 31; Gingrich, 26 Paul, 10; Santorum, 8. They both agree it takes 1144 to win, and many of those come from party insiders, sitting politicians, and others, and not just primary and caucuses results. South Carolina was winner-take-all, but most states this year split delegates proportionally. New York voters go to the polls April 24.