Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina Republican Primary

Former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, won the South Carolina Republican Primary, beating out presumed front-runner, former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney.

Gingrich came back from a double-digit deficit to win by 13 points over Romney. Many voters made up their minds in the final week of the campaign, and attributed their choice to Gingrich's strong performance in a series of debates.

Gingrich may also have benefited from the field of challengers to Romney narrowing. Between the Iowa caucus and South Carolina, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michelle Bachmann had all suspended their campaigns. Herman Cain, an early front-runner, dropped out of the race before Iowa.

South Carolina voting results were:
Newt Gingrich - 40% (243,153)
Mitt Romney - 28% (167,279)
Rick Santorum - 17% (102,055)
Ron Paul - 13% (77,993)

This come-back put Gingrich very close to matching Romney's total delegate count after the first three contests.