2012 South Carolina primary result update: Newt Gingrich wins, Mitt Romney projected second

By on Jan 22, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

The 2012 South Carolina primary has ended and the initial and unofficial result shows that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is being projected second.

Newt Gingrich, during the CNN debate
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As noted at various US TV networks on Saturday, January 21, 2012, the South Carolina primary polls closed at 7 p.m. ET and Newt Gingrich is winning over Mitt Romney, with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul trailing behind.

According to Fox, ABC, MSNBC and CNN, Gingrich won over Romney in a wide margin despite the recent controversy over his ex-wife Marianne about the “open marriage” issue in an ABC interview.

Apparently, this is the first time since 1980 or modern GOP primary history that three different candidates won Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, with all South Carolina primary winners eventually became the official GOP Republican nominated candidate.

As reported earlier, Mitt Romney was originally declared as the 2012 Iowa caucus winner, beating Rick Santorum with 8 votes and later also won the New Hampshire primary, where Ron Paul landed second.

Nevertheless, Iowa GOP officials revealed on Thursday that Santorum won over Romney by 34 votes, but didn’t name an official winner and was dubbed as ‘a split decision’ since there was an alleged discrepancy.

Meanwhile, Romney has conceded defeat and congratulated Gingrich for winning the South Carolina primary but vowed to continue his battle for the GOP presidential nomination against US President Barack Obama in the 2012 election this November.

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