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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

January 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Gingrich surges to upset victory in South Carolina primary

Newt Gingrich won a surprising victory in the South Carolina primary last night, beating out frontrunner Mitt Romney with 40% of the vote, to Romney’s 27%

As soon as the polls closed at 7pm Eastern time, local stations began reporting the dramatic victory based on exit poll data, catching even the supporters at Gingrich’s after-party by surprise.

UW Election Eye reporters were on hand for the party and Gingrich’s victory speech, where he struck a conciliatory tone toward his Republican rivals and instead went after president Obama.

Elated Newt Gingrich supporters hold up signs at his victory party in Columbia, SC

Comments | Topics: Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich

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