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.