Gingrich Wins By 12 Percent

    SPARTANBURG, SC - JANUARY 21:  Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich waits to do a live television interview during a campaign stop at the Grapevine Restaurant on January 21, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls today to vote in the primary election for the U.S. presidential candidate.  (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

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    Team Gingrich, undaunted by its fourth-place showing in New Hampshire, rode to a win in South Carolina on Saturday night. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Gingrich held 40.3 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported. Mitt Romney came in second, supported by 27.9 percent of primary voters, followed by Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, who held 17 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Gingrich was helped by a wave of enthusiasm following his recent debate performances—exit polls showed that more than half of primary voters chose their candidate late in the week.

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