Gingrich Surprises in South Carolina

The former Speaker of the House may have a few tricks up his sleeve. After most would have picked GOP candidate Mitt Romney to win the Palmetto State, Newt Gingrich upends the presidential race with a surprising win in the South Carolina primary.  After pulling in 40.4% of the votes to defeat Romney and Rick Santorum, Gingrich defies political history by being one of three different Republican candidates who have each won a primary.

While this further proves just how dissatisfied the GOP is with their candidates, it is interesting to see how many people in South Carolina showed up to help Newt Gingrich get the win. The exit poll data showed Gingrich winning among White evangelicals, who made up 64 percent of the electorate. He also held a strong sway over Romney amongst men (42 percent to 26 percent), conservatives (44 percent to 24 percent) and Tea Party supporters (45 percent to 25 percent). You can probably count on one hand how many people from Jones Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church were a part of that statistic.

Is this victory enough to convince voters that he would be a formidable opponent against President Barack Obama? Does the race-baiting Gingrich have a chance?

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