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Newt Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary

COLUMBIA, SC - JANUARY 21: Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (L) speaks during a primary night rally with his wife Callista Gingrich January 21, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. With Gingrich finishing first in South Carolina's primary, a different candidate has emerged victorious in the first three contests for the Republican nomination. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

The race to win the republican nomination for president shifted drastically last night when Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary with 41% of the vote.

 

The former House Speaker knocked the previous favorite, Mitt Romney, soundly out of the lead, by a 13 point margin.

Rick Santorum managed to lock in 17% of the votes.  Ron Paul garnered just 13%.

The candidates now set their sights for the Florida primary January 31.

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