Raw Politics: Live blog: The latest South Carolina results
January 21st, 2012
07:19 PM ET

Raw Politics: Live blog: The latest South Carolina results

10:45 p.m.
Gingrich may not have won a majority of the state's votes - but as of this moment, he's got 23 of its 25 delegates; no one else has even gotten one yet. That haul puts him back in the delegate race, trailing Romney by just 5. Up next: the January 31 Florida primary - a winner-take-all contest, with 50 delegates at stake.

10:17 p.m.
More numbers to think about: Gingrich's favorability numbers nationally in the January 13 CNN/ORC poll: 28% favorable to 58% unfavorable. Among Republicans only: 49%, down 12 points from his 61% favorable rating in November.

9:50 p.m.
If you've never seen it before: that was Newt Gingrich's entire stump speech, almost word for word.

9:31 p.m.
Gingrich: “It’s not that I am a good debater, it’s that I articulate the deepest-felt values of the American people.”

9:12 p.m.
Looking for good news for Romney tonight: a solid showing among moderates, liberals, non-evangelicals, those with incomes over $200,000, and people who do not support the Tea Party. The problem, of course, is that he was running in South Carolina.

9:10 p.m.
Question on everyone's mind: will Gingrich "Secretary of Attack" Chuck Norris join him on stage tonight? A nation waits.

8:45 p.m.
Great job by Santorum on the withdrawal fakeout!

8:22 p.m.
Romney seeing results already from tough new speech: #weaponsoftheleft trending on Twitter

8:03 p.m.
Hearing a lot more Newt in this Romney election night speech than there was in New Hampshire. Not hearing: any congrats on his win.

7:32 p.m.
The most important candidate quality for Republican voters today? Same answer they've given all year: Picking a candidate with the ability to beat President Obama. What's new is the candidate who has the advantage among voters who said picking a winner was their top priority: they gave Gingrich the edge over Romney in early exit polls.

7:22 p.m.
Losing Newtmentum? Late deciders gave Newt Gingrich a 26-point edge over Romney – but that gap dropped by more than half among those who decided today, to 42-32.

7:20 p.m.
Endorsements don’t matter, Exhibit 5,893: Nikki Haley went all in for Romney, stumping with him across the state, And she had 66% approval among voters today. So who did voters who approve of her back in early exit polls? Newt Gingrich, 40-33.

7:17 p.m.
What woman problem? Throughout the South Carolina race, a majority of women Republican voters supported Mitt Romney, while men backed Gingrich. The big question mark heading into tonight had been whether (or how much) Gingrich could expect that gender gap to widen. Instead, he virtually erased it. Gingrich, as expected won men handily, by a double-digit margin. But he won women too, by 5 points over Romney, 37 to 32%.

7:15 p.m.
Fifty-seven percent of the voters in early exit polls today said it’s very important that a candidate share their religious beliefs - and 46% of those voters backed Newt Gingrich. Romney came in a distant second, at 22%. For those voters who didn’t think shared religious beliefs were all that critical, Romney was the top pick, at 43%. Gingrich was second, at 29%.

7:00 p.m.
Early exit polls out of South Carolina's Republican primary: Gingrich 38%, Romney 29%, Santorum 17%, Paul 13%

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  1. Tone Mendoza

    If the Supreme Court says a corporation is a person, can this mean that all four of these guys could possibly run as one corporate entity and hold office in the White House if they won?

    January 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  2. Mabruno

    This campaign unfortunately has no longer nothing to do with issues or "records" (Newt's BTW is atrocious !). I guess pundits and political consultants should read blogs like this one more often: you learn a lot from it. Here is what I learned (please don't laugh, I'm just telling what I see):

    1) Some people are voting for Newt because they think a Newt/Obama debate will be more "entertaining".

    2) Many people are NOT voting for Romney because they think he is a "wimp" (defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as a person who "is not strong, brave, or confident").

    On the second point above, here is a suggestion for the likes of Fox News, CNN et al. Inappropriate though as it may sound, someone should stand up in the next debate and, with the appropriate introduction, ask Romney directly in these terms exactly: "Governor Romney, are you a wimp ? " If Romney can answer that question convincingly, he will be the Republican nominee. Otherwise, Obama can start preparing his second inaugural speech as Gingrich will be the GOP candidate and the Republicans will lose BADLY ("angry people" normally end up in "anger management classes", not in the White House !).

    January 23, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  3. Steve W Florida

    Anderson, why is the lowest paid workers in the $8.00 to $12.00 range now called the middle class? When I retired from the market in 2000 the middle class was on average from $ 16.00 to $30.00 per hour. This would be a good question for our politicians.

    January 23, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  4. Dave Cox

    As a registered repuiblican, thought you did a very good job with the Friday Debate. In the top 2 or 3. The question had to be asked.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  5. M Khan

    I never thought that a serial cheater from Georgia would get such support from the belt of th bible belt. The hypocricy of the so called value voter is astounding.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  6. Claire Rene de Cotret=Quon

    Don't those folks in South Carolina who voted on faith know their American history. The founding fathers were Deists, not Catholics, Protestants, or Mormons.

    January 22, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  7. Diana Schmidt

    I I think it would be interesting to poll the voters and ask if they would REALLY want "the other women" as our First Lady? Morals do count and both Newt and wife fail miserably! She better stay healthy too or she will find herself alone just like the first two wives!!

    January 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Julie S.

    Just goes to show what they really think or MORALS ! ! ! ! I would love once to hear them show any concern for what their guy has to offer other than being able to beat Obama. Any dog will do if he can beat Obama, I hear Manson has a great ability to get people do his will maybe they should run him – he could get people to vote his way.

    January 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  9. Moe

    Can you guys tell me anything about Steven Colbert and what percent of vote he got?

    January 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  10. Deborah Alfano

    I am a conservative and I could not be more disappointed in the outcome of the SC race. How could this party, once called the party of family values elect a man who has had numerous affairs while being married, who has an unethical work background, who is a wife cheater,frumpy, grumpy, angry old man? Wow, the party has ethical choices and if Newt wins I am not going to vote in the Presidential election because I cannot vote for a guy who has so much baggage! What is with the so called religious community who have helped to elect a guy like this? I fear it is just religious bias and that is even more disappointing. As a Christian I fear that my religious friends have overstepped and have decided to vote for a man who cannot beat Obama just because they do not like Mormons. Wow!!! So Disappointing.

    January 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  11. Eddie

    I'm wondering why the entire GOP crowd cheered when Newt threw a fit about the notions of Morality being raise – How could the crowd be so opposed to questions of morality being raised? How could the women in the crowed be so opposed to it? It seems as if the crowed roared and cheered when Newt condemned questions of morality. This entire past year I've heard nothing from the GOP but GOD, I'm Godly, I hold Godly values, I'm religious, I hold religious values...I'm running for POTUS and I'm religious. : and yet somehow asking a religious Christian man about his morality and infidelity which conflicts with his proclamations of being Christian is completely despicable? I'm so sick of hearing about the GOP's religious righteousness. Funny how they say it and use it for sound bites but when it comes to practice they are lacking. I'm not even religious, I just find it contradictory. Even the GOP women were roaring and cheering about his immorality. Maybe I should date a GOP woman! I think the questioning was absolutely appropriate! The have opened up the scope since every photo opp and tv opp they have done nothing but talk about their religion and morality.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  12. Rit Weaver

    SC primary is open. This means that democrats can vote in this contest since there is no democratic primary this year. Some democrats are voting for candidates in the hopes of skewing results to be more favorable to Pres Obama. If the thinking that Romney is more centrist and perhaps more electable, these folks are voting for Gingrich or Santorum. Comments?

    January 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm |