Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects.
ORIGINAL STORY ...
Polls have closed in the hard-fought South Carolina Republican
presidential primary, after a day of soaking weather in a critical
battleground and taunts on the campaign trail between Newt Gingrich and
Romney's aides, after reviewing exit polls on Saturday, are
downplaying expectations. Gingrich has surged in South Carolina polls in
recent days, and exit polling seemed to confirm his advantage among
several groups of voters.
Those who made up their minds late were breaking for Gingrich, while
those who had decided early mostly were backing Romney. Late deciders
outnumbered early deciders, though, 53-46 percent.
Gingrich also had the advantage among voters who viewed the debates
as important, while Romney was leading among those who don't put much
stock in them. And Gingrich was leading among those who say it's
important that a candidate shares their religious beliefs. Romney, a
Mormon, was leading among those who care less about a candidate's
In the second tier, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul appeared to be in a battle for third, but Paul aides told Fox News they are expecting to finish last. (Continues)