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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Breaking! Fox projects Newt winner in South Carolina!

Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects.


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 Mitt Romney.

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 religious affiliation.

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)

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