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Gwen's Primary Day Take: South Carolina Votes

Gwen's Take

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In retrospect, it should not come as a surprise that Election Day came to South Carolina with wind, rain and tornado watches. The Gingrich surge here has been that strong.

It cannot be overstated how dramatic the shift from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich has been here on the ground. In a single night -- after Monday night's pivotal debate -- Romney went from an 8 point lead among Tea Party voters to trailing Gingrich by 7 points the very next day. And then the lead grew.

January 20, 2012

Weekly Show

On the Webcast Extra: The panelists discuss what the voters are saying as they report from across South Carolina. Also, analysis of the evangelical and tea party's presence in the South Carolina primary. Is the republican party in the middle of an identity crisis? And a look at what influence Nikki Haley and South Carolina's congressional representatives have on the race.

 

The Brawl

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Newt Gingrich said "No." Mitt Romney said "Maybe." And Rick Santorum said everything better than he has in any other debate. The last Republican debate before Saturday’s South Carolina primary—and the first with just four candidates—was perhaps the most lively of the 17 that have come during this campaign.
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The Road to South Carolina

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Five Things to Watch for in South Carolina

Gwen's Take

COLUMBIA, S.C. - This has probably been the single craziest week of the 2012 campaign, as candidates rose and fell nearly every single day.

As the voters here head to the polls for an unusual Saturday Republican party primary, here’s what I am watching for.

Romney Looks Past Weekend’s Primary as Rivals Find New Hope

On The Radar

Mitt Romney delivered a 13-minute speech here on Tuesday morning, shook hands with an audience that filled only a small part of a ballroom and caught a plane for a fund-raising gala in New York, a clear sign that he is looking beyond South Carolina. The outward confidence in Mr. Romney’s posture belied a deeply uncertain and fluid conclusion to the Republican presidential primary here.
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Candidates Brace for Brawl in South Carolina

On The Radar

Republican candidates plunged into what's likely to be a hard-hitting run-up to the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, with unleash millions of dollars being spent on ads, many of them negative. Naftali Bendavid has details on Campaign Journal.

Five Things: What Matters Most After New Hampshire

Gwen's Take

Throughout this year’s election, I will pose and answer key questions at critical moments during the campaign. On New Hampshire Primary Election Day, I shared the five things I was watching for.

Here is how it all shook out.

Republican Rivals Batter Romney in South Carolina

On The Radar

For the Republican presidential candidates who want to stop Mitt Romney in South Carolina, it comes down to this: How far are they willing to go? A day after Mr. Romney’s victory in New Hampshire left his rivals running out of time to block his path to the nomination, he was greeted here by a wave of attacks on his business record, his past support for abortion rights and his character.
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PBS NewsHour: Romney Has Momentum, but 'Anything Could Happen' in S.C.

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The race for the Republican presidential nomination turned to South Carolina Wednesday, where the field of presidential hopefuls took aim at frontrunner Mitt Romney. Gwen Ifill discusses the politics of the Palmetto State with Reid Wilson of National Journal's Hotline and Clemson University's David Woodard.