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-- -- 7 PM -- polls are now closed in South Carolina good evening I'm -- there and I'm Megyn Kelly Fox News can now project.
That Newt Gingrich will be -- -- in the palmetto state further scrambling an already volatile primary season.
That has produced three different winners now.
In three different states -- we are projecting we'll finish second in South Carolina.
Where he led the pack just days ago Rick Santorum Ron Paul still battling now.
For third place that contest remains too close to call.
Against Fox News is now projecting that Newt Gingrich has won.
The South Carolina primary this victory caps a remarkable comeback for the former house speaker his second so far this roller coaster campaign season.
This one propelled by his strong performance in two debates in South Carolina this week.
Weather was railing against Barack Obama as quote the food stamp president -- there -- -- that happens.
Or slamming -- mainstream media for asking about when of his ex wives making some very public statements this week -- speaker Gingrich seemed to galvanize conservatives who were lukewarm at best toward Mitt.
-- -- -- -- one week ago Romney was expected to cruise to victory in South Carolina giving him what.
Looked like a three you know record after victories in Iowa and New Hampshire that -- recount essentially handed in Iowa.
The of the -- to Santorum and Romney came under withering attack from everything from his tenure as CEO of bank capital to his hesitation.
About releasing his federal income taxes his returns tonight's remarkable results.
Really give new importance to Florida -- just ten days away holds its Republican primary ten days from now.
Romney currently holds an eighteen point five point lead over Gingrich but this is a huge.
Deal for Newt Gingrich this win tonight think about this -- Newt Gingrich was essentially.
His campaign was finished many analysts thought he was through.
That he should just hang it up after he came into the race in May and June.
You can see live the Gingrich campaign headquarters there aren't that many people in there because.
Well that's a cheering the call has been made from Fox News projecting -- Newt Gingrich will win the South Carolina primary.
And that's local coverage in -- doing the same thing momentum heading into the sunshine state.
Let's check in with our chief political correspondent Carl Cameron who is live at the Gingrich campaign headquarters Carl.
-- -- I -- -- while they're just finding out here in the in Newt Gingrich is headquarters that he is the winner of the 2012 how I'll.
Historically it is -- coming from behind as -- -- -- not performed -- he'd hoped to Iowa and New Hampshire to pull off this third victory in the state.
That has a perfect record of picking the nominee and president no GOP candidates never won the White House without a victory here first.
An -- on the professor of history Newt Gingrich.
To remind voters about all across the country.
He'd been promising for days and if he were to win here.
He'd have a -- strength and capture the nomination and be able to be that Romney whom he has incessantly called Massachusetts moderate.
-- -- Gingrich campaign right up until the polls close I talked to some of his senior staffers just moments ago.
They are en route to Columbia but he stayed on the campaign trail to the very last moment.
We have some reason to believe they'll try to come down and make a speech fairly early tonight perhaps -- -- as soon -- 8 o'clock but that will depend on concession speeches from others.
Most notably most notably.
Now Gingrich tomorrow will actually take a day and head back to Virginia but he will be in Tampa Florida on Monday for the next debate occurs on a town hall meeting.
And then start raring to go.
Gingrich has been planning to build his national campaign after this victory and now he'll have the fueled -- contributions expected to make that possible.
Mitt Romney by contrast.
Knew pretty much yesterday that it was likely to be a defeat here today.
They've been waiting for this moment saying that they were looking at states that come down the campaign trail in the future.
Romney's -- been on the air with ads in Florida since before the Iowa caucus.
The super -- that supports Romney has been on the air in Florida.
Two weeks longer than -- No other candidate is yet on the air in Florida advertising and Romney hopes to build it into something of a firewall but recognizes that this victory for Gingrich.
Guarantees that the -- will go on much longer.
Romney was cautious many times this year to say he did expect to lose one or two races.
But he is running he says a long term campaign that he believes will ultimately be able to jump off the oxygen or his rivals.
Why his massive war chest and his -- -- organization.
It's worth remembering that -- Gingrich that victory tonight.
Will not appear on the ballot in Virginia his home state you denied that opportunity there are some real structural hurdles ahead of this Gingrich.
Put tonight's win will give him the confidence and newfound support to try to overcome them in the days ahead pack -- -- quickly Karl I you know Newt Gingrich was outspent.
Two to one if you add the super pac that supported Romney two of them.
And the candidate himself.
What does that say about Newt Gingrich's ability down the road.
And his money in a place like Florida that's very expensive.
Well it says that he's gonna have a challenge there but Newt Gingrich's life blood in this campaign has -- undisputed late.
Debates he -- -- his campaign staffers say -- and his supporters say.
Part of the reason they like him so much is that he's the candidate they believe can -- -- and debate and -- Barack Obama in debates and there will be -- before the next votes in Florida.
That is the kind of thing that gives voters the opportunity to say that they have seen him on film.
Not cruel attack ads not group promotional ads advancing his own candidacy as we'd like.
But an impromptu opportunity to duel with the candidates and -- Gingrich has shown himself time and again capable of winning those schools.
The last thing to -- is.
Romney on Tuesday the -- president Obama's State of the Union Address and plans a major free -- of the president's State of the Union Address in which Romney will of course attack the president.
But we'll also say that Newt Gingrich has -- waged attacks on free enterprise for his criticism of Romney stays at Bain Capital the private equity firm.
Look for Mitt Romney to try to cast Newt Gingrich has somehow against the growth economy for that criticism.
Romney believes that his comeback trail will be to be the most conservative when it comes to business jobs and economic issues.
Having taken a bit of a -- here in South Carolina on a host of other conservative issues rat bag of hard to overstate the roller coaster ride this race has become.
And Carl thank you.
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