Gingrich wins in South Carolina….will he be the Republican nominee?

According to CNN, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be the winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, beating the presumed Republican “frontrunner” Mitt Romney.

Since 1980, every winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary has gone on to be the Republican presidential nominee, which begs the question, “Will Newt Gingrich be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012?”

Can Newt Gingrich overcome Mitt Romney’s tremendous organizational and fundraising advantages to become the Republican presidential nominee? Only time will tell, but the Republican presidential race just got a heck of a lot more interesting.


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8 thoughts on “Gingrich wins in South Carolina….will he be the Republican nominee?

  1. I understand Mitt Romney is considering committing adultery to appeal to the family values base of the GOP.

  2. Since Newt promises, if elected, to ignore any court rulings he doesn’t like and to arrest Judges who rule against him, I think it’s fair to point out that he’s running for Dictator not President. In my lifetime I have never heard a politician so explicity embrace law-breaking as policy. At least Nixon was secretive about his putchist impulses. Newt promises to overthrow the Constitutional order, which clearly makes him a traitor.

  3. In answer to your question, no. Mitt Romney will be the nominee.

    It may be that whoever has won the SC primary in the past went on to win the nomination, but it’s also always been the case that the Establishment guy won the nomination.

    I think the Republican Establishment will prevail again, and I am looking forward to an election in which the Republican standard-bearer is so pure an archetype of what that party stands for.

    1. Karen, I’m inclined to agree with you. While a win in South Carolina gives Gingrich some momentum, he’s still got some pretty serious hurdles to overcome, with the biggest being the campaign warchest Romney has amassed.

      It’s a sad commentary on the state of our elections, but money seems to trump just about anything, and so I think Romney will end up as the nominee for the Republicans.

  4. I sure as heck hope that this goes all the way to the convention. The nominee will be so weak, and the party so fractured that…..well, the Democrats can still screw it up given the chance.

  5. Narcissism, desperation, bigotry, and a touch of madness should take him all the way to Tampa.

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