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NBC Calls South Carolina for Newt

7:01 PM, Jan 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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As the polls close in South Carolina tonight, NBC News is able to project that Newt Gingrich will be the winner of the Republican primary in the first Southern state to vote. 

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UPDATE: CNN reports: "Exit polls show Newt Gingrich leading Mitt Romney, 38% to 29% among voters who spoke with network exit poll interviewers."

UPDATE II: Fox and ABC have also called South Carolina for Newt. (Clarification: CNN has not yet called the race, but has released the exit poll numbers.)

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