11:56 PM, Jan 21, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It’s just past 7 p.m., only minutes after the polls closed, and the networks have already called this state’s primary for Newt Gingrich. The mood is jubilant in the Palmetto State ballroom at the downtown Hilton. Behind the stage a campaign sign has been raised with a new message: “Unleash the American People to Rebuild the America We Love.” Groups of supporters gather nearby to chant for the news cameras.
11:00 PM, Jan 21, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Mitt Romney needs a big idea. And it’s not the one he cited at the beginning of his speech after his humiliating loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary Saturday. Executive experience matters, Romney said. He has it and Gingrich, like President Obama, doesn’t.
7:53 PM, Jan 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Newt Gingrich has not yet delivered his victory speech tonight in South Carolina, but he has delivered a strong message to his rivals via Twitter. "Thank you South Carolina! Help me deliver the knockout punch in Florida," Gingrich tweeted. "Join our Moneybomb and donate now."
7:01 PM, Jan 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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.
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.)
5:26 PM, Jan 20, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Speaking with reporters after a town hall event, Newt Gingrich scoffed at a request from Mitt Romney's campaign to release the “complete record” of the House ethics investigation of Gingrich when he was speaker.
11:56 AM, Jan 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with radio host Laura Ingraham this morning, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney acknowledged that Newt Gingrich is likely going to win a few states over the course of the primary process.
Thursday night's debate may have served to highlight two of Mitt's vulnerabilities.12:38 AM, Jan 20, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
It's notoriously hard to judge the political consequences of candidate debates. The media and political elites tend to opine as either drama critics judging performance art or as professors judging intellectual arguments. Doing well on one or another of these criteria can matter for a candidate. But usually not much.
12:32 AM, Jan 20, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
North Charleston, S.C.
The debate here began with the most salacious news of the day: the claim by Marianne Gingrich that her ex-husband wanted an open marriage. And, in a sense, it ended there, too.
11:40 PM, Jan 19, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
In a pinch, Newt Gingrich resorts to his specialty: attacking the media. He did it again Thursday night in the Republican presidential debate in North Charleston, South Carolina. And the audience responded enthusiastically to his angry denunciation of CNN moderator John King for making his former wife’s charge that he wanted an “open” marriage the first issue in the debate.
2:37 PM, Jan 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Newt Gingrich was a few minutes late to his appearance this morning at Waterfront Park in historic downtown Beaufort. The large, excited crowd waited patiently as Gingrich sat in his campaign bus to finish watching Rick Perry’s concession speech. When he finally emerged and took to the stage, he opened with an announcement.
Draft of Mitch Daniels’s Response to State of the Union!?1:19 PM, Jan 19, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
This morning, the Republican leadership on the Hill announced that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels would deliver the GOP response Tuesday night to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
8:29 AM, Jan 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new online ad from Newt Gingrich reminds voters of what the three principals from the 2008 South Carolina primary--John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Fred Thompson--had to say about Mitt Romney at the time. Watch below:
8:01 AM, Jan 19, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
An Insider Advantage poll taken in South Carolina on Wednesday — two days after the most recent Republican presidential debate — shows that Newt Gingrich has erased a double-digit deficit to take the lead over Mitt Romney. Gingrich now has 32 percent support, up 11 percentage points from his tally in the previous Insider Advantage poll, which was taken on Sunday.
5:28 PM, Jan 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The large lot at Bobby’s Bar-B-Q Buffet and Horse Creek Banquet Hall is full, so people have been forced to park on the side of Jefferson Davis Highway. There’s a long row of “Newt 2012” road signs. The spectators are pouring out of the front and back doors of the spacious hall, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Gingrich.
Inside, hundreds hang on to every word of Gingrich’s stump speech, laughing and clapping and nodding. Every so often, someone spontaneously shouts out, “Newt!”