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!”
5:40 AM, Jan 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the back room at the Flight Deck restaurant Tuesday afternoon, a voter posed an interesting question to Rick Santorum. What is Santorum’s own view of the Constitution, the voter wanted to know, given that Ron Paul frequently casts himself as the only candidate who wants to adhere to the Constitution? In response, Santorum fished out of his pocket his miniature copy of the Constitution and held it tightly in his hand.
12:00 AM, Jan 18, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Three days before the South Carolina Republican primary, the press corps is poised to declare the GOP race over. If Mitt Romney follows up his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire with a win in the South, the media will tell Republicans in the other 47 states that there’s no need for them to cast votes in a democratic fashion, Romney’s coronation being inevitable.
1:48 PM, Jan 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
“There was somebody…that put together a program that helped us take back the House of Representatives. Do you guys remember who that was?” Republican state representative Kris Crawford asks the small crowd here at the Art Trail Gallery minutes before Newt Gingrich is set to speak.
“Newt!” a few voices answer, not quite in sync.
“And we elected somebody speaker of the House. Who was that?”
11:47 AM, Jan 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Hill reports on the latest ahead of this weekend's primary vote in South Carolina:
A new Monmouth University poll of South Carolina voters shows Republican front-runner Mitt Romney maintaining a double-digit lead over the remainder of the GOP field, further increasing the likelihood of the Massachusetts governor winning the South Carolina primary and Republican nomination.
12:49 AM, Jan 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The former House speaker has arrived at the post-debate spin room with a big smile on his face. He’s had a great debate performance, and he knows it. “We’re going to win here,” Newt Gingrich tells the growing crowd of reporters.
11:57 PM, Jan 16, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The most obvious thing to say about Monday night’s debate is that it was better than almost all the previous ones, in part because there were fewer participants. We’ll get one more five-person debate on Thursday, then Rick Perry will most likely withdraw after Saturday’s primary—so we'll have four-person debates on January 23 and January 26 in Florida, which should allow for even more direct exchanges and contrasts, and for more information about the candidates’ views and skills.
11:44 PM, Jan 16, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Newt Gingrich had a performance Monday night that reminded people why he was once the Republican frontrunner for the Republican nomination. In a way, he had a built-in advantage—with candidates having 90 seconds to answer questions (instead of the usual 60), the most loquacious candidate is bound to do well.
10:01 AM, Jan 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The latest InsiderAdvantage poll of likely registered voters in the South Carolina Republican primary:
In the poll of 720 likely registered voters in South Carolina GOP primary, Romney was leading with 32 percent of the vote. Gingrich was second with 21 percent, followed by Ron Paul with 14 percent.
Will a winnowed field produce a "not-Romney" candidate?1:20 PM, Jan 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reports that national conservative Christian leaders are waiting until after the South Carolina primary on January 21 to coalesce around a "not-Romney" Republican candidate. Those leaders are meeting in Texas this weekend to discuss the race. Here's more from the Times:
10:19 PM, Jan 13, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
After spending days locked in a bitter fight with some conservatives over his attacks on Mitt Romney as a corporate raider, Newt Gingrich made it clear tonight that he wants to change the topic and get back to attacking Romney from the right. Calling Romney "too liberal for South Carolina," Gingrich told reporters Friday evening that over the next few days there are "going to essentially be, I think, three themes" of his campaign. Gingrich then made the case against Romney on abortion, guns, and taxes: