Tonight is a win for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina.
From ABC News:
Romney's front-runner status in South Carolina evaporated quickly as the former Massachusetts governor was hit hard on his reluctance to reveal his tax records. The controversy over Romney's experience at Bain & Co. also hurt him in the Palmetto State. Twenty-eight percent of voters saw it as a negative, a substantial number, especially when looking at the lower-income voters, among whom Romney got virtually no support.
Although he spent more money than the other candidates on campaign ads -- more than double what Gingrich spent, by some accounts -- Romney was unable to sustain his lead.
Romney, 64, has said he will release his tax records in April despite calls from his rivals to do so immediately. Gingrich, 68, released his Thursday. The former governor, however, revealed that he paid a 15-percent effective tax rate in 2010, which is considerably lower than other Americans with comparable wealth. The lower tax rate was, in part, because Romney makes much of his money through investments and speaking fees rather than employment.
Newt came back and won. As Fox News called it, it was the second time Gingrich had risen from the political dead.
For conservatives, this is a good night. Conservatives are coalescing around a conservative candidate. As the campaign goes into Florida, it will basically be two man race.
Yes, Ron Paul will still be there, but he doesn’t really count.
The really interesting question is how long will Rick Santorum hang around. He has finished a distant third in South Carolina and that should effectively kill most of his money. Santorum may limp into Florida but all he can really do in Florida is siphon off some votes from Newt Gingrich.
Rick Santorum needs to call it a campaign and endorse Newt Gingrich. The sooner we can put liberal Mitt Romney out of the race, the sooner we can work on putting Barack Obama out of the White House.
Great idea Harold; I love Alan West. I was thinkin' maybe Ron Paul as a VP ha ha ha just jokin'
Except, last week John Bolton endorsed Mittens.
John is pretty liberal actually. He is great on foreign policy but lib on social issues.
How about Tommy Franks or Ollie North for secretary of Defense?
Alan is a true constitutional patriot, a genuinely good and honest man. He'd make a good choice...........make that a great choice.
Now we need to get the vote out in FLA. great win and get Santorum out and we can get Obama back to his real job singing the blues.GO NEWT
Unleash America's full energy production potenial!! I love the contract with America 2.0.
Kind of reminds me of Hillary Clinton who invested $1000.00 in stock and less than three months later it turned into $100,000 even though all financial experts say that is impossible. I am waiting for the dems to tell us little people how they don't work real jobs but become filthy rich.I don't think I would want to earn money the way they do though.Eventuallythe dance is over and it is time to pay the fiddler.
Rick needs to go back home and show his computer some love.
I really like Newt and believe he can stand up to obama with the truth and extensive knowledge of policy....I am disappointed in the coverage even at Fox News...brit hume was offensive in my opinion....a long road ahead....
Jane I think we should all write to Fox News and complain. They don't like masses of complaints. I am one who believes in writing and give my view. But it only works if many of us do the same. There's strength in numbers.