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      Gingrich wins SC GOP Primary

      Supporters fill the Palmetto State Ballroom at the Hilton Columbia Center to hear Newt Gingrich speak after winning the SC GOP primary.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - According to Fox News, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, has won the South Carolina GOP primary.

      Following strong performances in two debates this week, Gingrich took the lead from Mitt Romney and succeeded in winning the SC Republican primary.

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      Since 1980, when Ronald Reagan won the first South Carolina Republican primary, every GOP candidate who has won in this Southern state of fewer than 5 million people has gone on to win the Republican presidential nomination. State party officials are fond of saying the road to the White House passes straight through South Carolina.

      Gingrich will be in Tampa, Fla. on Monday as he looks to the Florida primary on Jan. 31.

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