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      Palin makes final book tour stop in Columbia

      COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- Hundreds gathered outside the Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill ahead of Sarah Palin's book signing Friday evening. Palin's stop in Columbia was the last on her tour to promote her new book, "American by Heart."

      Palin went on the road Nov. 23 to promote the book, her first since the million-selling memoir "Going Rogue."

      Earlier this week, fans waited overnight in frigid temperatures for a chance to get one of 500 wristbands offered by the store. The bracelets guaranteed supporters some face time with Palin.

      Those at the event were not allowed to bring cameras, cell phones or audio recording devices into the store.

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      An overwhelming majority of South Carolina Republicans said they approved of the former Alaska governor in an exit poll after the Nov. 2 general election. But voters were split among Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee when asked which candidate they favored to be the party's nominee in 2012.

      Palin came to Columbia in May to endorse now Gov.-elect Nikki Haley in her quest for South Carolina's GOP gubernatorial nomination.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)