Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina GOP primary by 12 points according to Fox News this minute. If the numbers do not change, the final count is Gingrich 40%, Romney 28%.
According to exit polls, Gingrich won pluralities across the board – among men and women, conservatives and Tea Partyers, as well as voters who cited the ability to vanquish Barack Obama as their paramount concern. A television interview with his second wife, who claimed Gingrich proposed an “open marriage” before their divorce, inflicted little damage.
“People completely misunderstand what’s going on,” Gingrich told a huge, raucous crowd crammed into a Columbia ballroom Saturday night. “It’s not that I’m a good debater. It’s that I articulate the deepest felt values of the American people.” Source: TIME
Conservatives have two choices, if we assume Santorum will not be the nominee: Romney or Newt. If you like neither, then you must decide: do you really think Romney will be more conservative than Newt Gingrich, or more able to bring about the change we need? Or more staunchly on the side of the Constitution? Or more able to work with Congress? I don’t.