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The Takeaway

Gingrich's Landslide South Carolina Victory

Monday, January 23, 2012

On Saturday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pulled in 40 percent of the 600,000 primary votes in South Carolina in what has been called the largest Republican primary in history. Significantly, nearly two-thirds of these voters were evangelical or born-again Christians. This win comes in the wake of news that Mitt Romney did not in fact win the Iowa caucuses, and means that there has been no consistent candidate across these three key tests of presidential mettle. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Post-South Carolina: Newt Surging, Romney Fights Back

Monday, January 23, 2012

Eleanor Clift, contributor to Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast, discusses Newt Gingrich's victory in South Carolina, what it means for the 2012 GOP race and what to expect from the all-important Florida primary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The South Carolina Primary Map

Monday, January 23, 2012

Patchwork Nation director, Dante Chinni, analyzes how the South Carolina primary vote broke down by demographics. Check out the Patchwork Nation results map below, and read more analysis from Dante Chinni here.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why Nobody Saw Gingrich Coming in SC

Sunday, January 22, 2012

South Carolina is the beating heart of the real South, and there is a long sociology of many South Carolinians disliking slick, rich Yankees. Newt played to that as a neighbor from Georgia.

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WNYC News

Analysis: Gingrich Forces GOP into Grueling Debate

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took a giant step Saturday toward becoming the Republican alternative to Mitt Romney that tea partyers and social conservatives have been seeking for months.

TRACK SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY RETURNS: See the vote breakdown by community type.

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WNYC News

Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary, Voters Cite Economy as Chief Issue

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Voters in today's South Carolina Republican primary are looking for someone to fix the economy — and someone who can beat Barack Obama. That's the indication from the exit polls of voters — in a state where the unemployment rate of 9.9 percent is well above the national average.

TRACK SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY RETURNS: Watch the numbers roll in after the polls close at 7 p.m. EST.

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It's A Free Country ®

Track: South Carolina Primary Returns

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's primary day in South Carolina, the first-in-the-South presidential primary. Track returns on our Patchwork Nation map. It shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 46 counties, but how the candidates are doing in each of state's five community types.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Primary Politics in the Palmetto State

Friday, January 20, 2012

On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry ended his presidential bid and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, less than 48 hours before the South Carolina primary. Adam Beam, who covers politics for The State, talks about the unsettled primary race in the Palmetto State and why polls are showing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney neck-and-neck with Gingrich.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Thank Citizens United for the Bloody Battle in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Super PACs savaging candidates left and right, January 21st is a fitting date for the South Carolina Primary: it's the two-year anniversary of Citizens United.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

From South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nia-Malika Henderson, a national political reporter for The Washington Post and the anchor blogger for The Post’s "Election 2012" blog, previews tomorrow's primary in South Carolina.

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The Takeaway

Too Little, Too Late? Santorum Declared Iowa Caucus Winner

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday South Carolina will hold the "First in the South" primary. Since 1980 the victor of the South Carolina primary has gone on to win the presidential nomination. But the Palmetto State is sharing the limelight this morning with the Hawkeye State as the miscount in Iowa has skewed the results of the first GOP caucus. Rick Santorum is now declared the winner of the Iowa Caucus by a small margin of 34 votes. But in the end does it really matter?

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The Takeaway

South Carolina's GOP Chair on the Primary

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Three days before the South Carolina Republican primary it seems like time has run out for Mitt Romney’s GOP rivals. The former Massachusetts governor is winning by a large margin in South Carolina polls, and should he go on to win the Palmetto state, he most likely will earn the Republican presidential nomination. But who knows what attacks will be launched, endorsements will be made and what surprises might be in store over the next 72 hours. Chad Connelly, South Carolina's GOP chairman, talks about the political climate in his home state.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Romney's Tax Rate, South Carolina, and Special Guest Ana Marie Cox

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Episode #2: Mitt Romney revealed this week that he pays an effective tax rate of 15% — Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, and Todd Zwillich discuss Romney's inability to shake the "Richie Rich" image. Plus, what White voters in South Carolina are looking for, and how Newt Gingrich may be using his conservative "dog whistle" on them. And special guest Ana Marie Cox of the Guardian brings a clip to the competition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Palmetto Politics

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anna Sale, It's a Free Country political reporter and Julie Rose, WFAE news reporter, discuss the coming GOP primary in South Carolina.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why I'm Voting for Stephen Colbert for President...of South Carolina

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stephen Colbert is able to focus on some of the most ridiculous aspects of our political system, and use them against themselves. Enter Colbert's latest stunt stroke of genius. He announced that he was turning over control of his SuperPAC to fellow Comedy Central political satirist, Jon Stewart, so he would then be eligible to run for president... of South Carolina.

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It's A Free Country ®

Watch: Colbert's Pro-Cain Super PAC Ad, and Others

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've been hearing a lot in recent debates about Super PACs and 527s and all the secretive nasty things they do during campaigns. Here's what they look like in action, starting with Stephen Colbert's latest ad for Herman Cain.

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The Takeaway

What Next for the Tea Party in South Carolina?

Friday, January 13, 2012

South Carolina is in many ways the epicenter of the Tea Party movement. Junior senator Jim Demint and Governor Nikki Haley were put into office by their Tea Party supporters. So next week when conservative South Carolinians go to the polls to vote in the Republican primary, their party will face their first test of solidarity.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After New Hampshire

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, and David Woodard, Clemson University professor and Republican consultant, discuss the implications of yesterday's New Hampshire GOP primary.

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The Agenda.

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The Takeaway

Previewing the Southern Primaries

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the next big competition for the Republican nomination lies in the South. With strong GOP bases in both Florida and South Carolina, the candidate that carries either state will need to appeal to a pool of voters that are more racially diverse than their northern counterparts. However, currying the favor of this mix of social, fiscal, and military conservatives will require a great deal more money, something that some campaigns are running short on.

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