Thursday, February 9, 2012
After disappointing finish in South Carolina, Rick Santorum's campaign found new life with a three-state sweep Tuesday.
For Kerry Wood, Rick Santorum's campaign ended weeks ago. Wood, the director of Santorum's South Carolina campaign, hasn't just avoided campaigning for the former Pennsylvania senator after the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary — he's avoided presidential politics altogether. "I have nothing else to do with that campaign," Wood said. "I didn't want to go into another state — I know a lot of other people did. After Jan. 21, I helped close down offices, I helped pack stuff up afterwards, but after that, my focus shifted elsewhere." The excitement and chaos of the South Carolina primary may seem like a distant memory to many in the Palmetto State now. Santorum finished a distant third to Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in January, but has …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The biggest winners in last weekend’s S.C. Republican Primary may have been Leslie Gaines and Ruth Sherlock, whose firm was chosen by presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to run his campaign in South Carolina.
- On The State
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Romney, Perry ad buys don't result in votes
Republican presidential candidates spent the most money ever on advertising during the South Carolina primary, but it didn't necessarily result in success at the polls. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent the most on ads in South Carolina and got little return on their investment, according to The State. Romney and his Super PAC spent $4.7 million for a disappointing second-place finish and Perry spent $2.5 million before dropping out of the race prior to primary day. In contrast, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent $2.4 million in South Carolina and still ran away with the primary, earning 40 percent of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul and Sen. Rick Santorum each spent about $1.7 million in South Carolina and…
Monday, January 23, 2012
Turnout at most of the 11 precincts was less than 12 percent
Voter turnout for precincts in the St. Andrews area was lower than voter turnout for Richland County and the state, but that's no surprise, said Gary Baum, deputy director of the Richland County Elections office. "Based on past turnout, we weren't expecting a big turnout for the St. Andrews area," Baum said. The 11 precincts in the area had between three and 12 percent turnout, according to data from the S.C. State Election Commission. Richland County had voter turnout of about 15 percent, Baum said. Turnout in the 2008 primary was also about 15 percent, he said. Most counties in the state had voter turnout between 30 and 40 percent — the highest voter turnout the state has seen for a Republican primary. Richland County was one of the …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Early projections show Gingrich defeats Romney
COLUMBIA — A record number of voters turned out for the South Carolina primary Saturday and delivered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a blowout win that may restart the entire race. Gingrich surged during the final week of the contest, overcoming a double-digit deficit to trounce former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich earned 40 percent of the vote and won all but three counties. "It is very humbling and very sobering to have so many people who so deeply want their country to get back on the right track," Gingrich said in his victory speech from Columbia. Gingrich's debate performances separated him from the field, especially when he attacked the media on Thursday night in Charleston. "It’s not that I am a good debater," he said. "It’s …
Ever wondered what happens to your vote once you've confirmed your electronic ballot?
Patch was granted access to the Greenville County Department of Registration and Elections on Saturday night after the Republican primary to show what happens after you, the voter, make your decision. In this Patch video, Greenville County Elections Director Conway Belangia walks you through what happens to your "personal electronic ballot" (PEB), and just what goes into tabulating the totals. South Carolina uses an electronic voting system, unlike Iowa, where its caucuses were decided by hand-written votes. That system resulted earlier this month in mass confusion, as Mitt Romney was initially declared the winner, but was later found to have finished second to Rick Santorum just this past week.
Triumphant candidate greets rabid crowd in Columbia, and now sets his sights on Florida.
This story has been updated. As the wine flowed and the music blared Saturday night, a triumphant Newt Gingrich and several hundred rabid supporters celebrated a resounding victory over the rest of the Republican field and vowed to take the fight on to Florida. Introducing Gingrich to a capacity crowd at the Hilton Hotel ballroom in Columbia, Billy Wilkins, a former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, said: "Make no mistake about it. This was a landslide victory." "This was the political version of a tsunami," he said to rousing applause. Onstage, Gingrich told the crowd: "With your help, we are now moving on to Florida -- and beyond." The victory Saturday was Gingrich's first after dismal showings in…
Our live blog will run from 7 a.m. until the final votes are counted, so tell us who you're supporting, why and what you saw at the polls.
All of the waiting, debates and robo-calls are coming to an end. Election Day is here. South Carolinians head to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today to help chose the GOP nominee to run against President Barack Obama in November. Click on the SCPrimary tag below to see all of our candidate features and coverage of the race for the Republican nomination.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Last PPP poll gives Gingrich 9-point lead
Update (10:35 p.m.): The final Public Policy Polling survey of South Carolina voters showed Newt Gingrich with his largest lead since December over Mitt Romney. The poll, released late Friday, showed Gingrich earning 37 percent support among the 1,540 likely primary voters surveyed and Romney earning 28 percent. Data showed that Gingrich's attacks on the press during Thursday's debate played well in the Palmetto State, as 77 percent of voters said they had a negative view of the media. Gingrich rose 13 points in PPP polling during the final week, while Romney remained stagnant. The poll also shows a small bump for Rick Santorum, who earned 16 percent support. Ron Paul was fourth with 14 percent. According to the pollsters at PPP,"Gingrich …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Audience applauds all four candidates for doing well.
NORTH CHARLESTON — The night belonged to hard-hitting Newt Gingrich and underdog Rick Santorum during the last debate before the South Carolina primary, according to audience members leaving the event Thursday evening. While all four candidates faired well, many debate-goers said Gingrich and Santorum stole the show And then there was Ron Paul who surprised a few people like Tricia Boccabello of Charleston. "I think Ron Paul did better than I expected him to," Boccabello said. "He actually came across as being pretty cogent." Debbie Jones of Isle of Palms, a former supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's bid for president, also seemed swayed by Paul's debate performance. "I'm surprised that I liked some of the things Dr. Ron Paul said," …