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Mitt Romney was likely never as much of a lock as the mainstream media seems to believe, but Saturday's South Carolina primary results still came as a surprise.

Newt Gingrich rose from the political ashes for the second time with two strong debate performances this week and pulled off an unlikely win in the Palmetto State.

With 40 percent of the vote to Mitt's 27, and nearly all precincts reporting, Newt won big and turned the fluid Republican presidential race on its head once again.

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Only a week ago, Romney seemed likely to win all three of the initial contests, a scenario that would have put him on a relatively clear path to the nomination.

But with Thursday’s announcement that Rick Santorum actually won Iowa, followed by today's results, Romney is now a front-runner who has lost two of three.

The result marked a swift, extraordinary turnaround in Gingrich’s fortunes, after he finished well out of the top three in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Another Republican debate has come and gone, and as usual there was no shortage of fireworks as Newt Gingrich clashed with his rivals ... and CNN's John King.

Amid reports that Newt asked Marianne Gingrich for an open marriage while cheating on her with Callista Bisek in 1999, King led off the GOP debate with that topic.

Newt was not happy, and he let King know it ...

Reaming out the “destructive, vicious, negative” media rather than his ex-wife, who raised these accusations yesterday, Gingrich said he was appalled by CNN.

Newt, who went on to divorce Marianne and marry Callista in 2000 (they are still married), punctuated his lengthy answer by saying, “The story is false.”

Some other highlights of the second South Carolina debate this week, and the last before Saturday's critical primary in the Palmetto State included:

  • Rick Santorum saying Barack Obama stands for “economic squalor”
  • Mitt Romney saying "maybe" he'll release his tax returns sometime
  • Santorum repeatedly criticizing Newt's grandiosity and stability
  • Gingrich and Santorum claiming Romney is not really pro-life
  • Ron Paul fans yelling for their man to get more screen time

With time running out for all candidates not named Mitt Romney to post a win and halt his march toward the Republican nomination, the tension was high.

Can any of them do it? We'll find out by tomorrow night. We've posted the entire GOP debate, and invite you to share your feedback with us, after the jump:

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Mitt Romney is suddenly looking for win #2 in a row rather than #3.

While the former Massachusetts governor appeared to eke out a slim eight-vote win in the Iowa caucus on January 3, the Des Moines Register reports that the final count of the vote puts former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum ahead by 34.

After a long night of vote-counting, Romney appeared to post the slimmest-ever margin of victory in Iowa, but GOP officials discovered inaccuracies in 131 precincts, not all of which affected the final vote, but which threw the race to Santorum.

Romney, Santorum

Rick Santorum won 29,839 votes to Mitt Romney's 29,805. In essence, state GOP officials said, Iowa's results come down to a virtual tie, or "split decision."

NBC News will still not declare a winner in the Iowa caucus, saying with results from eight precincts out of 1,774 missing, it is impossible to know who won.

Nevertheless, Santorum declared victory today after the updated results were posted.

What does this mean going forward? Not much. Romney put up a decisive victory in New Hampshire Jan. 10, while Santorum has faded fast since Iowa.

It does deprive Romney of bragging rights, though, and the story could help dissuade primary voters in South Carolina that he is the inevitable nominee.

South Carolina's critical primary is Saturday, with Romney looking to hold off a surging Newt Gingrich, who shot past Santorum after Monday's debate.

Newt got more good news today with Rick Perry dropping out and throwing his support behind him - and in essence giving him more screen time at tonight's debate.

Then again, Marianne Gingrich also started doing interviews.

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Jon Huntsman may have gotten out just in time.

In front of by FAR the most raucous crowd of any Republican debate held thus far, the five remaining GOP hopefuls squared off in South Carolina last night.

Ostensibly, everybody not named Mitt Romney angled to knock the frontrunner off his pedestal. In reality, it became a game of rhetorical one-upmanship.

The crowd cheered their support of U.S. soldiers urinating on dead Afghan bodies and their condemnation of the Obama administration’s condemnation of it.

Newt Gingrich earned a standing ovation for this quote: “Andrew Jackson knew what to do with his enemies - he killed them.” How professorial he can be.

Even Romney, the most vanilla of all candidates, got into the act, saying “The right thing for Osama bin Laden was the bullet in the head that he received.”

No one here's missing Osama, but really Mitt?

The audience then jeered Ron Paul for suggesting that “we should practice the Golden Rule in foreign policy.” Nice to see we boo NOT bombing people.

The yelled their approval of Rick Perry saying America should “go to zero on foreign aid.” They booed Juan Williams for questioning Newt's big janitor idea.

The South Carolina primary has a reputation for being a bloodbath, and last night's rancor showed why. Just imagine if this race were in any way close.

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And then there were five. Jon Huntsman has become the latest casualty of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, dropping out this morning after a decent, but not overwhelming showing in the New Hampshire primary last week.

In announcing his withdrawal today, he derided the negativity permeating the GOP primary race and immediately threw his support behind Mitt Romney.

"Today, I am suspending my campaign for the presidency," the ex-Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China said at a news conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"I believe it is now time for our party to unite around a candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is Governor Mitt Romney."

Huntsman's support for the one-time Massachusetts governor is not unexpected given Romney's frontrunner status (he won both Iowa and New Hampshire).

There are also issues on which the two men agree, and both are open about their strong Mormon faith, though relations between the two have been frosty of late.

Huntsman, who was polling behind Stephen Colbert in South Carolina, had no path forward and exited not by criticizing Romney, but the "toxic" tone of the race.

"This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time," Huntsman said.

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Stephen Colbert does not want to disturb you, but the leading candidate for the Republication Presidential nomination might be a serial killer.

The Comedy Central host, who is actually running in the upcoming South Carolina Primary, makes this startling accusation in a new ad from his Super PAC, one in which narrator John Lithgow follows Mitt Romney's own line of reasoning to its logical conclusion.


If corporations are people, as Romney famously said at a campaign event last year, and if Romney gutted a number of businesses during his days in the private sector, well... what other conclusion can be draw?

On ABC’s This Week today, Colbert was asked by George Stephanopoulos whether he truly believes Romney is a serial killer and replied: “That’s a question he has to answer."

Watch the commercial below and decide: Does it cross a line? Or is it a perfect form of satire?

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Newt Gingrich is just throwing $h!t at the wall at this point.

During his college years in the '60s, Mitt Romney spent two years as a Mormon missionary in France. Now, Newt is trying to use that time against his rival as part of his desperate, scorched-earth campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Here's his new ad, titled "The French Connection" ...

The crux of the ad - that Mitt Romney isn't too different politically from failed Democratic Massachusetts presidential hopefuls Michael Dukakis and Sen. John Kerry - might've been effective, but Newt is clearly just bitter at this point.

In a parting shot, the voiceover explains: "Just like John Kerry," the voice in the ad says, "he speaks French too!" Mitt Romney: He's ... multilingual!

Guess he and Jon Huntsman are automatically DQ'd in Newt's mind.

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In the aftermath of the New Hampshire primary this week, in which Mitt Romney placed first and Ron Paul second, plenty of serious political analysis occurred.

Just not here.

The true hazards of running live broadcasts including viewer participation were on full display on C-SPAN, when a Granite State resident called to offer his two cents.

Really, he just wanted to know one thing ...

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Mitt Romney got virtually all that he needed out of the New Hampshire primary last night, putting himself on track to claim the Republican presidential nomination.

At the same time, he seems to generate little to no enthusiasm.

As he moves on to South Carolina with his opposition badly splintered and running out of time to stop him, the question becomes whether anyone can actually do it.

With a strong third in Iowa and a strong second in New Hampshire, Ron Paul outperforms all the other anti-Romneys. Yet mainstream media outlets write him off.

This becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy as people are less inclined to vote for someone they are TOLD can't win, rather than casting ballots on conviction.

Can the electorate coalesce possibly around Paul? Will Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum leap back into contention? If not, Mitt way run away with this thing by default.

Somewhat ironically, the principal motivator in many voters' decision to pull the lever for Romney is his perceived ability to beat President Obama in November.

At the same time, many Democrats feel Obama is best positioned to defeat Romney than other candidates and he is actually their preferred opponent of choice.

Will South Carolina deliver a surprise January 21, with Florida to follow? Or will Mitt coast into the GOP convention with an endless string of pluralities and no energy?

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Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, becoming the first GOP candidate since 1976 to win the Iowa caucuses and N.H. back-to-back.

“Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work,” said Romney, who turned back a ferocious assault from his GOP rivals in recent days to win fairly handily.

In accepting victory, he delivered a pointed message to his opponents, urging them not to play into President Obama’s hands by trying to destroy his candidacy.

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“In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him,” Romney said. “This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation."

"This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.”

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas came in second place, with approximately 24 percent of the Granite State vote to Romney's 36 percent as of this posting.

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is third, around 17 percent, with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich tied for fourth, struggling to crack double digits.

Romney leads Ron Paul in nine of the state's 10 counties, with Paul second in each of those and ahead in the 10th. A little over half the votes have been tallied.

The contest now moves to South Carolina January 21. The Palmetto State is considered less welcoming terrain for Romney, though he still leads in polls.

Final N.H. primary results to come after all precincts report.

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