Gingrich: South Carolina Election Linchpin
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told supporters at the grand opening of his state office in Greenville, S.C. Saturday that his presidential fate lies in the hands of the same Palmetto State voters who have helped pick the eventual Republican nominee in every race since 1980, reports The Washington Times
“I believe if we can win South Carolina, we will win the nomination. And I believe if we win the nomination, we will win the presidency,” Gingrich told the crowd.
Gingrich took his faith in South Carolinians even further at a campaign stop at Furman University, predicting that South Carolina will play a “decisive role in making sure a real conservative is the Republican nominee.”'
“South Carolina picks presidents, period,” said vice president of the Florence County Republican party, Stephanie Rawlinson. “Typically, the nominee comes out of South Carolina, and when they come out of South Carolina the winner, it gives them an obvious leg up.”
And yet, this go around, there is no clear Republican favorite, even though the state’s primary is Jan. 21; a little less than two months away.
“The race is wide open,” said Chad Connelly, state GOP party chairman.