Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich speaks during a live television interview during a campaign stop at the Grapevine Restaurant on January 21, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls today to vote in the primary election for the U.S. presidential candidate. (Getty Images)more pics » Newt Gingrich SC primary win mixes up the GOP standings (Getty Images)
Newt Gingrich won the SC primary election by a wide margin today. Gingrich secured 40% of the votes, well ahead of Mitt Romney (in second place with 28%) and Rick Santorum (in third with 17%).
This is Newt Gingrich's first major win and could mark a turning point in his campaign. He'll now head to Florida with significant political momentum.
The loss is another set back for Mitt Romney. Earlier this week he suffered a blow when the Iowa GOP announced that Rick Santorum had in fact won the caucuses.
Gingrich performed remarkably well during the last debate heading into South Carolina. He was able to deflect questions about his ex-wife and hit opponents hard.
Next up... Florida.Source: CNN