Newt Gingrich Wins in South Carolina(updated)

Russ Steele

A test for conservatism, Newt Wins after a strong debate with a wide margin.

The New York Times:

A surging Newt Gingrich won a come-from-behind victory in South Carolina’s Republican primary on Saturday, riding strong debate performances in recent days to upset Mitt Romney.

Mr. Romney had been leading in public opinion surveys only days ago.

Mr. Gingrich’s win came just over a week after he received less than 10% of the votes in New Hampshire’s primary, raising questions about his viability as a candidate. Now, he has scrambled the Republican nomination race and punctured the air of inevitability around Mr. Romney, who remains the national front-runner.

The win is a significant milestone for Mr. Gingrich, whose candidacy was severely damaged last summer when most of his top aides resigned en masse after they questioned whether he had the focus to be a viable candidate. He carried on with little staff or money afterward.

Our local lefty and self professed middle of the road blogger thinks that a win by Newt is a win for Obama.  Could be, but one thing we can be sure of is that Newt will take it to Obama with passion. That passion will help the Republicans maintain the House and win the Senate, even of they lose the Presidency. On the other hand Obama overall job rating is under 50% at about 47% and he does not have much of a record to run on other than killing jobs, raising the prices of energy and gas at the pump.  It is clear that Republican did not cause any of these problems. That is one hell of a record to run on.  Stay tuned!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Newt Gingrich Wins in South Carolina(updated)

  1. Russ says:

    Gallup: Only Carter was less popular by Don Surber:

    In his third year as president, Barack Obama was less popular than all but one president — Carter — since Harry Truman in their third year as president. According to Gallup, President Obama’s average approval was 44.4% in Year Three of his administration, above only Jimmy Carter. For some reason, Gallup excluded Lyndon Johnson, whose third year would have been November 22, 1965, through November 22, 1966. Given that LBJ won the 1964 election with 61% of the vote and enjoyed an average approval of 50.4% throughout his second term, according to Gallup, I’d say Obama not only was behind LBJ’s third-year approval ratings but well behind. Harry Truman enjoyed an average approval of 55.6% in his first term, which includes his third year, so he too would be ahead of Obama. Jerry Ford was president for less than 3 years.

    Gallup pointed out that only three recent presidents averaged below 50% approval in the crucial January 20-April 19 quarter in the election year — Ford, Carter and Bush 41. None were re-elected. Stay tuned.

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