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Romney damaged, but has edge heading to Florida: analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s expected romp to the Republican presidential nomination turned into a long and hard slog on Saturday, and he leaves South Carolina as a damaged and suddenly vulnerable candidate. But beyond the take-back-our-country frenzy that Newt Gingrich was able to whip up among conservative voters in…

South Carolina primary

After not one, but two debates and a couple of weeks of candidates playing a game of “who can blow the hardest on the racist dog whistle?”, we’re finally reached the South Carolina primary. Honestly, in my mind, this is when it really starts. New Hampshire and Iowa aren’t representative…

WATCH LIVE: The 2012 GOP candidates react in South Carolina

Watch live video of the candidates’ speeches in the wake of the South Carolina primaries, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Gingrich declared the winner of the South Carolina primary

After failing to crack the top three in the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) appears to have reaped the rewards of his anti-Bain Capital documentary and a massive social conservative backlash against former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) and won the primary in…

Gingrich eyes upset in key South Carolina vote

South Carolina voters head to the polls in their pivotal Republican presidential primary on Saturday, as surging Newt Gingrich eyed an upset win that could turn the race upside-down. If the former House speaker defeats longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney, it could rekindle doubts about whether the more moderate former Massachusetts…

Romney still struggling to woo conservatives

GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Republican voters in this Bible Belt state are still yearning for a bedrock conservative as their presidential candidate, even as Mitt Romney seeks to win them over. “I don’t understand why he’s running in South Carolina,” said Myron Chorbagian at a conservative forum here, adding Romney…

WATCH LIVE: Final GOP debate before South Carolina primary

Republican presidential candidates were scheduled to debate on Thursday for the final time before South Carolina Republicans cast their votes on Saturday. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast Jan. 19, 2011.  …

Romney scolds protester for asking about the 99 percent

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a page out of the Chris Christie playbook on Thursday and berated an Occupy Wall Street activist for asking him how he would support less-wealthy Americans. Romney was signing autographs outside his campaign headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina when a man asked, “What will…

Republicans step up attacks before S.Carolina vote

US Republican candidates unleashed a new barrage of accusations ahead of South Carolina’s key vote, as frontrunner Mitt Romney struggled to beat back his conservative rivals. The candidates have also faced heightened scrutiny, with US media reporting on the multi-millionaire Romney’s offshore accounts and a TV network promising an “explosive”…

Romney is only no-show at Republican abortion debate

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney was conspicuous by his absence evening at a debate organized by an anti-abortion group in South Carolina. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, ultraconservative former Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Representative Ron Paul all responded to the invitation…

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