Romney has some very real problems now.  If Santorum drops from the race and Newt presumably picks up a majority of his conservative voters, then this is going to be a tough battle.

Mental Recession readers may have predicted it here first, when they said that Romney would not win the nomination.

Don’t forget, the turnaround may have started with a response he had in the Fox News debate for Juan Williams, where he didn’t take the race-bait, he answered honestly, and he didn’t back down from his convictions.  Every time conservatism is explained in a well thought-out, passionate manner, it wins.


Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, capping off a remarkable comeback for his presidential bid that reshapes the trajectory of the battle for the GOP nomination.

Based on early exit polls, NBC News projects Gingrich as the winner of the primary, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will finish second.

UPDATE:  Fox is now calling it for Gingrich as well…

Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects, further scrambling an already volatile primary race that has produced three different winners in three states. 

Fox News projects that Mitt Romney will place second in the Palmetto State. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for third place, and that contest remains too close to call, though Fox News exit polls show Santorum with a slight lead over the Texas congressman.

Santorum’s conservative credentials remain more solid than Newt’s, but if they continue to split votes in further primaries such as Florida, they will continue to give Romney an edge in each state.  My personal belief is that it’s time for Santorum to drop and back Newt.

UPDATE:  Maybe this is what put Newt over the top in South Carolina – working the drive-thru at a Chick-fil-A in Anderson. Nice…

UPDATE:  Looks like the real loser in South Carolina tonight was Marianne Gingrich.  Weasel Zippers reports that “Women went for Gingrich 36% to Romney’s 30%.”  The liberal media, the ones trying to go through the baggage of the Republican candidates while ignoring Obama’s baggage for five years now, forget that their hero, Bill Clinton, already had an ‘open marriage’ in the White House.