So the comeback kid, aka Newt Gingrich, has sailed to victory in the GOP South Carolina Primary. It was a comfortable win for him. The latest from the poll has .Mr Gingrich with 40% of the vote to Mr Romney's 28%. These two men were the front runners and with Newt's surge in popularity the last few days perhaps the result is not surprising. It will however be cause for concern for Romney and his team.
Historically the winner of South Carolina will go on to win the the GOP nomination. It may not be cast in stone, so don't hold you breath, but that is the usual way that it goes.
The Gingrich team are now appealing for donations to prop up his campaign. Politics in the US in an expensive business and most candidates need wealthy backers. You know that elusive 1%. Republicans will have no problems getting support form such a section of society. After all that same 1% will be hoping for a Republican President who will legislate to suit.
This is where Mitt Romney takes the lead. As a man of many millions, quite literally, he will be able to sustain a lengthy campaign. After the result in South Carolina he insisted that he would continue on the campaign trail. With Ron Paul, 13%, and Rick Santorum, 17%, polling a small part of the vote they may choose a different path. As yet they too have said they will continue, but we have heard that before, haven't we?
Sometime after the vote Mr Gingrich spoke from his campaign headquarters, "We don't have the kind of money that at least one of the candidates has, but we do have ideas and we do have people and we have proved here in South Carolina that people power with the right ideas beats big money and with your help we are going to prove it again in Florida."
It seems that Mr Gingrich's fire has triumphed against Mitt Romney's slick appearance. A seasoned debater there is no doubt that his TV debating triumphs have played a huge part in his popularity. Will it be on to final victory for Newt?