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With Serious Talks, Gingrich Elevated GOP Race

sashamanda Wrote: May 09, 2012 11:19 AM
Reagan based his second term partially on Gingrich's Conservative Opportunity Society, and Reagan used some of the rhetoric in one of his State of the Union speeches. In that sense, Reagan was a Gingrich conservative.

Watching Newt Gingrich's graceful and low-key withdrawal from the presidential race last week, it was hard not to think back to January in Columbia, S.C., when he drew a wall-to-wall, fired-up crowd to celebrate his blowout victory in that state's primary.

It was the most critical moment of the Republican race. In the days before South Carolina voters went to the polls, Republicans learned Mitt Romney had not won the Iowa caucuses after all; Romney's narrow victory over Rick Santorum turned out to be a narrow defeat. Romney went on to win decisively in New Hampshire, but South Carolina turned into a...