Posts Tagged ‘South Carolina’

8:15 – CNN misses the top of Paul’s comments, coming out of commercial break.

“This is the beginning of a long hard slog!” Ron Paul invokes former SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld.

“If you win elections and you win delegates, that’s how you promote a cause!”

Paul goes into standard stump speech about liberty and cutting spending.

Ron Paul crowd chanting “End the Fed! End the Fed!”

“We need to restore the Constitution and restore liberty.”

Calls for getting rid of the PATRIOT Act.

8:30 – Ron Paul wraps up his speech… Still waiting to hear from Santorum and Gingrich.


7:57 – Romney and his family stepping up to the microphones…

Opening line: “You should hear them when we win.”

Thanks Gov. Nikki Haley and other state lawmakers right off the top.

“We are now three contests into a long primary season.” Note Romney’s emphasis on the word long.

8:00 – Romney goes into standard anti-Obama stump speech.

“President Obama has no experience running a business and never run a state. Our party can’t be led to victory by someone who has never run a business and never run a state.”

“We cannot defeat that president with a candidate who has joined in that very assault on free enterprise.
When my opponents attack success free enterprise, they’re not only attacking me, they’re attacking every person that dreams of a better future. They’re attacking you.”

Romney never mentions Gingrich by name except the brief congratulations at the beginning. But make no mistake, the speech was about as much of an attack against Gingrich as much as it was against President Obama.

Romney finishes at about 8:10.

NBC and Fox News project Gingrich as the winner. CNN has not made a projection yet.

Update: The Associated Press calls the race for Gingrich at 7:25. Still no projection from CNN.

Update II: At 7:35, CNN projects Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina primary.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper have floated the possibility the network might project a winner as soon as the polls close at 7 p.m. local time in South Carolina.

T-minus 20 minutes and counting for polls to close in South Carolina… Will be live-blogging and tweeting the action all night. Watch this space.