Former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich won the on Saturday.
Unofficial election results showed Gingrich with 40 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was in second place at 28 percent, and Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, in third place with 17 percent.
"Newt's victory Saturday night in South Carolina is the result of focusing on jobs, conservative values, and his vision for historic change in the relationship between the federal government and its citizens," said Angelic Moore, Gingrich's Atlanta campaign chair. "He has always consistently talked about America's future as a congressman, Speaker of the House, and now as a presidential candidate. That is what appealed to South Carolina voters."
Our Patch colleagues in the Palmetto State reported from the scene at local voting places and covered the results live.
One South Carolina supporter told Patch that Gingrich's victory was
Will Gingrich's campaign gain strength or weaken between now and March 6, when Super Tuesday 2012 arrives in Georgia?