The third major contest of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign — South Carolina's primary — was Saturday and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won easily. Read through our live blogging and check out the latest vote results.
It's been a contest of surprises, with a series of candidates rising to the top to fill the anybody-but-Romney role. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that on the day of the first-in-the-South primary in South Carolina, it's uncertain what the outcome will be or what comes next.
Last year, Tea Party favorite and political outsider Rick Scott spent $70 million of his own money to get elected Florida's governor. Faced with a $3.5 billion budget shortfall, the former hospital CEO made unpopular cuts. Now Scott faces another big budget gap — and low approval ratings.
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