South Carolina Results Thread

Updated 8:30 PM: Well then. On to Florida. Looks like this nomination isn’t going to be locked down anytime soon. Daily Kos has a sortable calendar of upcoming primary and caucus dates. Goodnight y’all.

Updated 7:55 PM: TPM notes that according to the exit polls, the only income bracket Romney won were people making over $200,000 a year.

Updated 7:40 PM: Looks like Santorum will finish third, ahead of Ron Paul.

Updated 7:20 PM: Awkward HuffPo headline: Mitt Newt-ered Down South. Exit poll data from CNN.

Updated 7:10 PM: Well that didn’t take long. Fox and NBC News both projecting that Newt has won.

Polls close at 7 PM. We’ll keep updating this post with results and news as it comes in.

Until the results come in here are some stories of note from earlier today:

Frontrunners Mitt and Newt kept their final hours on the trail as classy as we’ve come to expect from the two of them.

In the morning, Gingrich all but called Romney chicken after the former Massachusetts governor came and went at a campaign stop where both candidates were expected to meet.

“Where’s Mitt?” Gingrich said mockingly, as he arrived at a Greenville diner just minutes after Romney’s bus rolled out.

Not to be outdone, Romney’s campaign later put out a statement celebrating the “15th anniversary” of the House decision to reprimand Gingrich for ethics violations, during his days as speaker. The Romney campaign plans to deliver an anniversary cake to Gingrich’s South Carolina headquarters to mark the occasion on Saturday.

According to the New York Times South Carolina voters are waiting until the last minute to decide which candidate to vote for. And over at HuffPo, Howard Fineman explains what the hell happened to Rick Santorum.

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