Gingrich's Debate Performance May Help Win S.C.

Matthew Dowd on the latest in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
1:58 | 01/20/12

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Transcript for Gingrich's Debate Performance May Help Win S.C.
-- Matthew -- he knows he's campaigns from the inside and Matthew let's Begin with that moment at the beginning of -- -- the top of the debate. Last night boy Newt Gingrich to standing elevations in the first five minutes he went into that debate -- momentum. Could actually put him over the top in South Carolina. -- I mean this was a moment that was a gift for Newt Gingrich when you look at this it was a fastball down the center of the plate and for that audience and for the South Carolina Republicans. -- vulnerability that many people thought he had he gets knocked it out of the park. And so this get this only is gonna help the momentum as you've seen George over the course of the last few days he's close the gap from a double digits behind. The single digits he's probably even today. He can easily because of that answer last night. Win tomorrow in South Carolina and what a difference a week makes Mitt Romney goes into this week looking like he could wrap this all up with three straight wins at the end of the week he's no longer the winner. In in Iowa. He's facing a lot of criticism on the stump in South Carolina and is as we said if -- wins you've got now three winners in three different primaries this is -- pretty -- race. It's absolutely knew there was many people shining the crown that was can anoint. Mitt Romney in this race a few days ago because as you city everybody thought he was gonna be three for three the interesting thing about this this is going to be the first Republican race of Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina. It will be the first Republican race where a different person. Wins each of the 31 -- that is never happened in modern Republican nomination process and that's why there's a very good chance that almost no matter what happens. Tomorrow night all for the candidates we saw on the stage last night will be in for some time. Yet it's interesting and then the next step we have after that it's ten days from now in Florida this thing is that become another wide open race every time we think that chapters closing we get a brand new chapter coming into this year OK -- thanks very much and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum I guess. On Sunday on this -- you're gonna have so much talk about Sunday morning we'll be watching George.

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