Newt Gingrich Closes Gap in South Carolina

Former House speaker puts pressure on GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.
2:43 | 01/20/12

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Your voice your vote Republicans in South Carolina voting -- a pivotal primary tomorrow and at the moment Newt Gingrich is surging once again look at the numbers. Tonight Mitt Romney's national lead over Gingrich shrinking fast just ten points now down from 24 points only five days ago. And it's been a tumultuous 24 hours with candidate Gingrich taking on his opponents. ABC news and a lot of others in the media. Here's ABC's Jonathan Karl in South Carolina. Newt Gingrich is on fire. Just look what happened last night when John king of CNN asked about the interview ABC's Brian Ross did with -- -- his ex wife. Would you like to take some time to respond to that no but I will. I think the distracting. Vicious. Negative nature. Of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am -- Paul the -- would Begin a presidential debate. On a topic. Ex wife talked about the affair that ended their -- but Gingrich lashed out at a loss for telling the story. To take an ex wife. And make it two days before the primary. A significant question -- presidential campaign. Is as close to the -- As anything I can imagine. Judging from the reaction the crowd was clearly with Gingrich as for Romney his own aides are privately saying Gingrich is likely to -- here. Romney himself seems to be bracing for a loss. -- -- from the very beginning South Carolina is an uphill battle from a guy from Massachusetts I knew -- we're battling -- the fact is that right now looks like cat's neck and neck. That's a pretty good spot to be and I'm pretty pretty -- -- pretty proud of the success of our effort and at last night's debate -- again got tangled up when asked. Whether he would release multiple years of tax returns maybe get. I feel I don't know how many years are released I'll take a look at what the the but what I read documents are. -- And I'll -- a multiple years Rick Santorum the newfound -- and Iowa is now picking a fight with Gingrich. Getting this game. This nation cannot loving -- -- -- at -- you just -- you know sort of that you know. Worrisome moment. That that something's gonna pop and we can't afford that a nominee. Again -- victory here in South Carolina tomorrow would mean that three different candidates would've won in the first three states. Diane that is something we have never seen before in a Republican presidential primaries.

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