Romney loses South Carolina to Newt Gingrich

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Moments after the South Carolina primary was called for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney’s supporters gathered for they had hoped would be a victory party started chanting, “Florida, here we come.”

Saturday’s election was a crushing disappointment for Donna Lawson, who’d backed Romney in his first bid for the White House in 2008, too. At first, she refused to accept the results announced by the major networks.

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