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Kershaw County GOP primary results

Posted: January 22, 2012 1:43 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Both state and county voters crowned Newt Gingrich the winner of Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary.

Gingrich received 3,271 votes in Kershaw County, according to unofficial county results. Mitt Romney came in with 2,673, Rick Santorum with 1,365 and Ron Paul at 1,235.

“Kershaw County was pretty much on track with everyone else,” Kershaw County Republican Chairman Chris Oviatt said.

As far as voter turnout, Oviatt said 8,600 people in Kershaw County showed up to cast their vote.

“We would have hit 10,000, but the weather really hurt us,” he said. “Around 1 to 2 p.m. we really lost our momentum because of the rain.”

About 22 percent of registered voters in Kershaw County participated in the S.C. Republican primary.

Oviatt said local elections usually bring a higher turnout.

The next battle ground for the republican presidential contenders, Oviatt said, will be Florida Jan. 31.

“I believe this is when we’ll see Gingrich and Romney slug it out. It’s going to come down to money and organization,” he said.

As far as three different republican candidates winning the first three state primaries, Oviatt said he isn’t surprised.

“It just shows that Iowa didn’t take anything away from New Hampshire, and New Hampshire didn’t take anything away from South Carolina... The fun is just  beginning.”

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