South Carolina poll: Gingrich triumphs over Romney

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Newt Gingrich has convincingly beaten Mitt Romney in South Carolina's primary election, the latest leg in the battle to be the Republican candidate in November's US presidential poll.

With 95% of the vote counted, Mr Gingrich had 41% to Mr Romney's 27%.

Mr Romney had been widely seen as the frontrunner, but the latest outcome is set to turn the race into a long, hard-fought campaign, correspondents say.

Mark Mardell reports.

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