Reuter's Andy Sullivan recaps the turbulent South Carolina primary, and what the candidates can expect on the next campaign stop - Florida.
The Republican presidential nomination just got a whole lot more interesting Newt Gingrich absolutely trounced Mitt Romney in South Carolina. -- you on those the front runner his whole pitch was that he has the economy and -- in the best position to take on democratic president Barack Obama. Well voters in South Carolina didn't exactly see it that way. It was starting to look like a coronation for Romney as the contest in South Carolina opened he was up by ten percentage points he had the endorsement of the State's governor Nikki Haley. And he supposedly wanted to contest earlier New Hampshire and Iowa. As the race wore on Romney's lead dwindled and Gingrich had a string of strong performances in debates. Thursday afternoon brought more bad news as vote counters in Iowa decided that Romney didn't win there after all suddenly the narrative that had been developing out of an unstoppable run the. Compared to change. He only had one victory under his -- In Gingrich appeared to be capitalizing on conservative unrest. Now the battle shifts to Florida which is a much different states and South Carolina. It's much bigger for one thing this ten separate media markets and you need one million dollars a week to compete there that should be no problem for Romney that supposedly. Problem for Gingrich and -- it's. There's several contests after this but the race probably won't be decided until Super Tuesday in early march for Reuters I'm Andy Sullivan.