Romney struggles to hold off Gingrich (12)

Columbia (South Carolina): Mitt Romney is struggling to hold on to the mantle of inevitable Republican presidential nominee as South Carolinians prepare to cast votes in their primary election on Saturday, with the latest polls giving rival Newt Gingrich the advantage.

The former Massachusetts governor had until this week looked like he was destined to win the Republican ticket to challenge Barack Obama in this November’s general election, but a deluge of negative news has thrown that into doubt.

“Clearly, it’s close enough that one could see either Gingrich or Romney winning” on Saturday, said Charles Bierbauer, a veteran of presidential races who teaches at the University of South Carolina.

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Afternoon Updates:

12:12 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 — Romney downplays expectations, Gingrich surges as South Carolina votes

12:15 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 – Gingrich aims for first primary win in South Carolina as Romney says race ‘neck and neck’

12:16 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 – On primary eve, Romney says SC race neck-and-neck

12:17 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 — Gingrich makes play for gold vote

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12:23 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 – Gingrich, Romney in savage fight as South Carolina voters head to polls

12:24 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 – Gingrich is latest victim of South Carolina’s ‘dirty tricks’ as fake email claims he forced ex-wife to have an abortion

5:41 pm EST, January 21st, 2012 — SC Politics & the Weather

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