Running 10 points behind in most polls, Newt Gingrich upset GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina on Saturday, beating him by an astounding 12 points.
This is the second state lost by Romney.
On Friday, after a lengthy recount, the Iowa Republican party officially declared that Rick Santorum had won the state’s caucus.
"It was not a great week for me," Romney acknowledged during an interview on 'Fox News Sunday.'
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"I'm looking forward to a long campaign," Romney said. "We are selecting the president of the United States. Someone who is going to face ups and downs and real challenges, and I hope that through this process, I can demonstrate that I can take a setback and come back strong."
Meanwhile, Santorum put up a disappointing showing in South Carolina, according to CNN exiting polls, with just 20 percent of evangelicals voters supporting him, fewer even than Romney.
Newt Gingrich now heads into Florida a state with a head of steam. “Thank you SC! Help me deliver the knockout punch in Florida,” Gingrich tweeted.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday morning's 'Meet the Press' that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has “embarrassed” the Republican Party, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney never has (video below).
“We all know the record,” Christie continued. “He was run out of the speakership by his own party. He was fined $300,000 for ethic violations. This is a guy who’s had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment to the party.”