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Poll upset as New Gingrich wins South Carolina primary

Newt Gingrich stormed to a shock victory over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary today, scrambling the race to choose a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama.

On the campaign trail: Republican contender Newt Gingrich made the rounds of South Carolina yesterday as he bolstered his support in a state where he feels at home politically

Republican race torn wide open by Gingrich win

Romney flounders over tax as Gingrich piles on the pressure in South Carolina. By Rupert Cornwell

Newt Gingrich condemns ex-wife's claims

The race for the Republican presidential nomination took several twists and turns as Rick Perry dropped out, Newt Gingrich faced stunning allegations from his ex-wife and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky front-runner's standing.

Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign charter plane yesterday

Romney flies into dogfight with third victory in his sights

David Usborne joins bullish Republican frontrunner on journey to South Carolina

Republican leadership candidate Mitt Romney says the greatest threat to the world is a nuclear Iran

Mitt Romney favourite to win in New Hampshire

Despite some last-minute gaffes, Mitt Romney remained the overwhelming favourite to win the New Hampshire presidential primary today, but the margin of victory could determine whether he quickly clinches the Republican nomination or faces a gruelling battle.

Mitt Romney’s campaign was met by protests

'I like being able to fire people' – now it's Romney's turn to slip up

Republican front-runner faces heat over employment laws on eve of primary

Newt Gingrich puckers up with wife Callista

Las Vegas casino tycoon gambles $5m on backing for Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, who is fighting to slow the momentum of Mitt Romney towards securing the Republican presidential nomination, received a big boost at the weekend as a Las Vegas casino tycoon pledged $5m (£3.2m) towards an independent group that is supporting his run.

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Friday

Conservatives rally behind Santorum

Momentum bolsters the presidential campaign of the anti-gay rights ex-senator

Rick Santorum is facing charges that he has used Capitol Hill contacts to turn himself into a millionaire

Report claims Santorum used Senate contacts to earn $1m

The heat in winter in New Hampshire is set to rise sharply for the front-runners in the race for the Republican presidential nomination with Rick Santorum facing charges that he has used Capitol Hill contacts to turn himself into a millionaire and Mitt Romney bracing for a barrage of attacks in two television debates today and tomorrow.

Everyone a winner, or loser, in Iowa miscounts

Nobody showed any interest in recounts after the photo-finish end to the Iowa caucuses last Tuesday when a final tally showed Mitt Romney beating Rick Santorum by just eight votes of the 122,000 cast.

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, lost by a margin of only eight votes

Leading article: And the winner in Iowa was... Barack Obama

What looked like a genuine window of Republican opportunity may now be about to close

Mitt Romney celebrates with his wife Ann and sons after winning by just an eight-point margin

Santorum's surge makes it a hollow victory for Romney

Frontrunner wins by just eight votes, while Michele Bachmann quits race after dismal showing

Richard Wolffe: Mitt Romney's underwhelming performance does not fully explain Iowa's extraordinary three-way split

You can't blame Mitt Romney. It may be easy to be beastly to the unloved Republican presidential frontrunner. He may well look like "the guy who laid you off," as one former conservative rival quipped. He may well have spent the last four years and as many millions (with the help of anonymous supporters) going nowhere in Iowa: he gained almost exactly the same number of votes yesterday as he did in 2008.

Michele Bachmann has ended her bid for the White House

Michele Bachmann quits presidential race

US Representative Michele Bachmann ended her campaign to become the 2012 Republican presidential nominee today and called on supporters to rally behind the party's eventual choice.

Santorum (left) and Romney ended in what was essentially a dead heat

Rupert Cornwell: What counts now is cash – and Romney is winning

To paraphrase Winston Churchill's words about the battle of El Alamein and its place in the Second World War, this month of January does not signify the end of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, nor even necessarily the beginning of the end. But it is very much the end of the beginning.

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