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George Stinney was 14 when executed for a crime his family says he didn’t commit. A retrial may clear his name

After three decades on death row, US man goes free

Helped by a single strand of hair, a mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row for the stabbing death of a woman will go free today under a plea deal.

The winner takes all 50 delegates at stake — the biggest prize to date in the state-by-state contests leading to the Republican National Convention in August that will select the nominee

Polls open in Florida for key Republican primary

Polls opened earlier today in Florida, where Mitt Romney was pushing for a big win over Newt Gingrich in the race to pick a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in November.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (left) talks with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate in Florida

Rancour as Gingrich and Romney spar in debate

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, learned to his cost last night that he is not alone among Republicans vying for the presidential nomination able to conjure righteous indignation when it matters.  Mitt Romney showed a debate audience here that he has quite the talent for it too.

Amol Rajan: Beware the huge power of the not-quite-so-powerful

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Gingrich's chequered past presents a huge political target

Gingrich will hand victory to Obama, claims Romney camp

If Republican voters select Newt Gingrich as the party's 2012 presidential nominee they would be handing President Barack Obama a second term in the White House, the campaign for Mitt Romney claimed last night.

Newt Gingrich enjoys cash boost after South Carolina primary

Cash is pouting into the Newt Gingrich campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after the stunning surge and upset victory over Mitt Romney.

Leading article: The race now changes for Mr Obama, too

Until this past weekend, Mitt Romney, the super-rich former governor of Massachusetts, had appeared to be cruising to the Republican presidential nomination, as lacklustre contestants scattered all around. Now he has a real opponent in the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. The Republican primary season, which reaches its next stage in the ultra-swing state of Florida next week, now looks set to be longer, and more expensive, than Mr Romney or his supporters must have hoped. Not for the first time South Carolina has changed the dynamics of a US presidential race.

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.

Texas Governor Rick Perry stands with his wife Anita as he announces he is dropping his run for the Republican US presidential nomination

Rick Perry withdraws from Republican presidential race

Texas Governor Rick Perry abandoned his presidential bid and endorsed Newt Gingrich today, just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary.

Mitt Romney shares the stage with his wife Ann at a campaign rally in Florence, South Carolina, yesterday

Super-rich Romney admits paying only 15 per cent in taxes

Republican front-runner under pressure to make public his returns ahead of South Carolina primary

Jon Huntsman next to his wife, Mary Kaye, with daughters Liddy, Mary Anne, Abby and Gracie Mei

Huntsman drops out of Republican race

Candidate's departure and support for moderate rival prompts calls among conservatives to unite

Jon Huntsman quits Republican nomination race

Jon Huntsman suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination today, calling on his party to end "an onslaught of negative and personal attacks" in the campaign and then endorsing rival Mitt Romney.

Romney hands over $60 to struggling supporter

Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination, handed over a fistful of cash to an unemployed supporter at one of his rallies on Saturday night, after she complained of being so hard-up that she could not afford her electricity bills.

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