South Carolina primary

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The South Carolina primary was be held on February 20, 2016, for Republicans, and is winner-take-all. The polls closed at 7pm ET, so results will began appearing early in the evening (or late afternoon for viewers on the Left Coast).

Newt Gingrich won this primary in 2012 by a wide margin, but Mitt Romney still won the GOP nomination.

In the Republican nomination process for the 2016 presidential election, different candidates are expected to win the Iowa caucuses and the NH primary, which gives the South Carolina primary heightened significance as a tie-breaker. Indeed, Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary and Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses.