On Monday of this week it looked as though Mitt Romney was cruising to victory in the Republican primaries. He had won in Iowa and New Hampshire and had a sizable lead in the polls in South Carolina. What a difference a day makes. Over the course of Thursday morning, Rick Perry dropped out of the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich and Iowa announced that, upon recount, Rick Santorum, not Romney, actually won the caucus. Later in the day, a slew of polls were released that showed Gingrich leading Romney in South Carolina, building on what was considered a strong debate performance two days ago.
Gingrich entered the final debate with a considerable amount of momentum and capitalized on it. The Romney campaign suddenly seems to be wobbling. The former House Speaker is now poised to win the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
What are the takeaways from tonight’s debate and what does it mean for the race going forward? Read