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Gingrich Wins SC Handily, Now For Florida

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In the end, the South Carolina primaries on January 21 weren’t even close. Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker ran away, in a state he has felt was a must win, with 40 percent of the votes.

Mitt Romney, the Republican primary leader going into South Carolina holding a 14.8-point lead, came in a distant second with 27.8 percent of the votes.

According to Real Clear Politics latest poll, the win helped Gingrich close that gap a little as Romney now holds a 7.5-point lead.

Rounding out the South Carolina primaries were, Rick Santorum in third with 17 percent of the vote, Ron Paul in fourth with 13 percent and Rick Perry, who pulled out of the race before the primary, and the other category accounting for 1.8 percent of the votes.

Next up for the 2012 Republican hopefuls is Florida, which will hold its debate tonight. The primary voting will be January 31, and with the top three candidates all notching a win so far on the primary trail, this could give one of them a second win.

As the candidates prepare for the debate and the rounds in Florida, all of them will be faced with the hurdle of housing—an issue all to familiar with Indian country.

According to an article by The Washington Post, Florida’s economy rests heavily on housing and has been hit considerably since the bubble burst.

Where do the candidates stand on the housing situation?

Romney was quoted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal as saying “I think the idea of helping people refinance homes to stay in them is one that’s worth further consideration. But I’m not signing on until I find out who’s going to pay and who’s going to get bailed out, and that’s not something which we know all the answers to.”

A caution that is one thing Romney shares with his GOP counterparts, when it comes to improving the housing situation according to The Post.