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Gingrich surges in South Carolina

Newt Gingrich surged in the Republican White House race ahead of Saturday’s key South Carolina vote after lambasting the US media for digging into his past marital infidelity.

world Updated: Jan 21, 2012 00:14 IST

Newt Gingrich surged in the Republican White House race ahead of Saturday’s key South Carolina vote after lambasting the US media for digging into his past marital infidelity.

The former House speaker slammed the media on Thursday after the airing of an interview with an ex-wife and sparred with top rival Mitt Romney as the four remaining candidates battled for the hearts of southern conservatives.

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Thursday showed Gingrich (35%) with a six-point lead over former Massachusetts governor Romney (29%), with Texas Representative Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum tied at 15 percent just 36 hours before the state primary.

Gingrich has risen with a series of feisty debate performances, and on Thursday came out swinging with a blistering reply to the first debate question that drew a standing ovation from the crowd of southern Republicans.