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President South Carolina Republican debate: Surging Newt Gingrich scores (+video)

In the Republican debate Thursday night, the former House speaker won two standing ovations during one exchange alone. Three of four polls out Thursday showed Newt Gingrich slightly ahead of Mitt Romney for the lead in South Carolina.

By Staff writer / January 20, 2012

Eric Thayer/Reuters

If skill on the debate stage were the No. 1 qualification for president, Newt Gingrich would be measuring the drapes in the Oval Office right about now.