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For Romney supporters, South Carolina loss a minor setback

Despite Mitt Romney's loss in the South Carolina primary, few of his supporters seemed worried about his prospect of clinching the nomination.

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Reporting from Columbia, S.C— Despite Mitt Romney's loss in the South Carolina primary, few of his supporters seemed worried about his prospect of clinching the nomination. David Smoot, a real estate developer who drove down to Romney's primary party from his home in Raleigh, N.C., said he believed Romney's second-place finish would encourage him to defend his record more forcefullyHe chalked up the loss to "unthinking voters" and insisted that Gingrich would never become the Republican nominee. "If you want someone to lead the country, why would you let a serial adulterer be our standard-bearer?" asked Smoot, 76"If jobs are the issue – why would you not want someone who is a proven economic genius against someone who has not done these things, but has drawn a salary either directly or indirectly from the public till all this time?" "We can't let the misguided votes of a few determine the future of the country," Smoot said. Carl Watson, 79, a retired investment banker from Columbia, said he wasn't surprised by the results because a number of his friends had shifted their support to Gingrich after Monday night's debate in Myrtle BeachThey concluded, he said, that Gingrich "would outdo Obama in the debates and that Mitt Romney didn't." "The debates made the difference here," Watson saidHe also argued that "CNN and ABC did [Gingrich] a great favor" by airing excerpts of the interview with ex-wife Marianne Gingrich and creating a backlash among South Carolina voters who believed the coverage was unfairBut like Smoot, Watson argued that Gingrich has too much baggage to be the party's nominee. "The people who were in Congress with him don't like him and he's an egomaniac," Watson said"He's a good debater and he's very smart, but I don't think he'll have a good Cabinet or staff because he's always got to be smarter than everybody." var adSkipCounter = 0; /* Javascript deferred */var addthis_options = "digg, twitter, facebook, stumbleupon, delicious, friendfeed, buzz, slashdot, reddit, mixx, fark, linkedin, aim, google, myspace, newsvine, technorati, tumblr, typepad, wordpress, more";var addthis_exclude = "print";var addthis_pub = "archivedigger"; function fixDoubleButtons() { if (jQuery('#mod-sm-badge-top .st_pm_button .stButton').size() == 0) { setTimeout('fixDoubleButtons();', 500); return; } var query = '#mod-sm-badge-top .shareThisEmailIcon .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); query = '#mod-sm-badge-top .shareThisShareThisCompact .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); query = '#mod-sm-badge-bottom .shareThisEmailIcon .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); query = '#mod-sm-badge-bottom .shareThisShareThisCompact .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); } function removeCommentsButton() { if (jQuery('.comments-container .comments-counter').size() == 0) { setTimeout('removeCommentsButton();', 500); return; } jQuery('.comments-container').empty(); jQuery('.comments-container').remove(); } removeCommentsButton(); FEATUREDJohnny Cash's dark California daysInfiltrating Southern California biker gangsHow not to say the wrong thingMORE:Seizure Led to FloJo's DeathHis 104 scores make his caseBrutal Murder by Teen-Age Girls Adds to Britons' ShockComaneci Confirms Suicide Attempt, Magazine SaysAdvertisement if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE") >= 0){ setTimeout(function() { //Fixed IE issue- Ref Bug 17996 var openxframe= frames["openxi-339767"].document;; openxframe.write('if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "339767" });'); window.openxframe.close();; },200); }else{ var openxframe= frames["openxi-339767"].document;; openxframe.write('if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "339767" });'); window.openxframe.close();; } FROM THE ARCHIVESMitt Romney will prep next week for debatesSeptember 1, 2012Mitt Romney tries to fire up supporters before Thursday's...January 26, 2012South Carolina votes; Newt Gingrich's win fuels emotional...January 21, 2012Gingrich camp: Romney in 'panic' mode as poll suggests...January 20, 2012Gingrich angrily denounces 'open marriage' claim at GOP...January 19, 2012MORE STORIES ABOUTDebatesSouth CarolinaMitt RomneyMarianne Gingrich

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