Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary by wide margin, throwing open the race for the GOP presidential candidacy.
Gingrich, the former U.S. House of Representatives speaker, bested Mitt Romney, long believed to be the frontrunner, 40.4 percent to 27.9 percent, according to counts after polls closed Saturday.
Over the last week, Gingrich's poll numbers climbed in the conservative state, seen as the last chance to keep Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and a relative moderate, from getting the nomination.
Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.), Gingrich’s heir-apparent, may be more effective in promoting legislation Jewish groups have vigorously opposed,
The good news for American Jewish groups that lobby Congress on an array of domestic and foreign policy issues is that the insurgents who forced the retirement of House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in the wake of last week’s GOP election debacle may bring a more bipartisan, pragmatic approach to the GOP leadership.
But that’s also the bad news.