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January 19th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Lindsey Graham on South Carolina: '30 years of getting it right'

Ahead of the key South Carolina primary, SC Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN's Erin Burnett he has yet to make his personal choice on which candidate to support, but will by the time he heads to the polls Saturday. As for the state's choice, Graham said South Carolina picks winners, citing "a history of thirty years of getting it right." Since 1980, nobody has been elected president without winning the South Carolina primary.

As for the intensity of the campaign, Graham said the political ad-soaked airwaves have him missing "car commercials." Graham also said the flood of Super PAC money into the campaign will ultimately lead to a "revolt" by voters.


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January 19th, 2012
07:45 PM ET

ABC's Brian Ross on why he's airing Gingrich interview tonight

ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross sat down with the ex-wife of Newt Gingrich–an interview that the Gingrich family has suggested was a distraction from the campaign in South Carolina. Why air the critical interview tonight? Ross sits down with CNN's Erin Burnett to explain.


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January 19th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Perry suspends presidential campaign, endorses Gingrich

Saying he saw "no viable path forward" to the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Perry suspended his run for the White House today, just hours ahead of CNN's pre-South Carolina debate. Perry endorsed former rival Newt Gingrich. "I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country," Perry said in a news conference in Charleston, SC.


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