Gingrich heads to Rock Hill predicting SC primary win

Published: Jan. 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM EST
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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - If Babe Ruth could predict politics like he did homeruns, he would have loved to play in South Carolina, the state where predictions are made and heard around the country.

It's also the state where Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is calling his own shot. "We will win South Carolina," the former Speaker of the House told CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, "We have to win, it's a winner take all state."

Gingrich is having trouble, however, getting voters to fulfill that promise. Recent poll numbers have slumped for Gingrich, a problem he blames on attack ads from other presidential hopefuls.

Gingrich has finished no higher than 4th in Iowa and New Hampshire primary voting heading into South Carolina's 'First in the South' Primary.

Wednesday morning, he is expected to talk to potential supporters at a town hall meeting in Rock Hill. Fellow candidate Rick Santorum will also be campaigning in the city.

For some voters, though, it's Gingrich's personal life that's the problem. "The moral issues of a person concern me," Laurie Neal said, "I want to get someone in there with good moral issues to establish a good family system."

Others are willing to look beyond those issues and focus on what Gingrich can do publicly rather than what he's done privately. The connection he has with them: forgiveness and future.

"There wasn't but one perfect fella and He went home," youth pastor Ronnie Ation said, " I'm looking at what I'm seeing in the future, not the past, we have to go forward not backward."

"I am very patriotic and do want our country safe and I think that he does as well," Lillian Tate added.

As Gingrich comes to Rock Hill, he hopes it's those groups of voters that will lead him to victory.

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