Gingrich thanks South Carolina for Primary win

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV)-- A winded Newt Gingrich spoke to supporters Saturday night, thanking them and his team{} for the win."With your help," Gingrich said, "we are now moving on to Florida and beyond." He then said his victory in South Carolina's GOP primary is a blow to elites.Gingrich surged to victory in South Carolina, easily outpacing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his closest rival, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul.A gracious Gingrich didn't attack any of his opponents, praising each of their life stories. He's focusing on President Barack Obama who he says doesn't understand the American people.He went on to challenge Obama to seven debates, going on about the teleprompter he wouldn't need and called Obama the "Food Stamp President." He also claimed the president was "so weak, he makes Jimmy Carter look strong."He vowed for energy independence saying, "America will never again bow to a Saudi king." He says Obama has been a "disaster" and that his own campaign is built on American exceptionalism.

Upon hearing that Gingrich had won the South Carolina Presidential Primary, S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell said, "This is a great night in South Carolina! Our state wanted a candidate with a conservative Reagan pedigree and someone who could go toe-to-toe with President Obama.{}{}Voters found that conservative leadership in Newt Gingrich.{}{}In South Carolina, we pick presidents - Newt Gingrich now has the momentum he needs to secure our Party's nomination and the support that will take him to the White House."