South Carolina picks Romney for president

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolinians voted Tuesday in favor of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, based on early returns and exit polling, sending the solidly Republican state's nine electoral votes to the GOP nominee.

Since Romney's nomination, South Carolina has been considered firmly in his camp. For the first time in 30 years, South Carolina didn't choose the eventual GOP nominee during its primary, instead backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But Gov. Nikki Haley supported Romney early on, campaigning for the nominee in battleground states but saying repeatedly she would refuse any job offer in a Romney administration.

Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers.

Four years ago, Arizona Sen. John McCain won the state with 54 percent of the vote. Former President George W. Bush took 58 percent in 2004 and 57 percent in 2000 in South Carolina.

For the first time in 30 years, South Carolina didn't choose the eventual GOP nominee during its primary, instead backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich during January's balloting. But Gov. Nikki Haley backed Romney early on, campaigning for the nominee in battleground states yet saying repeatedly she would refuse any job offer in a Romney administration.

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