Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich won a decisive victory in the South Carolina GOP primary. Gingrich's campaign had little organization or money compared with Mitt Romney, who had a double-digit lead in South Carolina last week.
According to Politico, the SC tally is:
- Newt Gingrich – 40.4%
- Mitt Romney – 27.8%
- Rick Santorum – 17.0%
- Ron Paul – 13.0%
Before the primary, political analysts were saying that the evangelical vote is a strong factor in South Carolina. Of the four Republican presidential candidates, Gingrich and Santorum have been competing for the evangelical vote. Last weekend, a group of about 150 evangelical leaders had endorsed Rick Santorum. Gingrich, however, has been endorsed by religious right leaders such as Michael Youseff, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Don Wildmon, Mat Staver, George Barna, David Lane and Jim Garlow.
Gingrich appears in the "Champion the Vote" video entitled "One National Under God," designed to mobilize unregistered Christian voters to become politically active and to vote for candidates having a "biblical worldview." He has been deriding "the influence of secularism" in government and is voicing support over personhood legislation that would overturn Roe v. Wade by declaring zygotes as human beings having constitutional rights. With respect to personhood and other issues, he has claimed that he will ignore Supreme Court decisions that he does not agree with and as to lower level federal judges, Gingrich envisions the impeachment, subpoena and arrest by U.S. Marshals of judges whose rulings were deemed "anti-American" by the Gingrich administration.
The following video includes segments of the "One Nation Under God" video featuring Gingrich and other panelists, who urge against a secular civil government, abortion rights, and teaching the theory of evolution, among other "biblical values:"