COLUMBIA, S.C.--When Newt Gingrich took the stage to make his first actual victory speech of the election cycle, the room, packed to the brim, was sweltering.
The party was hopping. For two hours, the DJ hired by the campaign had been spinning dance-club hits. "That's right!" he said over the loudspeaker moments before Gingrich entered the room. "Pump it up. Pump it up people. Yeeeah!"
Unlike the past two Gingrich election night events, the people here appeared to be enjoying themselves. Some were even, in fact, pumping it up. The booze was flowing. Energy was high. Even some news reporters couldn't resist smuggling in a few dance moves in their chairs near the back.
As Gingrich made his way to the lectern, the crowd burst into applause, chanting, "Newt Can Win! Newt Can Win!"
There was reason to party. Before South Carolina, Gingrich couldn't place better than fourth, and now, finally, he had a win to call his own. And it was no squeaker, either. As of this writing, Gingrich won with 40 percent of the vote.
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