Obama’s the real winner in contest
Mitt Romney felt so sure of winning the Republican primary in South Carolina that he left the state briefly, to attend to other matters, during the election campaign. The opinion polls showed him heading for a comfortable win.
The polls were not wrong. They merely failed to catch up in time with an unexpected but powerful trend. Opinion switched in the last hours to Newt Gingrich, who won by the remarkable margin of 40pc to 28pc.
This extraordinary turnaround will be the subject of debate for years, perhaps generations.