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The Fix South Carolina primary prediction contest: We have a winner!

The South Carolina primary was long on drama with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich roaring back from behind to score a double-digit victory over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks as his wife Callista, right, looks on during a South Carolina Republican presidential primary night rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Before we announce the winner of our Fix primary prediction contest — and with it an official Fix t-shirt — let’s go over the final results in South Carolina:

Newt Gingrich: 40.4%

Mitt Romney: 27.8%

Rick Santorum: 17%

Ron Paul: 13%

Total turnout: 601,215

The Fix predicter who came closest to the mark was “lmeert” who missed the top four finishers by a remarkably small 3.8 points. Here’s his/her winning prediction:

Gingrich 38.5%

Romney 29.2%

Santorum 17%

Paul 13.5%

If you are “lmeert” send us an email at with your mailing address and preferred t-shirt size.

If you aren’t “lmeert”, better luck next time. And by next time we mean next Tuesday when Florida holds it’s primary.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.


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