Nightly News   |  January 20, 2012

Gingrich supporters unfazed

Comments from Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife haven’t slowed the former House Speaker’s momentum. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>> thanks. over to ron mott in orangeburg, south carolina . you spent the day on the trail with newt gingrich . if mitt romney is dialling back talking about cautious optimism after last night's red meat moment at that debate what's it like to be newt gingrich today?

>> reporter: hey there, brian. newt gingrich is flying high right now. there is a lot of confidence in this camp. he is going in tomorrow full of optimism. they say they have seen late polling numbers that suggest that he has pulled ahead of mitt romney going onto saturday's big election here. what's striking about this reversal of fortune is that newt gingrich came to south carolina ten days ago limping after the lackluster finishes in ohio and new hampshire. he needed a big finish here. he might get it. he got not one but two standing ovations this week during the presidential debates. his crowds are large and enthusiastic. he had an overflow crowd here in orangeburg this afternoon. while he seemed tire of all the travels this week, the crowd hung on his every word. they didn't seem to mind at all. there were no questions about the interview his ex-wife gave to abc news last night. they are with him. he hopes he will be the winner when they declare it tomorrow night, brian.

>> ron mott traveling with the gingrich campaign. thanks. a program note to our viewers, we're here in florida preparing for monday night's debate. the gop candidates in tampa at 9:00/8:00 central, the next time we'll see you. that's on your nbc station on the nbc television network . for now, lester