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Most SC delegates vote Romney despite Gingrich's primary win

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South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis announces the results of the delegation's votes. (Aug. 28, 2012/CNN) South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis announces the results of the delegation's votes. (Aug. 28, 2012/CNN)
TAMPA, FL (FOX Carolina) -

Many of South Carolina's 25 delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, voted for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday, despite the fact that former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich won the state's primary earlier this year.

Gingrich decisively beat Romney during the first-in-the-South primary on Jan. 21, having snagged 40 percent of the vote, compared to Romney's 28 percent.

However, the results of the Palmetto State primary were not binding, which allowed many of the delegates to vote for Romney during Tuesday's roll call vote at the party convention.

"I'm the State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, and I'm honored to case, on behalf of the diligent, honorable and god-loving people of South Carolina, 24 of our 25 votes for the diligent, hard-working and god-loving Mitt Romney," Loftis announced at the convention Tuesday.

Gingrich is the first candidate since 1980 who has won South Carolina's primary and did not become the party's nominee.

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