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Newt Wins… On A Saturday

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

It will come as no surprise we’re pretty thrilled to wake up to the news that the voters of South Carolina cast ballots in record numbers in their GOP primary yesterday… on a Saturday. According to the vice chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, that’s exactly why they moved Election Day to the weekend.

“We’re just trying to increase participation in the primary,” he said. “We believe in South Carolina that we pick presidents. And on a day that you pick presidents, you want to have as many people as possible voting.”

Granted, 21% of registered voters isn’t something to write home about, but it’s a start. Here’s our question: now that he’s won big in South Carolina on a Saturday, will Newt Gingrich reconsider his opposition to weekend voting?

When I met up with Newt in December in Iowa, he told me he didn’t think the day we vote was the reason voter turnout is so low in the United States. Watch our encounter below.

Will Newt reconsider his position? While we wait to find out, watch the mini documentary we produced with Participant Media’s TakePart.com about my journey to Iowa to talk to the candidates.

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