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Gingrich rising in SC, but in time to edge Romney?
Gingrich rising late in SC confronting Obama and Romney, but in time to win Saturday primary?
By The Associated Press

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) ' Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is drawing enthusiastic crowds while reveling in a strong debate performance and a nod from tea party favorite Sarah Palin.

But it's unclear whether a late burst of momentum will be enough for Gingrich to overtake front-runner Mitt Romney in Saturday's South Carolina primary.

Complicating his effort are two other conservatives ' Rick Santorum and Rick Perry ' who threaten to siphon his support.

On top of that, Gingrich is facing a fresh challenge that could undercut his efforts to cast himself as the strongest conservative challenger to Romney.

ABC News says it will air Thursday night an interview with Gingrich's second wife on its late-night news program "Nightline." It calls up a part of Gingrich's past that could turn off religious and cultural conservatives.

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