04/26/2012 08:14 am ET Updated Jun 26, 2012

South Carolina Primary: Gingrich Decision Not Likely To Impact Date

Brent Nelsen, a political science professor at Furman University in Greenville, said the allure of South Carolina, which otherwise only touts a modest delegate count, has suffered from Gingrich's precipitous fall.

"South Carolina picked the horse that finished a very distant third," Nelsen said. "The magic is gone."

While the impressive streak may have come to an end, SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly said he doesn't think that will translate into the state party losing leverage when it comes to maintaining an early "first in the South" primary.

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