Romney picks up 2 delegates in South Carolina

Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich participate in the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

David Goldman

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has picked up a consolation prize from the South Carolina Republican presidential primary: two delegates.

Newt Gingrich handily won the Jan. 21 primary and got 23 of the state’s 25 delegates. South Carolina Republicans awarded 11 delegates to the statewide winner and two delegates for winning each of the state’s seven congressional districts.

Gingrich won six congressional districts, but the vote in one district was too close to call on election night. State party political director Alex Stroman said Monday the party had determined Romney won the district by about 1,400 votes.

Romney now has 37 delegates, including endorsements from Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the convention. Romney recently added an RNC delegate when he was endorsed by Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno, who is a member of the RNC.

Gingrich has 26 delegates, Rick Santorum has 14 and Ron Paul has four. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.