South Carolina Primary 2012: Live Updates From The Palmetto State

After the 2012 Iowa caucus and New Hampshire's primary election, the race for the Republican presidential nomination continues on to South Carolina.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out on top in New Hampshire. After the initial results came in following the Iowa caucus, Romney was believed to have won the contest. More than two weeks after the event, however, the final certified vote tally showed former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum finishing ahead.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) came in second place in New Hampshire and finished third in Iowa.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman ended his campaign with South Carolina's primary less than one week away. After a disappointing performance in the first two primary contests of the election season, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race just days before the Palmetto State contest.

Check out the live blog below for the latest developments out of South Carolina.