Fresh off Thursday's GOP Debate in Iowa Newt Gingrich continues a steady battle with fellow frontrunner Mitt Romney in the Palmetto state adding key support to his campaign.
The Newt 2012 campaign announced the support of William W. “Billy” Wilkins and his wife Debra D. Wilkins who will serve as State Chairs for the S.C. campaign. William Wilkins is the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve, along with my wife, as State Chairs of the South Carolina effort. Under Newt’s leadership as Speaker of the House the budget was balanced for the first time in a generation, welfare was reformed, and taxes were significantly cut," Wilkins said in a statement.
"Newt Gingrich has experience, knowledge, and a strong work ethic— just the kind of track record we need to reverse our stagnant economy and get America growing again."
Gingrich has risen steadily in the polls over fellow contender Mitt Romney taking a solid lead in the state. Most recently Gingrich had 48 percent of conservative support in the state over Romney's 30 percent according to the NBC News-Marist poll.
Romney announced the support of Gov. Nikki Haley earlier on Friday, a highly sought after endorsement despite her own troubles with approval.
Despite adding support in his S.C. campaign, Gingrich is maintaining his focus on Iowa and New Hampshire while Romney will be making a stop in the Upstate at the Boiling Springs Fire Station on 208 Blacks Drive in Greenville Friday at 4:30 p.m.