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Newt Gingrich to Stay Over at SC Governor’s Mansion

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First it was Michele Bachmann. Now it's Newt Gingrich: the former House Speaker will be the latest presidential candidate to stay the night at the South Carolina governor’s mansion while he campaigns in the Palmetto State next week.  Newt and wife Callista will spend the night at Gov. Nikki Haley’s mansion on Oct. 4.

Bachmann has stayed at the governor’s mansion twice this year.

Haley’s endorsement will be critical to winning the South Carolina primary, but the South Carolina governor has already voiced opposition to the former Speaker.  Haley scolded Gingrich in May when he labeled Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan as “right wing social engineering” and "radical change" -- comments he later walked back, in the face of criticism from others in the GOP.

“What he said was absolutely unfortunate,” Haley said in May. "Here you’ve got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees."

“When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees,” Haley said.

While in South Carolina, the Gingriches will attend a town hall, fundraisers and two screenings of their documentary, A City Upon A Hill.

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