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Republican showdown at Tommy's Country Ham House

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Supporters of presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich hold up placards next to one another outside Tommy's Country Ham House in Greenville, S. C. on Jan 21. Both Gingrich and Romney scheduled visits to the restaurant at almost the same time.

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Newt Gingrich, displays an autographed sign during a campaign stop at Tommy's Country Ham House.

South Carolina presidential primary front runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney avoided each other by minutes at Tommy's Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C. as voters headed to polls to cast their ballots in the state's primary election.

Both scheduled campaign events at the restaurant for the same time, but Romney stopped by 45 minutes ahead of schedule. When Gingrich arrived, just minutes after Romney's bus left the parking lot, he said: "Where's Mitt?"

The potential meeting began to garner several nicknames on like Hamgate, Hammegedon, and the Ham House Showdown.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this post.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney climbs over a table at a campaign event at Tommy's Ham House in Greenville, South Carolina Jan. 21.

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Supporters shelter themselves from the rain after Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich spoke during a campaign stop at Tommy's Ham House on Jan. 21, in Greenville, S.C. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls today to vote in the primary election for the Republican presidential candidate.