4 challengers — Divide the conservative vote and conquer. Is South Carolina a plurality wins the primary state or is there a run-off?
If not a run-off state, You gotta hand it to the GOP-E; they have truly perfected the game they play.
I would imagine that at least one of those “conservatives” are plants. The others are just dunces, if they don’t realize the necessity of narrowing the field all by themselves.
There’s a runoff if no candidate get’s over 50%. In a five person race, it’s unlikely Graham would be able to top 50%. Then we take him out in a runoff as we did Dewhurst!
Terry McAwful knows what works. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a major “third party challenger” in 2016 when Hillary Clinton runs.