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South Carolina (GOP Club)

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  • Newt Nation (He's WAY up in the state polls)

    12/07/2011 5:24:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 7, 2011 | Mark Halperin
    Fresh TIME/CNN first-in-the-nation polls show Gingrich dominating Iowa, South Carolina and Florida — and within striking distance in New Hampshire. Iowa: Gingrich 33 — Romney 20 New Hampshire: Romney 35 — Gingrich 26 South Carolina: Gingrich 43 — Romney 20 Florida: Gingrich 48 — Romney 25 See the full results, including how the other candidates stack up, here. Halperin's Take-Static analysis: Gingrich will be the Republican nominee....
  • DeMint Backs Stenberg in Nebraska Senate Primary

    11/12/2011 3:10:22 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 8, 2011 | Shira Toeplitz
    Sen. Jim DeMint today endorsed Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg’s bid for Senate, throwing his support behind the GOP primary’s underdog to challenge Sen. Ben Nelson (D) next year. “Don Stenberg is a lifelong conservative with the principles, integrity, and courage needed to stand up to the big spenders in both political parties in Washington,” the South Carolina Republican wrote in a email to his Senate Conservatives Fund members. Polling shows Nelson is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this cycle if he decides to run for a third term. He’ll decide by the end of the year...
  • Rick Perry Doesn't Need "The Money"

    08/18/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 38 replies
    Business Insider via KausFiles ^ | 08/17/11 | John Ellis
    [Jonathan] Martin [of Politico] writes: "Perry's comment (about ...Ben Bernanke's "treasonous" behavior) is exactly the sort of misstep that will worry the many GOP donors on the sideline right now who chiefly want to beat President Obama. The quote reinforces their central fear about Perry — that he has a cowboy problem — and could prompt them to remain uncommitted." This is accurate. It's also irrelevant. It's irrelevant because the "GOP donors on the sideline right now" don't matter. They think they matter, but they don't. The fact is that Rick Perry can raise $15-20 million out of Texas for...
  • Viers First to Announce in New South Carolina 7th District

    08/08/2011 5:22:24 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 8, 2011 | Joshua Miller
    State Rep. Thad Viers announced his candidacy Thursday for the new 7th district seat in South Carolina. Viers, a Republican serving his fifth term in the South Carolina House, told Roll Call that he’s been considering a run for a long time, but what “sealed the deal” for him was a new district being created in the northeastern part of the state and debate over the debt ceiling — what he called “the debt fiasco compromise in Washington.” The new district, allotted to the state by reapportionment, is in the Pee Dee region of the state, anchored in Republican Horry...
  • Mark Sanford interview with Sean Hannity

    08/05/2011 6:48:45 PM PDT · by nakutny · 19 replies
    The (Charleston) Post & Courier ^ | 8/5/2011 | Yvonne Wenger
    Sanford is being asked the hard questions by Sean Hannity now on Fox. I don't think he's made any progress in his emotional maturity. He wants to talk about economics. Is he looking for a job or testing the waters for another run for office?
  • Mitt Romney in Charge in South Carolina (Sarah, not Michele in second place!)

    07/18/2011 1:10:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | July 18, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A new poll from American Research Group released Monday shows that former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is leading the Republican presidential race in South Carolina, traditionally the first state in the South to hold a presidential primary. The South Carolina Republican primary -- set up with the help of legendary Republican operative the late Lee Atwater, a native of the Palmetto State -- has proven decisive in recent years, helping to erect a firewall in the region for Atwater’s candidate George H.W. Bush in 1988 and propelling front-runners Bob Dole over Pat Buchanan in 1996 and George W. Bush...
  • Bachmann webcast of her Town hall meeting in South Carolina last night

    06/30/2011 9:14:50 AM PDT · by nakutny · 3 replies
    Youtube - teambachmann's channel; National Town Hall Streamed live on Jun 29, 2011
  • GOP fervor to beat Obama runs strong in South

    05/22/2011 4:02:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans in this first-in-the-South primary state aren't too enthusiastic about the crop of GOP presidential candidates. They are fired up about defeating President Barack Obama and confident a Republican can. "I'm telling everyone that worries about the field: Elmer Fudd can win this election," says Ashby Rhame, a Republican from Sumter County. In this reliably conservative state, if not across the country, the GOP exudes optimism about making Obama a one-term president, no matter the Republican nominee....
  • Pro-Obama ‘super-PAC’ launches South Carolina TV ads attacking Romney

    05/20/2011 4:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | May 20, 2011 | Dan Eggen
    The 2012 ad wars have officially begun. In what appears to be the first major media buy of the 2012 presidential campaign, an independent group supporting President Obama launched television ads in South Carolina on Friday attacking potential GOP candidate Mitt Romney over health care. Priorities USA Action, a so-called “super PAC” co-founded by former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, is running the ad to coincide with a Romney visit to the crucial GOP primary state. The ad attempts to tie Romney to a House Republican proposal to replace Medicare with a voucher system, a theme that...
  • Most in S.C. GOP think Obama a socialist (78% of Republicans/GOP-leaning independents!!)

    04/26/2011 6:29:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The State ^ | April 26, 2011 | Wayne Washington
    Barack Obama, president of the United States. And a socialist. That is the view of 78 percent of S.C. Republicans or GOP-leaning independents, according to the Winthrop Poll. Overall, Obama does not fare well in the Winthrop Poll. That is not surprising in South Carolina, a strongly Republican state that Obama, a Democrat, lost in the 2008 presidential election. Only 43.4 percent of all those polled — Democrats, Republicans and independents — said they approve of the job the first-term president is doing, compared to more than 47 percent who said they disapprove. Among self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, Obama...
  • Placing her bet on Southern hospitality (Michele B.)

    04/17/2011 1:00:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies ^ | 4/17/11 | Kevin Diaz
    BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Laura Sterling had never voted before 2008, much less been a political activist. But Friday night she was one of three self-described "little South Carolina moms" hosting a $175-per-couple reception for Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota firebrand congresswoman who is rapidly becoming the adopted favorite of many conservatives in the Palmetto State. Her latest visit, including a Monday Tea Party rally at the State Capitol in Columbia, is part of an effort to set up the possibility of strong showings in the early presidential nominating contests of her native Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. That trifecta would...
  • Lindsey Graham: The Little Metrosexual That Could

    04/12/2011 3:50:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2011 | Stuart Schwartz
    Call him the little metrosexual that could. The fussy, fastidious, and pampered senator from South Carolina just keeps chugging along supremely impressed with the face looking out from the mirror in his posh Senate office and his status as the Beltway insiders' favorite Republican. "I'm [...] at the front of the line" for Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, he brags to the New York Times, which describes his "delight" in letting "people know" how important he is. After all, he is Lindsey Graham and he is Washington, nestled among the Beltway's palace courtiers like a flea on a Carolina Dog....
  • Hint, Hint: Ron Paul to join presidential debate

    04/09/2011 1:05:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2011 | Chris Moody
    Former Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul is expected to participate in a primary debate in South Carolina on May 5, the state party announced Friday. “We are thrilled by the overwhelming interest we have seen so far in this debate,” said South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd. “The road to the White House travels through South Carolina, as our Republican electorate has selected every eventual nominee since our primary’s inception in 1980. We are looking forward to our debate as the official kickoff for the presidential primary season.” Paul has filled out the paperwork for a...
  • Sen. Jim DeMint talks Mitt Romney in 2012

    03/17/2011 9:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The State Column ^ | March 17, 2011
    South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint dipped his toe into the debate taking place concerning the 2012 Republican presidential election, offering his thoughts on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. “One of the reasons I endorsed Romney [in 2008] is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices,” said Sen. Jim DeMint. Mr. Romney, who has received criticism from Republican leaders in recent weeks, seemed to find a supportive voice from the Republican U.S. Senator. Blaming Massachusetts Democrats, Mr. DeMint seemed to present Mr. Romney with a political strategy to address concerns over his support of the Massachusetts...
  • 2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina

    01/25/2011 10:20:18 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 012411 | Ben Smith
    Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour will visit the Republican-heavy Upstate of South Carolina Wednesday for two private events with local GOP officials to discuss a potential presidential run, POLITICO has learned. Barbour will meet with Republicans first in Greenville and then in Spartanburg. The closed-door gatherings will include party leaders and current and former elected officials, according to a South Carolina source familiar with the events. Barbour's trip to the first-in-the-South Palmetto State illustrates his increasing seriousness about a presidential bid. His appearance in the two Upstate cities comes just a few weeks after he appeared in Columbia for the inauguration...
  • Many major former Romney supporters not backing him this year?

    01/28/2011 10:06:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2011 | Allahpundit
    Most them aren’t definite no’s, but even if they’re holding out for the time being merely to see who else jumps in, that’s … not encouraging. Some, like Judd Gregg, may end up endorsing him anyway but might want to see if Daniels (or Huntsman?) declares first. Others, like DeMint, who have embraced the tea party full-fold almost certainly aren’t going to endorse him unless the entire “true conservative” bench decides not to run. Either way … not encouraging. My favorite part? Hot on the heels of a rumor that Mitt might skip Iowa, there’s now a rumor circulating that...
  • Quinns Rule Out Romney (Mitt conceding South Carolina already?!)

    01/05/2011 10:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    FITS News ^ | January 5, 2011
    The consulting firm of Richard Quinn and Associates – which guided U.S. Senator John McCain to victory in the 2008 S.C. Republican presidential primary – will not advise McCain’s former rival Mitt Romney in 2012. In recent weeks numerous Palmetto politicos have been buzzing about a possible Quinn-Romney hook-up, which would have obviously upset the established S.C. political order. It’s not happening, though. In fact, Romney may not even actively campaign in the Palmetto state – choosing instead to focus his resources on the Nevada Caucus (currently scheduled for February 18) while downplaying the significance of the South Carolina vote,...
  • Graham To Be Outed?

    12/22/2010 2:34:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    FITS News ^ | December 22, 2010
    A blogger who specializes in outing “closeted” gay political figures claims that evidence of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.)’s homosexual lifestyle is about to be released. “I wonder if Lindsey Graham knows I have pictures of a man who spent the night at his house,” blogger Michael Rogers recently tweeted. A later tweet from Rogers indicated that he was meeting with an attorney on December 21 to discuss the release of the alleged pictures. On his website, BlogActive, Rogers writes that the meeting with his attorney indeed took place and that a letter has been sent to Graham’s office. “I’ve...
  • First Sikh-American Governor Nikki Haley Makes Her Washington Debut

    12/04/2010 4:49:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Link ^ | December 4, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Gov.-elect Nikki (Namrata Kaur Randhawa)Haley, the first Sikh-American to be elected governor in the US, moved onto the national stage Wednesday as she and other newly elected GOP governors met with Republican congressional leaders to craft strategies for devolving federal power back to the states. House Speaker-designate John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chose Haley to lead off a crowded news conference at the U.S. Capitol after their closed-door meeting with 15 incoming GOP governors. “It is a great day today in D.C. because what you see is a coalition of governors who have gotten together...
  • Sarah Palin Is No Friend of Women in Politics (Snarky Harpie Alert!)

    11/30/2010 9:24:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jamie Elizabeth Stiehm
    Women lawmakers made zero gains in Congress in this cycle--they will still make up about 17 percent of those chosen by voters to come to Washington. Two notable losses were Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota, both moderate Democrats. This palpable lack of progress was mourned as many gathered together at American University to discuss the "year of the woman" that never came to pass--despite or because of one Sarah Palin, a Republican who governed Alaska for about 15 minutes? That was a question. Here's an answer: the woman from Alaska does other women...
  • Ideas for getting to know Iowans and Iowa now

    11/22/2010 12:58:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | November 22, 2010 | Kevin DuJan We have two years to make friends, build networks, and form ground teams in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina so we can win those states for Governor Palin. Let’s not waste a single day. Be creative. What can YOU do, from home, to start making inroads in these three key states? Brainstorm here.
  • DeMint: Republicans sank Christine O'Donnell

    11/07/2010 5:30:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2010 | Felicia Sonmez and Matt DeLong
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the conservative kingmaker who backed a number of tea party candidates heading into Tuesday's elections, said that it's "a very silly thing to say" that tea party candidates cost the GOP control of the Senate. Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell (R) "was so maligned from Republicans that she didn't really have a chance," DeMint added. On health-care overhaul, DeMint said that de-funding the law must come first - something that he said is possible with Republicans controlling the House. "We can slow the implementation of it or delay it and then replace it in 2012 with...
  • District by district SOUTH CAROLINA-05 (John Spratt) House Budget chairman down by 10 points

    10/27/2010 6:16:40 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | The Hill Staff
    Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) trails Republican Mick Mulvaney by 10 points, 39 percent to 49 percent, with 10 percent of likely voters undecided, according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll. Mulvaney is winning independents by 23 points and leads among male, female, middle-aged and older voters. The only group Spratt leads is younger voters, but he’s winning that unpredictable voting group by a mere two points. Spratt’s favorability rating is 41 percent, with 47 percent rating him unfavorably. And 43 percent said Spratt’s 14 terms in Congress were a reason to vote against him. Spratt is the chairman of...
  • Nikki Haley: Churches Should Take Over Universal Pre-K Education (And Candace Ain't Likin' it!)

    10/26/2010 4:01:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | October 26, 2010 | Pastor Candace Chellew-Hodge
    In the South Carolina gubernatorial race, how to improve the state's abysmal education statistics became a topic during a debate this past week. In Jasper County, South Carolina, for example, one of the poorest in the state, nearly half of all preschool-age children are judged “not ready for the first grade” according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Survey. State Rep. Nikki Haley, the Sarah Palin-endorsed Republican candidate, responded to a question about whether or not South Carolina should implement a universal pre-K program for four-year-olds in the state. Haley emphasized that the state can’t afford such...
  • Rothenberg moves Spratt - Mulvaney Race to "Leans Republican" (SC-05)

    10/22/2010 5:35:44 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 8 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 10/22/2010 | Rothenberg
    Likely Republican gain of 45-55 seats, with 60 seats possible. Republicans need to net 39 seats for a majority.
  • DCCC Going On Air For Shuler, Doubling Down For Spratt

    10/19/2010 11:05:14 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 2 replies
    Hotline On Call - National Journal ^ | 10/19/2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    The Democratic Congressional Committee has reserved ad buys in Rep. Heath Shuler's (D-N.C.) district for the first time, another sign that the DCCC is having to spend money on incumbents who were previously believed to be safe. The ad reservations, confirmed by multiple sources tracking ad buys, show that the DCCC is continuing to reevaluate where to spend its resources in the final weeks of the campaign. In addition to Shuler, the DCCC has also increased its ad reservations for House Budget Committee Chair John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Rep. Mike McIntyre's (D-N.C.), both of whom who hold solidly Republican seats...
  • The Alvin Greene manifesto for a fairer America

    08/27/2010 11:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Guardian ^ | August 27, 2010 | Alvin Greene (D) US Senate Candidate
    Recently, the millionaires' club known as the US senate voted to cut off unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. One senator called unemployment insurance a "necessary evil". He got that half right. Do any of these fat cats know what it's like to be unemployed? To not know how you will feed your children and pay your mortgage? I'm unemployed, and, if elected, I can teach the Harvard rich kids in the White House and the senate a thing or two. I will vote for any law and propose any measure to keep jobs in my state of South Carolina....
  • Alvin Greene howls and wails after obscenity indictment (S. Carolina Democrat US Senate candidate)

    08/13/2010 10:06:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WCNC-TV ^ | August 14, 2010 | Rad Berky
    MANNING, S.C. -- In a bizarre interview at his home in Manning, South Carolina, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Alvin Green said he is not quiting the race even after his indictment on a felony charge of obscenity, Greene, who surprised everyone by winning the Democratic primary then ordered Newschannel 36 reporter Rad Berky off of his property. When Berky stopped briefly to talk with Greene's brother Jimmy, Alvin Greene began howling and wailing the words, "no" and "go." Greene continued to wail loudly as Jimmy Greene said that his brother had never talked to him about what happened in...
  • Sen. Graham Says Jesus Inspired Him to Vote for Kagan

    08/06/2010 5:53:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2010
    (VIDEO AT LINK) Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that Jesus’s Golden Rule inspired him to vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court and suggested it would be a good thing for his Senate colleagues to also ponder Jesus’s words as they prepared to vote on Kagan. “It is divine in its orientation, and it is probably something that would serve us all well if we thought about it at moments such as this,” Sen. Graham said on the Senate floor, as he pointed his colleagues to the Golden Rule and counseled them to look...
  • The Kagan Effect

    08/04/2010 8:23:37 AM PDT · by donjuanluis07 · 9 replies ^ | Aug 4, 2010 | donjuan
    We have our first casualty in the Kagan Nomination process. Today the Greenville SC GOP kicked out Graham! Gotta love South Carolinians. Screw them over and they return the favor. Sen. Lindsey Grahamnesty’s kick in the shorts came after ....
  • Alvin Greene’s Big Debut: Manning NAACP Hosts Candidate's First Public Speech

    07/21/2010 5:28:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Free Times ^ | July 21, 2010 | Corey Hutchins
    About an hour after a bustling bubble of cops, retired military personnel and handlers hustles Alvin Greene out the door of the Manning Junior High gymnasium following his first-ever public speech — like a “perp walk” is how one TV reporter puts it — the candidate is holed up in his living room with the barebones staff that makes up his current campaign. Greene, it appears, now has something of a spokesman: Felipe Farley, a 46-year-old Upstate attorney who says his title, technically, is campaign adviser. Back in the gymnasium, Farley was wearing an emerald T-shirt with the words “Greene...
  • Investigation Finally Reveals Who Funded SC Democrat Senate Candidate Alvin Greene

    07/10/2010 8:31:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 10, 2010 | Lori Ziganto
    When the schadenfreude-licious Alvin Greene won the Democrat nomination for senate in South Carolina, the ever delusional Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) accused Republicans of funding Alvin Greene as a “plant” to ensure Senator Jim DeMint’s reelection. Yes, that Jim DeMint. The one who would clearly and soundly trounce any Democrat opponent without trickery of any sort by relying on his policy ideas and sound judgment. Said Clyburn: The motive could very well be to embarrass the Democratic party. This could be embarrassing if we do not get it worked out. Or this could be someone who wanted to ensure a...
  • GOP wishy-washy on Mitt Romney support

    07/10/2010 8:02:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies · 3+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 10, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s campaigned hard for Republicans across the country as he eyes a presidential run in 2012, earned high praise but couldn’t secure a solid endorsement from some GOP governors yesterday. “I think he’s going to be one of several people that are going to be seriously considered for the nomination,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was recently elected after Romney helped his campaign. “He’s an incredibly talented spokesman for the conservative cause.” Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declined to comment on Romney’s 2012 chances yesterday, saying he’s too busy running his own state. Crist...
  • Haley: Palin gave campaign 'amazing boost' (w/Video)

    06/23/2010 11:49:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 23, 2010 | Staff
    Newly minted South Carolina GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning to discuss her victory in the state's primary. Asked about the impact that Sarah Palin's endorsement had on her once-longshot campaign, Haley said that the former Alaska governor's backing gave her "an amazing boost and a push of credibility."(continued)
  • Where to find Election Returns Tonight- SC, NC, Utah

    06/22/2010 4:16:58 PM PDT · by Amish · 104 replies
    State Returns from SC (polls close at 7pm EST): From NC (polls close at 730 EST) For Utah (Polls Close 10pmEST) If anyone has better links, please share them. GO Haley, Scott, and Lee!
  • A look ahead at governor's runoff (Nikki Haley)

    06/10/2010 7:12:20 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 19 replies · 109+ views
    Charleston Post & Courier ^ | June 10, 2010 | Robert Behre
    Conventional political wisdom says Gresham Barrett has too steep of a hill to climb to overtake Nikki Haley for the Republican gubernatorial nomination June 22. Barring any additional scandal, pundits say, Haley should walk away with the win in the runoff election and earn the right to face Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in the general election Nov. 2. But Barrett remained upbeat Wednesday despite unofficial results showing the congressman from Westminster losing to the Lexington state lawmaker by a 2-1 margin in Tuesday's primary. "I guess up in Oconee, they do call it a butt-whupping," he said. "It was...
  • GOP Runoff Ahead in S.C. 3rd District

    06/08/2010 8:26:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies · 33+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 8, 2010 | Louise Radnofsky
    Republican voters in South Carolina’s third congressional district will also be returning to the polls on June 22 to pick a candidate for the general election. With 92% of precincts reporting, the Associated Press predicted a runoff between Richard Cash, owner of an ice cream business and formerly a full-time antiabortion activist, and Jeff Duncan, a state assemblyman. Cash led Duncan 24.9% to 23.5%, with four other candidates splitting the rest of the vote. The winner will face Democrat Jane Dyer, the 2008 candidate, in November. The strongly conservative district has been represented by Republican Rep. Gresham Barrett, who is...
  • Links to 7pm Poll Closings- SC, VA, GA ro

    06/08/2010 3:52:08 PM PDT · by Amish · 37 replies · 86+ views
    Swing State, a liberal nut site, does have a good set of links up to tonight's returns, starting with the 7pm closings: * SC: Associated Press | SC SEC | Politico * VA: Associated Press | VA SBoE | Politico * GA-09: Associated Press Sec State, AP, and Politico are the sources, I expect they'll add other state links as we approach the other poll closings.
  • Pollster: Republicans just don't believe Nikki Haley rumors (South Carolina Governors Race)

    06/07/2010 5:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 131+ views
    Salon ^ | June 7, 2010 | Natasha Lennard
    It looks like not even two scandalous allegations of extramarital affairs can stop Sarah Palin's candidate, Nikki Haley, in the Republican primary for governor of South Carolina. Haley holds a 20-point lead over Rep. Gresham Barrett one day before the vote. According to North Carolina-based polling firm Public Policy Polling, Haley has emerged unscathed from recent lascivious rumors simply because voters don't believe the gossip. "Only 13 percent of voters believe the allegations levied against her, and 54 percent of people just don't believe the rumors at all," said PPP director Tom Jensen. "The view is, if you can't prove...
  • Myrtle Beach area tea party defends Nikki Haley (with video) group offers endorsements

    05/30/2010 5:58:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 512+ views
    The Sun News ^ | May 30, 2010 | Jake Spring
    Unsubstantiated allegations that gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley had an affair did not deter the Myrtle Beach Tea Party from endorsing her Saturday, part of what she described as a groundswell of support since last week's accusation. "Everybody has been fabulous," Haley said at a small rally off Kings Highway. "I immediately got a call from Sarah Palin. I got a call from Mitt Romney. I got a call from Jenny Sanford." (VIDEO AT LINK) "The public has been amazing. Everybody sees this for what it is, which is a last-minute tactic." Will Folks, a former press secretary for Mark Sanford,...
  • Gowdy for Congress (editorial)

    05/30/2010 6:51:20 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 242+ views
    What Trey Gowdy has done during his career he has done superbly, honestly and with an unmatched passion. He has vision, he has fire and, perhaps most importantly, he has leadership ability. He has the potential to be a superb congressman who can help South Carolina and the nation.
  • New Poll Shows Commanding Lead for Tim Scott in SC-01

    05/29/2010 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 352+ views
    Club For Growth ^ | May 26, 2010
    The Club for Growth today released the following memorandum from Adam Geller, CEO of National Research Inc., about the findings of a new poll conducted in South Carolina’s first congressional district. TO: THE CLUB FOR GROWTH FROM: ADAM GELLER RE: SURVEY RESULTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1 DATE: MAY 26, 2010 Tim Scott holds a very strong lead over his opponents in the multi candidate primary in the First congressional district. His image rating is also better than those of his opponents and he leads among those surveyed who have a favorable opinion of competing candidates. Finally, Scott is...
  • Poll Shows Haley, Sheheen, Richter in the lead ["Scandal" didn't work?]

    05/28/2010 7:25:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 386+ views
    WCIV-TV ^ | May 28, 2010 | Raymond Rivera
    Columbia, SC - A new InsiderAdvantage/Statehouse Report poll shows Republican Rep. Nikki Haley commands a 10.6 percent lead over the next closest challenger in the race to become the GOP nominee for governor. In the Democratic gubernatorial contest, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen leads state Superintendent of Education Jim Rex by 9 points, but more than two in five Democratic voters were undecided two weeks before the June 8 primary. In the Republican race for lieutenant governor, more than half of respondents who said they would vote in the primary said they didn’t know who they would vote for. In the...
  • Blogger produces texts supporting Nikki Haley affair rumor (Misleading title)

    05/26/2010 1:02:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 1,575+ views
    Salon ^ | May 26, 2010 | Alex Pareene
    Will Folks, the blogger who claims he had an affair with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, has published what he says are text messages between him, Haley's campaign manager, an Associated Press reporter, and a supporter of Haley's opponent that prove that people were threatening to go public with the affair allegation. Then Folks dared Haley to sue him for libel. Folks is a conservative blogger who, once upon a time, worked for South Carolina Governor and Appalachian Trail hiker Mark Sanford. He claims to have had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley, the Sarah Palin-endorsed front-runner in the...
  • Haley turns to Palin in new television ad (South Carolina)

    05/25/2010 8:02:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 793+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | May 25, 2010 | Peter Hamby, CNN Political Producer
    After a South Carolina political blogger claimed Monday to have had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley, Haley's campaign went on the warpath, issuing an emphatic denial and enlisting support from political allies to torpedo the accuser's credibility. "There is nothing there," Haley told reporters after a debate in Greenville Monday night. "I am not going to let this distraction get to me. I know it's been a great story for you guys to have today, but there is no truth to it." With even rival operatives privately acknowledging that Haley appears to be winning the...
  • [Governor] Palin weighs in on sex scandal (Nikki Haley)

    05/24/2010 4:29:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 958+ views
    CNN ^ | May 24, 2010 | Charles Riley
    Drawing parallels to her own experiences with rumor and political sniping, Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley. "As I said to Nikki this morning, 'Hang in there. I've been there. Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption. You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this.'"(continued)
  • NRI tops polls after Palin endorsement [Indian-American Nikki Haley]

    05/21/2010 2:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 581+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | May 22, 2010 | Anirudh Bhattacharyya
    Days after being endorsed by Sarah Palin, Indian-American Nikki Haley surged ahead in polls for the Republican primary for the post of Governor of the US State of South Carolina. Haley, a poll on Thursday showed, had grabbed a double digit lead over her closest Republican rival while previous polls had shown her fourth in the field. The 38-year-old Republican, born to Indian immigrants from Amritsar, led the poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, with the backing of 30 per cent of the 900 South Carolina Republicans who were surveyed. After her were the State’s Attorney General with 19 percent and...
  • Palin bump? South Carolina GOP longshot Haley now leads

    05/20/2010 10:36:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 451+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 20, 2010
    Onetime South Carolina Republican gubernatorial long shot Nikki Haley has taken a double-digit lead just three weeks before the primary, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports. According to the poll, 30 percent of the likely GOP primary voters surveyed favored Haley, a Lexington state representative. Attorney General Henry McMaster was second with 19 percent, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett had 17 percent and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer had 12 percent. Eighteen percent of voters have yet to make up their mind. The poll of more than 900 voters was conducted Monday, immediately following last Friday's dual campaign events with...
  • Mama Grizzly Makes Friends: Palin's Latest Bid for Power

    05/17/2010 6:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 652+ views
    Esquire Magazine ^ | May 17, 2010 | Tim Heffernan
    Over at The Washington Post, Chris Cillizza has some interesting thoughts up today on Sarah Palin and the "mama grizzlies." Said grizzlies are — Palin's definition — conservative, pro-gun, pro-life women. Palin first described herself as one at least as far back as October 2008; lately she's been bestowing the name on her like-minded supporters. But Cillizza is the first to suggest that her endorsement of several GOP electoral candidates is part of a broader effort to become den mother to a sleuth of political mama bears. I think he's onto something. The candidates Palin has endorsed — Carly Fiorina...
  • Socialist Worker: S.C. protesters take on Sarah Palin

    05/17/2010 12:55:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 672+ views
    Socialist Worker ^ | May 17, 2010 | Marc LaFleche
    COLUMBIA, S.C.--When Sarah Palin came here to show her support for Republican Nikki Haley's campaign for governor, hundreds of her supporters turned out with red, white and blue signs. She won over the already charmed audience using her "down home" lingo, calling Haley a "good ole gal." But not everyone in Columbia was charmed by Palin's appearance. Friends of the Earth and others organized a protest with theme of "Spill, Baby, Spill" to draw attention to Palin's support for oil drilling. We stood near the Confederate monument, holding signs of our own, occasionally jeering. Police prevented us from venturing into...