Wednesday, January 18, 2012
After roller-coaster ride in South Carolina, Gingrich fights to reclaim his Palmetto State frontrunner status ahead of Saturday primary
In Newt Gingrich's own words, he "must win" South Carolina's primary this Saturday. Despite a bravura performance in a national TV debate Monday night in Myrtle Beach, at least one new poll shows frontrunner Mitt Romney's lead widening with just three days left. What not too long ago appeared Gingrich's state to lose increasingly appears lost. Yet Gingrich supporters and admirers in the state remain ever hopeful that the candidate — who bills himself "the conservative alternative" to Romney — can still prevail. "I think there is going to be a big surprise come Saturday," said Lexington GOP activist Deborah Myers, who is wavering between supporting either Gingrich or Rick Santorum. "I think conservatives will either coalesce behind Newt, …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Bachmann sees the writing on the wall and bows out.
A daily look at the winners and losers on the road to the S.C. GOP Primary. Considering most of the Palmetto State's primary voters were already in bed by the time Iowa posted its final results, Tuesday's caucus became Wednesday morning's caucus results. Fallout swiftly ensued. Winner: Mitt Romney may have won the caucus, but a narrow 8-vote win meant the real story was former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who shattered expectations with nearly the strongest second place finish a runner-up could hope for. There were other flaws in Romney's win. He outspent Santorum by $4 million in the state, only to arrive at the same result. And, while he might enjoy frontrunner status, Romney actually received six fewer votes in the Iowa caucus in 2012 than …
Struggling, failed campaigns provide opening for Santorum.
With South Carolina voters already proving to be an uncommitted bunch, the results in Iowa have put even more Republicans in play in the important Jan. 21 challenge. Political observers in the Palmetto State say this could be an opening for the newest top-tier candidate, Rick Santorum. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania finished a surprising second in the Iowa Caucus on Tuesday, just eight votes behind former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. After finishing a distant sixth, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that she was leaving the race. Landing at fifth in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has vowed to stay in through South Carolina, but his poor showing and a decision to take a break from the campaign trail will likely drive some …
Bachmann heads South after Iowa Caucus.
After weeks of intense campaigning in Iowa, one candidate is heading to the Palmetto State in search of a second chance at primary success. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was supposed to begin three days of heavy campaigning in South Carolina, instead chose to head to Texas to "reassess." After canceling an event at Winthrop University, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) will be campaigning at a Beef O'Brady's at 940 Market Street in Fort Mill. Later this week, Bachmann will hold more South Carolina events and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will be making two coastal stops in his first post-caucus visit to the state.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Iowa deals important cards for primary hopefuls.
A daily look at the winners and losers on the road to the S.C. GOP Primary. Iowa may not pick winners like South Carolina, but the results Tuesday night have propelled a longshot candidate to the top tier and all-but sealed the fate of a former frontrunner. Winner: Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) has seen his fortunes completely changed in the matter of weeks as the great migration of Iowa Caucus voters may have made the rounds, but settled on him. After working a tireless ground game in Iowa, the next challenge for Santorum will be to wrangle the necessary funding and support to remain competitive for the long haul. The message from Santorum voters in Iowa appeared to be "conservative values." Starting now, Santorum will have to …
Campaign spokesman says the GOP candidate still plans to visit the Palmetto State.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, whose campaign has failed to sustain serious traction in any of the early GOP voting states, has scaled back her upcoming South Carolina appearances in a major way. Originally scheduled to appear in Greenville at Furman University's higher education center and a ballroom at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, Bachmann is now scheduled to attend much smaller events — a house party in Greenville and events at local restaurants in Spartanburg and Fort Mill. One of Bachmann’s key players in South Carolina, consultant Wesley Donehue, quickly shot down the notion that Bachmann would not be here after the Iowa caucuses. “She is still coming here, “ Donehue told Patch. “None of those events were firm anyway…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Naming a Democratic strategist to supporter list spotlights another misstep in GOP campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann today announced her South Carolina grassroots team — but not without some excitement. Led by campaign chairman Lee Bright, campaign director Sheri Few, four paid field staff and senior advisors Ron Thomas and Wesley Donehue, the team of 33 county chairmen join the previously announced 55 tea party leaders and other new grassroots leaders to form Bachmann's so-called "Get Out The Vote" machine. Rep. Bachmann, polling at under 6 percent in the latest Clemson University Palmetto Poll, is barely more than an afterthought in the Palmetto State — trailing former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul by double-digitis. But she has built the largest team in hopes of a …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Local teacher asks voters to think record, not rhetoric
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
South Carolinians will go to the polls in a few weeks to determine who the next Republican nominee for President likely will be. For months, candidates have been coming to our state time and again to meet and speak with us. With their visits, we've learned a lot about them and about where they stand on issues important to us. A recently published CBS/New York Times poll shows that a majority of Americans don't want President Obama re-elected. Echoing that sentiment, a recent Gallup poll reveals more people disapproving of Obama's performance than approving it. Those polls demonstrate that Americans in growing numbers are opposing Obama's misguided efforts to reconstruct our nation. What Americans want is someone they can trust to …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
After Cain announced the suspension of his presidential bid, his supporters began to look for another candidate to back.
Former leaders in businessman Herman Cain's S.C. campaign are turning their support to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann after Cain announced Saturday that he is suspending his presidential bid. Nineteen former Cain state leaders have joined Bachmann's S.C. team, the Bachmann for President campaign announced Tuesday. Among them is Matt Gottlieb, the former Herman Cain Richland County chairman. "The best indicator of a person’s future actions are their past actions," Gottlieb said. "We need a president who has always been, and who always will be, a consistent conservative.” State Representative Ralph Norman (York County) also joined Bachmann's S.C. campaign as 5th district chairman. “We need a president with the specific ideas to reform our …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Newt Gingrich is surging in the GOP field with the help of some Tea Party leaders, and Michele Bachmann is not happy about it.
If members of the South Carolina arm of the Tea Party were prepared to vote in a bloc, with nearly half of the state’s Republicans identifying with the movement, the GOP nomination would be theirs to decide. But with less than seven weeks to go before the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, the group is looking more decisive than ever. The only belief they apparently share: Obama has got to go. "The Tea Party is all over the place," Charleston Tea Party chairman Mike Murphee said. Murphee said most people are still looking for the best candidate to beat Obama. "You've got a real tough decision," Murphee said. "But any one of them in the debates now, I'll take any of them that they give me." Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Rep…