An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Friday finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field by only 5 points in South Carolina, down from 16 points a month ago. Friday’s survey reports Trump has 28 percent support among likely Republican voters, down from 36 percent in January. Nearest rival Sen. Ted Cruz gets 23 percent, up from 20 last month.
South Carolina Republicans place a lot of value on loyalty. Many have supported the Bush family over the years, and they'll always feel warmly toward any candidate named Bush. But their feelings about Jeb just don't rise to the level of their devotion to W. It's hard to imagine that changing in the few days left before the South Carolina primary.
South Carolina prides itself as the "First in the South" primary. It's where Republican candidates prove themselves in the region that has become the GOP's most solid source of support. The two previous contests in Iowa and New Hampshire tell us a little bit about how the race will go from here. But South Carolina has always had a mind of its own.
Ted Cruz came out of New Hampshire pretty much unscathed. With the campaigns headed to South Carolina, he’s coming to territory that will be naturally friendly for him, assuming that Trump hasn’t poisoned the well too toxically.
Jeb Bush spent approximately $1200 per vote to come in fourth in New Hampshire. Jeb Bush has no viable path forward with that burn rate to come in fourth. His performances have been staggeringly awful. To go out on stage in New Hampshire and tell the crowd that his campaign is not dead is an admission against interest that the campaign is dead.
With the Republican nominating process moving on from two small states where a presidential candidate can conduct a retail campaign like he is running for county sheriff to a national multi-state stage, the perverse result of the New Hampshire Primary is that it likely spells the end of the line for the two candidates who worked the state the hardest – John Kasich and Chris Christie.
South Carolina state Rep. Mike Pitts has proposed a registry for journalists, requiring registration fees, background checks, and affidavits. You know, just the kinds of things they want for our Second Amendment rights, his bill would apply to the First. So, just as he would have predicted, they’re declaring it an unconstitutional infringement of the Bill of Rights.
Donald Trump narrowly “won” Thursday night’s debate, but Ted Cruz held his own. Plus, Time to end the undercard debates; Trump and Cruz’s exchanges were entertaining but with no resolution; Why Ted Cruz feels so comfortable in debates; Ben Carson is the Republican race’s good guy with a troubled campaign; Establishment melt-down. Jeb disengages but Christie and Rubio jump in, and, Summing it up – time for choosing is at hand.
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
In my 50+ years of being active in the conservative movement at the national level I can’t think of another time when the Republican establishment so blatantly hijacked a national television opportunity to rebut a liberal President and used it to attack the voters they need to win the presidency.
Utah is embarking on an effort to reform its criminal justice system by convening a Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Right on Crime signatories Grover Norquist and Derek Monson make clear that this is a positive first step towards criminal justice reforms that increase public safety while cutting costs.
Tim Scott's showing in the SC GOP Senate primary was a massive victory with more than 90% of the vote. If he wins the general, he'll be the first black Senator to ever be elected from SC. Scott won his primary victory in a much more decided fashion that senior Lindsey Graham.
In a field crowded with Chamber of Commerce-type Republicans, Ray Moore stands out as THE limited government constitutional conservative in the race for Lt. Gov. of South Carolina.
Here are three June primaries where conservatives can back candidates who will tip the scales in favor of constitutional government and really make a difference: Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary on June 3, Sheri Few in the South Carolina Superintendent of Education primary on June 10 and Sam Clovis in the Iowa GOP Senate primary on June 3.
The RNC is expected to stiffen penalties against states that schedule early primaries (excluding Iowa, New Hampshire, S. Carolina, or Nevada). Florida, this means you.
“The RNC has it wrong. The RNC wants to invite themselves into black churches,” Smith said. “No you wait to get invited, but you’ve got to have a message. It works. It’s bulletproof," said K. Carl Smith, founder of the Frederick Douglass Repubs.
Observers say South Carolina likely will be the first state in the nation to exempt citizens and businesses from participation in Obamacare.
To the relief of many full-spectrum conservatives, Paul Ryan does not look like he’ll run in 2016.
The only black member of the Senate apparently was not worthy to liberals planning the events.
The wishy-washy South Carolina senator will have plenty of competition in next year’s primary.
Sen. Rand Paul said Obama’s overstatement of the impact of sequester cuts has hurt him.