South Carolina (GOP Club)

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  • Graham: Connection between Trump campaign, Russian intelligence would be 'game changer'

    02/15/2017 9:14:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2017 | Ben Kamisar
    Reports that President Trump's campaign aides had regular contact with Russian intelligence officials would be a "game changer" if true and would warrant a select committee to investigate, according to Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). The GOP senator in an interview early Wednesday called for a "preliminary investigation" to see if further scrutiny is warranted after The New York Times and CNN reported that Trump campaign aides and allies spoke regularly with members of Russian intelligence....
  • Graham and McCain hop aboard the Tillerson train

    01/22/2017 12:06:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Axiom ^ | January 23, 2017 | Justin Green
    From the Sunday shows: Lindsey Graham and John McCain both said they'll vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Why it matters: Tillerson can clear the Senate with just Republican votes. His refusals to condemn Putin drew lots of attention at his confirmation hearing. Now it looks like he'll be just fine. The one to watch: Marco Rubio, who was the senator to put Tillerson through the ringer on Russia. He's still mum on his vote.
  • Lindsey Graham Working on Bill to Protect Dreamers if Trump Revokes Obama Executive Actions

    11/30/2016 5:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2016 | Justin Baragona
    President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of being extremely tough on immigration. One of his vows to voters was that hed get rid of President Barack Obamas executive actions, which could include those that provided protections to young undocumented immigrants from being deported. One Republican lawmaker and Trump critic is now prepping legislation that would keep those protections in place in case Trump moves forward with his pledge. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans in order to protect immigrants, known as Dreamers, who willingly came forward to give their information in...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley picked to become UN ambassador, sources say

    11/22/2016 10:18:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 22, 2016 | Andy Shain
    COLUMBIA -- President-elect Donald Trump is picking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to become his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Post and Courier has learned. The move, expected Wednesday, continues the steep political rise of the daughter of Indian immigrants that started six years ago when the Bamberg native was elected as South Carolinas first female and minority governor. The planned nomination to the cabinet-level post, confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge of the decision, is likely to raise questions about Haleys qualifications for a major foreign policy role since she has little diplomatic experience as state lawmaker...
  • Trump Wins!!!

    11/09/2016 1:11:32 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 41 replies
    Me | 11/8/2016 | Me
    This is my election vanity! TRIUMP WINS! TRUMP WINS! TRUMP WINS! I am done for now - but I'm SO excited for the future! My main issues were the Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment, and I'm feeling very good about the future! GO AMERICA!
  • Donald Trump's campaign draws dedicated volunteers

    06/13/2016 10:25:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Brandon Sun ^ | June 13, 2016 | Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Dale "Boomer" Ranney can get in Donald Trump's face like almost no one else. She has nudged her way to the front of 21 of his rallies, passing up book after book, photo after photo for him to autograph, finding success some 66 times. He smiles at her in recognition now. When she made a trip to Trump Tower in New York to be near him for his home state primary in April, he spotted her and told his security guards to let her into his victory party there later that day....
  • Graham calls on Republicans to un-endorse Trump

    06/07/2016 8:12:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 7, 2016 | Nick Gass
    If ever there were a moment for Republicans to jump off the Trump train, now would be as good of a time, according to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham wants fellow Republicans who have endorsed Donald Trump to take it all back in the wake of his repeated claims that Judge Gonzalo Curiel's heritage make him unfit to preside over lawsuits against him....
  • Trump: Im open to Cruz as VP

    05/05/2016 6:14:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 184 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | May 4, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he would consider making Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) his running mate. I respect Ted, he told host Bill OReilly on Fox News The OReilly Factor." "He was a very strong competitor. He really competed hard and tough." Hes certainly a capable guy, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee added. "Its something we can think about. Trump defeated Cruz in Tuesdays Indiana GOP presidential primary, making him the presumptive nominee. Cruz suspended his Oval Office bid shortly afterward, saying that his results in the Hoosier State foreclose his path to the Republican presidential nomination. Trump on...
  • Trump's Saturday delegate disaster (South Carolina and Colorado)

    04/09/2016 8:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 222 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 9, 2016 | Eli Stokols and Kyle Cheney
    In Colorado and South Carolina, the GOP's embattled front-runner had another very bad day. Donald Trumps struggle to win loyal delegates to the Republican National Convention grew even more desperate on Saturday, with crushing losses in Colorado and South Carolina that put victory at a contested convention further from his grasp. Trump, who handed the reins of much of his campaign this week to strategist Paul Manafort in an effort to shore up his operation before the nomination slips away, was swept out of delegate slots up for grabs at Colorados state convention. Adding to his woes, he picked up...
  • The real lesson of Ted Cruz's Super Saturday? Marco Rubio is a horrible failure.

    03/06/2016 7:58:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Week ^ | March 6, 2016 | James Poulos
    Maybe Donald Trump isn't invincible, after all. On Saturday, Ted Cruz nuked Trump from orbit in Kansas, pantsed him in Maine, and almost scored coups in the other two states, Kentucky and Louisiana, where he fell short of Trump by just two delegates in the first case and one in the second. Overall, the Texas senator trails Trump in the delegate race by a very manageable 378-295. There's an awfully long way to go to get to the 1,237 needed for the nomination. It's enough to launch a thousand think pieces on what's become of the GOP's once-unstoppable frontrunner. But...
  • Why Nikki Haley's endorsement was worthless in South Carolina

    03/09/2016 2:06:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Don Surber's website ^ | March 7, 2016 | Don Surber
    One of the puzzlers of the South Carolina primary is why Marco Rubio lost. He had the two major endorsements: Senator Tim Scott and Governor Nikki Haley. How could he lose? Haley has a 71% approval rate among Republicans. We learned the answer this weekend. Nikki Haley spoke to the Gridiron Club. Yep. She is that establishment. Not only did she deliver the response to the State of the Union speech that blasted the Republican front-runner instead of the Democratic president, but now she is in Washington dancing to the Washington Establishment's tune. And that tine is Never Trump. From...
  • Trump savages Rubio at Florida rally

    03/05/2016 5:10:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 5, 2016 | Ben Schreckinger
    ORLANDO, FLA. -- Donald Trump wants to make sure Marco Rubio's campaign ends in the same state where it started. At a rally that saw the businessman leave the podium to stare down a group of protesters and attempt to lead supporters in a pledge of allegiance to him, Trump unleashed the first salvo in a 10-day campaign to finish off Rubio by defeating him in Florida's March 15 primary. Calling the Florida senator an "idiot," Trump portrayed Rubio as beholden to his donors and said voters here should reject Rubio for neglecting his day job. "What does he do...
  • Hillary Supporters Hiss At Black Lives Matter Protester Who Interrupts $500-Per-Person Fundraiser

    03/01/2016 10:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    A Black Lives Matter protester was escorted out of a $500 per person Hillary Clinton fundraiser on Wednesday after she interrupted the Democratic presidential candidate's speech, which was being held at the home of a Charleston, South Carolina attorney. Video from the incident shows Clinton supporters hissing at the activist, Ashley Williams, while others call her protest "inappropriate." The encounter took place several days before Clinton faces Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary. Williams told the Huffington Post that she and another activist donated the $500 it cost to attend the event in order to confront Clinton...
  • How the GOP's unhinged debate diminished both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio

    02/26/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | February 26, 2016 | James Poulos
    At an unhinged moment in the 2016 presidential primary season, the Republican candidates turned in a fine set of unhinged performances at Thursday night's critical debate. Let's begin with Donald Trump, far and away the strongest contender, be it in Ted Cruz's backyard or Marco Rubio's home state. For the first time, he met his rhetorical match in a surprisingly vitriolic Rubio. The Florida senator devoted himself to going shout-for-shout with Trump, dragging out old scandals and unseemly details that put the mogul's present-day promises in an unflattering light. But even when Trump visibly ground his gears, he stayed characteristically...
  • Lindsey Graham jokes about how to get away with murdering Ted Cruz

    02/26/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 26, 2016 | Catherine Treyz
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks his party has gone "bats---" crazy, and joked Thursday that it's possible to get away with murdering Ted Cruz if it happened in the Senate. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," the former presidential candidate said at the Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd Congressional Dinner, referencing the Texas senator's unpopular reputation on Capitol Hill. CNN has reached out to Cruz's presidential campaign for comment. While Graham teased Democrats and other politicians in the room -- at one...
  • Trump Optimists And Trump Skeptics Are About To Go To War

    02/21/2016 6:17:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 21, 2016 | Nate Silver
    If you think the arguments between the Republican candidates have been bad, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Pundits, reporters and political analysts are going to really have at it. Two competing theories about the Republican race are about to come to a head, and both of them can claim a victory of sorts after South Carolina. The first theory is simple. It can be summarized in one word: Trump! The more detailed version would argue the following: * Trump has easily won two of the first three states. * Trump is ahead in the polls in pretty much every...
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...
  • Marco Rubio 'Won' South Carolina Tonight. It Was Actually His Worst Loss Yet.

    02/20/2016 9:57:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 20, 2016 | Nick Baumann
    Trump will win most -- and likely all -- of the state's delegates. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has never won a presidential primary. That didn't change on Saturday, when Rubio lost the South Carolina Republican primary, finishing behind angry rich guy Donald Trump for the third time this primary season. When Rubio finished third in Iowa, his campaign -- and many members of the media -- acted as if he had won. His fifth-place finish in New Hampshire made that spin even harder to believe. Just a few weeks ago, Rubio's campaign was telling reporters he'd finish second in New...
  • What Donald Trump's Win In South Carolina Says About The Republican Party (Compares to Wallace)

    02/20/2016 6:09:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 20, 2016 | Igor Bobic and Ryan Grim
    Donald Trump comfortably defeated his Republican presidential rivals on Saturday in South Carolina's GOP primary. Trump's resounding victory isn't simply a boon to his prospects for winning the Republican presidential nomination, an outcome once thought impossible that is looking increasingly more plausible. It is also an embarrassing repudiation of conservative orthodoxy that has dominated Republican politics for decades. It suggests that the party's intellectual leaders, who organized the base around the National Review/Weekly Standard consensus -- small government, free trade, pro-Israel, deregulation, low taxes, social conservatism and an aggressive foreign policy -- have been generals of a phantom army. The...
  • Cruz is big oil’s new crush as donors cool to Bush

    02/20/2016 3:02:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News | February 19, 2016 | Alex Nussbaum and Meenal Vamburkar, Bloomberg News |
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    02/20/2016 12:39:01 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 67 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Well then, you must like losing your job to someone in Mexico who will make $3/hour. Union leaders at an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis threatened with losing 1,400 jobs to Mexico said on Tuesday the plants owner expects to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared to an average of more than $20 an hour for the U.S. workers. "We have not given up the fight yet," said Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers union local that represents workers at the Carrier Corp plant. "But Carrier has pretty well indicated that the wage differential is too great and...
  • South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary Poll 2/19/16 (Rubio closing in on Trump)

    02/20/2016 12:53:02 PM PST · by entropy12 · 30 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | 02/19/2016 | Opinion Savvy
    Augusta Chronicle 2/18 - 2/19 780 LV MOE 3.5 Trump 27 Rubio 24 Cruz 19 Bush 11 Kasich 7 Carson 8
  • What’s At Stake In The South Carolina Republican Primary

    02/20/2016 3:32:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 19, 2016 | Nate Silver
    We've been inundated with polls: South Carolina polls, Nevada polls, national polls, general election polls. In fact, there are so many polls that you can tell yourself pretty much any story you like about the Republican presidential primary. Is Ted Cruz surging? There's a poll for that. Is Cruz stalling out? There's a poll for that too. Have you heard about the poll showing a Ben Carson comeback? OK, I made that one up. But earlier this week, you could find a poll with John Kasich in second place in South Carolina, even though he was polling at about 2...
  • Gasparino: Insider Polling Show Cruz & Rubio Surges In South Carolina!

    02/20/2016 1:21:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | February 19, 2016 | Charlie Gasparino
    Is Trump losing his one big lead in South Carolina? Just days before the South Carolina primary, some polls have shown Trump's once-huge lead in Palmetto State is shrinking. But now, hours before voters head to the polls, FOX Business' Charles Gasparino is hearing it from inside sources that both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are seeing surges in support. On Friday's show, Gasparino told Tom Sullivan the campaigns and the "big money" behind them are seeing private poll numbers that suggest both Republican Senators may do better than the pundits expect and even top Donald Trump....
  • No Love Lost Between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Supporters

    02/19/2016 10:49:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | February 19, 2016 | Trip Gabriel
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Speaking just six miles apart on Friday morning, Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas renewed their bitter personal feud, while their supporters echoed the candidates' language and themes - a sign that the bitterness between the two men has now seeped deeply into the feelings of voters. Mr. Trump called Mr. Cruz "the biggest liar I've ever seen," a line he has been pushing all week. Trump supporters, some of whom said they had once considered supporting the Texas senator, largely agreed with Mr. Trump's harsh assessment. "I'm very disappointed in Ted Cruz...
  • Cruz Snags Last-Minute Endorsement of Mark Sanford

    02/19/2016 10:12:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 117 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 20, 2016 | John McCormack
    Charleston, S.C., As Sean Hannity stood onstage Friday with Ted Cruz before a packed audience at the College of Charleston's Sotille Theater, the Fox News host announced that "a few special guests" were backstage. "Moments before we came out here, you got a big endorsement," Hannity said. With less than 24 hours until the South Carolina GOP primary, Congressman Mark Sanford, the state's former governor, emerged from behind a velvet curtain. The crowd went wild, and Sanford then spoke for one minute about why he was supporting Cruz. Sanford mentioned the importance of upholding the Constitution and how impressed he...
  • Ted Cruz: South Carolina Will Be Like Iowa

    02/19/2016 2:44:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    WLTX-TV | February 19, 2016 | David M Jackson, USA TODAY
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  • Cruz continues wooing of Upstate voters

    02/18/2016 8:05:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Greenville News | February 18, 2016 | Rudolph Bell
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  • Welcome to the Trump revolution: The last challenge is Ted Cruz — and Ted Cruz is in trouble

    02/18/2016 4:31:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Salon ^ | February 18, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Ted Cruz has pinned his hopes on a big showing in the South. He could still do it, but it's far from certain It's taken a while for the chattering classes to come around to the idea that Donald Trump may actually pull this thing off. It's hard to blame them. It's as if we all went to sleep one night and woke up in an alternate universe. But they do seem to have accepted it. He came close to winning Iowa, a notoriously buttoned up electorate, and won decisively in New Hampshire. All the polling going forward looks good....
  • How to win the South Carolina GOP primary

    02/18/2016 3:49:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | February 18, 2016 | Gibbs Knotts
    There's no magic formula to winning the South Carolina GOP primary, but for the best shot at victory February 20, candidates will have to navigate three key groups of Republican primary voters. They must do this while being mindful of something else: South Carolina Republicans are fiscally and socially conservative and often display a strong distrust of government, particularly the federal government. So, first, they need to connect with evangelical Christians. South Carolina is the buckle of the Bible belt, and according to the 2012 exit polls, evangelicals made up 65% of the state's GOP primary voters. Evangelicals propelled Ted...
  • Will These 300 Evangelical Nods Help Ted Cruz Gain Momentum?

    02/18/2016 2:20:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 18, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    For Christians, the stakes couldn't possibly be higher in the 2016 elections, and presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes he can be the leader the nation needs to help turn things around. To do that, though, he knows he needs the support of a broad coalition--the former "Reagan Coalition"--of which evangelical voters make up a big voting bloc. And, as a result, his campaign has aggressively courted evangelical voters in South Carolina. "I believe we need to reassemble the Reagan coalition, to unite conservatives and libertarians and evangelicals and women and young people and Hispanics and blue collar...
  • Cruz team on Haley endorsement: ‘Rubio has to win here’

    02/17/2016 8:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 17, 2016 | Shane Goldmacher
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Ted Cruz's campaign is trying to make the most of Gov. Nikki Haley's endorsement of Marco Rubio days ahead of the South Carolina primary: driving sky-high his political expectations here. "If he doesn't finish first, this is a massive loss," Jason Miller, a senior Cruz adviser, said hours after news reports began circulating that Haley would endorse Rubio at a rally Wednesday evening. "Rubio has to win here." Earlier this week, Jeb Bush had called Haley's endorsement "the most powerful, meaningful one in the state." Haley's backing of Rubio comes on top of the support of Sen....
  • Cruz to Trump: Go ahead and sue me for defamation over my ad. I’ll depose you myself.

    02/17/2016 4:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 17, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Two things about this. One: Cruz is entirely right that Trump's lawsuit would be frivolous. Watch the allegedly "defamatory" ad below. It's Politics 101: My opponent may say X now but he said Y before, so how can you possibly trust that X is his true opinion? Trump seems to think that using old footage of him stating his own position on abortion constitutes defamation unless the viewer is also told that he's since changed his mind. It would be like Rubio suing over an ad that showed him touting comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 because he no longer believes...
  • (Yesterday) Trump and Cruz (Were) in Virtual Tie for SC

    02/16/2016 6:56:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 15, 2016 | Phil Shiver
    Pro-Jeb Bush Super PAC Right to Rise has conducted an internal poll in SC that finds Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in an extremely tight race. The results list Trump at 26 percent, and Cruz at 24 percent, with Bush and Marco Rubio coming in a distant third and fourth with 12 and 11 percent respectively, according to a report by Politico. Right to Rise polling is now being conducted by South Carolina veteran political strategist Richard Quinn. In the Politico report Quinn states: "This is clearly a tight, volatile race that could produce most any result over the next...
  • Trump's Morning Joe town hall to compete directly with Cruz, Rubio on CNN

    02/16/2016 6:03:44 PM PST · by entropy12 · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2016, 01:25 pm | Harper Neidig
    The event will take place at the same time as a CNN town hall featuring fellow GOP presidential candidates Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. CNN announced its event Saturday. Scarborough had harsh words for CNN last week, after the network reported that the "Morning Joe" hosts were giving favorable treatment to Trump, and that MSNBC officials were concerned about the trend. MSNBC also responded by issuing a statement that denied some of the accusations put forth by CNN, including that Brzezinski and Scarborough celebrated the New Hampshire primary results with Trump in his hotel room. It should be...
  • Ted Cruz’s Secret Army

    02/16/2016 5:07:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Ther Resurgent ^ | February 15, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    Go read this right now. I have seen the data from the Ted Cruz Super PAC Army. Not only that, I've seen data from Cruz's own army. It is amazing and impressive. The number of people they have connected with on the ground, converted, and are prepared to mobilize is one of the most impressive feats in modern Republican politics. I don't mean that hyperbolically. I mean that seriously. The Democrats are always far better organized with ground games while the GOP has offset inferior ground games with advertisements and robocalls. The Cruz camp is going toe to toe with...
  • Trump's Narrow SC Lead in Internal Poll May Be Reason He's Attacking Cruz

    02/16/2016 9:03:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 15, 2016 | Greg Richter
    Internal polling by the Jeb Bush campaign showing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is within 2 points of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in South Carolina is leading to speculation that it might be the reason Trump is going after Cruz so hard. Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz tweeted about the Bush internals on Sunday and Politico reported on them. Howard Kurtz Internal poll for Bush PAC shows much tighter SC race: Trump 26, Cruz 24, Jeb 12, Rubio 11--while public surveys give Trump a huge lead Internal polling by the Jeb Bush campaign showing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is...
  • South Carolina GOP Power Index

    02/15/2016 9:58:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2016 | Chris Stirewalt
    Donald Trump has led every reliable public poll of voters in the South Carolina Republican Primary for the past 200 days. To say that he is the frontrunner in the Palmetto State is an understatement. Like New Hampshire, where Trump scored a resounding victory last week, the many Trump supporters who are not Republicans are welcomed into the GOP primary. Trump has held many events in South Carolina and even recruited one of the leaders of the state's political establishment, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, to the Trump train. While South Carolina is slightly more challenging for Trump given its higher...
  • South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary Polls

    02/15/2016 5:55:42 PM PST · by entropy12 · 70 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Thru February 15, 2016 | RCP
  • The Endorsement Game – Big Picture Politics – The Resurrection of Jeb….

    02/15/2016 5:18:03 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 6 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb. 15, 2016 | Sundance
    The South Carolina debate is over, and for those of you who are following the nuance – now the endorsement game begins. In order to understand what is being evidenced, you must step back in time and remind yourself what is going on behind the political curtain – The bigger ‘big picture’. All the way back in February of 2014, the RNC rules committee decisions for the 2016 presidential race were constructed in Washington DC. Almost every player in the 2015/2016 were either present (mostly splitters), or had a representative present on their behalf. Republican party officials, party consultants, party...
  • Campaign Poll Finds Trump-Cruz Neck-and-Neck in SC

    02/15/2016 5:04:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 15, 2016 | Cathy Burke
    A super-PAC backing Jeb Bush is aiming to bolster its efforts in South Carolina by adding a GOP strategist well-known in the state to help out in the final days of a "tight, volatile" primary race, Politico reports. Richard Quinn -- a longtime adviser to primary race dropout Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- is taking on the role of conducting polling for Right to Rise ahead of Saturday's vote in the Palmetto State. "This is clearly a tight, volatile race that could produce most any result over the next six days," Quinn wrote to Mike Murphy, the head...
  • Limbaugh Rips Debate Moderator, Praises Cruz’s Performance [AUDIO]

    02/15/2016 3:29:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 15, 2016 | Steve Guest, media reporter
    Rush Limbaugh blasted the moderator of the CBS Republican debate, John Dickerson, arguing "he is a Democrat Party hack, he is liberal through and through" in reference to Dickerson's attempted take-down of Ted Cruz. Monday, on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," Limbaugh said, "Cruz was a millimeter away from launching on this guy and kept it back. He did not do it. But this guy went Candy Crowley on him." Limbaugh said, "John Dickerson, you can't get more Democrat operative, this guy is George Stephanopoulos without a job at the Clinton war room. John Dickerson is the son of a drive-by...
  • Ted Cruz: GOP Debate Could Benefit Texas Senator in South Carolina

    02/15/2016 12:07:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 14, 2016 | Ryan Anthony
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may not have had the most memorable moments from Saturday night's GOP debate in South Carolina, but that may be a good thing for his campaign. As Donald Trump spent minute after minute personally attacking former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the entire Bush political dynasty, Cruz just sat back and enjoyed the show (as evidenced from the photo below). [copyrighted photo at link] But why would it be an advantage for the freshman senator to not be the center of attention in the debate? Well, let's look at the numbers. 15:38 Fifteen minutes and 38...
  • The Secret Army Stumping for Ted Cruz

    02/14/2016 8:39:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 14, 2016 | Betsy Woodruff
    The senator's super PACs have launched an unprecedented ground effort in South Carolina and seem intent on going where few super PACs have gone before--door knocking. We all know super PACs have permanently changed the face of American politics. But in South Carolina, right now, we're getting a preview of the unprecedented ways they can alter a campaign. South Carolina, as you may know, is kind of a big deal. It has a large population--4.8 million people--and a bad reputation because it's a place where candidates love to break out their dirtiest tricks. Or, in the case of Ted Cruz's...
  • Trump, Kasich Get a Bump in Latest South Carolina Poll

    02/12/2016 9:06:34 PM PST · by entropy12 · 46 replies via Fiscal Times ^ | 10 hours ago | 10 hours ago
    If the Republican establishment wants to slow Donald Trumps momentum, it has its work cut out for it in South Carolina. The first poll there since Trumps dominant performance in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary on Monday shows that he has extended his lead in the Palmetto State ahead of its primary scheduled for Feb. 20. The poll, conducted on behalf of the Augusta Chronicle, Fox News 5 Atlanta and Morris News Service, showed Trump with 36.3 percent support among likely voters in the GOP primary, up from 32 percent that last time the poll was in the field...
  • Mysterious Super PAC Linked to Rubio-Romney Promises to “Kill Off” Trump in South Carolina

    02/12/2016 6:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    A mysterious Super PAC with links to Rubio and Romney promises to "kill off" Donald Trump in South Carolina. DC Whispers reported: This mysterious, Mitt-Romney-linked Super PAC is letting it be known they are prepared for all-out war to ensure Mr. Trump gets nowhere near the GOP nomination. The name of the "anyone but Trump" multi-million dollar effort calls itself the, Our Principles PAC and is headed by former Mitt Romney deputy campaign manager, Katie Packer. One of Packer's oft-repeated complaints against Donald Trump is that he is a RINO. That's right, the former Deputy campaign manager for MITT ROMNEY,...
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Trump question leaves House Republican stumbling

    02/11/2016 8:00:52 PM PST · by entropy12 · 31 replies ^ | 02/11/16 12:40 PM | Steve Benen
    As much of the political world shifts its attention towards the South Carolina primary, MSNBCs Steve Kornacki checked in this morning with Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the states former governor. Sanford noted he’d heard from a lot of locals that supporting Donald Trump would help send a message to Washington. The Trump candidacy, the congressman added, has tapped into Republicans frustrations. Sanford’s troubles were understandable. There were plenty of Republicans who effectively, if not literally, ruled out Trump as a possibility in 2015, when they still assumed the New York developer’s support would collapse. But many of those same GOP...
  • Ted Cruz Grabs New FRC-Linked Endorsement

    02/11/2016 5:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 11, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Thursday's latest endorsement for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a two-for-one deal for the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. In South Carolina, where Republican voters will make their choice for their party's presidential nomination a week from Saturday, there are two major voting blocs. Christian conservatives make up one, while active-duty military and veterans make up the other. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) bridges both groups. He retired after 36 years in the military, and is also an ordained with a passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as of Thursday afternoon, he was firmly with the...
  • Marco Rubio slams opponents by name in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 3:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 11, 2016 | Julia Manchester
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio turned up the heat on his opponents -- proactively calling them out by name -- while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday. Rubio touted his international affairs record on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while taking aim at the experience of Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump -- all of whom won more votes than him in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. "We'll have a debate on Saturday. Who on that stage has more experience or has shown better judgment or a better understanding of the foreign...