The battle for the GOP nomination moves to South Carolina, and there are signs that Romney faces a tougher path in the Palmetto State. I wrote last year of the South Carolina primary at PJ Media:
Pro-business mainstream conservatives who give no offense to evangelicals and mainline Protestants — and, ideally, who have demonstrable national security credibility — are the candidates who win the South Carolina primary. Everyone wondering who will be the GOP nominee in 2012 should read that last sentence ten times over. Failure on any point means failure in South Carolina.
South Carolina politics have a brutality unknown in New Hampshire or Iowa. I cut my teeth in South Carolina politics. I remember a political consultant there who spray-painted his own candidate’s signs with slurs to engender sympathy. And that’s just one of the milder things that happen.
It is a culturally and philosophically conservative state, and Romney has a number of problems there which I allude to in the quoted paragraph above. If the conservative vote wasn’t split among many candidates, I don’t believe Romney could win South Carolina. But for now, it is a close contest.
The action next week will be focused on the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston at the TD Arena. You can watch the fight for the nomination in real time, culminating in a Thursday night debate. I will also be one of the speakers, talking about voter fraud, election integrity, the New Black Panther Party and the Holder Justice Department. I will also be signing copies of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.
Eric Holder is conducting a war on southern election integrity. He blocked Georgia’s law to verify that only U.S. citizens are voting in American elections. He has sued Governor Bobby Jindal because not enough voter registrations were coming from his welfare agencies. He has blocked S.C. Voter ID. He will block the Texas law shortly. Florida seeks election integrity changes his DOJ wrangled over. Come to Charleston and learn what is happening, and what can be done about it.