January 15, 2012 In a gathering in Texas this weekend, evangelical Christian leaders and activists threw their collective weight behind presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Instead of demonstrating their power, though, the 11th-hour endorsement may well be a revelation of their weakness as a force within the GOP.
January 13, 2012 Candidates like Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan spoke at Bob Jones University. But it wasn't a natural fit for Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith has been described by the school as a "cult."
January 13, 2012 With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.
January 12, 2012 An Insider Advantage poll done for The Augusta Chronicle and The Savannah Morning News show Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a statistical tie. Romney's support was put at 23 percent while Gingrich's was at 21 percent. The poll had a margin-of-error of 3.6 percent.
January 12, 2012 Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his presidential campaign in South Carolina last August, but it may soon come to an end in the same state where it started. Ben Philpott of KUT News reports on Morning Edition that Perry hopes to make a stand in the Palmetto State.
January 10, 2012 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used his New Hampshire primary victory speech to attack President Obama — with only a glancing nod to his Republican rivals.
January 6, 2012 Why is Mitt Romney, who finished fourth in South Carolina's 2008 Republican presidential primary, now seemingly on course to win the 2012 version of that contest (at least if the latest CNN poll is any indicator)? One word: electability. That argument, which Romney has made the entire campaign, appears to be finally taking hold as his rivals, one after another, have proven to be political Roman candles — quick, bright ascents, then nothing.
January 6, 2012 The first significant poll of South Carolina voters following his narrow Iowa caucuses win has Mitt Romney bursting into a surprisingly strong lead, suggesting that the race for the Republican presidential nomination could be over sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich's support in the state has fallen out of bed.
January 6, 2012 A Thursday visit to Rick Santorum's South Carolina headquarters suggested that the Republican presidential candidate may need to go beyond that Iowa photo op of himself pheasant hunting in a bright orange hat and vest to quell some gun owners' concerns about him.
January 4, 2012 Talk with Tea Party leaders here in South Carolina and you quickly realize that the toughest job in the Mitt Romney campaign would be the assignment of doing outreach to these activists. Maybe not a mission impossible, but close.
January 4, 2012 South Carolina Republicans may not necessarily agree on who should be their party's presidential nominee, but they're fairly unanimous that the contest won't take a decisive turn until it reaches the Palmetto State. And Tuesday night's inclusive results in the Iowa caucuses, in which Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum could each declare victory, should do nothing to dispel that notion.
December 28, 2011 Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has told her Cabinet agencies that all employees should answer their phones with this greeting: "It's a great day in South Carolina. How can I help you?" Two Democratic lawmakers say things aren't good enough to say that.
December 16, 2011 An observer of South Carolina politics and electorate attitudes says that while Nikki Haley's endorsement of Mitt Romney will help, it won't mean as much as it would have months ago when she was more popular.