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.
October 3, 2011 Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada are all expected to now move their caucuses and primaries up to maintain their traditional early spots in the presidential-nominee selection process calendar.
September 29, 2011 As we and others have reported, when Florida Republican Party officials meet Friday, they are expected to move up the date of their presidential Friday to Jan. 31 from March 2012. Republican officials in the states that jealously guard their role as the first four to vote — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — vow to stay ahead of Florida.
September 20, 2011 A new Winthrop University poll out of South Carolina shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry with about a three-percentage point lead over Mitt Romney among voters who are Republican and GOP leaners. Meanwhile, about 75 percent of those same voters surveyed thought the word "socialist" well described President Obama.
September 6, 2011 If Sen. Jim DeMint's Labor Day Republican presidential forum demonstrated anything, it was that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is so confident about winning over South Carolina Tea Party devotees, including the senator, that he could beg off attending the event without any political risk.
August 13, 2011 Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially declared he was seeking the White House, promising to "get America working again." While his home state has added thousands of new jobs during his tenure, the Lone Star state's economic picture is mixed.
May 9, 2011 The conventional wisdom on Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China and ex-Utah governor, is that if he should announce a run for the Republican presidential nomination, his candidacy would readily be sunk by the WOE (Was Obama's Emissary) factor. That could be too simplistic.
May 6, 2011 Pundits said Tim Pawlenty succeeded. But how fine a night could it have been for him when the former Minnesota governor failed to directly say whether he equates creationism with evolution? Or when he had to make an abject apology for once supporting proposals to cap greenhouse gas emissions?