South Carolina's Role as GOP Kingmaker Historically, the Palmetto State has been the most reliable barometer in forecasting the GOP presidential nominee. Since it was established in 1980, every winner of the South Carolina primary has gone on to become the Republican standard-bearer.
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South Carolina's Role as GOP Kingmaker

Every winner of the South Carolina GOP primary has gone on to become the presidential nominee. hide caption

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Once again, a Romney wins in Michigan. Now it's on to South Carolina. hide caption

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Kennedy's entry into the '68 race infuriated supporters of Eugene McCarthy. hide caption

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Seventeen years ago today, President Bush (the first one) launches the war in Iraq (the first one). hide caption

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