South Carolina primary
John McCain wins again - Mac
Article added on January 20, 2008 at 12:10 Lisbon time
John McCain won South Carolina
with 33% in front of Mike Huckabee with 30%, Fred Thompson with 16% and Mitt
Romney with 15%.
The South Carolina primary brought John McCain a second win on his way to
the Republican presidential nomination. More than that - unlike Mitt Romney,
who won the uncontested Nevada, where he was the only Republican to campaign
- McCain managed to win a second highly competitive state. South Carolina
was not just another small state, it was the one where the unscrupulous
George W. Bush team had managed to sink the presidential hopes of John
McCain in 2000. Since 1980, the Republican winner in South Carolina has
always managed to become the Republican presidential candidate.
Furthermore, South Carolina is another state with a notable evangelical
population. Therefore, it was important for McCain to leave Mike Huckabee
behind him; not that Huckabee is a dangerous contender - even less so a man
who could ever win the presidency - but McCain had to prove that he can
survive in an evangelical environment. An even bigger test will be Florida,
where only registered Republicans have the right to vote. Florida is the
first big state sending a substantial number of delegates to designate the
Republican contender for the presidency.
Mitt Romney invested a lot of time and money in his South Carolina campaign
- and once again, the results are meager. He may not survive Super Tuesday.
The world would be better off. Don't forget what Romney said on May 2007:
"Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to
double Guantanamo." He is a man unfit to lead America in the 21st century.
Florida will be the first test for Rudy Giuliani. He is the only candidate
who has already heavily campaigned there. Rudy must win Florida in order to
gain momentum for February 5. Will his big gamble to concentrate on Florida
and Super Tuesday pay off?
Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Nevada primary with 51% in front of
Barack Obama with 45% and John Edwards with a meager 4%, after all the
attention the left-wing populist had paid to this state. The Democratic primary in
South Carolina will only take place on January 26. It look the longer the
more like a race between two contender: Clinton vs. Obama.
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