SC_Primary - The South Carolina Primary Why South Carolina...

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The South Carolina Primary
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Why South Carolina Matters? Billed as “the first in the South” primary “the gateway to the South” the “New Hampshire below the Mason-Dixon line”
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South Carolina Primary Dates Year Date Other Primaries Same Day 1980 March 8 R-“First-in-the-South” 1988 March 5 R-“First-in-the-South” 1992 March 7 1996 March 2 R-“First-in-the-South” 2000 February 19 R-“First-in-the-South” 2004 February 3 D-“First-in-the-South” 2008 January 19 R-“First-in-the-South”; Nevada January 26 D-“First-in-the-South” * No Republican Primary Held in 1984 and 2004; Presidents Reagan and GW Bush ran unopposed. No Democratic Primary held in South Carolina in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000. South Carolina Democrats typically held a caucus in those years.
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Why South Carolina Matters? • It’s the Firewall for Republican Frontrunners • Republican Frontrunners Tend to Find New Life Here • They Recover Here from a Previous Loss in Iowa/NH
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WON IOWA CAUCUS February 12 26.3% LOST NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY (Buchanan) February 20 26.2% LOST DELAWARE PRIMARY (Forbes) February 24 27.2% LOST ARIZONA PRIMARY (Forbes) February 27 29.6% WON NORTH DAKOTA PRIMARY February 27 42.1%
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