All eyes on SC as candidates hit state before primary | Politics
ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - So far just two candidates, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, have staked their claim with road signs along some of the main highways in York County, South Carolina.
Back in December, pollsters in the Political Science Department at Winthrop University surveyed voters in the Palmetto state, and gave Newt Gingrich a slight edge.
Dr. Adolphus Belk of Winthrop University's political science department feels voters can determine the GOP nominee in the upcoming primary.
"Though South Carolina has been reliably republican, you're giving the South as a region early on to shape the outcome of the early contest," he said.
Negative ads sponsored by a Gingrich super pac against front runner Mitt Romney will start airing on Wednesday morning.
Some estimates regarding media buys across South Carolina during the primary season may top 10 million dollars.
Manning Kimmel is a managing partner at WRHI Radio who understands the role of the state in national politics.
He said, " The winner of the primary here in South Carolina has ended up being the nominee of the party."
The first primary in the South may be a career ender for candidates failing get big numbers, according to Dr. Belk.
"For people like Gingrich and Perry this might be their final stand. If they don't do well here, it might be difficult for them to continue on."
Romney may have added momentum in South Carolina considering in recent weeks he picked up the endorsement of the state's governor Nikki Haley.
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