South Carolina is one of the most important states in the GOP primary, as in the past 40 years the party of the winner of the state’s GOP primary has gone on to win the presidential nomination in all but one election.
In 2024, however, the state Republicans are actually going to have to choose between former President Donald Trump and other potential candidates. Steven Wright, the chairman of the Dorchester County GOP, has said that Trump “is still very popular in the state.” He added that it is still unclear whether Trump’s popularity will help solidify his position in the upcoming election. However, he went on to say that the primary is shaping up to be very exciting, as there is no guarantee of which direction the South Carolina vote will go.
On Tuesday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration and former governor of South Carolina, announced officially that she will also be running for the White House in 2024. This makes her the first big GOP member to officially oppose former President Donald Trump who – up until now – had been the only major Republican to join the Presidential race.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) also seems to be gearing up to launch his own presidential campaign. He recently held an event at the Charleston County GOP, and he will soon be setting off on a listening tour which will take him to Iowa – the first state in the 2024 calendar.