CofC Political Science Professor Writes About the S.C. Primary

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Political science professor Kendra Stewart has published an article for The Conversation that examines the recent South Carolina primary.

Supporters listen to Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley speak at a campaign event in Beaufort, S.C., on Feb. 21, 2024. Julia Nikhinson /AFP via Getty Images

College of Charleston political science professor Kendra Stewart has published an article for The Conversation that examines the recent South Carolina primary.

Stewart notes that the South Carolina primary is an important indicator of how the rest of the states will vote in their primaries.

“South Carolina is the first primary in the South and the first primary in a state that has some racial diversity,” says Stewart. “Since the South mostly votes as a block in modern presidential races, the Republican Party is always interested in nominating a candidate that will secure its base – and South Carolina is a good predictor as to how the rest of the South will vote.”

She says the one exception for this is when South Carolina picked Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney in 2012, and Mitt Romney went on to win the overall Republican nomination.

Read the complete article on The Conversation.

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