Note to Florida: It’s going to be South Carolina.
Dating back to 1980, whoever wins South Carolina has gone on to win the nomination. The South Carolina GOP even has a bumper sticker that reads, “We Pick Presidents!”
With its rich political history, one can understand why South Carolina took affront when Florida wanted to move its primary in front of South Carolina.
South Carolina provides a unique opportunity for voters to get to know candidates and ask them tough questions. South Carolina has a diverse economy built upon manufacturing, tourism and trade, and our electorate provides an accurate cross-section of the key Southern states.
What Florida seems to have forgotten in their move to be first is that South Carolina is unique in one other crucial respect: Our party chairs have almost total authority to set the primary date. So all of their maneuvering only serves to move the entire primary calendar up. New Hampshire is now considering December 13 and December 6. That means that we may have both the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary before Christmas.
It’s all a ridiculous – and entirely avoidable – mess.