South Carolina’s Republicans have won initial approval to keep their First-in-the-South presidential primary. State GOP Chair Karen Floyd said a Republican National Committee panel recommended keeping early contests in South Carolina, Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire.
Floyd says there are strategic benefits to holding the presidential primary in the Palmetto State. South Carolina’s geographic area makes it possible for candidates to attend multiple forums and meet with as many voters as possible. Also Floyd points out that the relatively low cost of running a statewide campaign in the state allows candidates to save crucial resources for the General Election in November.
South Carolina has held the first presidential primary in the South since 1980. Ronald Reagan won that primary 30 years ago and he went on to win the Presidency. GOP leaders point out that since Reagan’s election, no one has won the GOP nomination for president without first winning in South Carolina.