No longer the first: New Hampshire’s presidential primary will be held Jan. 10. —one week after the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.
High-tech GOP strategist Wes Donehue is now working for the Michelle Bachmann campaign in South Carolina. He runs Donehue Direct and is chief communicator for the SC Senate Republican Caucus.
The state GOP says that nine presidential candidates qualify to appear on the 2012 South Carolina Republican primary ballot. They are Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Not on the list, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who vows to keep campaigning, despite being left out of the FL primaries. He says, ” People are hungry for reform, and I am not going to let one person or two parties get in the people’s’ way.”
One of those on the list, recent Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is in the Palmetto State today, at a presidential town hall hosted by state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) at 2 p.m. at The Pavilion at Sun City in Bluffton. Then, Huntsman speaks at the College of Charleston as part of the school’s Bully Pulpit series at 5 p.m.
Herman Cain’s campaign said he’d be coming back to South Carolina soon, but that was before he went into damage control mode to answer reports of a sexual harassment settlement. The issue now, not the scandal, but how a candidate handles the scandal. The question now, will his changing answers hurt his lead in the polls?