South Carolina picks Romney for president

By TheAssociatedPress, Special to the BDN
Posted Nov. 06, 2012, at 8:34 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolinians voted Tuesday in favor of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, based on early returns and exit polling, sending the solidly Republican state’s nine electoral votes to the GOP nominee.

Since Romney’s nomination, South Carolina has been considered firmly in his camp. For the first time in 30 years, South Carolina didn’t choose the eventual GOP nominee during its primary, instead backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But Gov. Nikki Haley supported Romney early on, campaigning for the nominee in battleground states but saying repeatedly she would refuse any job offer in a Romney administration.

Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers.

Four years ago, Arizona Sen. John McCain won the state with 54 percent of the vote. Former President George W. Bush took 58 percent in 2004 and 57 percent in 2000 in South Carolina.

For the first time in 30 years, South Carolina didn’t choose the eventual GOP nominee during its primary, instead backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich during January’s balloting. But Gov. Nikki Haley backed Romney early on, campaigning for the nominee in battleground states yet saying repeatedly she would refuse any job offer in a Romney administration.

Since Romney’s nomination, South Carolina has been considered firmly in his camp. Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers.

Romney hasn’t had a public campaign stop in South Carolina since January’s presidential primary, though he and his wife have each held a fundraiser since. Running mate Paul Ryan raised money in the state last month.

President Barack Obama hasn’t appeared publicly here since his 2008 primary contest, though Michelle Obama visited Fort Jackson last.

 

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