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SOUTH CAROLINA’S GOP EMPIRE BUILDERS ARE HAVING A BIG YEAR …

This website isn’t partial to many (if not most) of its candidates, but there’s no denying the consulting empire of Richard Quinn and Associates (a.k.a. “The Quinndom”) had a big week this week.

Both of the Quinndom’s statewide candidates in South Carolina – GOP lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Henry McMaster and “Republican” state superintendent of education nominee Molly Spearman – won convincing runoff elections over their fellow establishment rivals.

And while these two offices wield very little in the way of actual power, that’s neither here nor there when it comes to the ability of a consultant to get them elected …

McMaster and Spearman’s wins come two weeks after the Quinndom guided incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – reviled by huge swaths of the GOP base – to a surprisingly easy primary victory. The Quinndom also assisted the campaign of incumbent State Treasurer Curtis Loftis – who dispatched a special interest rival in the June 10 primary with ease.

Love ’em or hate ’em (and their candidates), the fact remains the Quinndom is having a good year … right at the time when 2016 presidential campaigns come to South Carolina looking to make hiring decisions.