SCOTT WALKER’S “FIRST IN THE SOUTH” DEBUT …
|| By FITSNEWS || We’re either provided (or forwarded) all of the official emails released by the 2016 presidential campaigns.
These missives usually consist of advisories (i.e. information on candidate appearances), press releases (i.e. statements on issues or controversies), opinion pieces (i.e. columns written by the candidate) or … in some cases … news stories the campaigns want to commend to other reporters’ attention.
For example Wisconsin governor Scott Walker‘s campaign – fresh off of a visit to early-voting South Carolina this week – chose to share this report from NPR’s Jessica Taylor.
With Iowa considered a must-win for Walker, and lesser hopes in moderate New Hampshire, a victory in South Carolina in 2016 could secure Walker’s place atop the GOP field.
The state is looking to reclaim its streak of picking presidential nominees, and Walker could be just the candidate who can bridge its divide – appealing to both conservative and establishment coalitions across the state’s diverse Republican Party as a recipe for a win.
For Walker, he’ll have to use a unique balancing act to win the Palmetto State. Except for the state’s wrong pick in 2012 of former Speaker Newt Gingrich, South Carolina had a perfect streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee since 1980.
Past nominees won by crafting winning coalitions across the state – appealing to the Upstate’s sizable evangelical population while also wooing more “country club Republicans,” military veterans and retirees in the Lowcountry. That’s how George W. Bush got a win in 2000, securing his place. The foe he defeated, Arizona Sen. John McCain, was able to bridge the divides and win in 2008, though.
Can Walker pull off a similar Palmetto coalition?
Absolutely. Well, assuming he lays off the ridiculous spam fundraising emails.
In fact we’re of the opinion Walker is the best-positioned of any “Republican” candidate to win in South Carolina.
Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen, but we’ll be elaborating on Walker’s “First in the South” upside in future posts …