National Politics - 2016

Donald Trump's Star Power Working For Him In SC

RAPID REACTION IN SUMTER TO GOP FRONTRUNNER’S ANNOUNCED VISIT Say what you want about national GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, but he’s got his star power working for him in a big way in early-voting South Carolina.  Trump’s Palmetto State rallies have been jam-packed affairs – many of them drawing more…

RAPID REACTION IN SUMTER TO GOP FRONTRUNNER’S ANNOUNCED VISIT

Say what you want about national GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, but he’s got his star power working for him in a big way in early-voting South Carolina.  Trump’s Palmetto State rallies have been jam-packed affairs – many of them drawing more than 5,000 attendees.

Later this month, Trump will visit Sumter, S.C. – a city of roughly 40,000 people located about an hour’s drive east of the state capital of Columbia, S.C.  Trump’s Sumter visit – scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST on February 17 at the Sumter County Civic Center – was announced by his campaign earlier this week.

Here’s what happened next, according to the Sumter Citizen

“Within 24 hours of Sumter Citizen announcing Trump’s plans to come to the Gamecock City, more than 1,200 of the literally thousands of visitors to our website had used the links provided by the post to visit the ticket registration page for his campaign,” the website reported.

The venue holds more than 3,000 people.

This “explosion” of online activity “illustrates the massive amount of interest in the Presidential candidate.”

But can Trump translate that interest into votes?

He did (to some extent) in early-voting Iowa … finishing a close second to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in that state’s activist-driven caucus election this week.  Next Tuesday, Trump looks to win New Hampshire’s quasi-open primary – where he enjoys a big lead in the polls – and then roll big in the “First in the South” open primary here in early-voting South Carolina.

According to the latest aggregate polling data from RealClearPolitics, Trump is supported by 36 percent of likely Palmetto “Republican” primary-goers.  That puts him well ahead of Cruz (19.7 percent), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (12.7 percent), former Florida governor Jeb Bush (10 percent) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (8.7 percent).

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61 comments

sparklecity February 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

Did you see where he kept saying Alabama instead of Arkansas
Fuck that loud-mouthed Yankee

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Just sayin February 4, 2016 at 2:25 pm

You hit the Wright radar boy. Better lay low.

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DNC February 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

I know most of you don’t, but make sure to vote for Trump in the primaries. We’re counting on you!

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mamatiger92 February 4, 2016 at 9:34 am

The headline tells you all you need to know about the average voter in SC. Maybe he’ll choose one of the Kardashians as his VP.

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Nölff February 4, 2016 at 9:41 am

It would be somebody like that; or Omarosa… or Brett Michaels… or the ghost of Joan Rivers.

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mamatiger92 February 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

Really, any reality TV star will do.

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idcydm February 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

T-Rav???

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mamatiger92 February 4, 2016 at 9:48 am

I think you may have hit on the perfect choice.

idcydm February 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

Yep, T-Rav would date his daughter too if she wasn’t his daughter.

flip February 4, 2016 at 11:34 am

Baby mama drama could make him popular. Adultery is almost a prerequisite to win in SC as it is anyways.

That was fast February 4, 2016 at 9:46 am

He already dumped Sarah Palin?

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Trumpkins February 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

Trumpdedellumbumpbumpadeee everybody Trumpadeedle dance with me.

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Bible Thumper February 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

Why the need to explain where and how big Sumter is? It is the states 8th most populated city. It is pronounced with a “p” like “Klempson.” SUMPTER!! Got it.

2010 Census:
1)Columbia 129,272
2)Charleston 120,083
3)North Charleston city 97,471
4)Mount Pleasant town 67,843
5)Rock Hill city 66,154
6)Greenville city 58,409
7)Summerville 43,392
8)Sumter 40,524
9)Hilton Head Island town 37,099
10)Florence 37,056
11)Spartanburg 37,013
12)Goose Creek 35,938
13)Aiken city 29,524
14)Myrtle Beach 27,109
15Anderson  26,686
16)Greer 25,515
17)Greenwood 23,222
18)Mauldin city 22,889
19)North Augusta 21,348
20)Easley 19,993
21)Simpsonville city 18,238
22)Hanahan city 17,997
23)Lexington town 17,870
24)Conway city 17,103
25)West Columbia city 14,988
26)Orangeburg city 13,964

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Why? February 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

We could ask you the same thing.

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Bible Thumper February 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

Ooh!

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Bible Thumper February 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

Fond memories of girl watching in Sumter. Girls wearing high waist designer jeans, Late seventies.

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Why February 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Ah yes, the roaring 20’s!!! What time for young love once you got past the Pantaloons and corsets.

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Bible Thumper February 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Nah! No corsets, flappers.

shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

— and ‘Thumper’

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idcydm February 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

“Donald Trump’s Star Power Working For Him In SC”…anything like the “Star Power” of that other politician you backed, T-Rav. Yep “Star Power” that’s the number one qualification to be President.

“finishing a close second to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz”…more like squeaking by third placed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

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FitsNews Values February 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

But Trump let Will step on his super fancy jet plane.
Bam! He’s qualified to be President!

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idcydm February 4, 2016 at 9:56 am

Maybe Will has some of those New York values.

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FitsNews Values. February 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

Doubt it. Then he wouldn’t be a loser stuck in SC.
Besides, Will is a real deal “libertarian”. For really, reals!

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

where is Taylor?

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weezl February 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Probably on Trump’s 757 getting the inside scoop/ look at the inner workings of the Trump machine! It’s yuuuuuughe!!!!!

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 9:58 am

AAAAAARRRGGH..!! THERE’S STILL THE MUSIC OF 76 TROMBONES ECHOING IN MY HEAD — IF THERE IS A GOD PLEASE MAKE IT STOP…!!!

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mamatiger92 February 4, 2016 at 10:02 am

Brilliant. +10

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

For those of you not familiar with the film “Music Man” starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, it takes place in River City, Iowa. Anyway, Donald Trump acts exactly like Robert Preston in his role. Every time I see Trump any one of the songs in that film pops into my head (and I do have a few favorites). Trump even resembles Preston in his character role.

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mamatiger92 February 4, 2016 at 10:46 am

Nice catch. It’s the hair.

We got trouble… right here in River City.

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otis February 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

Love the D. Can’t believe Lindsay doesn’t love the D.

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Ben Carson Unplugged February 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Bitch, you forgot me! Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I can angry. I”ll stab you in your belt buckle!

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Rocky Verdad February 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

Hey, that’s the photo I took at the FITS offices last month. Taylor couldn’t make it, but she got a ride in the limo back to the airport.

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

heh! heh!

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Rocky Verdad February 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

White shirt right?

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 6:04 pm

I seriously doubt that Mrs. Rocky, in her incomparable beauty, would allow herself to be photographed in that crowd. And I don’t think you would either, it’s just that my morning caffeine probably had not kicked in yet and I was in a stupid mood.

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Manray9 February 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

His “star power” didn’t work so well in Iowa.

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Will Shleprock February 4, 2016 at 10:34 am

Anybody notice how Trumps fortunes went to shit after Fits endorsed him? I see problems in South Carolina.

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Quietus February 4, 2016 at 10:37 am

There is a misspelling in the article. The town The Donald® is visiting is Scumter also know as the arm pit of the universe or Satan’s Asshole.

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

— ?? —

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Tazmaniac February 4, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Bad experience there?

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Quietus February 4, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Friends that used to live there. It has a serious crime problem. I try to avoid it if at all possible.

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Rocky Verdad February 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

How does a town of 40,000 people have a Civic Center that hold 3,500 people. Doesn’t the County Fairgrounds do good enough?

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Hamilton Burger February 4, 2016 at 11:04 am

http://www.scribd.com/doc/265434057/Bingham-Folks-suit#scribd

When was that court date again,lead counsel? Feb 16th?

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Rocky Verdad February 4, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Hi Flip.

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erneba February 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

It appears that Trump will win in New Hampshire, gaining some momentum. One of the ways to stop Trump would be for Rubio or Cruz to withdraw from the race and consolidate support to stop Trump. That won’t happen, looks like a three-way race from this point with Trump leading with a plurality, not a majority. Getting the line of secondary contestants(Bush, Kasich, Christie, etc.) out of the race would be interesting to see where their tally of votes would fall.

As long as Trump or any other contestant is not able to start gathering a majority of votes in the state primaries, it will remain a crowded field while allowing the laggards to maintain hope and stay in the race. In the long run, it is beginning to look like Trump in a long slough through a crowded field.

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Tazmaniac February 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm

The RNC will blowup the National Headquarters, with their sister organization the DNC, before they allow that. May even use it to try starting a new war somewhere, win-win.

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Bible Thumper February 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

Trump’s hair just radiates under florescent lighting.

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Huh? February 4, 2016 at 10:59 am

Why is he hanging out with a bunch of kids with Down’s Syndrome, while impersonating Bob Dole?

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Duh February 4, 2016 at 11:55 am

Beacuse that’s his base

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Jack February 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Then why weren’t you there?

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Huh? February 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Because I’m not retarded or a Trump supporter.
Jealous?

Jack February 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Yea, right. Not retarded. Wink wink.

Writenow February 4, 2016 at 11:37 am

After the trip to Arkansas to round up their nifty legislators prone to making nursing homes free from liability as the top legislative donor is the guy running the kind of nursing homes that gets people killed; Trump thought he’d clean up on the white supremacist vote, too. Seems to be working.

At least as a way of burning money.

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RogueElephant February 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Wonder if he can Make Sumter Great Again ?? That sardine can we were in in Lexington was over the top. For someone of Trump’s caliber we need Williams Brice Stadium. Has anyone noticed , he doesn’t have to beg his listeners to applaud for him ? Just saying.

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Charles February 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

So let’s go over all the picks of the dim wits who post on this site and SC politicians.

Rafael Cruz – Creepy Canadian born son of weird evangelist who believes his son was anointed a King to bring about a great transfer of wealth from the wicked to the anointed Priest of the Church (like him) and who was a former communist and supporter of Castro and who came to the US illegally. In addition Cruz is reviled by anyone who has ever had anything to do with him, from his college roommate to the people he served in the Senate with.

Marco Antonio Rubio – Establishment choice who is in the pocket of the Koch Brother, i.e. he is bought and paid for. He Flip Flops on immigration, and anything else he thinks will get him elected; and who is to boot an anchor baby whose parents came to the US under undisclosed circumstances. Rubio was one of the candidates who made the pilgrimage to California to kiss the ass of Koch and beg for money.

Jeb! – what more can i say? Dubya II. Owned by the billionaires. Soft on immigration.

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Jeb (please clap) Bush February 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Jebby baby, grow some balls.

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Never missed a vote February 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm

I have never voted for a Democrat and I am 60 years old. If Donald Trump doesn’t get the GOP nomination then he will most likely run as an Independent. I will vote for him, knowing that this will probably hand the general election to either Bernie or Hillary. It may take one of them being elected for this country to wake up to reality. So let’s get it on.

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James February 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Yep, if Cruz or Rubio is the Republican Nominee, after 30 years of voting GOP I will look elsewhere.

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Clarence Boddicker February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Sumter needs some entertainment. Place is a shithole.

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