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Report: Southern Accents Viewed Negatively By Voters

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Somebody get a hold of the Foghorn Govnah … because this is news he’s going to need to hear.

Wait … who dat? 

South Carolina governor Henry McMaster, naturally – the guffawing, glad-handing caricature of a chief executive whose trademark Southern drawl has earned him a fine feathered nickname.

McMaster, 70, formally filed his paperwork this week for the office of governor – a position he inherited last January when U.S. president Donald Trump appointed his successor, Nikki Haley, as his ambassador to the United Nations (UN).

How has McMaster fared over the last fourteen months?  Eh …

Let’s just say campaigning and governing haven’t exactly been among McMaster’s strong suits.  Of course neither has walking and chewing gum simultaneously.

Anyway, McMaster is currently entering the homestretch of a bruising race against four opponents: Lieutenant governor Kevin Bryant, former lieutenant governor Yancey McGill, Lowcountry labor attorney Catherine Templeton and Upstate businessman John Warren.

Two of those opponents – Templeton and Warren – are exceedingly well-funded.  Also both are running as conservative outsiders against the poster politician for the state’s failed GOP establishment.

Can McMaster still win?  

Yes …

He’s got a solid early lead and an endorsement from the president – which means expect him to shout the latter from the rooftops in an effort to maintain the former.   At this point we would put the odds of McMaster prevailing in the upcoming GOP primary at fifty-fifty … although there are any number of wild cards which could conceivably derail his “reelection.”

One of them?  #ProbeGate …

Not one of them?  McMaster’s drawl … or so we thought.

According to a new study published in American Politics Research, though, “candidates with a southern accent are viewed more negatively.”

Right … but not in the south, correct?

Surely we southerners are amenable to the mellifluousness of our own accents?  Apparently not …

“The Southern accent can be a detriment to political candidates,” study author Christopher A. Cooper told the website PsyPost. “Surprisingly, the negative attributes associated with the Southern accent exist even among Southerners themselves.”

Wow …

To McMaster’s credit, though, he’s a member of a whites only country club.  Oh wait … that’s not going to solve the problem, is it?

Oh well … we’re sure Foghorn will think of something.

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