Pugnacity Trumps Family Values in SC Republican Primary

I thought I had basically understood the South Carolina Republican electorate.  That’s why I figured Rick Santorum would do very well in the state, not come in last in the primary as he did.  He is a high-profile conservative  evangelist, and South Carolina has a lot of  those. Newt Gingrich, who could be considered family values challenged,  won big time in the Republican Presidential Primary. What happened?

I heard some of the political pundits say that since Newt was so forthcoming about admitting his past personal flaws, South Carolinians were willing to overlook his personal character baggage because what they care about most is nominating a fighter to challenge President Obama. One voter was quoted as saying he was for Gingrich because he wanted someone who would bloody President Obama’s nose in a debate.  Who would end up with the bloody nose in that one remains to be seen.

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