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All eyes now focus on South Carolina among Republicans. Will Donald Trump continue what he did in New Hampshire? Will Ted Cruz gather evangelicals as he did in Iowa? Can Marco Rubio bounce back? Does John Kasich or Jeb Bush have life outside of New Hampshire? Those are the questions that will be answered this week – at least in part. Rubio had the strong debate performance he needed. Trump had the meltdown that everyone else needed him to have. Will the ground games of Cruz and Rubio overcome the name recognition of Trump?
As a fairness disclaimer, most know that I have already endorsed Marco Rubio. In fact, I’m in South Carolina volunteering to assist the Rubio campaign in any way that I can.
I will be keep a daily video blog regarding my time here. Feel free to follow along.
Carly Fiorna announced this afternoon that she is suspending her bid for the Republican nomination for President. This follows Chris Christie’s earlier announcement of dropping out of the race. Fiorna generated a great deal of respect among Republicans and has been touted by many that she was running for Vice-President – a frequent interview question that caused her to bristle. While performing well in some early polls, she was not able to gain traction in either Iowa or New Hampshire.
Chris Christie announced today that he is suspending his candidacy for President. Christie’s campaign placed significant resources in the New Hampshire campaign, but received a disappointing 8% with no apparent path forward for his campaign.
Former Senator Rick Santorum announced that he is suspending his bid for the Republican nomination for President. In 2012, Santorum was the next to the last man standing against Mitt Romney and was the winner – after recalculation – of the Iowa Caucus. However, he was not able to draw the same evangelical support that he had in 2012 and only drew 1% of the vote. Santorum’s withdrawal was widely anticipated as his campaign had focused most of their efforts in Iowa.
Today Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is widely expected to endorse Marco Rubio for President. Toomey was elected to the Senate in 2010, along with Rubio. Toomey defeated the late Arlen Specter (D-PA), who infuriated Republicans when he defected to the Democratic Party in 2009 giving them a super majority in the Senate.
Yesterday, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) strongly endorsed Rubio. Scott’s endorsement is crucial for the important February 27th South Carolina primary. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has has already endorsed Rubio. South Carolina’s other Senator, Lindsay Graham, has endorsed Jeb Bush after scrapping his own Presidential bid.
Rand Paul announced this morning that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination for President. Paul’s campaign had not been able to gain traction and only garnered 4.5% in the Iowa caucus.
Over 18 hours after the caucuses began, the Democratic Party has confirmed the Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Democratic Caucus. Clinton won by a razor thin margin. Apparently some precincts were determined by a literal “coin-toss.”
Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) announced that he is suspending his quest for the White House tonight after a poor showing at the Iowa Caucus. Huckabee won the Caucus in his 2008 bid for President.