On February 19, ahead of the South Carolina Primary, The Daily Beast reported that Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz held a secret meeting in a storage closet at a convention center in Greenville.
The meeting was apparently meant to make amends over dirty tricks used by the Cruz campaign. which many claim, swung the vote over in his favor from previous races. This includes his very publicized assertion that Carson had dropped out of the race, which rival candidate Donald Trump has leaned on as the reason he came in second place, rather than first in Iowa.
Since the meeting, which The Daily Beast says did not go well, one Republican hopeful Jeb Bush has bailed out of the running, which The Inquisitr says was the result of low poll numbers in South Carolina, right before the primary.
It also suggests that by bringing out his brother former president George W. Bush, it was a clear indication of him wanting to turn Washington over to another Bush led presidency, which the article suggests might have resulted in the ultimate defeat of his campaign.
Of the previous two states leading up to the primary, Donald Trump has continued to come out near if not, on top and Hillary Clinton has had as much success for Democrats.
Despite his win, Donald Trump has said that he still feels he’s being treated unfairly by the Republican National Committee, otherwise known as the RNC.
ABC news’ This Week, had him on the air Sunday morning to talk about his winning of the South Carolina Primary, where he too expressed his disappointment for how unfairly the organization is treating him.
In another interview by the same source, when the RNC committee chairman Reince Priebus was asked whether they would support Donald Trump, he never addressed him by name other than to say that they would support any candidate who wins.
Even so, another Republican candidate Marco Rubio made an appearance on Face The Nation where he said that Donald Trump could not be the face of their party if he doesn’t know the issues.
A write up by The Inquisitr refers to why the GOP could consider Marco Rubio as being the face of the party, over everyone else.
In 2008, NPR published an article which breaks down the reasons as to why the South Carolina Primary is the one to make the GOP nominee, going all the way back to 1980.
“South Carolina GOP chairman Matt Moore told CNN that anywhere between 650,000 and 700,000 voters will take to the polls, an all-time record. The GOP already set turnout records in its first two contests, with Iowa and New Hampshire both seeing large increases in voters.”
The South Carolina Primary has turned out to naturally be the big decider right before Super Tuesday, and The Washington Post is already saying that the lesser than candidates are triangulating different paths to winning the nomination, which is based more off of number of delegates in order to win.
Donald Trump has mentioned this requirement, following a statement from him to say that he might not get the nomination, and has also made statements recently of how much of a waste of time his effort would be, if he did not win.
In the previous states before the South Carolina Primary, the message from most of the Republican candidates has been on providing solutions, but now most questions to the candidates have been based off of how they’re planning to win in their campaigns.
From that, if anything, the South Carolina Primary is certainly the first state in the election year, to change the public perception of each candidate and a better idea as to who will make it to the debate stage, before November.