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Presidential Politics - Nikki Haley emerges as frontrunner in South Carolina GOP ranked-choice presidential primary poll

Feb. 24 is the date South Carolinians will get to cast a vote in the Republican primary race.


September 5, 2023

by Ian Kayanja

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — The August results of a rolling Republican presidential primary poll found former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the consensus majority leader on the 15-candidate ranked choice voting ballot.

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce and Better Ballot South Carolina sponsored the poll. It utilizes ranked-choice voting and provides would-be primary voters a snapshot of how the public feels about the crowded field of Republican candidates running in the primary.

Fellow South Carolinian Senator Tim Scott placed third, and the former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came in second.

The poll isn't considered scientific, but its results follow a trend for Haley, who walked away from the first GOP debate with a slight boost in her national profile.

In the days following the debate, the Haley campaign announced that it hauled in $1 million in donations.

During the debate, Haley highlighted her experience in foreign affairs. She also, in a back-and-forth with Vivek Ramaswamy, highlighted what she believes is a lack of experience in foreign affairs that he possesses.

“You have no foreign policy experience, and it shows,” she said during the debate.

The recent polling numbers arrive during a busy week for Haley in South Carolina.

She is holding two meet-and-greet events on Thursday and Friday in her home state.

The first meet and greet will be held Thursday at Plankowner Brewing Company on Garden Road in Boiling Springs. It starts at 3:30 p.m.

The second meet and greet will be held Friday at Holy City Brewing on Aragon Avenue in North Charleston, starting at 6:30 p.m.

In national polling data, Haley has seen a bump, but not as drastic as the Better Ballot SC poll. Haley now sits at six percent, placing her fourth in the Republican primary.

Four-time indicted former President Donald Trump still leads, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a distant second.

In early August, before the first debate, Haley was polling nationally around three percent.

Feb. 24 is the date South Carolinians will get to cast a vote in the Republican primary race.

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Columbia, SC  29201



Vivek Ramaswamy Commits to Pardon All Peaceful January 6 Protesters

Vivek will unify the country by ending once and for all the weaponization of police power in America

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, U.S. presidential candidate and political outsider Vivek Ramaswamy denounced Biden's Justice Department for its political persecution of non-violent January 6 protesters.

“America now has a two-tiered justice system: Antifa and BLM rioters roam free while peaceful January 6 protesters are imprisoned without bail. Biden’s ‘Department of Injustice’ has executed over 1,000 arrests for nonviolent offenses related to January 6, casting a dark shadow over Lady Justice and the foundational principles of our legal system.
“To unify this country, I commit as president to pardon all Americans who were targets of politicized federal prosecutions and those denied due process. This includes all peaceful, nonviolent January 6 protesters who were denied their constitutional due process rights. I will end the weaponization of police power in America. Every Republican candidate must be clear about where we stand on the hard issues.”

Vivek Ramaswamy Statement on Dangerous Efforts To Use 14th Amendment as Means to Disqualify Trump From Ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, U.S. presidential candidate and political outsider Vivek Ramaswamy released the following statement denouncing unprecedented efforts by partisan groups to disqualify the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, from the 2024 ballot.

“Having tried just about every trick in the book to eliminate President Trump from running in this election, the left is now deploying a new tactic to bar him from ever holding office again: the 14th Amendment. As someone who is now polling in second or third place in most major national polls, I would be able to more easily win this GOP primary if Trump were eliminated from competition, but that’s not how I want to succeed. I stand on principle over politics, which is why I am sharing the following viewpoint despite the fact that Trump is one of my opponents in this primary:

“Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that any person who has ‘previously taken an oath ... as an officer of the United States ... to support the Constitution’ is disqualified from holding public office if that person engaged ‘in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.’ Politicized groups are attempting to make Trump ineligible to run for president, arguing he fomented and in fact engaged in insurrection on January 6. This is a perversion of the 14th Amendment.
“The 14th Amendment was part of the ‘Reconstruction Amendments’ that were ratified following the Civil War. It was passed to prohibit former Confederate military and political leaders from holding high federal or state office. These men had clearly taken part in a rebellion against the United States: the Civil War. Participants in the events of January 6 did not. And Trump, of course, was not even among them. That makes it all the more absurd that a left-wing group in Colorado is asking a federal court to disqualify the former president on the same grounds, arguing that his stump speeches on and before January 6 equate to rebellion against the United States.

“And there’s another legal problem: Trump is not a former ‘officer of the United States,’ as that term is used in the Constitution, meaning Section 3 does not apply. As the Supreme Court explained in Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (2010), an ‘officer of the United States’ is someone appointed by the president to aid him in his duties under Article II, Section 2. The term does not apply to elected officials, and certainly not to the president himself. The Framers of the 14th Amendment would be shocked and appalled to see their narrow provision—intended to bar former U.S officials who switched to the Confederacy from seeking public office—being weaponized by a sitting president and his political allies to prevent a former president from seeking reelection.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: President Biden and his allies are engaging in election interference of the highest order. Yesterday’s filing is just the latest in a string of baseless lawsuits designed to silence political opponents and swing the election for Joe Biden, this time by depriving Americans of the right to vote for their candidate of choice. The judge assigned to this case should immediately toss it out. Our country is becoming unrecognizable to anyone who understands our Constitution, and we don’t have long to fix it.”