South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott, who has reportedly been chosen to replace Jim DeMint as that state’s senator by Governor Nikki Haley, has had a heavenly helping hand during his time in Washington. A volunteer named Tim Taylor has led a group of “prayer team warriors” who have organized on Mr. Scott’s campaign website and prayed for God to give the congressman guidance and protection. Mr. Taylor told Politicker the team has been praying for Mr. Scott, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, throughout his career.
Comedian Stephen Colbert has made a tongue-in-cheek push for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to appoint him as the Palmetto State’s senator now that Jim DeMint is leaving the job to work at the Heritage Foundation. This afternoon, Ms. Haley responded to The Colbert Report host’s campaigning and high poll numbers by releasing her findings from “vetting” Mr. Colbert.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surged to the front of the pack and pulled out a victory in South Carolina’s Republican primary tonight. Mr. Gingrich, whose performance in the polls over the last year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, was immediately declared the winner by Fox News, ABC News and MSNBC when polls closed at 7pm.
The defeat is the second set back for Mr. Romney in two days. In addition to losing the Palmetto State, his win in Iowa was reversed yesterday to former Senator Rick Santorum, who finished tonight towards the bottom of the four candidates still competing for the Republican presidential nomination, along with Congressman Ron Paul.
During tonight’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, all the candidates weighed in on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.
Newt Gingrich began his answer with a joke.
“Well, you’re asking a conservative about the economic interests of Hollywood and I’m weighing, I’m weighing it. I’m not rushing in, I’m trying to think of all the many fond left-wing people who we’re so eager to protect,” Mr. Gingrich said.
Tonight’s CNN Republican debate in South Carolina started off with a bang as Newt Gingrich got into a heated exchange with moderator John King about a pair of interviews in which his ex-wife, Marianne, claimed he asked her to enter an open marriage prior to their divorce.
Super PAC’s took center stage at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal Republican debate in Myrtle Beach last night when Rick Santorum accused Mitt Romney of using the controversial campaign committees to sponsor “inaccurate,” negative ads.
“I’ve run a very strong and positive campaign, my ads have been positive the only ad that I’ve ever put up contrasted myself with the other candidates and does so in a way talking about issues,” Mr. Santorum said. “Governor Romney’s super PAC has put an ad out there suggesting that I voted to allow felons to be able to vote from prison.”