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McCain a "front-runner" with 67% of SC Republicans voting against him?

web posted January 21, 2008
OPINION – The national media is pandering to Sen. John McCain’s razor thin victory in South Carolina and calling him the “front-runner” and lamenting all others should give up. The reality of the narrow victory was just three percentage points over Mike Huckabee and showed that almost 67% of Republicans chose anyone but McCain as a more qualified leader. That is not much to crow about and certainly does not cement McCain as a “front-runner” by any means.

Sen. McCain leaned heavily on South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham to pull off a major victory in the first in the South primary. It may have helped McCain barely edge out a win, but it also showed a majority of South Carolina Republicans are not too happy with Sen. Graham’s stances and friends either.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee showed that he could win Iowa and fell just short in South Carolina with a solid second place finish. Fred Thompson fished a solid third by taking almost 16% of the total votes.

Had either Fred Thompson or Gov. Huckabee not been in the race, the other would have taken South Carolina by a wide margin as most conservatives were torn between the two’s similar stance on leadership.

According to the votes, most South Carolinians preferred the campaigns promising a revival of the core conservative values of their party, not McCain’s record of silencing free speech with the McCain-Fiengold Campaign Finance Reform, amnesty for illegal aliens, his refusal to support tax cuts, and voting against the war.

Most of the time it is difficult to dislodge McCain’s voting record from the Democrat Party presidential candidates’.

It becomes obvious that the Republican field is too crowded to say anyone is a front-runner and it is equally as obvious that one or more will have to drop out of the race to get a true conservative as the nominee. The field will thin after South Carolina however, with Mitt Romney, Thompson, and Huckbee seeing a chance in the widespread primaries coming up it is unlikely any will call it quits. They could be seeking for a brokered convention to pick a candidate.

If John McCain wins the Republican nomination a Democrat will easily take the presidency, regardless of which party wins the election.

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