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South Carolina’s Republican Primary: What You Need to Know

The upcoming Republican primary in South Carolina is set to be a showdown between former President Donald Trump and the state’s former governor, Nikki Haley. While Trump is heavily favored to win, Haley is putting up a strong fight, spending millions on her campaign to try and overcome the odds.

The primary is scheduled for Saturday, and it will be a crucial test for both candidates. Haley has made it clear that even if she loses, she plans to continue her presidential campaign. This determination underscores the high stakes of the primary for both candidates.

The primary will be locally run at the county level and certified by South Carolina’s State Election Commission. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, with over 2,000 polling precincts across the state.

South Carolina offers the most delegates of any state so far, with a total of fifty delegates up for grabs. However, after the primary, only 6% of the total number of delegates to the Republican National Convention will have been awarded. Trump currently leads Haley in delegates, with a count of 63-17. A candidate needs 1,215 delegates to secure the nomination.

Delegates in South Carolina are awarded on a winner-take-all basis by statewide vote and based on how a candidate performs in the state’s seven congressional districts. This system adds an extra layer of complexity to the primary process.

While there have been limited polls conducted ahead of the primary, the data available suggests that Trump holds a significant lead over Haley, with an average of about 30 percentage points. However, as with any polling data, these numbers should be taken with caution.

To win in South Carolina, candidates need to appeal to voters in the state’s four distinct political regions: the Lowcountry, Pee Dee, the Midlands, and the Upstate. In the 2016 primary, Trump secured victory with 32.5% of the vote, winning all but two of the state’s 46 counties. His narrow losses in Charleston County and Richland County highlight the importance of understanding the diverse political landscape of the state.

In conclusion, the South Carolina Republican primary is shaping up to be a critical moment in the presidential race. With Trump and Haley going head-to-head, the outcome of the primary will have far-reaching implications for both candidates. Stay tuned for the results of this high-stakes contest.

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