Santorum For GOP
South Carolina Democrats Should Unite Behind Santorum

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Hey, South Carolina democrats. Here’s your chance to be relevant in a presidential election.

You and I both know South Carolina is not a swing state and hasn’t been in 50 years. In the Presidential election, your state will go in the red column. Your vote won’t change that. But there’s one way that your vote can help President Obama win: by sabotaging the Republican primary. This won’t change who wins your state this November, but it might decide which party wins the presidency.

You see, one of the Republican front-runners (in terms of delegate count to date) is unelectable in a general election. Completely and utterly unelectable. If the contest ever becomes Rick Santorum vs. Barack Obama, Rick Santorum will lose. Period. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, stands a reasonable chance of winning over enough moderates to pose a challenge, especially if the economy stalls again between now and November. Let’s not take that chance. (For an explanation of why Santorum is unelectable, see my previous post.)


The upcoming primary will decide which candidates the press claims to have “momentum” and which candidates will be forced to drop out. If Mitt Romney takes first in South Carolina, conventional wisdom will paint him as unbeatable. If Rick Santorum comes in third or worse, he may even have to drop out of the race, leaving Romney with no serious challenger (besides Ron Paul, who seems to be capped at 21% in every state). Even if Newt Gingrich manages to come in second to Romney, he still will not have as many delegates as Santorum, and Romney will have surged ahead to double the number of both Santorum and Gingrich.

Here’s where you come in. If you live in South Carolina and are a registered Democrat or independent, you still get to vote in the Republican primary. Skip the Dem primary—we know Obama is guaranteed to win that one. You can vote Santorum, and your vote counts just the same as a Republican voting for Romney.

There were over 800,000 South Carolina voters who picked Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008. If we can get just 10% of that number to cross party lines in the open primary and vote Santorum, we can all but guarantee Santorum first place in the state. That guarantees the primary contest will last at least through Super Tuesday, damaging all the GOP contenders, and gives Rick Santorum the greatest chance of beating Romney, and thus gives Obama the greatest chance of winning re-election.

We have five days to make this happen.  Tell everyone you know who lives in South Carolina why they should vote Santorum.

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