What Next for the Tea Party in South Carolina?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Springdale House and Gardens, January 11, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Columbia, South Carolina. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

South Carolina is in many ways the epicenter of the Tea Party movement. Junior senator Jim Demint and Governor Nikki Haley were put into office by their Tea Party supporters. So next week when conservative South Carolinians go to the polls to vote in the Republican primary, their party will face their first test of solidarity.

Karen Martin is the organizer of Spartanburg Tea Party, and is still undecided. Allen Olson is the founder of the Columbia Tea Party and endorses Newt Gingrich. Curtis Loftis, South Carolina State Treasurer and chairman of the Romney campaign in the state.


Curtis Loftis, Karen Martin and Allen Olson

Comments [2]

Tea Party Activist from Columbia

A group called African American Citizens for Change plans to burn an American Flag in front of the state capitol building today at 3pm. I was wondering if there was some way to stop them?

Jan. 18 2012 07:50 AM
jd2i from Pittsburgh PA

I was actually looking forward to this piece when i heard the promo -- until I heard the host who, after introducing the guests, said "feel free to interrupt each other ..." I then turned the program off. I look to NPR as a place where people AREN'T going to do that. What is normally an exceptional place to get news in depth suddenly transformed into the lowest-common-denominator, what-I-can-get-anywhere-else type of news coverage. Please -- don't invite incivility. We have too much of this already.

Jan. 13 2012 09:18 AM

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