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Nelsen speaks to TV, radio news stations about SC politics

Brent Nelsen, Department of Politics and International Affairs.

Last updated February 26, 2024

By Tina Underwood

News outlets in the states and across the globe reached out to Furman University’s Brent Nelsen about polling numbers both before and after the South Carolina GOP primary. Nelsen, the Jane Fishburne Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs, spoke to Sky News (Australia) about Nikki Haley’s plans to stay in the race no matter the outcome. He said her motivation to stay the course may be driven by her desire to give voice to a faction of the Republican Party that is underrepresented. Nelsen also speculated that Donald Trump’s legal, financial and health circumstances may leave Republican voters with a second option should he drop out of the race.

Nelsen was a guest on Los Angeles radio station KNX-AM to help listeners understand the “Trump effect” in South Carolina and how the former president is able to rally support despite legal and financial entanglements. Nelsen joined Nigel Robertson on the set of WYFF News 4 as SC GOP primary returns came in. Nelsen said Nikki Haley intends to keep the pressure on Trump.

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