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Vinson speculates on presidential primary candidates

Danielle Vinson, Department of Politics and International Affairs.

Last updated June 20, 2023

By Tina Underwood

How would GOP candidates rank if the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary were held today? Danielle Vinson, a Furman University alumna and politics and international affairs professor, offered her insights. She joined other political observers across the state in the what-if scenario for The State. The article by Joseph Bustos also appeared in The Herald (Rock Hill).

Coming in at No. 5 was North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. “It may be the only time we get to mention him, and his chances seem about as good as all the others whose names we wouldn’t recognize if the election were held today,” Vinson said.

Nikki Haley took the No. 4 spot, and it was Tim Scott at No. 3. Vinson said, “He’s a happy alternative for those who aren’t just interested in style or culture wars. He really hasn’t taken any positions that would alienate South Carolina voters. And he has money.”

Taking the No. 2 and No. 1 spots were Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump, respectively. “Until he’s not leading all the polls, he’s the favorite,” Vinson said about Trump who has been indicted on federal charges and who is likely facing more charges in the near future.

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