As the 2016 presidential cycle draws nigh, it only means one thing: candidates seeking the presidential nomination from their party will begin to flood the Palmetto State. Rubio is no different and his first splash in S.C. for 2014 was one that made waves. Rubio spoke over 1,000 voters at a packed house in the vote-rich Upstate region. He focused on the display of his conservative credentials to the party faithful he will need on his side in order to win in 2016 should he decide to run.
Loser: Democrats in South Carolina
Democrats in South Carolina are a rare breed and according to two new polls released this week it appears as if 2014 will not be their come-back year. According to Rasmussen Reports, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) leads her democratic challenger by double digits. Another poll this week from Gallup suggests a wide gap still remains between conservative and liberal voters with conservatives coming out the clear winner. It's all bad news for Democrats.
Winner: House Committee on Domestic Violence Prevention
South Carolina has been a hot bed of criminal domestic violence activity and a group of lawmakers formed at the direction of House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston) are aiming to put an end to it. This week Harrell announced the formation of an ad hoc committee tasked with proffering legislation that will tamp down on those who commit acts of domestic violence. The group also says it will look into ways the state can better aid victims.
Loser: U.S. Senator Rand Paul
The Libertarian-thinking Senator made a pseudo-campaign stop in Rock Hill where he praised likely democratic presidential nominee Hill Clinton as a "war hawk." Paul can't expect to win a race against Clinton in 2016 if he continues to admit the former U.S. Secretary of State is willing to be more aggressive than he is on the national stage. Paul's weak credentials and dangerous ideas on the national security front pose a severe problem for him among the GOP faithful, especially in South Carolina.