surge in SC, NV
Surging in GOP primaries, they mean
Is the tea party movement on the verge of more
big political wins?
On the eve of Tuesday's 10-state primary, two
of the tea party's best-known candidates are surging
in final polls and appear to be in good shape
to win their respective GOP nominations.
In South Carolina, state Rep. Nikki Haley appears
to have weathered "Raghead" slurs in her bid for
the state's GOP gubernatorial nomination. According
the latest survey, Haley, a teabagger favorite,
leads her nearest opponent, Gresham Barrett,
43 percent to 23 percent.
Haley's lead has remained virtually unchanged
in recent weeks, even after two South Carolina political
operatives — blogger Will Folks and lobbyist
Larry Marchant — went public with claims they had affairs
with Haley. Haley strongly denied the accusations
and had many defenders, including Gov. Mark Sanford,
who knows a thing or two about infidelity, and
Alaska's publicity whore, who endorsed Haley last month.
54 percent just don't believe the claims against
Haley, who is viewed favorably by 58 percent of
Republicans in the state. Still, Haley has to
make it past 50 percent in Tuesday's vote to avoid a runoff.
In Nevada, another tea party candidate, former
state Rep. Sharron Angle, was running a distant third in
the state's GOP Senate primary in polls less
than two weeks ago. But according to the latest poll, Angle
now leads the race, with 32 percent support among
likely GOP voters. Former state GOP chair and
onetime chicken-wrangler Sue Lowden is at 24
percent; Danny Tarkanian is at 23 percent.
Once again we see evidence that the Teabaggers
are hurting nobody but the Rethuglicans.
So far, all this "surging" the media is lying
about has only split the GOP vote - I love it.
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