Little Love For Palin 2012 In South Carolina

Exit polls from Tuesday’s elections in South Carolina should little desire among Palmetto State Republicans to see Sarah Palin at the top of the ticket:

South Carolina Republicans like Sarah Palin, but not enough to make her a clear favorite among potential 2012 GOP presidential contenders.

An analysis of South Carolina exit poll data by The Associated Press finds more than 80 percent of those identifying themselves as Republicans on Election Day say they have a favorable opinion of the former Alaska governor. But only 25 percent say they would like to see her win the nomination.

No Republican has won the GOP nomination since 1980 without winning the state’s primary.

A sign of sanity among Republican voters? One can only hope.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Alex Knapp says:

    Given that GOP primaries are winner take all, it’s possible that 25% is enough to win SC. It’s early in the game.

  2. Yes, there’s still more than enough time for the Republican Party to lose its collective mind

  3. MstrB says:

    I blame OTB for Palin’s poll numbers. That and people using their brain muscles.

  4. Mark says:

    A sign of sanity in South Carolina? Heh…never been here have you?