While Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was fortunate enough to win the endorsement of South Carolina’s patriarch of conservatism, former Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has won the endorsements that were likely more important. Over the last month or so Rubio gained the confidence of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and now it seems that he has finally won over Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC). With this trio of important endorsements, Rubio has officially become the candidate most supported by the South Carolina political class.
While this may sound meaningless, because these are the establishment politicians of the state and Donald Trump does still hold a seemingly insurmountable lead in the state polls, it is an important victory for Rubio. First, because these three endorsements come from leaders in the “young and rising” stars of the GOP. Second, because as we saw in Iowa, the polls may not necessarily be all that accurate. And third, the endorsements of popular state figures do have influence in how people vote. How do we know? Simply look at what happened in Iowa, where Ted Cruz was able to do what Rubio has done in South Carolina. Cruz gained the endorsement of the most popular Iowa pundit, Steve Deace. He won the most influential state evangelical leader, Bob Vander Plaats. And he gained the support of the most popular politician in Iowa, Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Rubio has just completed the same kind of sweep in South Carolina.
However, the most important part of this collection of endorsements may have best been encapsulated by Guy Benson, who pointed out something that the liberal media will likely ignore.
Young Indian-American female governor joins young black Senator in endorsing young Latino Senator for president in Deep South state. #GOP
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 17, 2016
Sadly, liberals and their cronies in the media will likely paint Governor Haley (Indian-American), Senator Scott (African-American) and Senator Rubio (Latino) as “token minorities” and the GOP as obviously racist. Sure, it makes no sense, but when has that ever mattered to liberals?
This is not the GOP that the liberal media keeps telling you about. This is the modern conservative movement – we are young and diverse, and we are ready to win back our nation.
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