DeMint demand: GOP hopefuls must hold line on budget


Jim DeMint SC

It’s possible, at least theoretically, to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination without the support of South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint. But nobody wants to risk it.

DeMint has emerged as a key power broker in the 2012 Republican contest. His clout extends far beyond his home state; through some carefully planned visits, he has now become a player in Iowa and New Hampshire. But it is in South Carolina, home of the first-in-the-South primary, that DeMint rules the political roost.

“He is enormously popular,” says David Woodard, a political scientist at Clemson University and director of the Palmetto Poll. “If he were to pick out a Mitch Daniels or a Tim Pawlenty, then almost overnight they would do very well.”

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