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.
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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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