Forget Iowa. The most important state in the Republican presidential nomination process is South Carolina. Eight of the last nine winners of the Palmetto State's primary took the nomination.
The most important Republican in the state is its freshman senator, Tim Scott, who with the backing of the Tea Party defeated the son of Strom Thurmond in a congressional primary and run-off in 2010. That led to his election that November. He won re-election in 2012, and after Jim DeMint resigned, Scott won a special election to the Senate in 2014. He is seeking a full term in 2016.
Or at 50, he could run for President of the United States Senate -- also known as vice president. He is in the catbird seat. Such a quid pro quo is in the realm of possibilities.
Of course,some may argue Republican Governor Nikki Haley's endorsement is more important. At 43, she too could be vice president.
But I am going to go with Scott because governors tend to lose their aura by being in the news so regularly.
From Daily Caller:
A campaign aide tells The Daily Caller that an endorsement from Scott wouldn’t come until after he moderates a Kemp Presidential Forum with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Jan. 9th.
“If Senator Scott decides to endorse, which he hopes to do, it will be after the Kemp Forum and before the South Carolina primary,” said the Scott campaign’s Margaret Spaulding.The South Carolina primary is February 20. Given Scott's excellent conservative background, look for him to endorse the most electable conservative. I am at the point where we just let him decide.