Politics & Government

May 9, 2011 4:28 PM

South Carolina: Trial by fire for GOP presidential lineup

"Be loud," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tells Republicans. Demand specific answers from potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates. That feistiness defines the Republican mood in this state, traditionally the first Southern presidential test. As a result, South Carolina is poised to become not only a test of how conservatives judge GOP candidates, but also how much the party's hard right will influence the GOP presidential nomination.

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