Just a quick post about some things the pundits were saying all night tonight:
In every election since 1980, the winner of the primary also won the Republican nomination.
So things look good for John McCain, right?
Well, let’s consider that the Republican primary in South Carolina started in 1980. Prior to that, South Carolina delegates were selected by another method.
Now consider that only four men have won this primary: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, and George W. Bush.
John McCain is clearly more moderate than any of the four previous winners… but I don’t know if this tradition will hold true.
Because unlike the elections from 1980 through 2004, this process is still wide open.
The candidates will come to the Sunshine State for nine days.