South Carolina is on the verge of uncucking itself:
“Early evidence suggests that Trump, as he has many times before, is maintaining his wide lead here despite criticism of his crude rhetoric, the latest example of which came in his attacks on Bush in Saturday’s debate and ever since. Though South Carolina has long prided itself on Southern manners and propriety, it is changing rapidly as outsiders increasingly move here. And Trump Nation may be immune to, and in some cases, even more than forgiving of his brash behavior.
“I hope he drops an F-bomb,” one fan said to another on the way into the rally. …
“We’re voting with our middle finger,” said John Baldwin, a used-car dealer from Greenville.
Baldwin and his wife were passing out stickers and signs calling Trump’s supporters the “silent majority,” a phrase that dates to President Nixon and is used by Trump to assert that he is giving voice to beliefs that others are afraid to say out loud.”
Trump supporters in South Carolina are receptive to Southern Nationalism:
“Public Policy Polling’s latest survey of South Carolina Republicans yields some shocking results for those who assume most of their fellow Americans don’t take issue with gays living in the country and believe it was a good thing the Confederacy was vanquished 150 years ago.
The poll, which involved 897 likely Republican primary voters who were contacted Sunday and Monday, revealed significant support for banning homosexuals from the country (20 percent in favor), shutting down U.S. mosques (29 percent), creating a national database of Muslims (47 percent), banning Islam (25 percent), and allowing South Carolina to hang the Confederate flag on the state capitol grounds in Columbia (54 percent).
In fact, more than a quarter of respondents (30 percent) said they wished the South had won the Civil War.”
Two more polls came out this afternoon:
CNN/ORC – Trump 38, Cruz 22, Rubio 14, Bush 10, Carson 6, Kasich 4
ARG – Trump 33, Rubio 16, Kasich 14, Cruz 14, Bush 9, Carson 3, Other 2, Undecided 8
Monmouth – Trump 35, Cruz 19, Rubio 17
The evangelicals in South Carolina are going BIG for Trump:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2016