Republicans prepare for grassroots campaigning

LORIS, SC (WMBF) Members of the Northern Horry Republican Club are preparing for a fundraising movement to strengthen their grassroots campaign initiatives. They say the movement at the local level can have big affects on the national level.

"We want to build the precinct base for our conservative candidates," said party member Johnnie Bellamy. "Of course we want to unseat President Obama. We want a Republican president."

Party members call Horry County a "solidly red" county in a "solidly red" state, but say the fight for the White House is going to be a knock-down, drag out fight, with Horry County serving as a vital proving ground for the Republican nominee.

"The state recognizes how important Horry County is," said Bellamy. "It's the fourth largest county in South Carolina. South Carolina picks presidents. Horry County is a force to be reckoned with."

Republicans say they aren't just paving a road to the White House for the candidates. They have their own questions and expectations for each GOP hopeful. The main thing they're looking for is consistency.

"If Newt Gingrich says something about school choice," said Joe DeFeo, who is a member of the Horry County School Board, "Then you want to hear the same thing twenty days later. People want to see the candidates are sticking to their guns and not doing old fashioned politics."

While all eyes are on the Republican presidential candidates, party members stress that the real fight is a long way off, and a lot can change in a short amount of time.

"One day can be a million years in politics," said DeFeo. "And a million years can be one day. This thing can turn and change overnight."

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