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GOP candidates target South Carolina for meet and greets with voters

Source: George Umbenhauer Source: George Umbenhauer

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Looking at the race between several Republican candidates, Frederick Wood, an Associate Politics Professor at Coastal Carolina University, says what’s most unusual is the fact two non-traditional candidates have held the lead for so long. Those candidates are Ben Carson and Donald Trump.  

However, Wood says the question is, which candidates will connect with voters face to face?

“That's a lot different than answering a survey or a telephone poll, we’ve got to see what voters actually do,” Frederick Wood said.

Wood says a lot of what we are seeing with these GOP front runners is name recognition.

“When it comes time to vote, and people take that choice seriously, are they going to continue to vote for the person that they've heard of or are they going to vote for a politician they've found that closely matches their viewpoints,” Wood explained.

Several candidates are trying to prove they are that perfect match for South Carolina voters.

“South Carolina has a tremendous advantage because it's the third state that actually is voting. The states that are in April and even May… candidates won't go to because they don't know if they're going to be in the race at that point,” Wood said.

Wood says South Carolina also has a high voter turnout, with more than 60 to 70 percent. Even though South Carolina has proven to be a red state, Myrtle Beach may connect the candidates to other states.

“Myrtle Beach is a great area not only because of its high voter turnout but because it has so many people from across the United States," Wood said.

Wood says this means appearances in Myrtle Beach could mean much more for candidates in the long run.

“Voters that will be able to tell their friends and family, hey I met this Trump guy and he's actually really serious,” Wood explained.

Many of you may have tickets to hear Donald Trump speak Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

If not, WMBF News will be taking his speech live as it happens on WMBF News at 7 p.m.

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