Democrats weigh in on Republican primary in South Carolina

Published: Jan. 22, 2012 at 1:37 AM EST|Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Democrats say the tight race for the Republican nomination in South Carolina shows Republicans are unsure about which candidate will best lead the country. Democrats say those split votes could help keep President Obama in the White House.

Some Democrats say they voted at the polls during South Carolina's open primary hoping to have an effect on the results. It is a different story for other Democrats who say they did not get involved.

Longtime Democrat Pam Heller said she left the decision of the nomination up to Republicans, but it will be a different story in November. Heller said, "Whoever they nominate, we have the goods to beat them."

Heller said she has been following the race since the beginning. Heller added, "The polls are strange because Romney had a big lead and then Gingrich moved way up in the polls, and a lot of it was based on his performance on the Myrtle Beach debate."

Some Democrats say they have been watching the debates listening to what Republicans had to say. Sally Howard with the Horry County Democratic Women's Council said, "It's all about unseating the president, not letting the president be successful and the roadblocks, the gridlocks in Congress."

Some agree the attacks among the Republican candidates could mean another four year ticket for President Obama.

Heller said, "If they do all the vetting of each other and bring out the negative points of the candidates, the Democrat's job is half-way done and President Obama doesn't have to stoop to that level."

Some Democrats say a lot of emphasis during the race on the Republicans' side has been about religious convictions. Heller stated, "If you're looking for someone who lives a Christian lifestyle and is a moral married man-Obama should be their candidate."

Democrats said all across the board, they see disunity in the Republican camp. Heller added, "They don't seem to be firmly and convincingly behind one candidate so they are split based on what their primary issue is."

Democrats said they are more hopeful President Obama will be re-elected in November because the Republicans have been so divided in their votes.

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