For the past few months, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) had been giving tell-tale signs that he was going to throw in his hat in the 2024 Presidential Race. Back in April 2023, he formed an exploratory committee looking into a presidential run and as of May 22, 2023, Scott has officially declared his intentions to run for President of the United States joining in the race with 45th President Donald Trump, Asa Hutchinson, Vivek Ramaswamy, Larry Elder, and Nikki Haley. All who have as of the writing of this article declared their candidacy for the Presidency but Scott and Haley both have one thing in common and that is they both are from South Carolina and now the big question is what are their chances of either of them earning the vote of their home state?
For Nikki Haley, I feel that her chances alone for getting the nomination are very slim to none, and yes even in her home state. She has thus far performed poorly in the polls and her incoming donations are pretty lackluster. And as we approach the Presidential debates and even as other candidates jump into the race I don’t think she will move up much in the polls.
Haley who served as the 116th Governor of South Carolina and as the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump has proved that her character is nothing more than cheap talk and less action. She even stated back in April 2021 that she would support Trump in 2024 for the presidency and now she has decided to run against him. Of course that is her right to do so but the question is what changed? Was it the mean tweets, him taking his job as President seriously or was it because she felt the need for America to have a female president and felt she was the best candidate at making history happen?
Even with small things like this, how can we trust that she will keep her word on much more serious issues that affect our nation? For someone that flip flops so much on what they say I don’t think we can take her very seriously now can we? This is something that should concern every voter whether you support Trump or not.
Scott who served in the U.S. House of Representatives in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district for one term and is currently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate has a proven conservative record and he does has an impressive resume as far as building a statesman profile is concern however while I personally feel that he could perform well in the Presidential race I just don’t see him winning his home state let alone the nomination, however, I will say that with his current record, political status and even by building up his resume more on the campaign trail and especially if he performs well in the Presidential debates I believe that he has a very good chance at being a Vice Presidential pick to whoever wins the nomination.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Senator Lindsay Graham have both endorsed Donald Trump and while endorsements can go both ways by either helping or harming a candidate earning the votes of the people, it is my strong opinion that either Trump or Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (who is yet to make an official announcement) will win the state of South Carolina. While most states support the candidate from their home state there have been some exceptions and one good example was in 2016 when Florida chose Trump over their Senator Marco Rubio.
Like everything folks consider the reliable sources, the facts, the records, and even how they perform at the debates and you be the judge! As for me, I see a 0% chance for Haley winning South Carolina, for Scott maybe a very slim chance but I wouldn’t bet my last dollar on it. Just my opinion but only time will tell and the people will speak come the primaries.