The selection of the American president involves several important events, institutions, and activities. Throughout the campaign, the Onion's War For The White House team will explain the history and significance of this important process.
Election Process: South Carolina
Throughout its history, South Carolina has been a critical state during elections, with at least one candidate involved in its primaries going on to win the presidency. This year, three Democratic candidates will fiercely compete for the state’s 54 delegates, while Joe Biden stands around and watches. Race will likely play a key role in this primary: Over 50% of South Carolina voters are African-American, giving a considerable advantage to Hillary Clinton and the black half of Barack Obama. On the other hand, 0.0% of the voters are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, slightly worsening Dennis Kucinich’s chances. Although Hillary and Obama remain the favorites, experts point out that nearly 75% of South Carolina citizens are cousins of John Edwards.
While South Carolina is known for its racist legacy of slavery and segregation, history indicates that wrapping one’s naked body in an oversize Confederate flag during all public appearances does not necessarily ensure victory, as John Kerry finished second with just 30% of the vote in 2004.
More About South Carolina
- For a short time after the Civil War, African-Americans residing in South Carolina were allowed only 3/5ths of a vote in general elections, 3/10ths of a vote in primaries, and 3/20ths of a campaign button
- Historically, most South Carolina citizens remain undecided until the day of the primary, at which point they vote for candidate with the least-foreign sounding name.