Last month, Senator Rand Paul gained an important new endorsement in South Carolina, one of the early primary states. The endorsement was in the form of Mick Mulvaney, the Representative for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District.
This new endorsement is actually a big win for Paul, whose campaign has struggled to pull out of the low single digits in recent months, on top of two debate performances that received widely mixed reviews. More importantly, South Carolina is a state where Ron Paul had one of his worst showings out of the early states, so the Mulvaney endorsement could put the younger Paul in a better position in the state than his father was in.
At present, Mulvaney’s endorsement makes him the only member in South Carolina’s delegation to endorse a candidate for President, with the only exception of senior Senator Lindsey Graham who is also in the race for the nomination (and has been polling very far below Paul throughout the campaign).
According to the Washington Post, it wasn’t a difficult choice to choose Paul over another anti-establishment candidate, Ted Cruz, for Mulvaney. The key ingredient that made Mulvaney choose Paul is the strong efforts the Kentucky Senator has put into attracting new voters, such as millennials and minorities, to the party.
“I’ve seen both of them work,” said Mulvaney. “When I see Ted — it’s almost as if Ted thinks if you yell loud enough and give a dramatic speech, it’s going to solve things, and I just don’t think that’s the way the world works…Ted is not bringing anybody new into the party. Rand is.” (WaPo)
If there’s a potential warning about Mulvaney’s endorsement, it’s that back in 2012 he endorsed Rick Perry for President, who gained national attention about campaign missteps and embarrassing debate performances. Hopefully, the same fate will not befall Rand Paul’s campaign, who just recently announced that they had surpassed their goal in opening over ten thousand Students for Rand chapters across the country.
Obviously only time will tell, but for now would you say that Representative Mick Mulvaney’s endorsement of Rand Paul will boost Paul’s chance in South Carolina and in the primaries in general? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to pay us a visit on Twitter and Facebook!
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