South Carolina primary could make or break 2016 presidential hopefuls

- Before you know it, presidential hopefuls will turn their focus to wooing South Carolina voters for the primary in late February.

"As soon as the last vote is cast in New Hampshire, before they're even tallied, the planes will be taking off for the candidates to absolutely blanket South Carolina," said Dr. Scott Huffmon, Director of the Winthrop Poll at Winthrop University.

Although the Iowa Caucuses get a lot of attention, Winthrop political science professor Dr. Karen Kedrowski says the Palmetto State is much more accurate in predicting who will be the republican nominee.

"Since South Carolina has moved to an early primary starting in the early 1980's, it has only misfired or failed to accurately predict the nominee once and that was in 2012," said Kedrowski.

As for the democratic nominee, it's less accurate. 3 out of 5. But still, Dr. Huffmon, says South Carolina can make or break a candidate.

"If you're the kind of candidate who can win over African American voters in South Carolina, you may be the type of candidate who can turn a Virginia, Florida, or North Carolina purple," said Huffmon.

Up to this point, they say Clinton and Trump are at the top of South Carolina polls. But, as we saw with Trump Monday night, we'll just have to wait and see whose supporter actually show up to cast a ballot.

Kedrowski says she expects about 20 percent voter turnout for the primaries which is comparable to 2008 numbers.

The republican and democratic primaries are on different days. The republicans have theirs on February 20th and democrats are a week later on the 27th.

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