Before John McCain gets too arrogant and obstinant about his win last night (it is probably too late)…. I thought it was time for a reality check for Senator Arizona Amnesty.
Here is the vote total from last night’s SC GOP Primary (with 97% reporting):
McCain — 143,224 votes
Huckabee — 128,908 votes
Thompson — 67,897 votes
Romney — 64,970 votes
Paul — 15,773 votes
Giuilani — 9,112 votes
Hunter — 1,035 votes
BUT… here are the vote results from the 2000 GOP Primary — Bush vs. McCain:
George W. Bush — 301,050 votes
John McCain — 237,888 votes
Alan Keyes — 25,510 votes
Others — 1,256 votes
That means almost 135,000 voters from 2000 skipped yesterday’s vote. And more importantly for Senator McCain is this number: 94,664. Those are the number of LESS votes he received in yesterday’s SC primary versus the votes he got in 2000.
So before Sen. McCain is too excited about his 2008 SC Primary win he should wonder why he got more votes in 2000 than yesterday. And he should stop and realize that 67% of SC Republican voters yesterday voted AGAINST John McCain.
The answer is that the MAJORITY of South Carolina’s “regular Republicans” either sat home or voted against McCain. In any case they certainly are not supportive of Senator John McCain and his trusted man-panion, Senator Lindsey Graham-nesty.