I am just reporting the buzz going around in DC that Barrett may drop out and let Haley focus on the Race in November with Democrat Governor candidate Sheheen.
We don’t think Barrett is dropping out on Wednesday. We think Barrett will fight till the bitter end. Here is what National Review is reporting
Chatting on Fox News with the boss, William Kristol suggested that the second-place finisher in South Carolina’s gubernatorial primary, Rep. Gresham Barrett, may drop out tomorrow and concede the GOP nomination to Nikki Haley, who finished just short of the threshold to avoid a runoff.
On South Carolina television, Barrett has denied that he’s considering that option. Of course, he will probably get a lot of phone calls tomorrow, probably some from national Republicans who would prefer that their nominee’s campaign not spend the next two weeks spending more money fending off attacks. Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, Tweeted tonight, “Two stars born tonight, Strausberg and Nikki Haley. One good for baseball. The other great for Republicans and South Carolina.”
Then the RGA distributed this statement from Ayers:
The voters of South Carolina made a clear choice in Nikki Haley, notwithstanding the possibility of a runoff. The outcome is all but certain.
Nikki Haley withstood a barrage of innuendoes and slurs in the closing days of the primary season and persevered to the finish with dignity, determination and confidence. Moreover, receiving half of the votes against two other statewide incumbent Republicans and a sitting Congressman speaks volumes of her strength as a candidate and bodes very well for her in the General Election. We congratulate Nikki for her grit and determination. Meanwhile, South Carolina Democrats have again served up the same old Washington, D.C.-style solution to any problem: expanded government. Vincent Sheheen promises more regulatory interference, bureaucratic red tape and impediments to free enterprise. Exactly what The Palmetto State does not need.
via The Decision Facing Gresham Barrett Tonight – The Campaign Spot – National Review Online.