Primary Breakdown: Ted Cruz Finishes 3rd, Endorsed by Mark Sanford

Primary Breakdown: Ted Cruz Finishes 3rd, Endorsed by Mark Sanford

Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in Sottile Theater. (Photo by Kaleb Dill)

Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in Sottile Theater. (Photo by Kaleb Dill)

Sen. Ted Cruz finished third in Saturday’s primary by a slim margin: less than one percent. Trump carried first place and Sen. Marco Rubio jockeyed into second. Cruz was in Charleston ahead of the primary, galvanizing supporters. On Friday, a crowd gathered on George Street awaiting entry into Sottile Theatre for a Cruz rally. Shouts broke out as supporters and protesters jeered at one another, waving signs and name calling.

The first half of the event consisted of a live production of Fox New’s “Sean Hannity,” featuring an interview with Sen. Cruz. However, the interview was interrupted by the endorsements of three special guests.

Former South Carolina Governor and current Congressman Mark Sanford endorsed Cruz on Friday. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Former South Carolina Governor and current Congressman Mark Sanford endorsed Cruz on Friday. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

The most intriguing of the three was a last-minute endorsement from former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. When Sean Hannity asked for the reasons of Sanford’s recent support, Sanford said “Real simple…that the Constitution matters, and too much of what we’ve seen in this race…It just struck me that it’s gotten out of balance.”

Following the former governor was Phil Robertson, patriarch of the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty.” Decked out in camouflage, Robertson expressed his support of Cruz due to the senator’s agenda on Second Amendment rights and grounding in religion. “Bibles and guns brought us here — and it will be Bibles and guns that keep us here,” Robertson said.

The senator welcomed a third endorsement from New York Times Best Selling author and columnist David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. David expressed his support of Cruz’s platform, explaining, “We have one solution, one remedy, and that is to restore America’s family principles.” He concluded by calling Senator Cruz the ”last best chance we got.”

Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty supports Ted Cruz. (Michael Wiser/staff)

Reality TV patriarch Phil Robertson endorsed Cruz due to his stance on gun rights and religion. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Despite the rush of last-minute support, Cruz placed third in South Carolina’s Republican primary, losing to billionaire Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio. The breakdown of votes was as follows: Donald Trump carrying 32.5 percent, and Senators Rubio and Cruz neck and neck with 22.5 percent and 22.3 percent, respectively. About 22-25 percent of white men and women aged 18 and up voted for the Texas senator.

In reaction to the results, Cruz said “Each of you is amazing, and together we will win the Republican nomination. We will beat the Democrats in November, and we will restore this last best hope of mankind that is the United States of America. Thank you and God bless.”

A packed Sottile Theater during the Ted Cruz event. (Photo by Kaleb Dill)

A packed Sottile Theater during the Ted Cruz event. (Photo by Kaleb Dill)

 

 

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Authored by: Scott Harvin

Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. “You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”

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