Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina is becoming the focus of the 2024 presidential race. Two familiar names, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and former Gov. Nikki Haley (R), are seen as likely candidates.
“I think the road to the White House comes through South Carolina from both parties,” Rep. Russell Fry (R-SC) said.
President Joe Biden (D) wants South Carolina to lead off the democratic primary season. Former president Donald Trump announced South Carolina as his first public campaign stop.
“You’re going to see a pretty crowded republican field in that same vein,” Fry said.
In an interview on Fox News, Haley said she is considering a run for president. She said the two questions she is asking herself are: “Does the current situation push for new leadership?” and “Am I that person that can be that leader?”
Haley mentioned that she has never lost a race. “I’m not going to lose now,” she said.
David White, a political science professor at Francis Marion University, believes Haley will run for president. He said South Carolina’s first-in-the-south primary status will bring more media coverage.
Trump’s planned visit to Columbia later this month is a message to South Carolina’s potential candidates, according to White. Fry, who supports Trump and received his endorsement, will also be at the event. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) will not be attending.