June 9th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
12 years ago

DeMint will not endorse in South Carolina runoff

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/19/art.getty.demint.jpg caption="Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, has made a series of endorsements in 2010."]Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - There has been speculation among South Carolina politicos in recent days that Republican Sen. Jim DeMint would endorse Gresham Barrett in a gubernatorial runoff against Nikki Haley.

That might seem counterintuitive, considering that DeMint generally supports reform-minded, Tea Party-backed candidates like Haley. That, and Barrett voted for the Wall Street bailout in 2008, legislation DeMint fervently opposed.

But DeMint and Barrett have a long history in the clubby and interconnected world of South Carolina politics. Besides sharing the same political consultants, who made sure to plaster DeMint's image all over Barrett's campaign literature, Barrett gave DeMint a key endorsement in his 2004 Senate race.

So will DeMint return the favor for Barrett in his race against Haley?

Despite the chatter, multiple GOP sources told CNN Wednesday that DeMint will not endorse either candidate in the primary.

That might frustrate some of his fans who consider Haley a prototypical small government reformer, but DeMint's focus in this election cycle has been on Senate races, not gubernatorial ones.

Filed under: 2010 • Gresham Barrett • Jim DeMint • South Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Ruth

    Whether or not DeMinted endorses either candidate will not sway my vote just like Palin's endorsement of Haley did not sway my vote. I absolutely will NOT vote for Haley no matter who endorses her. Haley is Gov Sanford's hand-picked successor and she has promised to follow in his footsteps if elected. Eight years of him was more than enough as far as I am concerned. South Carolina deserves more than Sanford in a skirt.

    June 9, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Remember the Alamo

    You can't expect anything favorable out of DeMint. But, he better support her. We must have all the seats taken away from the Heatherns who now control Congress and the Oval Office.

    June 9, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. vegage

    Who want to get the endorsement of a conservative that visit prostitute houses?

    June 9, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Fenarkleman

    It's them thar lib'rals, by crackey. Hootenanny. Jibber jaw. Linga danga ding-ding doo.

    June 9, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Jeff

    CNN, you might as well put an (R) next to Hamby's name. This is ridiculous.

    June 9, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. barbara

    Dont do it Jim! It will make you look like you dont know what you are doing when Nikki wins! Look, I voted for you on yesterday and I also voted for Nikki. I like the both of you and for very good reasons. Please dont side with the enemy!

    June 9, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. katiec

    No intelligent, conscienous politician would want the backing of the radical hypocrital Demint.

    June 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |

    Outside of SC, does anybody really care what Mr. DeMented says?

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 9, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Stacey

    ooooh! Barrett will be DeMint's "waterloo." LOL!!

    June 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Capt. Snarky

    Though I'd rather see Haley in the office, Senator DeMint is a smart man and will be able to work with candidate – assuming either wins......

    June 9, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    South Carolina politics....LOL if nothing else it's entertaining...DeMint might as well said "I got mine, now you get yours!" But either candidate might be better off WITHOUT his blessings. Besides I think he is still waiting for Obama's "Waterloo" to show up.

    June 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |