FLORIDA/SOUTH CAROLINA: There are bigger Republican kingmakers in South Carolina and Florida than Nikki Haley and Rick Scott, the governors of those states, the Daily Caller notes. Rather, the big endorsements to get will come from Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush of Forida.
NEW JERSEY: Carl Lewis appealed the Secretary of State’s decision that he couldn’t run for state Senate.
SOUTH CAROLINA: A group of Democrats in South Carolina will launch a new independent group geared towards drawing attention to what they call the “crazy” elements of the Republican base, CNN reports. The group will call itself “South Carolina Forward Progress” and Politico’s Ben Smith notes its goal will be similar to what liberal groups like ThinkProgress are doing on a national scale.
“Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the only top-tier candidate expected to participate in [Thursday’s presidential] forum at the Peace Center in Greenville, S.C.,” the L.A. Times writes.