Share this
PREVIOUS ARTICLE ALL CONTENTS Next ARTICLE

First in the South: Why South Carolina’s Presidential Primary Matters, H. Gibbs Knotts and Jordan M. Ragusa

Reviewed by Seth C. Mc Kee

BUY

 

The first book on South Carolina’s presidential primary was long overdue, because the Palmetto State is arguably the most important in picking occupants of the White House. Consider that, since the South Carolina Republican Party established itself as the South’s first primary contest in 1980, in six of seven contests, the victor subsequently claimed the GOP nomination. Similarly, although it was not until 2004 that South Carolina Democrats finally established their presidential primary as “First in the South,” the Palmetto State winner in four of five contests went on to capture the Democratic nomination. Neither Iowa nor New Hampshire can boast of such success in picking major party nominees, and, of course, one must win a major party nomination to have any shot at winning the presidency.

In First in the South, College of Charleston political scientists H. Gibbs Knotts and Jordan M. Ragusa provide the most comprehensive accounting of South Carolina’s role in nominating major party presidential contenders. This is an excellent primer on the importance of South Carolina and, by extension, the South in selecting contemporary presidents. Additionally, the study is not confined to just one southern state and its regional influence on the presidential selection process. N

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

WEBINAR
JOBS: The Future of Jobs in America

May 20, 2021

MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS

Editor’s spotlight

Revisiting the New Deal

What the New Deal Did
David M. Kennedy

Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Transcendence of Partisan Politics
Sidney M. Milkis

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC

Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

New APS Book

Presidential Selection and Democracy   PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION AND DEMOCRACY

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS