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Tim Scott’s formidable charm meets a tough Republican electorate

Posted on AllSides July 19th, 2023
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2024 Presidential Election, Elections, Tim Scott
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Tim Scott posts some of the highest favorability ratings in the presidential primary field. He’s well liked by donors and the conservative media, and with Ron DeSantis sputtering, he appears to have an opening.

There’s just one problem: so far the GOP electorate ain’t buying it.

In interviews with a dozen strategists and pollsters, terms like “affable,”and “optimistic” came up repeatedly.

The description that did not come up often was “president.”

“I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t think he’s a nice guy,” Ryan Rhodes, a Republican strategist in Iowa,...

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