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Just how conservative is South Carolina?

In most peoples’ minds, there are three words that describe South Carolina politics: conservative, conservative, conservative. But how true is that image? As we near the crucial South Carolina primary, Need to Know’s Jeff Greenfield speaks with two people who are immersed in the state’s politics, to understand the various ideological strains running through the state’s Republican Party.

Brad Warthen oversaw the editorial page of South Carolina’s largest newspaper, The State, for 22 years before leaving in 2009. He now writes his own political blog, bradwarthen.com. And Professor Robert Oldendick is the director of the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Oldendick has spent time studying the role of public opinion in American politics, with a focus on racial differences.