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The DeMint Primary

Sen. Jim DeMint will host a presidential forum in South Carolina, reports Roll Call:

Sen. Jim DeMint and a group of Palmetto State political insiders are organizing a presidential candidate forum for Labor Day weekend, according to Republican sources. …

The event is not a debate, and candidates might even be given the questions and topics in advance with the goal of facilitating a more substantive discussion than is typical of multicandidate face-offs. According to one source with knowledge of the forum, the event would be sponsored by an independent organization. …

“DeMint is interested in supporting an event like this as part of a broader strategy to help conservatives in early primary states to work together,” the source said. “His goal is to help facilitate ways for the grass roots to get to know and rigorously vet the candidates.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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