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Demint

He would be a great senator. He has been saying throughout the campaign that if he loses the primary, nobody else in the South is going to take up the cause of free trade. That’s true, at least in his part of the South. But it’s also true that they won’t take it up if he goes on to lose the general election in November, and is seen to have lost on trade. There has been a fair amount of hand-wringing in Republican circles about the strength of Democratic candidate Inez Tenenbaum, the state superintendent of schools. I think that DeMint, if he wins today, will win in November too. I certainly hope so.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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