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Palmettos

In South Carolina yesterday, Republican primary voters sent two candidates into a runoff: former governor David Beasley and congressman Jim DeMint. The winner will take on Inez Tenenbaum, a Democrat who is polling surprisingly well–though perhaps that’s because the GOP hasn’t settled on a single candidate yet and the race isn’t fully engaged. At any rate, my personal preference is for DeMint, an impressive congressman who is an unabashed free trader in a state that often produces protectionists (case in point: Sen. Hollings, who is retiring; also protectionism is at the core of Tenenbaum’s campaign). The runoff is scheduled for June 22.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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