Election 2012 The Race Moves South

They Don't Call It the Low Country for Nothing

Callie Shell for Time

South Carolina

Ask a veteran of South Carolina politics to name the ugliest chapter in his state's low-down and dirty political history and he may be slow to answer. Not because he's offended, but because there are so many acts of dark magic to choose from. There was the breathtaking smear campaign mounted against Senator John McCain during the state's 2000 presidential primary, including the subterranean charge that McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter was in fact his illegitimate black child. Eight years later, there were the bogus Mormon holiday cards sent to voters, purportedly from then candidate Mitt Romney, who was not eager to...

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