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Timing Is Everything For South Carolina Politics

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Republican presidential candidates, from left to right: Texas Gov. Rick Perry; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; pose for a photo at the start of the South Carolina Republican presidential candidate debate Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The South Carolina Republican primary has featured attacks on a candidate's wife, thinly veiled jabs at an opponent's religion, and the mysterious publication of an old opposition research book brimming with damaging details. 
In others words, for a state that once stirred the rumor former Republican presidential candidate John McCain had conceived an illegitimate black child, it's been politics as usual -- another example of the Palmetto State's infamous reputation for dirty tricks. 

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