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Could Stephen Colbert Win the South Carolina GOP Presidential Nomination?

By January 13, 2012

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Fans of Stephen Colbert saw the late night talk show host and fake-conservative pundit announce his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in South Carolina - and just South Carolina - Thursday night.

The announcement came after a Public Policy Polling survey showed Colbert beating real GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman - if Colbert were on the ballot in South Carolina.

But he's not. And he's not likely to be. In fact, it's virtually impossible. The deadline to get on the ballot in the southern state was Nov. 1, and South Carolina forbids write-in votes in presidential primaries. The primary is set for Jan. 21, next Saturday.

To be honest, Colbert mentioned that he was only exploring his chances to run (which he'll likely announce are not possible as we get closer to next Saturday).

What Colbert is really doing is putting the spotlight on super PACs, political action committees that are meant to have no coordination with candidates, but are often organized and managed by people close to the candidates, such as former staffers, business partners and close friends. Donors can fund super PACs without limits.

Colbert mocked the super PAC rules by passing control of his super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," to his former co-worker and friend, Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show. Stewart, who promised to have no coordination with Colbert and learn nothing of his campaign plans - unless he accidentally tuned into The Colbert Report - changed the name of the super PAC to "The Definitely Not Coordinated with Stephen Colbert Super PAC."

Check out Colbert's Decision Here!


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