© Rainier Ehrhardt/Reuters Jeb Bush leaves a polling station in Greenville, S.C.
They were just two of two dozen voters who voted at the site in the first 90 minutes after polls opened. Asked why they made the early trek on an overcast Saturday morning, they pointed down at their son. “We’ve got Dan, and he’s been up for a little while,” Stephanie said, smiling.
They both cited Trump’s dominance in the campaign thus far as reasons for casting their ballots for his opponents.
“I get why people like him. He says how things are a lot of times, but I feel like he’s too much of a loose cannon,” Stephanie said. “I feel like if you put nuclear codes in a guy’s hands like that and he was having a bad day, or — I don’t know, I feel like he could mess up relations with a lot of people.”
A big Trump victory in South Carolina would stamp him clearly as the Republican front-runner, while a Sanders win in Nevada would raise more questions about Clinton’s appeal and add to the pressure on her to score a big victory in South Carolina.