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Why South Carolina primaries are so dirty

Why South Carolina primaries are so dirty

Here's a story, the gist of which will sound familiar to anyone living in South Carolina: Natalie Barrett, a 53-year-old schoolteacher from Westminster, got a robocall earlier this month, and ended up furious.

It started off simple enough, an automated man's voice asking her age and gender, then quizzing her on which Republican candidates she liked. But when she selected Sen. Marco Rubio as one of her choices, she said, things got nasty.

"That's when he said, 'Did you know that Marco Rubio and the Gang of Eight are for amnesty?'" she recalled in a phone interview. "And then the gentleman said he's for letting 11 million illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. and...