Sen. Tim Scott picks longtime 'tacticians' to help run South Carolina presidential operation. Who are they?

Joseph Bustos, The State on

Published in Political News

Matt Moore, a former state GOP chairman and First Tuesday’s managing partner, last month was tapped to be the state chairman on a political action committee backing Scott’s candidacy, the Opportunity Matters Fund Action.

Scott formally kicked off his 2024 White House bid Monday.

Within a day of announcing, Scott raised $2 million, according to his campaign.

Official fundraising records for the second quarter of the year aren’t due to the Federal Elections Commission until July.

The money will help pay for a nearly $6 million ad buy in Iowa and New Hampshire, an effort to build Scott’s name ID in the early voting states. Scott brought nearly $22 million saved from his 2022 Senate reelection campaign into his presidential bid.

In polls, Scott, who formed his exploratory committee in April, has continued to rank well under challengers former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and another South Carolinian, former Gov. Nikki Haley. But the launch of his 2024 bid has bumped his polling up, at least in South Carolina.


Among South Carolina Republican primary voters, Scott’s support increased from 7% in April to 10% in May, according to a National Public Affairs poll released Tuesday.

The poll of 590 voters was conducted from May 15-17, in the week before Scott’s official campaign launch.

A new national Quinnipiac University Poll of Republican primary voters released Wednesday had Scott at 2%.

A Quinnipiac poll released in March had Scott at 1%.

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