Welcome to our 2012 Primary Day Tracker. In the coming days, you’ll find important updates on the primary, our candidates, and events. Since 1980, when Lee Atwater help establish our state’s “First in the South” Primary, our state has always selected the eventual nominee. South Carolina Presidential Preference Primaries have unique characteristics and demographics which are more reflective of the national electorate at large and therefore a much stronger indicator than any of the other earlier primaries or caucuses. We take our primaries very seriously – We Pick Presidents!