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OPERATION CHAOS: GOP Group To Push Bernie Sanders In South Carolina’s Open Primary

Some Republican leaders in South Carolina are planning ‘Operation Chaos’ to push Bernie Sanders in the state’s Democrat Party’s primary. Here’s why…


During the 2008 Democratic primaries, ‘Operation Chaos’ was a plan hatched by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh when he “publicly urged Republicans to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton to keep the divisive Democratic nomination fight alive.”

Now, some Republican leaders in South Carolina are launching their own version of Operation Chaos in the Palmetto State:

South Carolina’s Post & Courier has the story:

A group of prominent Upstate Republicans is preparing to launch a wide-scale effort this week to encourage GOP voters across South Carolina to vote for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Feb. 29 Democratic primary, The Post and Courier has learned.

The Republican plan to impact the Democratic race, emerging just weeks before the “First in the South” primary, has two goals: Boost the candidate who the Republicans believe presents the weakest general election threat to President Donald Trump and pressure Democrats to support closing state primaries in the future.

South Carolina has open primaries, meaning voters do not have to register by party and can participate in either party’s contest. But some conservative activists have long pushed to change that, arguing it would ensure a more pure party process, and they are hoping this effort will win over Democrats to that cause.

While Operation Chaos sounds like an intriguing plan, South Carolina’s Republicans may want to take note:

Rush Limbaugh launched Operation Chaos hoping that Barack Obama would be the nominee in 2008 thinking, reported CNN at the time, Obama would be the weaker nominee.

In hindsight, we all know that was not the case.

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