The move could open up a myriad of possibilities for rival strategists to make a ploy for the biggest single delegate prize, as they already have in other states. Some conservatives in South Carolina are trying to interfere in the Democratic primary by encouraging Republicans to vote for who they believe is the weakest candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.
“So I hear a lot of Republicans tomorrow will vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats,” Trump said Monday. “Does that make sense? You people wouldn’t do that. My only problem is I’m trying to figure out who is their weakest candidate; I think they’re all weak.”
He later added, “If you want to vote for a weak candidate tomorrow, go ahead, pick one. Pick the weakest one you think, I don’t know who it is.”
The strategy is a serious obstacle for Joe Biden, who lagged significantly in Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s recent tallies and whose future in the race could depend on a boost from the Palmetto State. The South Carolina Republican Party has said it is not endorsing the strategy, and it remains unclear how many Republicans will participate and to what effect.
CNN’s Kelly Mena and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.