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Consider This! - Voter Turnout

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

It's our turn now.

With the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary a distant political memory, the political epicenter of this presidential season is now squarely just north of the Savannah River. 

Next Saturday, the Republicans will hold their South Carolina presidential primary, followed a week later by the Democrats. 

Over the next couple of weeks, there's far more at stake than just South Carolina's 53 delegates, a mere fraction of what is needed to get the party's nod. You see, South Carolina's first in the south primary is also the first chance for this crowded field of candidates  to see how their message works with a diverse populate, and a populate that has a pretty good track record of selecting winners. 

Since 1980, the winner of the South Carolina republican primary has gone on to win the party's nomination with one exception, in 2012 former house speaker and Georgia's own Newt Gingrich beat out eventual nominee Mitt Romney.  

Consider this: As important as the primary is in the Palmetto State, very few participate. In 2012, the voter turnout was just 21 percent. We have the opportunity to make a statement in South Carolina over the next couple of weeks, as well as here in Georgia come March 1st, yet very few are speaking up. 

Whether you support Trump or Bush or Rubio or Cruz or Sanders or Clinton, vote for someone. Be heard and make a difference.  

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