South Carolina is king of the political world at the moment -- and, well, it makes us Old North Staters a bit jealous. Watching Fox News or following @PeterHambyCNN's Twitter page didn't cut it for Wayne King, the vice chairman of the N.C. Republican Party. He lives just seven miles from the state line and spent a few days last week in South Carolina.
He plans to return Friday for a Rick Santorum event in Spartanburg and stay for the primary contest this weekend. King says he knows Santorum after he came to North Carolina for a party fundraiser in January 2010. He also has attended events for Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, even getting his picture (above, left) in the Myrtle Beach newspaper.
We called King to get his take on GOP politics in the Palmetto State and the campaign implications for North Carolina. An edited interview is below.