Fred Thompson is banking on the support of South Carolina gun advocates in a last-ditch effort to save his Republican presidential campaign, Politico reports—and those Second Amendment supporters are hungry for a candidate who will represent their interests in Washington as well as President Bush has. For many, the ex-senator is the go-to choice in a poor pool of hopefuls.
Such voters must decide whether to support a “longshot” candidate whose views match their own, or settle on someone more likely to get the Republican nomination. After evangelicals spurred Mike Huckabee’s success in Iowa, some gun advocates are hoping their support will bring Thompson victory. “He’s been so solid as a Second Amendment person,” said the president of a statewide gun group.