The Republican presidential primary stampede has arrived in the Palmetto State, bringing with it the requisite attack ads, combative rhetoric, and train of national media commentators.

Things could get ugly. They often do.

So to help you see beyond the horse-race politicking, we asked each candidate to write a direct appeal to you, the South Carolina voters. Some of them got back to us; others didn’t (we’re looking at you, Mitt). As a result, we’ve got a mix of letters straight from the horses’ mouths and op-eds from the proverbial horses’ proverbial bettors.
Here they are.

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Jon Huntsman wants to flatten taxes and break up big banks
Trust Buster

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Rick Perry proposes to make Washington inconsequential
Tells Congress,”Get a Job!”

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Morals and economy are linked according to Rick Santorum
Family Man

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Newt Gingrich calls for dutiful drilling while plugging porous borders
A Holey Crusade

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Ron Paul’s government guillotine
The Tax Man Cometh

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Mitt Romney offers S.C. a pass on Obamacare
What the Frack?