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January 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It’s the Alamo, an Armageddon and a school dance? It’s South Carolina.

With candidates campaigning like crazy and attack ads blaring, it’s not shocking that some have begun to relate this GOP race to other, sometimes odd and unrelated, clichés.

The most common reference compares the South Carolina primary to an old western, with candidates riding in on their horses, guns blazing, ready to take down anyone who threatens his turf, turning the whole process into a ‘bloody mess.’

According to Rick Perry, this election is like the Alamo, with citizens willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to keep America on track. He reminded local voters that there were two South Carolinians that fought at the Alamo. Perry has also stated several times that the GOP presidential race feels like a marathon.

Then there are Gingrich’s claims about South Carolina being an ‘Armageddon’ of attacks. He said he expects his fellow candidates “to come in here with everything they’ve got.” It’s no surprise that it’s seen as the end of the world; the primary is known for political nastiness and as signaling the end of the race for some candidates.

But it’s not just the candidates that are throwing out claims about the Palmetto State, where it’s said politics is a blood sport.

“This is where the battle royale is going to take place,” said Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly. Was he referring the Japanese thriller Battle Royale that sparked international controversy for its portrayal of violent teens who’d stop at nothing to win? Because that sounds a lot like what we’re seeing in South Carolina so far.

Perhaps the oddest analogy was one made by the Huffington Post, relating the candidates to high school boys trying to woo Tea Party leader Sen. Jim DeMint like he’s the “pretty girl all the boys want to take to the prom.” It gives a whole new meaning to the idea of dancing around for votes.

No matter what the media calls South Carolina, it’s clear as we get closer to Saturday’s primary we’ll see all the candidates using bare knuckles and even brass knuckles to knock each other out of the race.

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