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South Carolina Republicans recently elected Chad Connelly, a businessman and motivational speaker, to lead the party for the 2012 cycle. His top duties will include financing the Republican presidential primary and handling the Democrats’ newly elected chairman, Dick Harpootlian, who is known for his aggressive style.

According to the State newspaper, Connelly promised South Carolina would hold the first primary in the South, a knock on attempts by Florida to move up on the calendar. He said he will begin meeting with state legislators to gauge the primary’s cost.

Oh My Goff

Tech President, a blog covering the crossover between politics and technology, reported last week that Teddy Goff of Blue State Digital will serve as digital director on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Goff’s Twitter account biography has already been updated, and Politico reported he is among the top aides with an office in the Chicago campaign headquarters.

Goff worked on the 2008 campaign, directing all state-level new media campaigns. After the election he joined Blue State Digital, where has been serving as associate vice president for strategy.

Everhart, Evermore

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s choice to run the state GOP was rejected over the weekend at the party’s convention in Macon, and instead incumbent Chairwoman Sue Everhart was re-elected to a third term.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the former Congressman who was just elected governor in November backed Marietta businesswoman Tricia Pridemore, who had worked on his campaign.

But this is not the first time that Everhart has defeated a hand-picked candidate by the governor. She won her first term in 2005 ahead of then-Gov. Sonny Perdue’s choice candidate.

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