BYU students rally for Romney in South Carolina


After a long battle in South Carolina, Mitt Romney found himself in the midst of some unexpected faces and a well-needed boost of support; all the way from Provo.

Lining the streets to Tommy’s Ham House, where Romney was scheduled to rally early Saturday, young LDS and non-LDS supporters from Provo, Virginia and D.C. could be found chanting, “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!”

Students like Kat Wardle, 23, from BYU’s Washington Seminar program in D.C., told BuzzFeed they had been following Romney to rallies throughout the state.

“I was all over the place at the Lexington rally!” Wardle said. “We were the girls dancing by the band and definitely the loudest ones there.”

Students from all over the country came to show their support for Romney, traveling from The University of Utah, Southern Virginia University and BYU’s Washington Seminar in D.C.

One student who asked BuzzFeed to remain anonymous was one of a group of students who had traveled to South Carolina from Virginia to lend their support.

He said as far as he knew, the Romney campaign would be reimbursing the cost of their charter bus and that those coordinating the trip had suggested they show up at Tommy’s.

Despite his loss in the Palmetto state last weekend, Romney said he accepts the challenges of a long road ahead and is turning his focus on the upcoming election in Florida later this month.

“We’re now three contests into a long primary season. This is a hard fight because there’s so much worth fighting for,” Romney told The Miami Herald on Saturday. “We’ve still got a long way to go and a lot more work to do. And tomorrow we are going to move on to Florida.”

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