12/28/2011 03:10 pm ET

States' Rights Overshadow Confederate Flag In South Carolina

The Confederate flag flying on South Carolina Statehouse grounds has proved a divisive issue in past presidential primaries, with some White House hopefuls supporting it and others suggesting it should be taken down.

But with three weeks left until the 2012 primary, it's clear that the candidates are determined not to let the debate over taking down the flag take down their campaigns.

Unlike previous campaigns in 1996 and 2000, when Republican presidential hopefuls including John McCain saw their hopes in South Carolina dashed because of strong stances against the flag, candidates have largely avoided the issue this year.

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