Friday, November 9, 2012
In a statement following their petition to halt a recount of all Richland County votes, the GOP leaders called for results to be certified.
After a judge issued a recount of all Richland County votes, the South Carolina GOP filed a petition to halt that recount. Much of the debate comes from the Senate 75 race between Democrat Joe McCulloch and Republican Kirkman Finlay. Finlay, at the end of the tally on Wednesday night, lead by 300 votes. The GOP argues that this is more than one percent as a one percent difference would trigger an automatic recount. You can read the petition here. The statement in full follows:
Monday, August 20, 2012
Race shaping up as a showdown.
On Saturday, the South Carolina GOP took the unusual step of endorsing a petition candidate over a registered Republican, when it endorsed Katrina Shealy over incumbent Jake Knotts in the race for Senate Seat 23. On Monday, Shealy accepted the endorsement: “When I am elected to the State Senate people will not have to lay awake at night wondering what deal Jake Knotts is cutting or what scheme he is entering into to benefit himself. “They will know that I am there hard at work improving our economy, promoting our true conservative values and ensuring our kids have a brighter future. The fun and games surrounding Jake Knotts has to end. Governing is serious business and Jake Knotts has failed and lost the confidence of the people,” said …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Choice of Shealy over Knotts is a rare example of party showing preference.
Though they may have a preference, political parties typically do not endorse one member of their own party over another member. But on Saturday, the South Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee took the unusual step of endorsing a petition candidate, Katrina Shealy, over Jake Knotts, a long-time Republican, for Senate seat 23. To be sure, Shealy would have preferred to be on the ballot as a Republican and Knotts has been oft-criticized for being a RINO (Republican in Name Only). But the endorsement had little to do with adherence to Republican doctrine. What caused the SCGOP to act at this stage is not clear--the candidates had been certified and are set to be on the November ballot. But Knotts' ability to make headlines in …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Delegates rally in Columbia with two weeks to go before national gathering.
Since Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his running mate on Saturday, the buzz on conservative blogs and publications has highlighted the jolt of energy which has rippled throughout the Republican Party as a result of Ryan joining the ticket. That enthusiasm was in evidence on Tuesday night at the Liberty Tap Room and Grill in Columbia where delegates to the Republican Convention in Tampa met with party leaders, including state chair Chad Connelly. It's been a challenging year for Connelly. The state lost its streak of correctly picking the presidential nominee when Newt Gingrich easily defeated Romney in the January primary. And the last three months have seen Connelly dealing with one ballot controversy after another--often involving …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Victory in North Carolina is all but essential for Romney to win the White House.
With Election Day less than three months away and South Carolina all but certain to go red, Palmetto State Republicans are ramping up efforts in North Carolina to get out the vote. Drew Johnson, the GOP Chairman for Congressional District 5, is among those leading the effort. “We want to have a profound impact on the results in North Carolina,” Johnson said. In 2008, the Tar Heel State went for Pres. Obama by the slimmest of margins. He won by 14,000 votes in a state where 4.3 million votes were cast. It was the first time North Carolina went to a Democrat in a presidential race since Jimmy Carter won in 1976. Recent polls show that Romney has a slight edge in the state, though the lead is well within the margin of error. Most analysts …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Protesters say they are giving a voice to unheard masses.
Occupy Charleston protesters say Michele Bachmann and other presidential candidates spread their message with the help of massive political donations from big business and the nation's wealthiest 1 percent. "We could never spend this kind of money to spread our message," said Max Brewer, one of 30 or so protesters who took over a Bachmann rally in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Thursday.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Run-over costs likely to be incurred by individual counties in GOP primary
Some S.C. counties are considering possible legal action against the state Election Commission for expecting them to foot part of the bill associated with conducting the 2012 Republican presidential primary. Spartanburg County Council will meet Friday to consider a potential lawsuit, and neighboring Greenville County's director of elections confirmed his county is weighing joining the action against the state for making counties use their own funds to hold what they consider to be an election that isn't mandated by the state. A Republican presidential primary up until 2008 had been funded and conducted by the party and its associated volunteers, according to Conway Belangia, director of elections for Greenville County. In 2008, the state …