The Election That Wasn’t
VAST MAJORITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE RACES WENT UNCONTESTED
“Every member of South Carolina’s legislative branch stood for reelection this year …”
Except they didn’t …
Eighty-eight (88) of 124 seats in the “Republican-controlled” S.C. House of Representatives were uncontested on Election Day – meaning that the incumbent’s name was the only name appearing on the ballot. Meanwhile thirty (30) of 46 seats in the “Republican-controlled” State Senate also went uncontested.
In other words compelling majorities of both chambers – 71 percent of the S.C. House and 65 percent of the State Senate – were never challenged.
Meanwhile of the “contested” races, only a handful of them were close. In fact only one S.C. Senate race – the battle between incumbent Jakie Knotts (RINO-S.C.) and petition candidate Katrina Shealy – was decided by a margin of less than 10 percent. Meanwhile in the S.C. House only seven races were decided by single digits.
That’s eight races out of 170 – a measly 4.7 percent – that were truly competitive.
Is this democracy? Of course not …
State lawmakers drew district lines to preserve their electoral advantage, then they traded favors to preserve their financial advantage. And just to be on the safe side, they enforced legislation (written by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley) that tossed dozens of candidates from the primary ballot based on a technicality.
Speaking of Haley, it was just two years ago that the “Tea Party” diva pledged that she wouldn’t stop until South Carolina had a “conservative House” and a “conservative Senate.”
Did Haley make good on that promise? Hell no. During the 2012 primary she endorsed in precisely one legislative race – and in the general election she made only three endorsements (one of which was to throw her support behind fiscal liberal Larry Martin).
We heard a lot of talk yesterday reminding South Carolinians to “do their civic duty” and exercise their “most important right.”
The only problem?
That right was stripped from them long before they showed up to vote …