SC Senate Special Election
Voters in the South Carolina Lowcountry will go to the polls today to choose a replacement for disgraced former S.C. Sen. Robert Ford – who resigned his seat earlier this year amid an ethics probe that including dildos and male enhancement pills.
No really … we’re not joking.
Anyway this seat – which includes parts of Charleston and Dorchester counties – will likely go to Democrat Marlon Kimpson, a black candidate running in a district that features a 62 percent BVAP. For those of you unfamiliar with pollster-speak, “BVAP” stands for “Black Voting Age Population.” If a district’s BVAP is higher than 35 percent, most Republicans won’t even run for the seat because of the built-in demographic advantage to Democratic candidates.
This is a special election, though, which means turnout will be artificially low … although we suspect it still won’t be low enough to lift “Republican” candidate Billy Shuman to victory (despite the bold predictions of local GOP leaders).
Our favorite candidate in this race? Limited government hottie Alex Thornton, a local photographer who is running on the Libertarian ticket. Unlike the two major party candidates, Thornton is actually running on substantive policy – specifically, a plan to eliminate South Carolina’s individual income tax (which is the tax paid by the majority of businesses in the Palmetto State).
That a policy plank we’ve supported for years … and it is a vitally necessary tax reform if South Carolina ever hopes to achieve real economic development (i.e. the non-government induced kind).
Thornton also supports decriminalizing marijuana – a position which has been advanced by Democratic minority leader Todd Rutherford.
So … does Thornton have a chance?
Of course not. A legitimate third party movement is still a few years off in South Carolina – and when it does form, our guess is it won’t go by the “libertarian” moniker (even though it will certainly embrace libertarian ideology).
Still, the addition of candidates like Thornton in races like this is long overdue.
Now if only we could get a legitimate independent conservative alternative in the 2014 governor’s race …