A GOP group is claiming to have uncovered an “iron clad” method of extending South Carolina’s Republican runoff season in 2014 – ostensibly giving the top challenger to liberal U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (RINO-SC) extra time to campaign for the GOP nomination.
Currently, if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote during the initial primary election, a runoff between the top two candidates is held two weeks later.
The group – Carolina Conservatives United – says it has “discovered something that will extend (the runoff period) to sixty days.”
“I’m not allowed to provide details beyond this at this point, and I’m fully aware that when it comes to fighting establishment players like Lindsey Graham, it would be foolish to assume that anything is certain,” Ben Howe – a board member of the group – wrote this week. “But we believe there is a hope that the time for South Carolina voters to pick, the time needed for candidates to up their game, could be longer than anyone had expected. And that could be a game changer.”
All we can think is that the group will attempt to invoke a 45-day rule regarding absentee ballots – which added to the existing two week period would equal 59 days.
Other than that we have no idea what the group might have up its sleeve … although if its “iron clad” method adversely impacts the electoral fortunes of Graham (which it could) we’ve got no problem with extending the runoff schedule by an extra month-and-a-half.
UPDATE: Yup … exactly as we predicted.