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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…

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 …

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16 comments

toyota kawaski November 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

Its a great day in SC because no Vaughters will be in Columbia

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Silvio Dante November 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

True dat…no Brady, no Finlay, no Knotts, and hopefully next time around, no Haley.

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Smythe November 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Funny thing about those dumbass Vaughters nuts, they both just KNEW they were going to win. They’ve always claimed to be the smartest person in the room. Both are delusional, moronic and a waste of time. Both are subsidized by Medicaid. Both are hypocrites. DumDum definitely morphed into her mother-in-law, not the one in UCLA.

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CNSYD November 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

“Is this democracy? Of course not …”

In what races were opponents to incumbents actually stopped from running whether by being the nominee of an opposing party, by petition, etc?

Could it be that most constituents were satisfied with their present representation? Whether that is foolish on their part or not, the fact remains….it is their choice. So isn’t that “democracy”?

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joho dondero November 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

A very soviet-like election. Never thought it could happen here.

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Guero November 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

Down goes Finlay…Down goes Finlay…

Priceless.

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Silvio Dante November 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

Time for him to hang it up.

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? November 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

“Is this democracy? Of course not …”

Yes, actually it is. It’s all “legal”….

The problem is the general worship of “democracy” as some god.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy:_The_God_That_Failed

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Petey November 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

What will poor Jakie do now, besides spend more time walking around naked at the Skyline Club. Maybe go into business full-time with Danny Frazier.

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Frank Pytel November 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

Help is daughter woop on some babies

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? November 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

lmao @ Frank!

I saw the movie “The Campaign” and immediately thought of the baby punching scene in reading your comment.

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Silver Queen November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

Congratulations to Katrina Shealy defeating Knotts. There were special circumstances in that race and she worked hard. Unfortunately, the other petition candidates were not so fortunate.

We need term limits and ethics reform to help clean up the mess in Columbia.

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? November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

I’m shocked Shealy pulled it off frankly given her petition status. I’m not sure the substance of her message(?) did it, but at least Lexington can say it has a more ethical electorate than Chesterfield….lol….though that’s really not saying much.

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Big Daddy November 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Good ole Teddy Vick’s nothin’ but the kind!!!

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South Mauldin November 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Did the photoshopped fatass win?

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? November 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

No.

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