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2014: Third Party Rumblings

If 2010 was the year of the Tea Party in South Carolina, 2014 could be the year of the “third party.” Sources tell FITS “several” credible third party candidates are preparing to mount statewide campaigns next year – including fiscally conservative, socially libertarian candidates who are fed up with the…

If 2010 was the year of the Tea Party in South Carolina, 2014 could be the year of the “third party.”

Sources tell FITS “several” credible third party candidates are preparing to mount statewide campaigns next year – including fiscally conservative, socially libertarian candidates who are fed up with the left-leaning bent of the state’s “Republican” establishment. Among the races these candidates are eyeing? U.S. Senate and Governor.

Despite its reputation as the “reddest state in America,” South Carolina’s most influential politicians are all big government liberals – most notably U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Senate President John Courson and Senate finance chairman Hugh Leatherman.

Meanwhile S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who was elected in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party support – has sold out completely to the big government/ crony capitalist GOP establishment.

“She’s a RINO too,” one fiscal conservative lawmaker tells FITS, referring to the “Republican in Name Only” designation.

In addition to her support of rampant government growth and crony capitalist economic development deals … Haley has infuriated fiscal conservatives by failing to make good on her promise to reshape the state’s left-leaning legislature. While campaigning in 2010, Haley promised that she “wouldn’t stop” until South Carolina had a “conservative House” and a “conservative Senate.” However she only endorsed in one primary race last year – and has since turned on the candidate she supported.

If a credible fiscal conservative alternative to Haley emerges – the governor’s reelection prospects would go from “all but assured” to “all but dead” in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile in the U.S. Senate, if Graham manages to survive a GOP runoff and retain the “Republican” nomination – a third party candidate could spell doom for his chances.

We welcome these possible third party challengers. If the last decade (a.k.a. the “Lost Decade“) has demonstrated anything, it’s that there is no difference whatsoever between Democrats and “Republicans” in South Carolina.

Our state’s citizens and taxpayers deserve a real choice when they cast their ballots … and our fervent  hope is that 2014 will be the year they finally get one.

What do you think? Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below …

 

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46 comments

Fandango August 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Haley does NOT deserve to be re-elected!
“Join the movement”, vote out Haley!
“It will be a GREAT day in South Carolina”!
Then, South Carolina will be “just right”.

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Fandango August 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Haley does NOT deserve to be re-elected!
“Join the movement”, vote out Haley!
“It will be a GREAT day in South Carolina”!
Then, South Carolina will be “just right”.

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nitrat August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hey, Dummy(s), the ONLY way for a third party to work anywhere on the planet is for all 3(+) parties to be willing to COMPROMISE…that’s against TEA Party ideology, not to mention psychopathology, is it not?

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nitrat August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hey, Dummy(s), the ONLY way for a third party to work anywhere on the planet is for all 3(+) parties to be willing to COMPROMISE…that’s against TEA Party ideology, not to mention psychopathology, is it not?

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CNSYD August 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

“her promise to reshape the state’s left-leaning legislature.” It was an empty promise and you know that. She, nor any other governor, can do this UNLESS the legislature changes. Odds on that are not too great

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CNSYD August 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

“her promise to reshape the state’s left-leaning legislature.” It was an empty promise and you know that. She, nor any other governor, can do this UNLESS the legislature changes. Odds on that are not too great

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GreenvilleLwyr August 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Sounds like a great way to waste some money. Better yet, invest it with the South Carolina Retirement System.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Sounds like a great way to waste some money. Better yet, invest it with the South Carolina Retirement System.

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tomstickler August 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Pleez, can we haz a 3d party candidate for governor?

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tomstickler August 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Pleez, can we haz a 3d party candidate for governor?

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lawzoo August 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Who in the hell would be a “viable” 3rd Party candidate in South Carolina?
Get into a who’s further to the Right pissing match with Lil’ Nikki?

Yeah Right !

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Gimme some August 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Ravenel has $5 million and all the polical consultants are drooling.

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lawzoo August 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

T-Rav? 5 mil.? I would be too. High $$$, low expectations = Fun !

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lawzoo August 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Who in the hell would be a “viable” 3rd Party candidate in South Carolina?
Get into a who’s further to the Right pissing match with Lil’ Nikki?

Yeah Right !

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Gimme some August 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Ravenel has $5 million and all the polical consultants are drooling.

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lawzoo August 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

T-Rav? 5 mil.? I would be too. High $$$, low expectations = Fun !

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SeneseLikeChaps August 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

If Graham survives the primaries why on earth would he lose to a 3rd party candidate? Too much influence and too much money for that to happen in a Senate race.

Now Nikki is a different story. All it would take is someone with a better story and the electorate would be happy to get another “trophy wife” candidate in office, especially when they are kinda luke warm on the old trophy wife.

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ScrewedNSC August 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

Tim Scott Loses… With all eyes on Lindsey, Scott is defeated by third party conservative and Democrat wins. You read it here first! (However, the Junior Senator from South Carolina will still be named Scott.)

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SeneseLikeChaps August 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

If Graham survives the primaries why on earth would he lose to a 3rd party candidate? Too much influence and too much money for that to happen in a Senate race.

Now Nikki is a different story. All it would take is someone with a better story and the electorate would be happy to get another “trophy wife” candidate in office, especially when they are kinda luke warm on the old trophy wife.

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ScrewedNSC August 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

Tim Scott Loses… With all eyes on Lindsey, Scott is defeated by third party conservative and Democrat wins. You read it here first! (However, the Junior Senator from South Carolina will still be named Scott.)

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Ambao Race August 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Don’t worry the RNC has taken steps to shut out the grassroots voices.. they are going to limit debates so they cant talk.

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Ambao Race August 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Don’t worry the RNC has taken steps to shut out the grassroots voices.. they are going to limit debates so they cant talk.

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Jan August 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I love the idea of third parties. I think people who would choose to be in a third party calling Republicans RINOs is hilarious. I’ve always thought it more than a little strange that Libertarians accuse Republicans of not being Republicans, because they are not Libertarian enough. The Libertarians have a party. Why not support the Libertarian Party?

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Smirks August 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

If the Tea Party became an actual third party, what would they call their moderates? TINO? Immitation tea?

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EJB August 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Decaffeinated

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Grrr_Native August 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

+1 I’ve been saying the exact same thing since the clever Libertarians came up with RINO.

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Jan August 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I love the idea of third parties. I think people who would choose to be in a third party calling Republicans RINOs is hilarious. I’ve always thought it more than a little strange that Libertarians accuse Republicans of not being Republicans, because they are not Libertarian enough. The Libertarians have a party. Why not support the Libertarian Party?

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Smirks August 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

If the Tea Party became an actual third party, what would they call their moderates? TINO? Immitation tea?

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EJB August 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Decaffeinated

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Grrr_Native August 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

+1 I’ve been saying the exact same thing since the clever Libertarians came up with RINO.

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Jackie Chiles August 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

“However she only endorsed in one primary race last year . . .” Well anyone with a brain knows Haley’s endorsement is the kiss of death for a candidate.

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Jackie Chiles August 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

“However she only endorsed in one primary race last year . . .” Well anyone with a brain knows Haley’s endorsement is the kiss of death for a candidate.

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Smirks August 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Your polls always leave out a necessary extra option. In this case, it is “Yes, but not the Tea Party.”

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Smirks August 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Your polls always leave out a necessary extra option. In this case, it is “Yes, but not the Tea Party.”

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lindsey g August 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Yeah, she’s a rhino…how much weight has she gained?

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lindsey g August 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Yeah, she’s a rhino…how much weight has she gained?

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MashPotato August 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I’d also support fourth, fifth, and sixth parties. What good is democracy if you don’t have any choices?

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MashPotato August 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I’d also support fourth, fifth, and sixth parties. What good is democracy if you don’t have any choices?

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Lower Country August 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

You know the third party candidate is going to be Andre’ Bauer!

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ScrewedNSC August 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

That was posted on this site over 120 days ago. Haley Loses by 7.3 points or more. Bauer has 231,000 reasons to watch her concession speech and cheer. He will beat her.

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Lower Country August 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

You know the third party candidate is going to be Andre’ Bauer!

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ScrewedNSC August 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

That was posted on this site over 120 days ago. Haley Loses by 7.3 points or more. Bauer has 231,000 reasons to watch her concession speech and cheer. He will beat her.

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BIN News August 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm

More meaningless churning by sic(k) willie.

Bring on the “Thurd Party” foolishness.

We have great foolishness in the Republicrats and Demopublicans.

More foolishness by TeaBuggers and other “Thurd Party” wackos will only make the next election cycle more entertaining.

And, more profitable for the political consultant pimps who feed off them.

BIN News Editorial Staff
Back in the Saddle

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BIN News August 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm

More meaningless churning by sic(k) willie.

Bring on the “Thurd Party” foolishness.

We have great foolishness in the Republicrats and Demopublicans.

More foolishness by TeaBuggers and other “Thurd Party” wackos will only make the next election cycle more entertaining.

And, more profitable for the political consultant pimps who feed off them.

BIN News Editorial Staff
Back in the Saddle

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Citizen Loring August 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Third party is a waste of vote. It’s a dumb concept to vote for a candidate, knowing full well they have zero chance of winning.

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Citizen Loring August 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Third party is a waste of vote. It’s a dumb concept to vote for a candidate, knowing full well they have zero chance of winning.

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