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Bobby Harrell Has An Election To Worry About

LEGAL TROUBLES AREN’T THE SPEAKER’S ONLY PROBLEM …  Before suspended S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell can fight his legal battles, he must fight – and win – a political battle to hang onto his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives. Prior to his indictment on corruption charges…

LEGAL TROUBLES AREN’T THE SPEAKER’S ONLY PROBLEM … 

Before suspended S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell can fight his legal battles, he must fight – and win – a political battle to hang onto his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives.

Prior to his indictment on corruption charges earlier this month, Harrell seemed likely to do just that … enjoying a 20-point lead over Democrat Mary Tinkler in the race for S.C. House District 114.

Since Harrell’s indictment?  Sources tell FITS the race has narrowed to single digits … with one recent poll reportedly putting the gap within the margin of error.

Harrell’s camp isn’t buying the narrative of a tightening race …

“That’s ridiculous,” a source close to the embattled Speaker told FITS.  “The folks in Charleston love him.”

Analysts say Harrell will benefit from a wave of straight ticket GOP support – not unlike the one that carried S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to victory four years ago.

But will it be enough?

We’ll have to wait and see …

If Harrell is able to hold off Tinkler’s challenge, he would likely begin the 2015-16 legislative session still on suspension.  Also, lawmakers will vote on their new leaders – including Speaker – during an organizational session following the 2014 elections on November 4.  If that vote were held today, sources tell FITS interim Speaker of the House Jay Lucas would win the seat.

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12 comments

Fed Up Republican September 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Well, TRav is running again, Eckstrom is still running and the feckless reprobate mark Sanford was elected to Congress after his moral and ethical failings!
Haley may even get reelected; although, the polls are tightening !
The voters NEVER fail to amaze and discourage me!

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Leon for Speaker September 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm Reply
Kuyperdog October 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

Ditto Fed Up- I too am a Fed Up Republican!
Agree with all you said- and said well!!!
Mark Sanford will be speaking at The Charleston Meeting this Monday. They wanted Dr. Ruth, but settled for Sanford!!!

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Get Real September 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Of course Harrell will win.His District is one of the most Republican in the state.They sure as Hell ain’t going to elect a Democrat,Get real!

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Leon for Speaker September 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm Reply
Roseanne September 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Why do you think all those House Republicans would vote for Leon? Even the Dems think he’s just a little man.

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Leon for Speaker September 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply
euwe max September 30, 2014 at 1:30 am

This guy needs a few teeth knocked out of his head. Man! talk about chutzpah!

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Something Is Not Right September 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

Where are the FAA, The IRS, and the SC Department of Revenue charges? Didn’t US Attorney Bill Nettles at least report Harrell to the aforesaid federal agencies? Wilson/Pascoe to the state?

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Geech September 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

The people of Charleston don’t “love” Harrell. The more they learn of his corrupt behavior, the more of a rotten animal he smells.

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Harrell's Wire Fraud September 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

You’ll have to teach the senior citizens the right way to use the electronic voting machines to stop Harrell from being re-elected. They load the seniors in retirement centers on buses and take them to the polls to vote. Many are bamboozled by poll watchers and others who have an agenda. Just ask the residences of these facilities, they will tell you.

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree September 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The question is why isn’t Harrell’s opposition having a field day and coming out swinging on this??? http://www.thebryancrabtreeshow.com/speaker-harrell-perp-walk-this-has-a-major-effect-on-you/

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