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Simpsonville SC Bird-Flipper Narrowly Loses Election

Candidate who fired off a “double bird” at his political rival is defeated …

The very last thing we expected to be writing about today was a city election in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Then along came Jason Wilmoth, a candidate for the city’s sixth ward who made news yesterday by flipping off one of his political rivals.

Missed that pic?  Here it is once more, with feeling …

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Wilmoth was angry because the husband of a rival candidate was filming him as he campaigned (illegally, it’s been alleged) outside of a Simpsonville polling station.

To his credit, he did take responsibility for this “double bird flip” – issuing a statement acknowledging that he let his “emotions in that situation overcome my logical thoughts.”

So … how did Wilmoth do in yesterday’s election?

He lost … narrowly.

With all six precincts reporting for this ward, Wilmoth received 729 votes (49 percent) – barely trailing winner Lou Hutchings‘ 758 votes (51 percent).

So to the dozens of people texting, emailing, Twitter DM-ing and Facebook messaging us this morning asking “did the bird-flipper win?” the answer is “no.”

He did not win …

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