South Carolina state senator William Timmons of Greenville defied the polls and stormed to a come-from-behind victory over former state senator Lee Bright on Tuesday night – capturing the “Republican” nomination for the Palmetto State’s fourth congressional district.
Given the GOP lean of this district, Timmons is a virtual lock to win the general election in November and replace U.S. congressman Trey Gowdy in Washington, D.C. next January.
Is that a good thing? Guess we’re going to find out …
The moderate establishment “Republican” – who barely qualified for this head-to-head matchup – captured 37,014 votes on Tuesday (54.3 percent of all ballots cast in the race). That’s more than three times the level of support he received during the first round of voting two weeks ago.
Meanwhile Bright – whose candidacy was endorsed by this news site – captured 31,170 votes (or 45.7 percent of all ballots cast) on Tuesday. Bright also upped his vote total from the primary, but it was not enough to beat Timmons.[timed-content-server show=’2018-Jan-17 00:00:00′ hide=’2018-Jul-31 00:00:00′]
So … was it the much-ballyhooed “Greenville edge” that carried Timmons to victory?
Yes … and no. Timmons won Greenville County handily, but he also beat Bright in his home county of Spartanburg.
While this news site did not support Timmons’ candidacy, we didn’t actively oppose him either. Our hope? That he will consistently vote in support of freedom and free markets – and in defense of the taxpayers of his district.
If he does that, we will have no quarrel with him …
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