U.S. president Donald Trump won South Carolina running away in November 2016, a victory that was especially pronounced in the staunchly Republican Upstate region of the Palmetto State.
Clicking the lens even closer on those election results, Trump won S.C. Senate District 6 (map) in Greenville and Spartanburg counties by a whopping 24 percentage points.
Loftis won the GOP nod in late January, and he was expected to cruise to a decisive victory over Belge in this week’s special election.
His problem? This race is not taking place in a vacuum ….
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Belge received a significant influx of national support thanks to the “First in the South” presidential race – which began heating up right around the time her election was hitting its homestretch. With no other races on the map, Democratic presidential hopefuls – including U.S. senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker – have been eager to lend her financial support, endorsements and grassroots aid as a way of showcasing their support for local Democrats.
Oh, and by throwing some shade on Belge.
Will it be enough? We think so …
This district is simply too big of a reach for Democrats demographically, as far as we are concerned.
Still, some Upstate GOP operatives we spoke are worried the special election could be closer than anticipated – especially if Republican voters fail to show up at the polls in expected numbers. In particular, an aggressive last-minute push is being made in the hopes of convicing pro-life voters to turn out – as the race pits a longtime pro-life lawmaker (Loftis) against an ardently pro-choice candidate (Belge).
“We can’t have her win,” one pro-life advocate told us.
Stay tuned .. polls close at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. We will post results later tonight as soon as we have them.
UPDATE: Loftis wins …
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