South Carolina Elections

- 2010 Results and Analysis -

 

The results of the South Carolina State House and Governor elections, with respect to freedom gain or loss, are now tabulated here. The short answer: Four definite wins and one possible win in the State House, and, of course, a win with Governor Haley.

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The South Carolina Races of Interest


This has been a good election. First off, our new Governor is a confirmed friend to freedom. Second, a glance at all the races below shows that we have many friends to freedom in the House and they retained their seats. And third, we have a net total pickup of four friends to freedom in the House (a possible fifth in district 115 - we’ll just have to see). No seats fell to an anti or suspected anti.


This makes it much less likely that South Carolina will fall like North Carolina, at least for the next two years - while it is possible that the House and Senate might still squeak some sort of statewide smoking ban through, Haley will veto it (or I have the written proof that she’d be a liar) and it is very unlikely that the veto will be overridden.


The bad news is obvious: Around 50 races with challengers out of 124 possible races - and so many of those unchallenged races do contain blatant anti’s. And, of course, the disappointment that so many freedom-loving candidates, both Republican and Democrat, many eloquent in their communication to me, lost to incumbents who barely campaign, let alone respect freedom or even care to communicate on such.


Again, though, this was a good election overall. And we should be happy that many freedom-minded people do occupy office. I’d personally like to thank the below “Green” candidates for running - aside from their freedom friendly stances, they came across as genuinely good people.


How I tabulated wins/losses/washes


A slash through a name indicates that the candidate LOST


The word “OPEN” written in incumbent slots indicates that the incumbent either retired or was ousted in the primaries. Like all candidates, it will be rated based on the vacating candidate.


A loss for us is if an unknown or friendly to freedom incumbent (Green, Violet, Black)has been replaced (either in retirement or by defeat) by a known supporter of anti (Red) or suspected anti supporter (Orange) challenger.


A win for us is if a known or suspected anti incumbent (Red and Orange) has been replaced (either by retirement or defeat) by a Green, Violet or Black candidate. Now, granted, an unknown person (Black) with no legislative history or response to my inquiry one way or the other might turn out to be anti... but lets try and have a little hope here.


Most of the races are a wash. I will consider a race a wash if a positive or negative color group maintains the seat; i.e. seat stays Red or Orange or seat stays Green, Violet or Black. None of these results effectively changes the composition of the legislative body.


Below, based on their Bill authorship/sponsorship, voting record, public declarations of the past and present and, in many cases, personal correspondence, I can attempt to tell you who is what according to the following color scheme:

South Carolina House of Representatives

Election Races of Interest

House District: 13                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Abbeville, Greenwood & Laurens

Republican Candidates

Nikki Haley

House District: 69                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Lexington

Incumbent

Open

House District: 74                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Richland

Incumbent

Rutherford, J. Todd - D $

House District: 63                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Florence

Incumbent

Crawford, Dr. “Kris” - R $

Challengers

Gallagher, Sheila - D

    scgjune@aol.com

House District: 79                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Kershaw and Richland

Incumbent

Open

Challengers

Few, Sherri - R


Butler, Mia - D

House District: 102                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Berkeley

Incumbent

Jefferson, Joe - D $

South Carolina Governor

House District: 45                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Lancaster and York

Incumbent

Long, Deborah - R * $

House District: 17                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville and Laurens

Incumbent

Open

House District: 27                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville

Incumbent

Smith, Garry R.  - R *

Sciway - SC House Candidate Website Linkshttp://www.sciway.net/gov/sc-election-2010-house-offices.html

Updated: 12/15/2010

House District: 108                                        Result: Win!

Counties: Charleston and Georgetown

Incumbent

Miller, Vida O. - D $

Challengers

Ryan, Kevin - R

House District: 78                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Richland

Incumbent

Brady, Joan - R $

Challengers

George, Paige B. - D

    Paige@PaigeBGeorge.com

House District: 23                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville

Incumbent

Dillard, Chandra - D $

Challengers

Kolarik, Tom - R

House District: 101                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Williamsburg

Incumbent

Open

Challengers

Mishoe, Barbara W. - R


Sabb, Ronnie A. - D

House District: 119                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Charleston

Incumbent

Stavrinakis, Leon - D $

Challengers

Comment: Few is a friend to freedom. Gunn, the incumbent who was a confirmed enemy to freedom, has dropped out of the race. Butler hasn’t responded and is thus suspect.

Nikki Haley is a confirmed friend to freedom. She responded to me promptly and in writing. She’s getting my vote.


Vincent Sheheen is an enemy to freedom. He has consistently supported tax increases on tobacco, including this year’s fifty cent increase, and has support for bans.

Comment: Both Corbin and Salter are friends to freedom.

Comment: Dillard is an enemy to freedom. Kolarik is a friend to freedom.

Comment: Minor is a friend to freedom. So is Smith, though he had in the past given some support to a tax increase.

Comment: Long has shown support for freedom, but also supported the tax increase. Bernsdorff is a confirmed enemy to freedom.

Comment: By media declaration, Dr. Crawford is an enemy to freedom. Gallagher has not responded as of yet - you try.

Comment:  Brady consistently sponsors bans. George yet to respond - you try

Comment: Mishoe is a friend to freedom. Sabb has not responded to repeated attempts, and is thus suspect.

Comment: Miller is an enemy to freedom. Ryan would oppose a statewide ban.

Comment: Stavrinakis supports bans and taxes. Lee Edwards is a friend to freedom.

Sciway - Statewide Offices (& Governor)
                Website Linkshttp://www.sciway.net/gov/sc-election-2010-statewide-offices.html

Comment: Rutheford regularly champions a statewide ban and all things anti. Jones has no contact info and is suspect.

House District: 76                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Richland

Incumbent

Howard, Leon - D $

Comment: Kocher is a friend to freedom. Two years ago, Kocher got 10% of the vote, perhaps this year he’ll win and get the anti Howard out.

House District: 104                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Horry

Incumbent

Edge, Tracy R. - R

   http://www.votetracyedge.com/volunteer2.html

Challengers

Randall, Charles - D

Comment: Dr. Charles Randall has no stance other than to blindly vote the will of the majority, without respect for freedom or property rights. Edge yet to respond - you try.

House District: 37                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Spartanburg

Incumbent

Parker, Steve - R

Comment: Parker is a friend to freedom. Frazer is NOT.

House District: 38                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Spartanburg

Incumbent

Open

Comment: Lewis and Brannon are friends of freedom. Though Brannon had some support for the tax increase, he won’t raise it any more.

Project Vote Smart - See candidate position on some issues, if they posted responseshttp://www.votesmart.org/

This is our enemy. They have proven by deed or declaration that they definitely support all smoking bans, tax increases and other anti legislation.

A dubious candidate. Either by media article, website hints or their personal attributes (i.e; medical doctor), AND a failure of them to set  the record straight with me in correspondence, these people are strongly suspected to support smoking bans.


Orange will also be used for people who refuse to share their views, won’t take any stand or have no contact info for sharing their views AND are challenging a known good candidate.

Unknown. What separates them from orange is that their website or public declarations have not hinted at all that they are anti and I have reason to give them the benefit of the doubt.

This would mean that the candidate is opposed to smoking ban legislation, in businesses, of any form or degree (state or local) and, thus, truly supports individual and private property liberties.

Since we have the unfortunate reality that there are candidates that are against smoking bans but have some support for a tax increase, I will use a red asterisk to denote support for a tax increase, orange for a hesitant support for a tax increase or support for a small tax increase.

RED

ORANGE

BLACK

GREEN

* , *

VIOLET

Violet (Purple) indicates the candidate does NOT support a state-wide smoking ban, but does support local governments in passing bans. From a state representative perspective, the candidate won’t make things worse state-wide, but he or she does not demonstrate a respect for private property or business owners. Not ideal, but better than Red or Orange.

Comment: Crangle would not support a complete statewide ban, but would let locals ban. She also is a big supporter of tax increases, and might support more.  Quinn will not respond, and is thus suspect - you try.

Incumbent

Pinson, Gene - R * $

Comment: Gaskin opposes bans, though does support raising taxes. Pinson has a record of supporting tax increases. Can’t contact him on bans.

Challengers

Quinn, Rick - R

    rick@rickquinn.com


Crangle, Jan Steenson - D *

    jancrangle@gmail.com

House District: 22                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville                                       

Incumbent

Nanney, Wendy - R

Comment: Name notwithstanding, Nanney has indicated in the past that she does not support the draconian bans as seen in Greenville or Charleston. While not committed, Waters has some support for a statewide ban.

House District: 26                                        Result: Win!

Counties: Greenville and Pickens

Incumbent

Open

Comment: Bikas is a friend to freedom. Gilstrap won’t take a position, but says she is “highly allergic” to cigarette smoke and bemoans the fact that Greenville County Council will not take up the subject.

House District: 35                                        Result: Win!

Counties: Spartanburg

Incumbent

Open

Comment: Chumley is a friend to freedom. Davies won’t take a position.

House District: 47                                        Result: Wash

Counties: York

Comment: Kirsh is a friend to freedom. Pope wouldn’t support a state ban, but backs local bans. Both had support for a minor tax increase, not the one passed, and neither will not support a further increase.

Challengers

Pope, Tommy - R *

House District: 98                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Charleston and Dorchester

Incumbent

Open

Challengers

Murphy, Chris - R *


Jackson, Christine - D *

Comment: Republican Murphy and Democrat Jackson oppose bans, period. Murphy had some support for a tax increase; Jackson has definite support for a tax increase.

House District: 112                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Charleston and Georgetown

Incumbent

Sottile, Mike - R $

Comment: Sottile, as mayor of Isle of Palms, opposed a smoking ban there. He did, however, vote for the tax increase. Stransky is a complete friend to freedom.

House District: 85                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Lexington

Incumbent

Huggins, Chip - R $

Comment: Huggins voted for a ban in 06. Absolutely no contact info for Nelson.

House District: 87                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Lexington

Incumbent

Open

Comment: Atwater is okay, though he’d support a further tax increase with a decrease elsewhere. Oliver has yet to respond and is therefore tentatively suspect.

House District: 91                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Allendale and Barnwell

Incumbent

Hosey, Lonnie - D $

Comment: Sorry, but both candidates are hostile to freedom. Hosey voted for a ban in 06. Kinlaw wants to stop anyone from smoking and this is overriding whatever principles he might have about limited government. Might I suggest you write in a candidate but still vote in the Governor’s race.

Comment: Jefferson voted for a ban in 06 and has consistently supported bans and tax increases. Caplinger is a friend to freedom.

House District: 14                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens

Incumbent

Pitts, Mike - R

Comment: Mike A. Pitts supported a smoking ban in 06 and some tax increases in 08 and 10. Curry is opposed to a statewide ban.

House District: 20                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville                                       

Incumbent

Hamilton, Dan - R *

Comment: Macias is a friend to freedom. Hamilton is also a friend to freedom, but did have a tepid support for a smaller tax increase.


I previously had Hamilton down as red, based on 2006 ban vote - but it turns out it was a different Hamilton in district 20 ( a Glenn Hamilton, served 1997-2007) - whoda thunk?

House District: 18                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville                                       

Incumbent

Stringer, Tommy - R

Comment: Stringer is a friend to freedom. Edwards would be okay.

House District: 42                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Spartanburg and Union

Incumbent

Anthony, Mike - D $

Comment: English is a friend to freedom. I cannot contact Anthony - his record indicates strong support for tax increases, but no support for bans. He did NOT vote for a ban in 06.

House District: 44                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Lancaster

Incumbent

Neal, Jimmy - D $

Comment: Neal is an enemy to freedom. McCoy will not respond - you try.

Challengers

McCoy, Rob - R

    robmccoy@comporium.net

House District: 9                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Anderson

Incumbent

Open

Comment: Thayer is a friend to freedom. Taylor never responded.

House District: 10                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Anderson

Incumbent

Putnam, Joshua - R

Comment: Putman is a friend to freedom. Ballard has no contact.

House District: 48                                        Result: Wash

Counties: York

Incumbent

Norman, Ralph - R

Comment: Norman is a friend to freedom. Smith won’t support bans, but has some support for “user fees” on “social consequence behaviors”.

House District: 58                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Horry

Incumbent

Barfield, Liston - R

    LDB@schouse.org

Comment: Barfield has not responded, but he did vote against the tax increase. Robinson has no contact, and Johnson has not responded.

Challengers

Robinson, James III - Libertarian


Johnson, Butch - D

    alconact@bellsouth.net

House District: 60                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Florence and Sumter

Incumbent

Lowe, Phillip - R

Comment: Lowe is a friend to freedom. Webb hasn’t responded.

House District: 115                                        Result: Wash or Win - to be seen

Counties: Charleston

Incumbent

Hutto, Anne Peterson - D $

Challengers
McCoy, Peter - R
    info@petermccoy.org

Platt, Eugene - Greenmailto:info@petermccoy.orgshapeimage_71_link_0

Comment: Hutto and McCoy have not responded. Hutto voted for the tax increase, and is thus suspect. Platt has no contact info and is suspect. If you live there, might I suggest you contact McCoy and find out for us.

House District: 120                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Colleton and Hampton

Incumbent

Bowers, Bill - D $

Comment: Sorry, but both candidates are hostile to freedom. Bowers voted for a ban in 06. Lawrence loves bans and taxes. Might I suggest you write in a candidate but still vote in the Governor’s race.

$

This will indicate an incumbent candidate who voted yes to overriding Governor Sanford’s veto of the 50 cents per pack tax increase on cigarettes. I will also use it to indicate an incumbent who did not vote on the override at all AND has shown support for the increase in past votes. Dodging the vote is also a guilty action.

Ban Delineations

Tax Delineations

House District: 8                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Anderson and Oconee

Incumbent

Bowen, Don C. - R $

    bowenforhouse@yahoo.com

Comment: Dobbins and Carmany are both friends to freedom. Bowen is tight lipped on his position on bans, and is thus suspect. Though present, Bowen did not vote at all on the tax increase, thus aiding it’s passage.

House District: 12                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenwood and McCormick

Incumbent

Parks, Anne - D $

Challengers

McAbee, Jennings - R

    jenningsmcabee@hotmail.com

Comment: Parks supported a ban in 06.  McAbee never responded - you try

House District: 24                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville

Incumbent

Bannister, Bruce - R $

    bbannister@bannisterwyatt.com

Challengers

Swinton, DC - D and Green

Comment: Bannister will not respond. Normally, I stick to topic, but a quick peek at Swinton’s website shows he’s also a nut-job.

House District: 28                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville

Incumbent

Bedingfield, Eric - R

Comment: Bedingfield is a friend to freedom. Alvarez is suspect.

House District: 31                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Spartanburg

Incumbent

Mitchell, Harold - D $

Comment: Mitchell voted for a ban and taxes in 06, and this years tax increase. Fowler has no contact info.

House District: 46                                        Result: Wash

Counties: York

Incumbent

Simrill, Gary - R

Comment: Simril is okay, Cooper is not.

House District: 93                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Calhoun, Lexington and Orangeburg

Incumbent

Ott, Harry - D $

Comment: Stoudemire is a friend to freedom. Ott has not responded. Legislatively, Ott has supported taxes, including the recent increase, but not bans.

House District: 116                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Charleston and Colleton

Incumbent

Brown, Robert - D $

Comment: Brown is an enemy to freedom. Pike is a friend to freedom.

Shorthand: Green is best, Violet is okay, Black is unknown, Orange can be or is bad and Red is worst.

House District: 21                                        Result: Wash

Counties: Greenville                                       

Incumbent

Open $

Comment: Henderson would not support a statewide ban. Scarborough has not responded, and is thus suspect.

House District: 86                                        Result (in Primary): Win!

Counties: Aiken

Challengers

Taylor, Bill - R

Comment: Stewart voted for a ban in 06 and has shown some support for a tax increase. Taylor is a friend to freedom.