Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Candidate will fill seat long held by Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.
Updated Wednesday morning with more votes counted in the race. Republican Paul Thurmond appeared likely to win the S.C. Senate District 41 race late Tuesday, defeating Democrat Paul Tinkler. Numbers from Charleston County put Thurmond more than 4,000 votes ahead in the race, with 24,989 votes to Tinkler's 20,094. More votes were still uncounted in Dorchester County, and absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Noting the record number of absentee ballots cast this election — nearly a third of all votes cast statewide in the 2012 General Election — Tinkler said he planned to wait for all votes to be counted before conceeding or making a victory speech, should the absentee ballots break his way. "The absentee turnout was so heavy it could …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Show us what you earned in that long line this morning!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Bobbie Rose and Keith Blandford appear at League of Women Voters forum.
Rep. Tim Scott declined a debate Wednesday with his challengers on the Nov. 6 ballot, opting instead for a scheduled campaign event in Bluffton. But his opponents, Democrat Bobbie Rose and Libertarian Keith Blandford, took the opportunity to speak with 40 voters at a League of Women Voters forum. The event was also streamed live online and will be available at the LWV website. Rose criticized Scott for not attending the forum. "Right now, we have a Congressman, but we don't have a representative," she said. "Tim Scott did not show up for work today." She called for universal Pre-K education, claiming leaving it up to states would be leaving some students without the important resource. Rose also stressed the importance of technical …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Where can you watch the Debate in Charleston? The Charleston County Republican Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Parson Jack’s Cafe, 3417 G Shelby Ray Court, Charleston. Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are presented …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Obama campaign knocks governor over deficit-cutting suggestions
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's hard to deny the advantage that fmr. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has coming out of the first debate. But the governor did leave the stage with some baggage — a big, yellow-feathered bag. President Obama's campaign has frequently criticised the governor for not getting specific on promises to cut the defecit. When debate moderator Jim Lehrer pressed Romney for an example of waste he planned to target in the budget, Romney settled on PBS and called out Big Bird in particular. Public Broadcasting has been a particular target of the GOP, including U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Gov. Nikki Haley. It's good red meat for conservatives who see public broadcasting as a waste or another arm of the "liberal media." But Romney has been criticised since the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
County courthouse will be packed Monday with party leaders, election officials, candidates and lawyers in a case that could shift the ground in several local races.
The legal challenge impacting several Dorchester GOP candidates will reach the courtroom Monday morning as the days grow thin between now and an Aug. 15 deadline to get on the November ballot. Dorchester County Judge Howard P. King will hear motions in the increasingly crowded case of the Dorchester Democrats vs. area GOP leaders, Republican candidates and election board officials. The requests include defense motions to dismiss and for summary judgement. See a complete list. The genesis of the case comes from a S.C. Supreme Court decision in the spring that forced hundreds of candidates off primary and general election ballots. State law requires that candidates file ethics paperwork at the same time as campaign filing. Due to a newer …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Work of local winner available at campaign's online shop.
Beyonce, Marc Jacobs, Sean John — pop culture and fashion icons who have contributed their designs to Obama 2012 campaign T-shirts and accessories. You can add Laurel Stender to that list. The North Charleston graphic designer won an online contest last month to get her design on campaign T-shirts. The shirts are now available at the Obama campaign's shop. Stender was on the ground for Obama in 2008, volunteering at a campaign office and working at the polls on Election Day. "When I got the initial email about the details of the contest, I thought it would be a great, creative way for me to lend my talents in support of his re-election campaign," Stender tells Patch. "I wanted to create a design that showed a coming together, much like a …
Friday, July 6, 2012
"He'll get it together, because we need him to get it together."
Mitt Romney needs to hone his attack in the presidential race, says U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). The first-term congressman is "hopeful" the current low-key Romney campaign is preparing for a more forceful approach in the fall. "I'm hoping he is figuring out right now what exactly is coming at him and getting a very tight, crisp response," Scott said Thursday night to a crowd of more than 100 conservative 9/12 members from across the Lowcountry. He told the group that he spoke with Romney advisers on Friday, offering suggestions on strategy. "I'm hoping that his campaign is well-oiled enough to get that response together now," Scott said. "And then, when you begin firing, you fire relentlessly until election day." One of two freshmen …
Monday, July 2, 2012
South Carolina's senator setting his sites on big conservative cash.
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will be pulling away from his Senate Conservatives Fund so that his pet project for growing like-minded GOPers in the chamber can achieve Super PAC status. For two election cycles, DeMint has been raising and spending $17 million across the country to get like-minded conservative Republicans elected to the U.S. Senate. Politico notes Monday morning that DeMint has caught on to the appeal of big spending Super PACs. The change provides an opportunity for more contributions — it just requires DeMint to take a step back from the operation of the PAC. Matt Hoskins, the DeMint operative overseeing the PAC, told Politico that the Senate Conservative Fund has more than 100,000 low-dollar donors. "It makes sense to begin the …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Summerville and Dorchester County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Summerville Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. You can also click here to see the latest election news. The Ballot Mess knocked hundreds of candidates off the June primary ballots and leaves dozens working on petition campaigns. We have had our own campaign mess in Dorchester County after initially candidates being deemed "safe" and ensuring lawsuits claiming they were not. Most Dorchester County-based candidates have remained on the ballot. The Red Palmetto and Blue Palmetto surveys are weekly attempts to connect our readers to the …