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Can Republicans Pull A Coup In The Oct. 1 Dist. 42 Election?
9/10/2013 4:06:16 PM

The Aug. 13 Democratic primary election and subsequent Aug. 27 run off election to fill the unexpired term of S.C. Dist. 42 Sen. Robert Ford brought only about seven percent of the district’s voters to the polls. Dist. 42 is considered a safe Democratic district where some 65 percent of residents are minority. Can Republicans pull a coup if Democrats stay home for the Oct. 1 special election?
Charleston County Republican Party Chairman John Steinberger said the low voter turnout in the primary and run off elections definitely means Republican Billy Shuman and Libertarian Alex Thornton need to get their supporters to the polls. As with any election, the Oct. 1 special election represents an opportunity, he said.

Shuman’s message of improving the district’s failing public schools, offering school choice options and jobs creation resonates among voters of every background, Steinberger said.
Former Charleston County Democratic Party Chairman George Temple said Democratic nominee Marlon Kimpson knows the Dist. 42 seat held by his party almost three decades hasn’t been won. The party’s task is to get more voters to the polls Oct. 1, he said.
After the run off election, Kimpson made that commitment.
Candidly, Temple said he is unsure if the party will get more than eight percent of its voter base to the polls Oct. 1, but they are moving forward.
“The problem is South Carolina voters, both Black and white, don’t vote in their own best interest,” Temple said.
“We have to find ways to say to voters that our candidate is the one who will work for the stuff they care about, that Kimpson will represent us, our interests in education and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
The district’s 65 percent minority population shouldn’t be perceived as Democrats, but as individuals who are wise enough to think for themselves and make the right choices in their own interests, Temple said.
“The Oct. 1 special election is an opportunity,” Temple said. “It’s an opportunity to let voters know Marlon Kimpson will represent them.”

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