After looking at the results over the past hundred or so years as best I could for constitutional offices, I have to say the past general election was historic. It appears we have never had one constitutional race, much less two, so closely decided at this years Lt. Governor's and Super. of Education races. We are in new territory in South Carolina with those two races.
First, let's look at the Lt. Governor's race. Lt. Governor Bauer is ahead by 3,000 plus votes, and it is unlikely that any challenge will overturn that result. Mr. Barber has to do his duty as his party's nominee and wait on the official recount to concede, but after that official recount, it will be time for Mr. Barber to realize that this cock fight is over, and he lost. Look for a bitter concession statement from him in the next few days.
Then there is the Education race. What a race. Jim Rex is ahead by 507 votes out of over almost 1.1 million votes cast. I did not vote for Ms. Floyd, I voted Libertarian in the race, however, if Floyd played the election game like Democrats have done over the years, there are some questions she might want to make sure are answered, to make sure, as our Democratic brothers and sisters put, "every vote counts" There is plenty of time to make sure, so here are the questions I would ask if I were in her campaign's camp.
1) Are there a number of people who went to the polls to vote for Floyd that were turned away at the polls? If so, what were the reasons that they were turned away? Who made the decisions? What is the background of those who made the decisions?
2)Is there a way we can make sure the computer program that counted the votes is accurate? What about the problem in Greenville County, a heavily Republican county? What proof do we have that they actually got their computer counting program in good working order and that their count is accurate?
3)Is there a way to call for a hand count of the paper absentee ballots throughout the state? Who counts them? What are their backgrounds?
4)Is there a way to make sure that all absentee votes were in fact legitimate? Who makes that decision? What are their backgrounds? Do they have any partisan ties?
The above questions are just things I would ponder if I were in Floyd's position. We all know the Democrats would ponder such, heck, the Democrats are already raising money for any potential legal fight over the voting.
If the education race was fought to the end, it would take a complicated legal approach involving both state and federal laws. It could drag out for weeks, or even months.
Who knows what will happen? Floyd might accept the recount on its face if she loses it and concede. But, she and the Republicans ought to keep one thing in mind. If the tables were turned and Mr. Rex was down by 507 votes, one could be assured the Democrats would find things to cry foul about in the process and fight it to the end.
We will find out this week how it all shakes out.