This has turned out to be a long night, an early morning, however you want to describe it. There seems to be one box out still in Greenville County. Karyn Floyd, whom I argued was far too slick for her own good, has went from heavy favorite to the candidate trailing by 217 votes. Lt. Governor Bauer is up by a few hundred and should be in fairly good shape the box out is indeed in Greenville. That one dadgummed box could decide two races.
I have to say hat's off, win or lose, to the Rex people. They hung in there, and with about 5% of the conservative vote breaking for other candidates, yes, that includes me, I voted for Moultie, they just might keep the office.
I am sure lawyers, guns and money will be brought to bear before this one is over, forgive my quoting and old Hank Williams Jr. song. But, this is going to be interesting.
I can not help but think if Floyd would have been not as slick and just stood up for her principles, like tution tax credits, clearly, how this night could have been different. Forty something thousand votes bled away from her to other "reform" candidates.
Maybe a big box from Greenville out there will save the Floyd campaign. But, even if it does a big lesson has been taught. You have to be clear with the voters, even if you have big money and a slick campaign.
Also, if you are a SC Democrat, you have to have some concern. In the biggest Democratic night since 1974, you have to scratch and claw to hold on to oneconstitutional office. Your living legend, Grady Patterson was whipped soundly. That ought to be sobering.
Again, what a night. I now will try to get a little sleep because I have to work for a living. And, as I said before, Howard Rich and his friends will probably want a refund.