The official recount is over, and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer has won by over three thousand votes again. It might be tough for his opponent, liberal lobbyist Robert Barber to face, but it is time for Barber to pack it in. Barber lost. It was close. It was hard fought. But, Mr. Barber and his lobbyists friends lost. We will see what level of class Mr. Barber has later today at this scheduled press conference. I hope the has the class to concede and accept the close loss. But, if his debate demeanor is any indication, we won't know until Barber utters the words of concession.
As for Floyd, her apparent defeat got smaller, as Rex's 500 plus vote lead dwindled down during the recount. One can be assured if Rex was 400 or so votes down in over a million votes cast, the Democrats would be crying foul and crying loud about people denied to the polls. Floyd has the same option, as I have stated in an earlier post. Her biggest problem is the fact that GOP voters typically seem to be smart enough to know how to vote and know who they are voting for. It is just hard convince people that GOP voters were too dumb on election day to show up with proper ID and the like. Rex will probably win. But, the length it takes to determine that will be based on how much personal money and Howard Rich money Floyd can bring to bear in any challenge.
In the State House races, it looks like Republican George Bailey is out. The only real contested race seems to be a county council race in Kershaw County, where Democratic voters where allegedly turned away from voting. (Why doesn't this happen with GOP voters?, especially in counties that have Democrats dominating the local election commissions?)
As with all things like this time will tell. But, one thing is certain, it is time for liberal lobbyist Robert Barber to concede to Lt. Governor Andre Bauer. We will see if Barber has the personal class to do so later today.