Election Guide 2014

<i>City Paper</i> endorsements for November 2014 election
City Paper endorsements for November 2014 election Slender Pickin's

We wanted to vote for Vincent Sheheen, the Democrat in this race. We really did. Replacing our incumbent Republican governor with a Democrat would be the easiest way to break up the near-unstoppable Republican trifecta (a Republican governor plus Republican majorities in the state House and Senate). But we can't bring ourselves to do it. — City Paper Staff


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T-Rav's campaign needed more porn-star flair, says co-star
T-Rav's campaign needed more porn-star flair, says co-star Southern Charm’s Sudler-Smith explains what went wrong with Ravenel’s run

Buried in the middle of a recent blog post about Southern Charm co-star Thomas Ravenel’s ill-conceived political ads, Whitney Sudler-Smith presented an interesting post-mortem take on T-Rav’s 2014 campaign for the U.S. Senate: He should have acted more like an Italian porn star. — Paul Bowers


I refuse to participate in a sham election, but I won't look down on you if you do
I refuse to participate in a sham election, but I won't look down on you if you do Why I Don't Vote

Now that Election Day is over and all the votes have been counted, the people who run things can get back to the very important business of raising money for the next election. — Mat Catastrophe


Tim Scott's inspirational story is far from inspirational
Tim Scott's inspirational story is far from inspirational A dream debunked

In the wake of Tim Scott historic election to the United States Senate, a lot is being made today about the South Carolinian's rise to power, in particular the pulled-himself-up-by-his-own-bootstraps story of how he went from being a poor, wayward African-American teen to a successful businessman. There's a problem though with his tale, a lesson that few, if any, are getting. — Chris Haire


Bobby Harrell got 4,178 votes in election despite being ineligible
Bobby Harrell got 4,178 votes in election despite being ineligible State Supreme Court allowed election to move ahead at last minute

No matter how many voters cast their ballots for Bobby Harrell yesterday, he wasn't going to win. But almost 40 percent of voters in House District 114 did just that. — Sam Spence


3 new members to join school board; little else changed in Charleston County elections
3 new members to join school board; little else changed in Charleston County elections Charleston County Council makeup remains unchanged

Election Day came and went in Charleston County with little drama. Four of the five County Council members up for re-election were running unopposed, and the only one who faced a challenger, Anna B. Johnson, won with 63 percent of the vote against opponent Thomas Legare’s 37 percent. Even Probate Judge Irvin G. Condon, who raised the hackles of the state attorney general in October by attempting to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, sailed to victory unopposed, carrying 99 percent of the vote (849 voters wrote in a candidate against him). — Paul Bowers


Republicans sweep statewide offices in S.C.
Republicans sweep statewide offices in S.C. No incumbents defeated in state or federal races

In Tuesday’s midterm election, Republicans maintained control of every statewide constitutional office. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley won a resounding victory over her repeat Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, earning 56 percent of the vote compared to Sheheen’s 41 percent. — Paul Bowers


5 statewide candidates have not filed final ethics reports
5 statewide candidates have not filed final ethics reports County Council candidate Thomas Legare also missed his second filing deadline this year

It’s the day before Election Day, and according to records on the State Ethics Commission website, five candidates for statewide offices have not filed their final campaign finance disclosures: Morgan Bruce Reeves, Steve French, Tom Thompson, David Edmond, and Emile DeFelice. — Paul Bowers


State Supreme Court overrules election officials, allows election to replace Harrell to move forward
State Supreme Court overrules election officials, allows election to replace Harrell to move forward Tinkler and state Republicans will meet later to argue specifics of case

The State Supreme Court ruled this afternoon that the general election can move forward in House District 114, where ex-House Speaker Bobby Harrell remains on the ballot but ineligible to be re-elected. — Sam Spence


Jenny Sanford opens up about 'Mark' in support of Deerin's bid for secretary of state
Jenny Sanford opens up about 'Mark' in support of Deerin's bid for secretary of state Former first lady endorses Democrat for secretary of state

Jenny Sanford is finally breaking her silence about 'Mark.' In a video posted today, former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford spilled the beans on 'Mark' . . . Secretary of State Mark Hammond, that is. — Sam Spence


Election officials call for special election to replace Harrell, Tinkler files appeal with State Supreme Court
Election officials call for special election to replace Harrell, Tinkler files appeal with State Supreme Court Election Commission rejects Harrell withdrawal letters, ruling that he was already disqualified over plea bargain

Voters in Bobby Harrell's old House district will have to head back to the polls to determine their next state representative, state election officials said today. — Sam Spence


Look up your South Carolina voting information here
Look up your South Carolina voting information here Remember, remember, the fourth of November

Not 100% sure who will be on your ballot when you step into the polls on Tuesday? The Voting Information Project has you covered. — Sam Spence


No special election to replace Harrell, Nov. 4 contest to proceed, state says
No special election to replace Harrell, Nov. 4 contest to proceed, state says Without sworn affidavit giving reason for withdrawal, election continues

There will not be a special election to replace Bobby Harrell, state election officials announced today. The former House Speaker, who pleaded guilty to ethics violations last week, will remain on the November 4 ballot for House District 114 voters, but regardless of how many votes he gets, he won't be eligible to win the election. — Sam Spence


Despite guilty plea and pending resignation, Bobby Harrell's name will be on November ballot
Despite guilty plea and pending resignation, Bobby Harrell's name will be on November ballot State awaiting guidance on how to handle general election

Bobby Harrell's guilty plea this morning on state ethics charges may have brought an end to his political and legal troubles, with less than two weeks before Election Day, the complicated process of determining how he will be replaced is just getting started. — Sam Spence


Stegelin: Meet your 2014 candidates for governor
Stegelin: Meet your 2014 candidates for governor It's a Great Day in South Carolina

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