Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The votes from Tuesday party primary runoffs were certified Thursday with only minor changes to the final tallies as a result of contested ballots.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu and Tom Rice will face each other in November to determine who will be the first person to hold the new District 7 Congressional seat in Washington starting in January.
After all the votes were counted in Georgetown County in the party nomination runoffs Tuesday, it was a Tinubu landslide in the Democratic race as she received 2,580 votes and her opponent, Preston Britain picked up 372 votes.
Districtwide, Tinubu was declared the winner by the Associated Press at 9 p.m. Tuesday, about 30 minutes after Brittain called Tinubu to concede the race.
He also said she has his support in November.
Tinubu received 17,876 votes (73%) districtwide compared to Brittain’s 6,718.
Tinubu won the Democratic runoff after a contentious 10 days of legal wrangling.
The state Election Commission declared Gloria Bromell Tinubu the winner two weeks ago, but a judge ruled Friday the commission counted the votes incorrectly and put her in a runoff with lawyer Brittain with just four days to campaign.
“We are elated. I think it will motivate our party even more to get the votes out so that we will have a victory in November. Not only for the 7th District but for the president as well,” Tinubu said Tuesday night.
On the Republican side, in Georgetown County, Rice defeated Andre Bauer 2,476 to 1,301.
He was also declared the winner at about 9 p.m. as, at that time he led Bauer 56% to 44% districtwide.
When all the votes were counted, Rice received 16,797 votes while Bauer received 13,148.
In a speech in Litchfield Monday, Bauer said if he did not win he would support Rice in November.
The Republican race was the more contentious of the two.
In TV ads, Bauer said Rice is a “moderate” who will raise taxes. Rice’s wife took to the airwaves in a radio ad to suggest that electing Bauer to Congress would come back to embarrass the state.
After the votes were tallied Tuesday, Rice said he feels he knows why he had such a decisive victory.
“Mr. Bauer’s campaign was so very negative. I think it turned a lot of people off,” Rice said.
In Georgetown County, 16.5% of the registered voters cast a ballot Tuesday. Of that total, 3,799 voted in the Republican Primary while 2,968 voted in the Democratic race.
Less than an hour after the votes were counted, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connnelly issued a statement praising Rice and attacking Tinubu.
“Tom Rice has strong, deep roots in the 7th district and he’ll be an outstanding advocate for the district in Congress. The South Carolina Republican Party will work tirelessly to elect him on November 6. I also want to commend Andre Bauer for running a hard-fought campaign,” said chairman Connelly.
He said Tinubu “is out of touch with South Carolina values. She is a radical, left-wing candidate with strong ties to the Green Party and the AFL-CIO union bosses. The South Carolina Republican Party will expose her questionable ties and radical record in the coming days.”
The state Democratic Party fired back via Twitter.
“If Republican’s worked half as hard as Dr. Tinubu, state government wouldn’t be on the verge of a shutdown this week. The Republican runoff was a race between Nikki Haley and Andre Bauer and either way South Carolina loses. They spent the last week in the 7th demonstrating the petty, selfish politics voters have come to expect from Republicans,” the Tweet states. “Dr. Tinubu demonstrated the alternative Democrats are offering: determined and hardworking.”
By Scott Harper