Election Day 2012 put us to sleep: A wrap-up

Knotts knocked out of Senate

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Let it be known from now until the end of time that Election Day 2012 was a snoozer, a nasty-ass vodka tonic and Ambien cocktail. And it's amazing that any of us awoke the next day.

However, there was one Election Day shocker, one little blip on the statewide radar that briefly quickened the pulses of political junkies. Katrina Shealy defeated long-time state Sen. Jake E. Knotts, the rotund Midland good ol' thug who called Nikki Haley a "raghead" and who has long been a Statehouse embarrassment, even if you manage to overlook his long-standing bromance with former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. But what makes Shealy's victory over Knotts truly remarkable is the fact that she was a petition candidate. Like 200 others, Shealy had been tossed off the ballot earlier in the year. So kudos to her even if she's Tea Partier. Ding dong, the Big Boy bigot is done.


Locally, the Paul Thurmond-Paul Tinkler race seemed like it might get really interesting. On Election Night it was pretty clear that Thurmond had the lead over Tinkler — the race between the two had gotten oddly contentious as we got closer to E.D. 2012 — but Strom's son wasn't declared the winner until the next day, winning 55.74 percent of the vote.

Truth be told, the only other race that was even a little bit exciting was the showdown for Charleston County Auditor. Yes, you heard that right. And in that one the Democrat, Peter Tecklenberg, defeated Republican Paul Gawrych, who had earlier beaten long-time auditor Peggy Moseley in the GOP primary. The choice was easy for anybody who had seen Gawrych's campaign signs which proclaimed that he was for "higher standards, lower taxes." Apparently, nobody bothered to tell him that the auditor sends out tax bills. He doesn't have the ability to raise or lower taxes.

Around the Holy City and the state, most other incumbents cruised to easy victories on Election Day thanks to the Ballotgate candidate purge, with many bringing in impressive voter percentages in the upper 90s, we're talking about guys like Mike Sottile, Wendell Gilliard, Chip Limehouse, Leon Starinakis, Vincent Sheheen, and Larry Grooms.

However, not every incumbent made it through the day so easily. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell only captured 74 percent of the vote against petition candidate John Steinberger and Green Partier Larry Carter Center. Now, this may have had something to do with Harrell's recent campaign reimbursement troubles or it could've been because Steinberger had a couple thousand buddies who wanted to give him and Election Day participation trophy. Who knows?

Tim Scott squeaked out an even smaller margin of victory against first timer Bobby Rose, who managed to capture 33.52 percent of the vote, giving the Republican darling 62.33 percent of the vote. Of course, this doesn't mean that Scott is in any bit of trouble. With 62.33 percent of the vote, Scott trounced his opponent. It's just yet another example of the Democrats fielding an older sacrificial candidate instead of a young up-and-comer to take on a GOP superstar. (See Vic Rawl in the 2010 U.S. Senate race for Jim DeMint's seat and Alex Sanders against Lindsey Graham in the 2002 Senate race.)

Here's hoping that Election 2014 is a little more fun. Here hoping for a Nikki Haley-Vincent Sheheen rematch.

For more fun, check out these articles:

Katrina Shealy (State Senate District 23)
Shealy says she will vote to loosen gun laws, give tax credits for private schools - The State
Woman breaks into South Carolina's all-male Senate - USA Today/AP
Shealy knocks off Knotts in Lexington to become only woman in Senate - The State
It's the end of the road for Jake Knotts [VIDEO] - WIS-TV

Paul Thurmond (State Senate District 41)
A new Sen. Thurmond? Former Chas. County councilman likely replacing McConnell - Post and Courier
Final Election Day results are becoming clear - Post and Courier
Paul Thurmond reacts to election [VIDEO] - Count on 2
Thurmond defeats Tinkler, wins District 41 seat - Live 5 News

Peter Tecklenburg (Charleston County Auditor)
Tecklenburg to be next Charleston County auditor - Count on 2
Tecklenburg wins Charleston County Auditor post - Post and Courier

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I had really hoped to see at least a few baby steps in the direction of balanced government in South Carolina, but all we got were more Republicans.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on November 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

You expect Me to put on sack cloth and ashes and
talk about the Obama victory, about what Romney
did wrong? You got the wrong man. Let's talk
about the electoral crimes committed in the name
of Barack Hussein Obama.

In the nominations of 2008, the DNC went from
primary to primary, slashing Clinton Democrats
from the polls in state after state. The DNC
sliced, diced and pared that nomination like
an apple, until the only candidate left standing,
was Barack Obama. No company or government
department can legally chose their employees
that way, but the Supreme Court said the
Democrat Party was, get this, a Private
organization and was free to run their business
as they saw fit.

In the selection of 2012, Obamacrats sent an
army of underage teenagers out hopping from poll
to poll, changing their names at every station,
casting votes for Obama like Easter Eggs along
the way. Democrat election officials didn't card
Anybody, nobody knew who voted, how many times
they voted or cared. It spread from New Jersey
to New York, to Pennsylvania to Ohio, across the
country like a plague of rabbits, bent on razing
democracy to the barren ground. Hell, in New Jersey,
they didn't even have to leave the comfort of home,
they could cast multiple ballots simply
by changing email addresses, like American Idol.

To have a mandate, it takes More than a majority
of the Votes, you have to have a majority of the
Voters. Obama has no such majority. That was no
election, That was a coup, and Obama will go down
as the most corrupt head of the most corrupt
political organization in American history, and
that is saying a LOT.

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Posted by Jaddy Baddy on November 11, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Jaddy, you don't have to post the same nonsense more than once...
You are like someone who is ignored when he says something stupid, so he just says it again louder.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on November 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

brainless Haire misses the boat again... at least he labeled the problem correctly BALLOTgate .........................but Bobby Harrell is going to jail over AIRPLANEgate..... ................LtGov Ard is lucky A JUDGE let him off with 5 years probation and some heavy fines.... .................Bobby stole a million dollars from campaign donors, mostly FROM corporations who he sells TO our state property like BANDWIDTH to Verizon for 3 cents on the dollar....Bobby stole 110 trips to Columbia in recent years at 900 BobbyBuck$ a trip.... the only legal RE-IMBURSEMENT from taxpayers is 44.5 CENTS per mile one way at the beginning of the week and 44.5 cents per mile back home at the end of the week..... enriching yourself buying a half million dollar plane & parking it at ATLANTIC AVIATION in North Charleston is a crime of fraud when you claim travel to the job as legislator is an alleged CAMPAIGN EXPENSE ? ............NOW Bobby did travel legally to Key West Florida to snob around with the other 48 State House Speakers & their girlfriends..... for the record I am a Democrat expelled from the BALLOTgate by corrupt SC Sup Ct judges EX PARTE .... ................I don't live in Lexington, County, I'm not a defendant in a Jake Knotts scam at bar.... ...............My fusion campaign was to be no different from BIG WINNER COLLEEN CONDON who held 3 ballot lines of GREEN, WF & DEM parties.... .................so hairless brainless Chris calls me a "Partier?" And he asks "Who knows?" People who search for facts know. He could call me, my number has been on most of my posts for 5 years here on City Pages..... Haire could have watched Comcast Channel 2 Savage Report where Steinberger and I could be viewed for 6 minutes talking about 526 or what matters in House District 114 & state laws..... Haire could even pick up a copy of West of the Ashley newspaper and read detailed positions of 2 honest candidates for office while BOBBY HARRELL WAS BUSY mailing out 80 thousand dollars worth of Riley & Scott & McConnell endorsement post cards or a hundred thousand dollars worth of signs from East Cooper to Dorchester County & even more on radio ads.... Bobby got what his rich corporation lobbyists paid for, re-election in the cybervote....now it is time for law enforcement to arrest the thief, call Bobby the James & Tammy Faye Bakker of theocracy.... his golden AIRPLANEgate his ticket to a state prison cell. Call Alan Wilson and Roland Smith in Columbia and tell them to do their job & put the cuffs on Bobby.... www.hireLarryFireBobby.com 843-926-1750 @Greens926_1750 @VoteLarryDis114 Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com

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Posted by Volunteer BodyGuards on November 12, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Volunteer BodyGuards and Zoomru: separated at birth or by account name?

I can't even begin to subject myself to the eyestrain to read that. I hope that you had nothing important to say, but if you did, may I suggest some formatting work to break your ideas into clearly-separated paragraphs?

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Posted by factoryconnection on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

If 170,000 votes in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire flip, it’s President-elect Romney. All of President Obama’s popular vote margin comes from California and New York.

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Posted by sdr35hw on November 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Your point is?

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on November 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The point is that all the Democratic whining that the GOP made fun of in 2000 and 2004 has come back to bite them on the ass in a huge way this year.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on November 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Henry McMaster is doing next to zero to reform our corrupt political process. I testified before his boss Nimrata Haley's Commission for PUBLICALLY FUNDED ELECTIONS AS ARE doing well in 5 states from AZ to CT..... Bobby Harrell meanwhile continues to roam free stealing money from the public trough at will in his drug repackaging monopoly he created when he used his Speakers Office to pressure the Pharmacy Board to let his set up his "business." Why are voters so racist and obsessed with Obusha in WDC when the stealing and fraud is so rampant here in Charleston ? I'm running for Congress to clean up corporation fascism and theft by the likes of Bobby Harrell, Mayor Riley enabling terrorism at the abortion clinic & delayed conversion from fossil fuels and slow cancer nukes to GREEN NEW DEAL ENERGY JOB SYSTEMS 843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com

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