Washington Post sees chance for Smith in SC

There were a couple of SC-related items of interest in The Washington Post today.

One was to be expected: Coverage of Trump’s visit here last night. The headline pretty much says it all:

Trump makes runoff election for SC governor about him, too

For national reporters, that makes it a same-old, same-old occurrence.

The other item is more interesting. The headline is, “Could anti-incumbent fever leave an opening for Democrats in Oklahoma and South Carolina governor’s races?,” and it begins:

Oklahoma and South Carolina don’t top the list for most competitive gubernatorial races in 2018, but Democrats hope to reach for both governor’s mansions this year anyway — especially if Republicans nominate unpopular incumbent and incumbent-tied candidates Tuesday.

The story here isn’t necessarily about President Trump.

Republicans may be victims of their own success in governor’s mansions. They hold a near-record-high number of them: 33 of 50. In states such as Oklahoma and South Carolina, the very fact they’re in power could be hurting them.

Voters in both states with elections Tuesday are incredibly unhappy with their current governors. Some of that discontent is personality-driven, such as in South Carolina, where Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is having trouble unpinning the label his opponents slapped on him as a corrupt insider. His runoff against businessman John Warren on Tuesday is expected to be close, even after Trump goes there Monday night to campaign for McMaster….

After that, the story is mostly about Oklahoma, just briefly returning to SC down in this graf:

In South Carolina, Democrats nominated a veteran and Purple Heart recipient, state Rep. James Smith, who’s been able to campaign while McMaster has been focused for the past few weeks on his runoff….

Which isn’t even entirely accurate. James has mainly left it to the two Republicans to dominate the headlines the last couple of weeks while he takes some family time. His general election campaign has yet to start — but based on a conversation I had with him today, look to hear a lot more soon.

I look forward to somebody from the Post coming down here and doing a fuller job of reporting on what’s going on down here. I’d value that outside perspective…

If the Post had checked Twitter, they'd have seen that James has been hiking in Alaska with son Thomas and dog Laffey.

If the Post had checked Twitter, they’d have seen that James has been hiking in Alaska with son Thomas.

6 thoughts on “Washington Post sees chance for Smith in SC

  1. Doug T

    Voted around 6:45 this evening I was voter #38. When I voted 2 weeks ago around the same time I was voter #225 (Dem primary). Way light turnout. I am of the mindset that voting is my obligation as long as I know the issues and candidates (as long as they are democrats).

    Reviving the argument, I have voted straight Dem for decades. It’s the issues that matter. If a nice person who helps lil old ladies cross streets but who would vote against Medicaid expansion ran against a dishonest scoundrel who would vote for Medicaid expansion I would vote for the scoundrel who most likely would be a democrat. I don’t know why this is so difficult to understand. Civil rights, human rights, health care, immigration, NRA…… c’mon. It’s the basic issues.

    But…I may have a change of plans this autumn. The stench from Quinn and Wilson surrounding Smith may be too much to overcome. Smith just seems like an empty suit. Also his frequent mention during the debates of being a vet came across as a little too self serving. We’ll see. I may go Libertarian or Green or something, but not GOP that’s for certain.

    ….and I’m not a robot.

    1. bud

      Yep Doug Smith IS pretty uninspiring. He will lose to the slumlord but he’ll have my vote. His flaws are plentiful.

  2. Doug T

    Is there a better site to watch election returns that the New York Times website? It’s terrific or I don’t know any better.

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