Wednesday, November 7, 2012
There were 35,792 additional registered voters in this election, but only 67.3 percent of all registered voters participated — down from 76.5 percent in 2008.
In Greenville County, 192,751 ballots were cast in the 2012 general election, more than 67.3 percent of registered users participated in this year's presidential election. The turnout was greatly helped by more than 20,000 absentee ballots filed prior to the election. In total votes, 883 additional people voted in 2012 than in 2008. But in terms of voter turnout, 2012 was down from more than 76.5 percent in 2008, when there were 35,792 fewer registered voters, to 67.3 percent. The top three precincts for voter turnout were Greenville 18, Graze Branch and Sugar Creek. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Greenville 24.
The freshman Republican wins big over his two rivals for the District 4 seat.
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy handily won re-election to Congress on Tuesday night with nearly 65 percent of the vote. Based on unofficial vote tallies, the freshman Republican congressman received 171,505 votes to 89,094 votes for Democrat Deb Morrow, and 3,341 votes for Jeff Sumerel It was a night for incumbents. All six of South Carolina's Congressmen won re-election. Tim Scott (R-1), Jeff Duncan (R-3), and Gowdy all won with 60 percent (or more) of the vote. Joe Wilson (R-2) and James Clyburn (D-6) ran unopposed. Mick Mulvaney (R-2) won his race over Joyce Knott 55-45 percent. The first occupant of the seat for the new House District 7 will be Tom Rice (R), who defeated Gloria Tinubu by a margin of 55-45 percent. Gowdy was first elected in 2010…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Greenwood supporter inspired 'fired up' chant that's been campaign staple since 2007.
President Barack Obama's final campaign speech ended with the story of Edith Childs, a Greenwood, S.C., resident who inspired a popular campaign slogan that has followed Obama for nearly five years. Childs was one of just 20 or so folks at a 2007 Obama rally in rural South Carolina. When the crowd seemed less than enthused to meet then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Childs yelled out "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" Since then, the chant has become a staple at Obama rallies all across the country, and it has fueled small-time fame for Childs, who has been using the chant since her days as a NAACP civil rights worker. "She became a celebrity. She was written up in the Wall Street Journal," Obama told the crowd. She has also traveled to the White House …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Find out by searching our interactive campaign contribution database.
Picking a candidate to support is a hugely personal and private decision for most. But not if you've contributed to a presidential campaign. To get a glimpse into your neighbors' plans come election day, Patch has created an interactive database so you can see how much your neighbors are donating to the presidential campaign — and to which candidate they’re writing their checks. We’ve included communities across South Carolina, so if you want to see what the campaign contributions in nearby towns are like, go right ahead. Note: The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports, and is current through October.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Republican vice presidential candidate waved to the media and then ducked into a dark SUV to leave Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Thursday night.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his family arrived in the Upstate Thursday. Ryan arrived just after 8:30 p.m. at Stevens Aviation, on the grounds of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Ryan, accompanied by his wife, Janna and children Liza, 10, Charles, 8, and Sam, 7, waved to the members of the media from the staircase as they left the plane, before ducking into a black SUV. The Ryans were escorted off the grounds in a 10-vehicle caravan. Ryan will attend a fundraiser at the home of Greenville developer Phil Hughes. The admission price will be $1,000. However, those paying $5,000 will get the chance to have their picture taken with Ryan.
The Republican vice presidential candidate is attending a private fundraiser Friday morning.
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in the Upstate Thursday night. Ryan is expected to arrive at Stevens Aviation at 8:50 p.m. for a private fundraiser to be held on Friday. Read this recent Patch article for more background on the fundraiser. According to the Ryan campaign, he will not conduct any interviews with the media. Ryan is expected to attend a fundraiser at the home of Greenville developer Phil Hughes at 9 a.m. Friday. Admission to the event is $1,000, other media outlets have reported.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Where to Watch the Debate around the Upstate: Drinking Liberally of Greenville will host a debate party beginning at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick's, 1565 Laurens Road, Greenville. Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are …
Friday, September 21, 2012
District 4 congressional candidates Deb Morrow and Jeff Sumerel to hold public town hall events next week — minus no-show incumbent Trey Gowdy.
A pair of U.S. House candidates bidding to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Trey Gowdy will appear together in two separate town hall-style forums next week. The forums, open to the public, will feature Democratic challenger Deb Morrow of Spartanburg, and Jeff Sumerel, an independent candidate and filmmaker from Greenville loosely affiliated with the Green Party, which has nominated him. The first forum will be held Monday, September 24 from 7-8 p.m. at the Greenville Main Library, and the second will be held Saturday, September 29 from 1-2 p.m. at the Spartanburg Main Library in the Barrett Room. Gowdy was invited to attend the events, but declined, citing scheduling conflicts. Morrow, facing an uphill bid to unseat Gowdy, recently …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gowdy's Democratic challenger for Congress gets the nod from the S.C. Working Families Party.
Democrat Deb Morrow, who faces an uphill battle to unseat District 4 Congressman Trey Gowdy in November, will get at least an extra boost today. At an afternoon press conference this afternoon in Spartanburg, Morrow will pick up the cross endorsement of the S.C. Working Families Party. Though a minor political party, it's a state-certified one, formed in 2006. With the endorsement, which essentially acts as a party nomination, Morrow will appear twice on the ballot. That might not necessarily translate into more votes, but it will serve as extra exposure on the ballot and win her the support of the party's grassroots activist base, party officials said. Votes cast for Morrow on the Working Families ballot line count toward the candidates …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum thanks the state, flames Obama, and tepidly touts Romney in brief address at SCGOP fundraiser.
SPARTANBURG — With the presidential election heating up and the Republican National Convention just around the corner, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped in Spartanburg on Monday night to rally the troops. The event was a SCGOP fundraiser, an event hatched by Santorum himself, who wanted to thank Upstate Republicans for their support during his campaign. Santorum spent more time in the state than any other GOP candidate during the primaries, spending a great deal of that time in the Upstate. Santorum, whose ties to the state are strengthened further by a brother who lives in Hilton Head, and a son who just entered The Citadel, took the occasion to reiterate his gratitude to the state — but also to take aim at President…