Knotts Would Have HURT Moore, Polls Say
According to polling information obtained exclusively by FITS, the now-defunct Jakie Knotts for Governor campaign - had it continued - would actually have benefitted incumbent Republican Gov. Mark Sanford and hurt Democratic nominee Tommy Moore.
The polling, which sources close to Knotts indicated was the determining factor in his decision to drop out of the race, showed that at least 2 out of every 3 Knotts' voters favored Moore over Sanford, and that a Knotts' candidacy would accordingly have taken more votes from the Democratic nominee than from the governor.
No word yet on whether Sanford's internal polling showed the same dynamic, but given how ridiculously off Sanford's numbers were throughout the Lovelace primary challenge, there's a good bet they could have missed this boat as well, which would explain the massive behind-the-scenes effort to keep Knotts' name off of the ballot.
Just about every political scientist in the state as well as this idiot have opined on how badly a Knotts candidacy would have hurt Sanford in a general election.
Turns out Jakie got the truth just in time to do what he always does - whatever he thinks will hurt the leader of his proclaimed party the most.
Update - Thanks to all of you for pointing out our "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline. A little too much Kendall Jackson amongst girls can be bad.