Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day Updates

At first glance, the experts appear to have been dead wrong on the turnout question as bad weather doesn't seem to be keeping voters away from the polls.

Both the Greenville News and WYFF are reporting "busy" turnout in Greenville County, which is obviously good news for the Republican slate of candidates, particularly if it holds true during the evening hours when the vast majority of people cast their ballots on the way home from work.

How good is Upstate turnout?

Greenville's head election honcho is predicting 65%, which is astronomical in a non-Presidential year.

The Spartanburg-Herald is also reporting that turnout is high in that predominantly Republican county, which would also bode well for the GOP.

Of course, we've heard turnout is steady across the state, so it could be six of one, half-dozen the other.


The Associated Press is reporting that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was turned away from his Sullivans Island polling place because he forgot his voter registration card.


Apparently, the governor returned an hour and a half later with his card and successfully voted.

This shaky finish comes on the heels of Sanford burning his cornea in the bright lights at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Christian TV Station on Sunday - putting him out of action for Monday's final Get Out The Vote (GOTV) swing. None of the other participants at the ceremony suffered similar eye injuries, according to the Greenville News, and many bloggers - including Laurin Manning - are speculating that Sanford's eye problems were instead the result of a tanning booth incident.

If polls are to be believed, Sanford is cruising toward reelection and these missteps are unlikely to dampen his victory margins, but he certainly could have finished the race on a better note than this ...


Boyd Summers, the Democrat who's challenging Jim Harrison for House District 75 reportedly brought his children into a polling place this morning wearing shirts that said "VOTE FOR MY DAD."

Is it cute? Absolutely.

Is it legal? Absolutely not.

Candidates are allowed to be at polling places, but they can only wear a 4"X4" button.


Thanks to everybody who's commented on what they saw at the polls today. Please keep it up, especially those of you who go to cast your votes after work when the evening rush begins.

Oh, and stay tuned to FITS throughout the day for more Election 2006 updates ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Summers wearing his children? If not, I don't see what the problem is.

3:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

turn out is very heavy in the Harrison-Summers district (75) and in 79 - the Cotty-Gunn-Letts race. Don't know if it is as high as it is in Greenville but it is high.

3:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted just after 7 AM in Spartanburg County and it was EXTREMELY BUSY.

The line was probably fifty people long but every one was staying to vote.

3:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The State is now describing "steady statewide turnout"


4:02 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

According to CNN, Britney just dumped K-Fed.

It could truly be a day for miracles.


4:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Vote for my dad" would arguably not be illegal, because it doesn't name the candidate explicitly. It's definitely dirty, even if it is legal.

3:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't illegal. But the previous anon is right definitely dirty, it is horrible isidious and awful what has politics come too! This is the dirtiest and most despicable thing I have seen and just what we needed to cap off this season of election....Yes I am being a little sarcastic. Illegal no, dirty No.

4:24 PM


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