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.
SANFORD FORGETS VOTER ID CARD
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 ...
SUMMERS VIOLATES ELECTION LAWS?
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.
KEEP THE FEEDBACK COMING
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 ...