Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) is in trouble
by wayward, Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 05:56:57 PM EDT
SC Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) has not been a very effective Governor, to put it mildly. The highlights of his four years in office have constant conflict with the General Assembly (which is also Republican controlled) multiple overridden vetoes, a constant decline in the state's economy, leading to one of the nations highest unemployment rates, and a crusade bent on destroying the state's already woefully underfunded public education system.
His accomplishments have included being "honored" as one of the nation's worst Governors by Time magazine (along with such dubious company as Bob Taft and Kathleen Blanco) and getting covered with pig shit in the lobby of the State House.
However, there are indications that Mark Sanford's days as Governor may be numbered.
It is no secret that South Carolina is a Republican state. While there is no registration by party in SC, the party breakdown is estimated at about 45 R - 25 D - 30 I, giving the GOP a clear advantage.
However, many Republicans aren't happy with Sanford. Dr. Oscar Lovelace, a political newcomer and relatively unknown doctor from the sprawling metropolis of Prosperity, SC is poised to get about a third of the vote in the GOP primary. This is rather remarkable considering that Sanford has raised about ten times as much money and is an incumbent. What is even more remarkable is that Lovelace is not a fire-breathing conservative, but a moderate.
What this means is that Sanford is far from safe. Sanford is doing worse than David Beasley did when he lost in 1998. SC-Gov is very much in play for the Democrats.
Tommy Moore won the Democratic nomination, and will oppose Sanford in the General election.