The June 8 Primary is a little less than three weeks away and candidates are polishing up their final campaign messages to woo voters. State Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler says Democratic voters are concerned about several issues affecting the state: “South Carolina’s economy, the lack of jobs in the state, and poor stewardship that we’ve seen in state government by the Republican majorities that have run the state for so long.”
Republicans hold a 73 to 51 majority in the House and a 27 to 19 advantage in the state Senate.
Fowler says Democrats are dissatisfied with how government is run in South Carolina and are anxious to see some changes made in several areas including the governor’s office.
We’re seeing a lot of interest around the state particularly in our statewide candidates, particularly our candidates for governor. There is a dissatisfaction among South Carolinians over what’s going on in state government right now. People see a chance to move this state in a new direction comes with selecting a Democratic governor.
The Democratic candidates for governor are Charleston County Senator Robert Ford, Kershaw County Senator Vincent Sheheen and State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.
Fowler expects a healthy turnout of Democratic voters especially in those districts that have hotly contested house races. Fowler says democratic voters should be moved to go to the polls in answer to the Photo ID Bill being “rammed” through the Republican majority House. “I hope people are well informed enough to realize that republicans would prefer that democrats not even show up and that will motivate our activists to go to the polls,” she says.
Fowler says from an historical standpoint, hoping for a turnout similar to November 2008 is unrealistic:
There are always a lower turnout for primaries than in general elections, always significantly lower. Also, there is also a significantly lower turnout in years where there is no presidential race. We certainly don’t expect anything like the turnout in 2008 in our June primary.