Winning and losing in the Blogland

Now that the dust has settled, let's look at how some of the races we've look at fared.

Blogland Races to Watch: We predicted a number of legislative races were going to be close, with the winner coming in under the sixty percent mark.

Senate District 10: Democrat Nicholson holds an open Dem seat with 51 percent.
Senate District 11: Democrat Senator Glenn Reese wins re-election with 57 percent.
Senate District 16: Republican Mick Mulvaney holds an open GOP seat with 54 percent.
Senate District 25: Republican Shane Massey wins re-election with 54 percent.
Senate District 28: Democrat Dick Elliot wins re-election with 57 percent.

House District 29: Democrat Dennis Moss wins re-election with 53 percent.
House District 45: Republican Deborah Long holds an open GOP seat with 57 percent.
House District 49: Democrat John King holds an open Dem seat with 68 percent.
House District 60: Republican Phil Lowe wins re-election with 57 percent.
House District 79: Democrat Anton Gunn wins this open GOP seat with 54 percent.
House District 97: Democrat Patsy Knight wins re-election with 54 percent.
House District 108: Democrat Vida Miller wins re-election with 53 percent.
House District 115: Democrat Anne Patterson Hutto ousts GOP Rep. Wallace Scarborough with 51 percent.
House District 124: Republican Shannon Erickson wins re-election with 58 percent.

... of the 14 races we called as being close, all but one was. But there were a few that we missed:

GOP Senator Kevin Bryant (Dist. 3), who held on with 57 percent,
GOP Rep. Don Bowen (Dist. 8), who got 53 percent,
GOP House candidate Mark Willis (Dist. 16), who got 53 percent,
Dem. Rep. Olin Phillips (Dist. 30), who got 54 percent,
GOP Rep. Derham Cole (Dist. 32), who got 54 percent,
GOP House candidate Steve Parker (District 37), who got 57 percent,

We want to thank our readers, whose helpful intel helped us assess what was going on out there and make our calls. Hopefully next time around, we can get a little more input from people who live along the I-85 corridor, where we missed a handful of close races.

Blogland Endorsees: Six out of our nine endorsees won their races:

Nikki Haley, House District 87 - Wins with 83 percent
Sabrina Gast, York County Coroner - Wins with 64 percent
Shannon Erickson, House District 124 - Wins with 58 percent
Phil Lowe, House District 60 - Wins with 57 percent
Dean Fowler, Florence County Treasurer - Wins with 57 percent
Shane Massey, Senate District 25 - Wins with 54 percent
Dee Compton, Senate District 10 - Loses with 48 percent
Jill Kelso, House District 108 - Loses with 47 percent
Marvin Rogers, House District 49 - Loses with 32 percent

2 Response to "Winning and losing in the Blogland"

  1. west_rhino 12/11/08 10:18
    I suspect that most of these close races would have been quite different with other heads at the top of the tickets. Particularly curious, IMHO, is the dems riding narrow margins with Obama coat-tails. For the GOP, as behind the scenes the campaigns for Governor have been churning for a while, selecting a populist that has the charm of a Sanford and the appeal to the issues of a Carroll Campbell and communication ability of a Reagan that will lead the ticket is a must, particularly to recover house losses.

    Early on, one former Attourney General comes to mind as does a current National Executive Committeeman. nu?
  2. shreveport la mg 12/11/08 21:21
    Believe me WR I like Glenn McCall but he has no chance for the Governor's race and very little if Spratt leaves his post in the 5th in fact it took a lot of behind the scenes for him to get elected to his post even if it was a blow out it was more against Katon at the time

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