Expectations of a close race quickly faded when the first counties called out their counts, revealing overwhelming delegate support for McCall. Most of the rural counties broke almost unanimously for McCall, and lopsided wins in early large delegations, such as Aiken, Charleston, and Dorchester, gave McCall an unexpectedly strong lead.
The lone standout against the McCall tide was Berkeley County, home of Christian Coalition director Roberta Combs. McCombs and many of the county’s GOP leadership supported McKissick. Going against McCall 23-1, most of their delegates, Combs and her allies included, walked when the race ended.
We were proud to have supported Glenn, and know that he will be a strong leader on the Republican National Committee. We know he’ll do his home state proud.
By contrast to the overwhelming support McCall received, one major loser at today’s convention was Governor Mark Sanford. His speech received a lukewarm reception by attendees, and while others such as Jim DeMint and Andre Bauer were surrounded by packs of friendly attendees, he was seldom seen with more than one person at a time (even former Secretary of State Jim Miles seemed to have a bigger following). Often he was off on the sidelines by himself, and even sat down with the Dillon County delegation at one point.
As shown in this picture, even people standing next to him were ignoring him. Not a good sign.
For someone who once scored an upset win over an incumbent Governor just six years ago, this weak reception was a sign of how far many in his party had distanced themselves from him. In spite of having backed him in a major way in 2002, like most attendees, we kept our distance from him and avoided being seen anywhere near him.
Other memorable moments included:
Sunny Phillips working hard on the convention, as well as growing her family.
Horry County Rep. Alan Clemmons being the eager water boy of the event.
Mike Reino, GOP Sixth District Vice-Chair, caught plotting with Britton Pruett, a Clarendon County GOP State House candidate.
Seeing Glenn McCall conduct his first press conference as an RNC representative.
Saying hello to the friendly folks from Bonnie Blue Public Relations, who coordinated a great direct mail effort for McCall.
The convention was, as is always the case, a well-run event put on by the state GOP and many hard-working staff and volunteers. Our hat’s off to Katon and the team for putting on a great show.
Last, but by no means the least, we want to thank the many Blogland readers in attendance. We continue to be amazed at how well-read the Blogland has become, and flattered that so many of you deem us worthy of your online reading time. We hope that we will continue to live up to your expectations (maybe next time we need to have a new media table?).
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