GOP Attorney General candidate Alan Wilson has been working the state's grassroots as aggressively as any candidate for statewide office, and seems to be making considerable progress. Thus far, his efforts seem to be making progress as he's announced the support of roughly two-thirds of the state's 46 Sheriffs.
According to this release from the Wilson campaign:
To date, twenty-nine of South Carolina's forty-six sheriffs have endorsed a candidate for Attorney General. All twenty-nine of those sheriffs, listed below, have united behind Wilson.
They are: Charles Goodwin (Abbeville), Michael Hunt (Aiken), John Skipper (Anderson), Ed Darnell (Bamberg), Ed Carroll (Barnwell), Wayne DeWitt (Berkeley), Thomas Summers (Calhoun), Richard Smith (Chester), Sam Parker (Chesterfield), Randy Garrett (Clarendon), L.C. Knight (Dorchester), Herman Young (Fairfield), Kenney Boone (Florence), Tony Davis (Greenwood), T.C. Smalls (Hampton), Greg Jenkins (Jasper), Ricky Chastain (Laurens), James Metts (Lexington), Mark Richardson (Marion), Fred Knight (Marlboro), George Reid (McCormick), Lee Foster (Newberry), James Singleton (Oconee), Larry Williams (Orangeburg), David Stone (Pickens), Jason Booth (Saluda), Chuck Wright (Spartanburg), Anthony Dennis (Union), Bruce Bryant (York), and former sheriffs Dan Wideman (Greenwood), John Cauthen (Lancaster), and George Booth (Saluda).
This list includes the Sheriffs of every one of the state's medium to large-population counties with the exceptions of Charleston, Greenville, and Richland. Many of the state's longest-serving Sheriffs are in Wilson's camp, including Herman Young from Fairfield, Lee Foster from Newberry, James Metts from Lexington and Bruce Bryant from York.
For the other two GOP candidates who are working to establish credibility with local GOP voters, these endorsements can't be good news. But it seems even worse news for Democrats who are hoping to take back the office they lost in 1994. As many of the state's Democratic Sheriffs are on Wilson's list of supporters, the Democratic candidate will have a increasingly difficult time building momentum should he win the June primary.