The new leadership of the Florence GOP has really grown the party, as evidenced by a much healthier roster of candidates and much larger turnout at party events, such as one held last night at the Florence GOP headquarters.
A joing meeting of the Florence County Republican Women's Club & Pee Dee Young Republicans, sponsored by Sheriff Kenney Boone and featuring Author Ed Nixon (younger brother of former President Richard Nixon), was one of many standing room only events we've seen in the area in recent weeks.
Candidates in attendance included Lt. Governor candidates Bill Connor and Larry Richter, Superintendent of Education candidates Brent Nelsen, State Reps Phillip "Elvis" Lowe and Kristopher Crawford, County Council candidate Elijah Jones, and future 12th Circuit Solicitor Rose Mary Parham. The event also featured a straw poll.
Straw Poll Results:
US Senate - Demint 56, Gaddy 2,
Governor - McMaster 20, Haley 14, Barrett 13, Bauer 11
Lt. Governor - Connor 41, Richter 16, Ard 7, Kitzman 0
Attorney General - Wilson 44, Bolchoz 6, Lord 6
Treasurer - Loftis 32, Chellis 21
Comptroller General - Eckstrom 35, Melinger 14
Superintendent of Education - Payne 22, Zais 21, Nelson 9, Moffly 2, Burgess 1, Price 1
A long-simmering popularity contest between Dana "Lube Chick" Shriver and Stephanie "The Godfather" Rawlinson was not on the ballot.
Hats off to the Florence Republican gang for a yet another well-run event!