South Carolina political history will long note the fall of John Spratt as a major moment in the state's political history. One person who deserves a ton of credit for toppling Spratt and turning the 5th District red is outgoing Lancaster County GOP Chair Winston Smith.
Lancaster County had been a reliable Spratt county, only going against him once: during in his razor-close race with Larry Bigham in 1994. Since then, it had been a safe-bet for Spratt, allowing his campaigns to focus their efforts upon splitting off votes in GOP strongholds elsewhere in the district.
That was until the county was set on fire by a strong grass-roots effort which Smith played a key role in organizing. This included tea party events where hundreds turned out in a county where several dozen Republicans at an event would have been a major deal.
Some get into politics to get noticed. Some get into politics to make a difference, caring more about making a difference than getting the credit. The Blogand proudly counts Smith as one of the latter and thanks him for his service. But we're not the only ones ...
As chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party, Winston Smith, was laser-focused on doing whatever was needed to get the party turned around and firing on all cylinders to move Lancaster County from a Democratic-dominated county to firmly Republican one.
- Glenn McCall, RNC Committeeman
A lot changed in Lancaster County in the last four years and it wouldn't have happened without Winston leading the way. I have come to rely upon him, as have others, and he will be missed when he moves on.- Karen Floyd, SCGOP Chair
He's great guy who has done a great job!
- Lin Bennett, Charleston County GOP Chair
Winston, thanks for a job well done.