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South Carolina's next Amazing Race
Benj Buck
December 15, 2005

Who will be the next, biggest loser?  Who will be the survivor?  Who will win the amazing race?  Martha Stewart and Donald Trump have been seeking an apprentice all year long.  Who will be next to say, “Your hired,” in a political administration.

As the temperatures cool down, the political races begin to heat up.  South Carolina’s next campaign year has much in store.  The premiere races seem to be for the Governor’s office and for the Superintendent of Education. 

As far as the governor’s race goes, the primaries should provide little excitement while the show between Governor Sanford and Tommy Moore could be thrilling to watch.  The incumbent advantage always gives a little leverage.  However, the governor’s race has not always ended in the incumbents favor.  Don’t forget, Mark Sanford took Governor Hodges’ second term away in 2003, and Jim Hodges likewise took Governor Beasley’s second term away in 1999.  Tommy Moore—no not the comedian professor, but the businessman from Clearwater, SC—has served in the South Carolina Senate since 1980 and could provide a tough challenge for Governor Sanford.

Unlike the GOP Gubernatorial, the Republican Primary for State Superintendent of Education could prove to be an amazing race itself.  Karen Floyd already has endorsements by Governor Mark Sanford, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Senator Jim DeMint. Floyd will face Bob Staton in the primaries.  Some would say that Staton’s only backing comes from Democrat, Inez Tennenbaum.

As the races heat up, keep informed by reading SC Headlines.  In 2006, you will be able to participate in exciting polls and be kept up to date with all of the amazing races.

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Mr. Moore has the TIME article on his website. TIME Magazine As a U.S. Representative in the 1990s, Mark Sanford often slept on an office futon instead of renting a Washington apartment. That kind of conspicuous frugality helped him get elected Governor of South Carolina in 2002. . . .

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