The Special Election Special
Posted by Shelby Switzer / in Ballot Research, Issues /
Filing closed a week ago on Monday, January 28th, for candidates running in SC’s 1st U.S. Congressional District Special Election. This election is being held to replace the seat of former U.S. Representative Tim Scott (R.) when he resigned and was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat following Jim DeMint’s resignation in Dec. 2012. The primaries will be held on March 19, 2013, a runoff (if necessary) would be held on April 2, 2013, and the general election will be on May 7, 2013.
Special elections are often perceived to give newcomers or less-well-known hopefuls a greater chance both to file as a candidate and to achieve victory, although the large number of filed candidates this year could thwart the aspirations of many simply due to too many choices of too similar candidates. With a whopping 16-candidate list on the Republican primary ballot (making a runoff likely) and a much more tightly contested Democratic ballot, this special election season should prove an interesting one.
We’ve compiled a directory for all of the 19 candidates, with a brief bio and reference links, so you’ll have all you need to stay informed and connected. We’ll also keep you updated as the election nears with news and ballot information, but in the meantime, take a look at the candidates below and tell us what you think in the comment section, on Facebook, or via Twitter (@voterheads).