Think The State’s endorsement is the kiss of death? Think again

June 25, 2014 

GOP lieutenant governor candidate Henry McMaster celebrates his coming runoff victory after casting his vote on Tuesday.

KIM KIM FOSTER — kkfoster@thestate.com Buy Photo

People who don’t get The State’s endorsement or who just like to be snarky love to say that our endorsement is the kiss of death. That never has been the case: Well over half of the people we endorse always have won, and it seems to me like the number is usually significantly higher, but I’m not certain and I don’t feel like trying to figure it out.

But this year’s primary elections were a dramatic example of how inaccurate the sore-losers’ claim is.

This year, we endorsed U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, and he won. Handily, despite 30 or 40 tea party challengers.

We endorsed state Sen. Brad Hutto in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. He won. Handily.

We endorsed Molly Spearman for the Republican nomination for education superintendent. She led the primary field of what seemed like hundreds of candidates and easily won the runoff.

We endorsed Adjutant General Bob Livingston in his Republican primary contest; he won. Easily.

We endorsed Henry McMaster for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. He racked up a huge lead in the primary and eclipsed his runoff opponent.

We endorsed Richland County Treasurer David Adams in his Democratic primary contest, and he won easily.

Our only loss was in the Democratic primary for education superintendent, where Montrio Belton was trounced. But we endorsed Tom Thompson in the runoff, and he won his nomination. Easily.

So for the record, that’s 7-1, or an 88 percent success rate. Hardly the kiss of death.

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