Politics & Government

April 19, 2014

THE BUZZ: Just a little crossover voting for Senate candidate Nancy Mace

Charleston public relations executive Nancy Mace told The Buzz that she did not vote in a June 2006 Democratic primary in Georgia, when she was registered to vote in that state, from 2006-10.

Charleston public relations executive Nancy Mace told The Buzz that she did not vote in a June 2006 Democratic primary in Georgia, when she was registered to vote in that state, from 2006-10.

But the Republican U.S. Senate hopeful did take a ballot in the Democratic race, according to her Georgia voting records, which The Buzz obtained through an open records request.

Mace, one of six Republicans looking to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in June’s GOP primary, said she intended to vote against a Democratic incumbent. Then, she realized she lived in the wrong congressional district.

She explained it this way: “There was a movement among Republicans in Atlanta to vote out (U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat then representing Georgia’s 4th District). I intended to vote against her, however, I was on the border of that congressional district and not able to vote against McKinney. Upon that realization, I, ultimately, declined to vote.”

According to her voting records, Mace lived in the state’s 5th District.

The Buzz sought Mace’s voting records while reporting on Graham and his challengers’ voting records. The first woman to graduate from The Citadel, Mace moved to Georgia in 2002 and moved back to South Carolina toward the end of 2011, registering to vote in the state after the 2012 election season. That year she did not cast a ballot in either state.

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