It is an obviously biased opinion, but former House Speaker Bob Sheheen gives his nephew, Vincent, "a better than 50 percent chance" of finishing first among Democrats in the race for governor tonight, without the need for a run-off.
Sheheen is battling S.C. schools superintendent Jim Rex and Charleston Sen. Robert Ford for the Democratic nomination for governor. Sheheen, who has led in recent polling, would have to get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off.
"Statewide, everything we could have hoped for this week has happened," said the older Sheheen, who served as Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives from 1986 to 1994.
That would include a string of political and media endorsements, and the positive tenor of the younger Sheheen's campaign, said Bob Sheheen.
"Then, all the stuff that's happened on the other (GOP) side," has further helped make the case for electing the Camden senator to the state's highest office, Bob Sheheen said.
A festive mood has been building at the Sheheen campaign celebration site on Broad Street in Camden since just before 6 p.m., where a diverse crowd has gathered to mingle and feast on a variety of wing appetizers, pastries and beverages.
Sheheen is an attorney who served in both houses of the Legislature, and comes from something of a political dynasty in this region of the state.
There is a very heated sheriff's race on the ballot in Kershaw County also, and Bob Sheheen said that race and Sheheen's has pulled a higher number of voters out this year.
-- Roddie Burris