This year of rematches means another contest in Columbia’s S.C. House District 75 between Republican incumbent state Rep. Kirkman Finlay III and Democrat Joe McCulloch.
When the two met in 2012, the race was so close — and the election so bungled — that it took two days for the winner to be known.
Two years later, the two are at it again.
Finlay is unethical and an apologist for disgraced former GOP Speaker Bobby Harrell, says Democrat McCulloch. McCulloch is nothing but a trial lawyer-lobbyist, says Republican Finlay.
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Two other Richland County state representatives also face opposition.
In District 74, incumbent Democrat Todd Rutherford, the House minority leader, faces the new American Party’s Donna McGreevy, and, in District 78, incumbent Democrat Beth Bernstein faces Republican Jeff Mobley.
In Lexington County, incumbent Republican Rick Quinn faces Democrat Robert Louis Vanlue in District 69, and incumbent Republican Todd Atwater faces Democrat Joan Waggoner Guy in District 87.
Statewide, Democrats hope to pick up four or five seats in the House. That pickup would not change GOP control of the House, but a series of elections with similiar results could make Democrats relevant again.
One of the seats that Democrats hope to pick up is District 114 in Charleston, where Harrell resigned and quit the race against Democrat Mary Tinkler and the Green Party’s Sue Edwards.
Last Thursday, the State Elections Commission, appointed by the Republican governor and advised by a Republican attorney general, postponed that election. Then, the state Supreme Court stepped in and said the election would go on, depriving the GOP a mulligan to nominate another candidate.