South Carolina Democrats are angry the national party isn't investing in the state's gubernatorial campaign, according to a POLITICO story this weekend.
Dick Harpootlian, a former state Democratic Party chairman, told Politico the national Democrats are only spending $100,000 on behalf of Democrat Vincent Sheheen. The Republican Governor's Association, perhaps fearing a tightening race, launched a series of anti-Sheheen TV commercials last week on behalf of Republican nominee Nikki Haley. The RGA's ad buy is thought to be much larger.
The race for governor, according to polling is tightening, now a single-digit race.
“We’re very disappointed in Tim Kaine and the DNC and the DGA,” Harpootlian told POLITICO. “They’re walking away from us and it just (makes me angry).”
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Harpootlian said Democrats should show the state some appreciation. S.C. is where then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama won a pivotal primary that propelled him to the party's nomination.
“We were the center of the universe in 2008 and the home of the Obama rebirth after New Hampshire,” Harpootlian told POLITICO, recalling the then-senator’s 29-point triumph in South Carolina’s primary after he unexpectedly lost the Granite State to Hillary Clinton.