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The Buzz: S.C. earmark is a California dream

S.C. earmark is a California dream

U.S. Majority Whip James Clyburn, who is relentlessly attacked by anti-tax groups as a prolific earmarker, apparently sent $100,000 intended for a South Carolina library to a California library.

For golfing enthusiast Clyburn, this is like teeing off and hitting the ball backward - into another fairway. You couldn't miss any worse and still be in the continental United States.

Clyburn, according to the Washington Times, intended to send $100,000 to a library in Jamestown, S.C. But the money wound up in Jamestown, Calif. That town doesn't have a library.

The S.C. Republican Party seized on the news.

"There are so many things wrong with this story it's hard to know where to begin, but it's crystal clear that not only are the Democrats in Congress robbing from future generations by spending money we don't have, but they are flat out incompetent to boot," said South Carolina Republican Party chairwoman Karen Floyd. "... Most people in the private sector would be fired over a $100,000 mistake, but it's all in a day's work for Jim Clyburn."

Ouch.

Governor's race is wide open. Surprise!

A recent poll says the gubernatorial race is anybody's for the taking, which is about as surprising as the fact that no one has really made up their minds six months before the primaries and nearly a year before Election Day.

Of course there are a bunch of undecideds. Most voters are not yet sure who's running.

But in the interest of feeding the appetites of those who live and breathe politics, it appears voters favor S.C. Education Superintendent Jim Rex in the Democratic race for its nomination and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Attorney General Henry McMaster are in a dead heat - at 22 percent - on the Republican side.

That's at least one poll's take on the race.

The poll, taken by InsiderAdvantage, shows Rex the choice of 21 percent of those polled and Columbia attorney Dwight Drake second, with 15 percent of voters. Finishing third, with 8 percent of the vote, is Kershaw Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

Charleston Sen. Robert Ford and Charleston attorney Mullins McLeod were each favored by 6 percent of voters.

The big winner: Undecided, favored by 44 percent of voters.

On the Republican side, Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley finished third, with 13 percent support. U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett drew 9 percent support, followed by Berkeley Sen. Larry Grooms' 6 percent support.

Republicans have fewer undecided voters. Just 28 percent of voters choosing among Republicans said they had yet to settle on a candidate.

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