Countdown to 2014 Election:


Absentee Voting Up and Running

With less than a month until the general election, absentee voting has begun in South Carolina. Qualified voters can request an absentee ballot in person or by mail. 29,000 absentee ballots have already been requested, which is running close to the amount received during the last gubernatorial election in 2010. The SC Election Commission released in a statement that “a total of 153,702 absentee ballots were cast in that election.”

Some criteria to be qualified to vote absentee include:

  •          Students attending school outside their county of residence
  •         Members of the Armed Services outside their country of residence
  •          Physically disabled persons
  •          Persons 65 years or older

For a complete list of ways to be qualified to vote absentee, visit


Third Party Candidates Running for Office

To learn more about 3rd party candidates in SC, read The State Newspaper’s overview of each candidate and their campaign.


Vincent Sheheen Meets with The State’s Editorial Board

State Senator Vincent Sheheen, a democrat running for governor, recently meet with the editorial board of The State Newspaper regarding his platform and campaign.

Stay tuned for more of The State’s editorial board meetings with the candidates for governor as they happen.


Latest Winthrop Poll Results Released

ETV’s Yolian Ortiz sits down with Winthrop Political Science Professor and author of the Winthrop Poll, Scott Huffmon, about the latest results with one month leading up to the elections.


Latest Winthrop Poll Out, Haley with 10 Point Lead

The latest Winthrop Poll (  was published this morning, and with a little more than a month to the general election, Governor Nikki Haley is leading Democratic challenger and State Senator Vincent Sheheen by a 43.6% – 33.6% margin. Petition candidate Tom Irvin received less than 4%.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Tim Scott, who was appointed by Gov. Haley to replace Jim DeMint, is running in his first statewide election, and has a majority of the votes with 52.4%. Democratic challenger Joyce Dickerson is receiving 31.8%, while American Party candidate Jill Bossi received less than 2%.

After a primary where he faced 6 other candidates, Republican Incumbent Lindsey Graham is leading Democratic State Senator Brad Hutto by a margin of 46.3% to 28%. Former S.C. treasurer and petition candidate Thomas Ravenel has 8% of the vote.

Other issues that are looked at in this poll include the economy, electing the State Superintendent of Education, and legalizing casino boats.

For an in-depth discussion on all the results, watch Palmetto Scene Thursday, October 2nd at 7:30 PM.




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