Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nikki Haley is South Carolina's first woman governor

Nikki Haley makes history as the state's first non-white, female governor. (photo from Greenville News)

In national news: Tea Party rides to victory, nation on verge of anarchy. Infrastructure in dire peril. Cops and firemen deemed unnecessary as private security company business goes through the roof! Oh, sorry, getting ahead of myself...

But my predictions were correct, Haley took Sheheen by 65,000 votes in the largest SC turnout for a gubernatorial election ever.

Haley leads GOP Surge
By Ben Szobody • Staff writer • Published: November 03. 2010 2:19AM
Greenville News

South Carolina voters picked Nikki Haley to be the state's top executive Tuesday, boosting an Indian-American child of immigrants and political ally of Gov. Mark Sanford from a desk in the Legislature to the Governor's Mansion amid a conservative wave.

It caps a remarkable, 18-month rise in which Haley defeated a primary slate of establishment Republican figures, then an evenly funded opponent from one of the state’s prominent Democratic families.

More than 1.2 million people voted — the most ever for governor — and nearly 52 percent broke for Haley, giving her a 5-point, 65,000-vote margin over Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

It was the smallest margin of victory for a South Carolina governor since 1994 but also part of a broader Republican surge that girded GOP control in the state's General Assembly and recast Congress as a more conservative body.

Greenville, as it had for Sanford, delivered a major rush of votes to Haley late in the night after what had been a seesaw ballot count for much of the evening. She ended up easily carrying the Upstate while Sheheen picked up many of the rural Midlands and Pee Dee counties.
Translation: the rich white people I wrote about in my last post, carried her through. The poor black counties voted Democratic.
In a year of political meteors, Haley has already become an icon, smiling from the covers of magazines and highlighting European coverage of U.S. elections that swung in part on the tea party phenomenon, frustration with Washington and a female constellation of so-called “mama grizzlies” — all of which Haley harnessed on her way from fourth place in a crowded Republican primary to the state's top elected office.

It was a rise sparked by the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and capped with her historic victory as both the first woman and first minority governor in the state’s history.

She told an enthusiastic crowd of supporters after midnight that the message of her campaign — a better economy, better schools and a more accountable government — was “simple.”

“To every citizen of South Carolina, regardless of how you voted, I'm going to get to work for you,” she said. “You've taken a chance on me. I will never stop trying to make you proud.”
Let's hope she remembers to pay her taxes, now that she has been elected. (/snark)


And I will stay that way until the Tea Party era is over; by my humble estimation, between 3-6 years (depending on leadership capabilities and other related factors).

Mourning in America.


Laci the Chinese Crested said...

Maybe the Tea Party did have that astounding a victory as it seems. Christine O’ Donnell, Rich Iott, Sharron Angle, Linda McMahon, Carl Paladino, and Joe Miller all lost. The Repugs gained in the house, but there is still a squeaker majority of Dems in the Senate. The problem is that things will stagnate for the next couple of years.

It would be nice if the US had a parliamentary system and the government in power had to call new elections if it couldn't get together a majority. On the other hand, the US would make Italy look stable.

Nothing worse than unstable governments and a heavily armed populace.

YogaforCynics said...

The Tea Party won a bunch of seats that Republicans would have won otherwise, and lost a number of seats that the Republicans seemed to have wrapped up.

In other words, the Tea Party's biggest accomplishment appears to be costing the Republicans the Senate.

mikeb302000 said...

Good luck to everybody. I don't think the news overall is all that bad. I'm most disappointed about the marijuana vote, but for the rest, we'll have to wait and see.

Jim said...

"The problem is that things will stagnate for the next couple of years."

That's going to be the Republicans' probelm. They have made the promises and the voters will clobber them as hard as they have the democrats. People want solutions. The days of appeals to comfortable superstitions and bifogtries are drawing to a close becaue we can't afford that nonsense anymore. So both parties are going to be punished for being in control and not fixing things.

It was the Democrats' turn this election, and now that's what the Republicans are facing. And it's going to hbe harder for the republicans to get results; thier program pretty much kills any chance of it happening.

JoJo said...

The only thing separating Dino Rossi (R) and Patti Murray (D) in my state is a whopping 6 votes. I think we will end up having another run off election here. And my state also decided to hang onto their draconian liquor laws as well. *rolls eyes*

Jim said...

Jojo, is it down to that much? I heard this morning that something like 300,000 votes form King County still hadn't been counted.

He's toast. This is his third failed campaign.

Besides that Sam Reed (R) has said there will be no goddammed recount nightmare again ala Gregoire/Rossi.

Jim said...

JoJo, here's what the P-I is saying today

100,000 and gaining

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