“This is how we select the list of candidates who will represent us in the November general election,” said Dennis Lambries.
COLUMBIA, SC — This Tuesday, Democratic and Republican seats are up for grabs in South Carolina.
“The primaries are very important because that’s how we select the list of candidates who will represent us in the November general election in this case,” Newberry College said political science professor Dennis Lambries. “From a primary perspective, one of the unique things about South Carolina is that we have an open primary system, so you don’t have to be a registered Democrat or Republican. When you sign up for vote, you tell them which ballot you want.”
These key races for Governor, State Superintendent of Education, US House First and Seventh Districts, and many more are what everyone will have their eyes on.
“What we do in terms of important issues like climate, infrastructure, gun rights, abortion, any social issue, it’s all decided by who we choose to be our representative,” said University of South Carolina Professor Robert Oldendick
Currently, South Carolinians have a list of representative options to choose from. These are positions within the state government that hold the power – for example, the state superintendent of education.
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“With the state level they step in and help underperforming schools, they help set policy for schools, they can help, we know we just got a big influx of money to help improve the quality and physical qualities of schools throughout South Carolina will have a role to play in deciding who gets this money and how it is distributed,” Lambries said.
Political science experts have often said that incumbents have the upper hand when it comes to name recognition, fundraising and proof of their success.
Experts suggest that endorsements from other political leaders may also carry weight.
“Given the political climate and the polarization that has taken place, it will be [South Carolina’s] test of the value and importance of an endorsement from former President Trump. As we’ve seen nationally, the impact of his endorsements has been mixed,” Lambries said.
Lambries said South Carolinians’ votes this week allow them to narrow their options in the November 2022 general election.
“Decisions are made by those who show up and if you don’t want to show up and vote, you have no role in the decisions that are made, so whether it’s a primary election, whether it’s a municipal election, whatever come the election is, we have that right as American citizens and we need to encourage that right,” Lambries said.
And participation will be key in deciding who wins.