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Governor Issues Statement on Primary Results


Location: Columbia, SC

Governor Issues Statement on Primary Results


Governor Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on last night's Republican Primary results:

"Last night's results were ultimately about one thing - real conservatives across South Carolina making their voices heard on the need for change in Columbia," Gov. Sanford said. "Some have called the amount of incumbent turnover in this race remarkable, because challengers defeating incumbents in party primaries is exceedingly rare in the world of politics. We believe that many of those races were all about voters wanting to put people in office who are going to walk the walk with regard to slowing spending, cutting taxes, and restructuring government."

"In particular to the race down in Beaufort, I think what we saw as well was a repudiation of a campaign filled with the kind of cheap political shenanigans that voters are sick and tired of. I think it should serve as a reminder to all candidates who are heading into a runoff in two weeks that voters ultimately care most about issues and ideas, which are what politics should always be about - a contest of ideas."

"All of that being said, we're pleased with the number of conservative, reform-minded people who have advanced through the primary, and hope that is a trend that continues in the upcoming runoffs. It's important to remember that there's a lot of time between now and November, which is where all of our efforts will ultimately be focused - and I look forward to offering my support to the party and those candidates in the general election."

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