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Why state Democrats were embarrassed at the polls

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Last updated November 22, 2022

By Tina Underwood

In the wake of the midterm elections, Furman University alumna and Professor of Politics and International Affairs Danielle Vinson ’89 speaks to Andy Brack for an article appearing in Statehouse Report. She said Joe Cunningham was the right kind of candidate for South Carolina governor, but he faced an uphill climb.

“Cunningham is exactly the kind of Democrat you’d want to run in a conservative state, but we haven’t had any close statewide elections in years,” Vinson said. “And Democratic voters in the state feel like it’s a lost cause. And that, in turn, makes it difficult to get people out to vote – even with early voting.”

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