Haley, Scott are riding the tea party comet

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Most of the electoral fireworks in South Carolina exploded during primary season, when two tea-party-backed GOP candidates, Nikki Haley for governor and Tim Scott for the 1st District seat, upset establishment candidates. Both are strongly favored to win - Haley against Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Scott against Democrat Ben Frasier. Their victories could help change the GOP's image. Haley is Indian American, and Scott is African American.

GOP Sen. Jim DeMint, who has gained national prominence as an anointer of tea party candidates, is expected to easily defeat his surprise opponent, Alvin Greene, who won the Democratic nomination without campaigning and despite his odd behavior and lack of experience.

One House race worth watching is the 5th District, where 14-term Democratic incumbent John Spratt is facing a strong challenge from Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney.

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