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A pro-life Red Wave in South Carolina

by | Nov 4, 2020

By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 4, 2020)– Republicans won a sweeping victory in South Carolina voting overwhelmingly for pro-life President Donald Trump and pro-life Senior Senator Lindsey Graham. Both candidates were strongly backed by the National Right to Life Victory Fund and SCCL PAC, the federal political action committee of South Carolina Citizens for Life. 

Senator Graham crushed his opponent Jaime Harrison by 11 points (54.98 % to 43.61%) to the embarrassment of most pollsters who chronically showed Sen. Graham running neck-and-neck or even behind militant pro-abortion Harrison. Harrison spent $100 million attempting to defeat Graham.

In the First Congressional District NRLC/SCCL PAC endorsed Nancy Mace drowned incumbent Democrat Joe Cunningham in the red tsunami by three points, reclaiming the seat for Republicans. Incumbent pro-life Republican Congressmen Joe Wilson (C2), Jeff Duncan (C3), William Timmons (C4), Ralph Norman (C5), and Tom Rice (C7) all retained their seats by extremely comfortable margins. Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn retained his pro-abortion stronghold in the 6th Congressional District.

In more good news, Republicans flipped three long-held Democratic Party seats in the State Senate and retained every Republican incumbent. LIFEPAC, the state political action committee of South Carolina Citizens for Life, endorsed in nine State Senate and State House of Representatives races and won in seven. The House and Senate remain in solid Republican control along with Republican Governor Henry McMaster who was not up for re-election this year. 

The State Senate’s 27-19 Republican control before the election is at least 35-15 as of this writing, boding well for passage of pro-life legislation which needs procedural support. Since 2018, Democrats with some Republicans have blocked pro-life legislation with procedural votes. 

By flipping three seats held by Democrats and a GOP win in an open seat, the South Carolina Senate is looking much friendlier for passing pro-life legislation. 

In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Republicans held a 79-45 advantage. With all incumbent Republicans retaining their seats and winning three open seats, the pro-life friendly House appears today to have an 82-42 Republican stronghold.

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