Good morning, I’m Phoebe and, along with my husband network, (as opposed to sister network) http://thatmrgguy.wordpress.com/ will be providing live coverage of the South Carolina GOP Primary Election 2012.
As all married couples we don’t always see eye to eye so his perspective may be different than mine. All updates will be made on this one thread with no Twitter updates until the election is over.
Today in Upstate South Carolina it is currently 45 degrees, rainy and gloomy, strong thunderstorms expected throughout the day, possibly resulting in lower than usual voter turnout.
In 2008 my county voted McCain by a small margin over Huckabee in the primary.
Polls are open and will remain open until 7 pm.
We will now have a coverage blackout until such time as we have news to report. Be sure to check in often for your election coverage updates.
11am THIS JUST IN: County is seeing low turnout as strong thunderstorms move thru the area.
Update: This just in from our man on the street, Mr. G: My unscientific poll conducted at the cafe this morning, has Newt ahead by a large margin with Gingrich garnering 75% and Ron Paul receiving 25%.
Thank you Mr. G for that report. Looks like Santorum and Romney are not connecting with the Rednecks in Oconee County. Who said Rednecks don’t know when someone’s pissing on their leg while trying to pass it off as rain.
Update: Gingrich and Romney show up at the same restaurant, Tommy’s Ham House, in Greenville this morning, it’s been called by some bloggers as Hammageddon. Photo courtesy of http://livewire.wyff4.com/Event/SC_GOP_Primary_Coverage
Santorum greeted voters at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville today.
South Carolina is divided up into three distinct demographics.
Upstate is blue collar workers, small business and rednecks who cling to their guns and religion.
Midland is more the fiscal conservative people.
Low Country is the 1%er’s.
My assessment is, Gingrich will pull the Upstate, Romney will pull the Low Country and it will be close in the Midland with Gingrich also pulling that. Overall Gingrich will take the State, Romney 2nd and while Paul and Santorum will battle out for 3rd with Paul taking it.
Mr. G and I are ready to head out to vote, the thunderstorms have subsided for a minute. We will be making the rounds of a few of the voter stations and report back what we see for turnout, maybe even get to talk to a few folks while doing it.
3:20 pm The sun is finally trying to make it’s presence known. We went to our usual voting place only to find this sign…
so we followed the instructions and this is what we saw.
The place was packed as you can see. There were only two young ladies managing the station, one taking names, the other unlocking the machines. I inquired as to how voter turnout was, they replied good, I’m assuming they meant earlier in the day because there certainly was no evidence of it when I was there. I was #307 and Mr. G was #308. The whole process took Mr. G and I less than 3 minutes, I’m not complaining mind you, much better than standing in long lines.
We then proceeded to go see what other polling places were doing, below is a shot of another local fire department poll station. From what we’ve seen in our 5 minutes about town, turnout is moderate to low. Now that the storms have moved thru maybe the rest of the day will pick up.
Going to the local diner for dinner, maybe we can get some reaction from the locals on what they think. I know from past experience at this diner, eavesdropping on others conversations, that it is a pretty conservative crowd, as well as a Clemson crowd as it is 5 min from Clemson University.
This is our favorite eating place, we can get a damn fine ribeye and homemade sides for 9.99 and, just like Cheers, the wait staff and owner hails us when we walk thru the door and give us service fit for a king. For ambiance, Fox News is on the TV, the motif is Clemson Tigers and smoke swirls in the air, yes, it is the only place left where smokers can openly be smokers and not have to sit in their own section by the bathrooms. The owner doesn’t smoke but has the philosophy that all his customers are equal and if you don’t like the smoke, eat elsewhere, the place is always packed with non smokers so apparently it doesn’t bother them. They are lucky in the respect that they are outside the city limits.
So George, here’s my shameless plug for you and your establishment, Paw’s Restaurant between Seneca and Clemson, South Carolina, if y’all happen to be in the area, stop in, you won’t regret it, best home cooked meal around.
Little conversation on the election. One lady next to us, “if Perot would have won, we wouldn’t be in this mess”, I told her it wasn’t too late to clean things up, with a vote for Ron Paul. Later I overheard her saying that the only thing they could dig up on “her man” Santorum was about his wife prior to their marriage. Others overheard my conversation with this lady and the waitress, they just laughed at the antics but did not voice their own opinions.
Romney campaign sending out robo calls.
EARLY EXIT POLL
Other polls are saying, with 0% reporting
NBC news and wyff4 are calling the State, with 0% reporting for Newt Gingrich.
I blinked and now Romney and Gingrich are tied with 36% with 2% reporting.