06/14/12 - WCF Urges South Carolina Democratic Party Leaders to Back Down on Bogus Runoff Election for SC-07


June 14, 2012

CONTACT: Juan Garcia

Women’s Campaign Fund Urges South Carolina Democratic Party Leaders to Back Down on Bogus Runoff Election for SC-07

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) would like to express extreme disappointment with the South Carolina Democratic Party’s decision to challenge Gloria Tinubu’s victory in Tuesday’s congressional primary for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district. The South Carolina State Election Commission declared Tinubu the primary winner after she captured over 50% of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff election.

“Gloria Tinubu won that race fair and square,” says WCF CEO/President Siobhan “Sam” Bennett. “It is imperative that the South Carolina Democratic Party acknowledge Tinubu’s victory and rally behind her. Their demands that the Election Commission count the votes for a disqualified candidate amount to nothing more than the childish demands for a ‘do-over.’”

The South Carolina State Election Commission is expected to certify the results of the primary on Friday. The Women’s Campaign Fund discourages Democratic state party leaders from challenging the Commission’s certification and strongly urges them to declare Gloria Tinubu as the party’s candidate for the general election.
“The South Carolina ‘Good Ole Boys Club’ is clearly unhappy to see a woman defeat their anointed candidate,” continued Bennett. "Is it any wonder South Carolina is ranked last in the nation for the number of women in elected office? Accepting Tinubu as the party’s candidate would send a strong message to the voters of South Carolina who are clearly ready for a change."



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