South Carolina Attorney General election, 2010

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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010


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The South Carolina Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Henry McMaster announced in August 2009 he would run for governor and not seek re-election as attorney general.

Republican Lexington County assistant solicitor Michael Alan Wilson won the race to replace McMaster, defeating Democrat Matthew Richardson and Green Party candidate Leslie Minerd.

Race tracking

See also: 2010 State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Ballotpedia and Governing magazine called the race an easy Republican win.

2010 Race Rankings for South Carolina Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Republican
Governing[1] Likely Republican
Overall Call Likely Republican

General Election campaign

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Lexington County assistant solicitor Michael Alan Wilson
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Greenville attorney Matthew Richardson
Green Party Green Party - Activist and small business owner Leslie Minerd

General election results

On November 2, 2010, Alan Wilson won election to the office of South Carolina Attorney General. He defeated Matthew Richardson (D) and Leslie Minerd (G) in the general election.

South Carolina Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Wilson 53.7% 716,193
     Democratic Matthew Richardson 44.2% 589,135
     Green Leslie Minerd 2% 27,008
     Write-In Various 0% 470
Total Votes 1,332,806
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

Endorsements

Matthew Richardson

Alan Wilson

  • Can-Do Conservatives of America[4]
  • Charleston Mercury, local newspaper[5]
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)[6]

Finances

According to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission, as of July 27, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Matthew Richardson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010 July 9, 2010 $500.00 $361,700.44 $155.06 $0.00 $34,841.33 $327,359.11

June 8, 2010 primaries

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010; South Carolina Secretary of State election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Drop outs

  • Failing to raise sufficient funds to properly campaign for the state’s top prosecutor position, First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe announced in March 2010 that he would not file for the office.[9][10]

Electoral results

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Michael Alan Wilson 39.0%[15]
     Republican Party William Leighton Lord, III 37.1%
     Republican Party Robert Bolchoz 23.9%
Total Votes 385,312

Endorsements

Robert Bolchoz

  • John Barton, former chief of the criminal division in the U.S. attorney’s office[16]
  • Charlie Condon, former South Carolina Attorney General (1994-2002)[17]
  • Bart Daniel, a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted the Lost Trust case[16]
  • Johnny Gasser, a former U.S. attorney[16]
  • Sherri Lydon, who was chief of the South Carolina Statewide Grand Jury[16]
  • John Simmons, a former U.S. attorney[16]
South Carolina

Leighton Lord

  • Charleston Mercury, a local newspaper[18]
  • The State[19]

Michael Alan Wilson

  • 16 of the state's 46 sheriffs[20]
  • Spartanburg Herald Journal[21]

Finances

According to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission, as of June 8, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

John Robert Bolchoz, Jr. Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
Pre-Election 2010[22] May 24, 2010 $204,494.57 $42,669.16 $1,284.16 $0.00 $144,636.58 $102,527.15
January 1 - March 31, 2010[23] April 10, 2010 $137,643.49 $118,236.78 $7,563.78 $0.00 $51,385.70 $204,494.57
October 1 - December 31, 2009[24] January 10, 2010 $500.00 $167,791.32 $4,941.32 $0.00 $30,647.83 $137,643.49
William Leighton Lord, III Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
Pre-Election 2010[22] May 26, 2010 $284,118.40 $47,265.00 $0.00 $0.00 $231,268.72 $100,114.68
January 1 - March 31, 2010[23] April 14, 2010 $203,357.16 $176,285.00 $3,500.00 $0.00 $95,523.76 $284,118.40
October 1 - December 31, 2009[24] January 11, 2010 $81,389.24 $168,885.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $46,917.08 $203,357.16
October 1 - December 31, 2009 October 8, 2009 $500.00 $81,090.00 $0.00 $0.00 $200.76 $81,389.24
Michael Alan Wilson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
Pre-Election 2010[22] May 25, 2010 $386,300.70 $43,437.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,933.76 $427,803.94
January 1 - March 31, 2010[23] April 15, 2010 $45,127.92 $364,141.60 $830.00 $0.00 $22,968.82 $386,300.70
October 1 - December 31, 2009[24] January 15, 2010 $43,359.96 $29,644.41 $2,710.41 $0.00 $27,876.45 $45,127.92
July 1 - September 30, 2009 October 11, 2009 $53,477.15 $11,095.00 $50.00 $0.00 $21,212.19 $43,359.96
April 1 - June 30, 2009 July 10, 2009 $4,750.00 $53,477.15 $0.00 $0.00 $47.85 $53,477.15
October 1 - December 31, 2008 January 15, 2009 $43,359.96 $29,644.41 $2,710.41 $0.00 $27,876.45 $45,127.92

June 22, 2010 primary runoff

Election results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary Runoff[25]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Michael Alan Wilson 59.8%
     Republican Party William Leighton Lord, III 40.2%
Total Votes 343,874

Endorsements

Michael Alan Wilson

William Leighton Lord, III

Finances

According to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission, as of July 27, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

William Leighton Lord, III Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010 July 13, 2010 $100,114.68 $382,250.35 $2,014.65 $0.00 $482,067.95 $297.08
Michael Alan Wilson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010 July 20, 2010 $113,862.07 $337,508.00 $5,580.00 $0.00 $379,695.71 $71,674.36

Controversies

Anti-Wilson advertisement

Two days prior to the state's primary runoff election, a mysterious political group called the South Carolina Truth Squad released a television commercial that criticized Republican candidate Michael Alan Wilson "for failing the state bar exam on the first try, never having held a management position and being the son of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson."[33][34] Wilson's runoff opponent, Leighton Lord, was quick to assure the public that he had nothing to do with either the organization or its commercial. A Lexington judge issued a restraining order prohibiting the airing of the advertisement after finding the Truth Squad had failed to properly file with the state South Carolina Ethics Commission. However, the Supreme Court reversed the decision.[35]

Boeing tax breaks

The American Future Fund, a conservative advocacy group based out of Iowa, released a radio and television advertisement criticizing Republican South Carolina Attorney General candidate Leighton Lord for his role in securing a tax incentives package for airplane manufacturer Boeing Co. in exchange for them selecting North Charleston as the location for their new Dreamliner airplane plant. For the 3,800 jobs the company would add to the state's economy, South Carolina contributed $270 million in borrowed cash for the $750 million building itself, along with a grant of $5 million to cover site preparation. The state's Commerce Department estimated that while the deal cost South Carolina public taxpayers $353 million, it brought an influx of $5.2 billion into the economy. The ad, however, described the incentives package as a “bailout” and “sweetheart deal.”[36]

Lord, in response, said the commercial from the "shadowy" Washington Beltway organization distracted from the real issues of the attorney general campaign. He then went on to praise the deal that brought the Boeing aircraft plant to North Charleston as “one of the best deals to come to the state of South Carolina in over 50 years.”[36]

See also

External links

General Election candidates

Former candidates

References

  1. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  2. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  3. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  4. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  5. Charleston Mercury, "Our Endorsements" 19 Oct. 2010 (dead link)
  6. Daily Journal, "South Carolina Republican nominees Haley, Wilson get nod from state chapter of national group" 29 Sept. 2010
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  8. The Politics of Jamie Anderson, "Matthew Richardson files for S.C. Attorney General spot" 31 March, 2010
  9. The Times and Democrat, "Pascoe joins attorney general's race" 17 Oct. 2009
  10. The Palmetto Scoop, "David Pascoe Stays Put as Solicitor" 7 March, 2010 (timed out)
  11. The Post and Courier, "Wilson runs for attorney general" 9 Sept. 2009
  12. The Post and Courier, "Leighton Lord throws hat in ring" 25 Sept. 2009
  13. Palmetto Scoop, "Bolchoz Makes 3 Running for AG" 27 Oct. 2009 (timed out)
  14. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary Election Results
  15. Even though Michael Alan Wilson received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by South Carolina state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 The State, "Bolchoz picks up key endorsements" 20 May, 2010
  17. S.C. Politics Today, "Condon endorses Bolchoz for AG" 3 May, 2010
  18. Charleston Mercury, "Our Endorsements, Part I" 18 May, 2010 (dead link)
  19. The State, "Lord best choice for attorney general" 1 June, 2010
  20. Earl Capps, "Alan Wilson's Sheriff endorsements keep AG race pot stirred" 8 Feb. 2010
  21. Go Upstate, "Wilson for attorney general" 27 May, 2010
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Wolfe Reports, "All GOP AG candidates equal, Wilson more equal" 2 June, 2010
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Wolfe Reports, "Wilson leads GOP attorney general candidates" 18 April, 2010
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Wolfe Reports, "Alan Wilson severely behind in AG money race" 18 Jan. 2010
  25. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary Runoff Election Results
  26. Boiling Springs TEA Party - Vetted 2010 SC candidates (dead link)
  27. Midlands Connect, "Bolchoz endorses Wilson for AG" 14 June, 2010
  28. The Post and Courier, "Bolchoz endorses Alan Wilson" 15 June, 2010
  29. Voting Under the Influence, "Alan Wilson gets two big endorsements, Lord supporters attack his mama" 15 June, 2010
  30. The State, "Leighton Lord for attorney general" 17 June, 2010
  31. The Sun News, "Runoff Choices Clearer" 18 June, 2010
  32. The Post and Courier, "Scarlett Wilson endorses Leighton Lord for Attorney General" 17 June, 2010 (dead link)
  33. YouTube, "Alan Wilson - Good Ole Boy.mov" 19 June, 2010
  34. WIS News 10 "GOP race for attorney general gets ugly with anonymous ad" 20 June, 2010
  35. WISTV.com, "State Supreme Court rules against Wilson over critical ad," June 21, 2010
  36. 36.0 36.1 Greenville Online, "Attorney general candidate Leighton Lord defends role in bringing Boeing to S.C." 28 April, 2010