Voters go to the polls in two special elections tomorrow
By Geoff Pallay
There are two total districts holding special elections.
The two candidates running in South Carolina are:
In Texas, voters will fill the vacated seat of Edmund Kuempel (R), who died of a heart attack in November 2010. There are 9 candidates running for the seat. One candidate dropped out last month after initially declaring to run.
- Daniel Rodriguez Andrade
- Cheryl Dees Patterson
- Ron Avery
- Chris Burchell
- Gary Inmon
- John Kuempel
- Myrna McLeroy
- Robin R. Walker
- Tony Gergely
In order to win election on Tuesday, one of the 10 candidates in Texas needs to gain 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate receives 50 percent, there will be a runoff between the two leading vote getters. The runoff has not yet been scheduled.
Polls in South Carolina open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
In Texas, Allan Ritter announced he would switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, giving the Republicans 99 members in the House. If a Republican wins the vacant seat, the GOP would reach 100 members, which would provide a supermajority in the chamber.
- Greenville News "Two to face off Tuesday in District 21 election," December 10, 2010
- Greenville Online, "Filing for Rep. Bill Wylie's seat begins Sept. 21," September 15, 2010
- AP Texas News, "Perry calls special election to fill House seat," November 9, 2010
- San Antonio Express News "10 aiming to replace Kuempel," December 13, 2010
- Seguin Gazette, "Fish bows out of running for District 44 seat," November 30, 2010