Florence’s Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School
A crowd of more than 500 piled into the West Florence High School auditorium Monday night to hear what the Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the 7th Congressional District race had to say – and to cast some of the first votes in that contentious race.
The event’s unique forum, which was driven at least in part by the fact that the race in the brand new district has attracted so many candidates (9 Republicans, 5 Democrats), called for 45 minutes of debate followed by a straw vote to select five candidates for 45 minutes of debate. A final, post-debate poll was supposed to reveal how the crowd felt after hearing both halves of the show.
Apparently it was feeling pretty pro-Pee Dee.
Florence attorney Jay Jordan, the only Pee Dee-based canddiate in the race, ran with the final polling, culling 49 percent of the vote to 23 percent for former Lt. Governor Andrew Bauer, the runnerup. Former S.C. Director of Parks, Recreationa and Tourism Chad Prosser had 11 percent, Horry County County Cair Tom Rice garnered nine percent and Myrtle Beach city councilman Randal Wallace had three percent.
Florence GOP officials said 359 people voted. The crowd was mostly GOP loyalists, all of whom paid for a chance to see the candidates in action. Proceeds covered the evening’s expenses and provided a small boost for county party coffers.