President Donald Trump. File/Andrew Harnik/AP
Don’t try to read too much into this week’s Pennsylvania congressional win by a Democrat in a Republican district as being applicable to South Carolina later this year.
A major factor in Democratic pickups in Pennsylvania — and the recent U.S. Senate race in Alabama — is that they came in special elections where there was only one duel on the ballot.
While Democrats in South Carolina say they will file candidates in all the major races, their odds remain long for the 2018 general election in November.
The governor’s race is on the ballot this year, which means major GOP interest, as are the constitutional offices (all GOP held) and all seven seats in Congress (six held by Republicans).
College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts said whoever the GOP nominee is for governor, they will be well-funded at the top, with longer coattails than Democrats have.
“I think it’s going to be better for Democrats than in the past,” he said, but added South Carolina in November is