Elections all over the ballot in 2021 have strongly showed that there will be a red wave next year.
GOP member Daniel Rickenmann won his runoff mayoral race within South Carolina, with a whopping 52 percent of the vote, as reported in The State news this Wednesday.
— Chris Trainor (@ChrisTrainorSC) November 17, 2021
“It was a great thing,” Rickenmann said in his victory speech, as reported by WLTX-TV. “Everybody who supported us. It is about one Columbia, South Carolina. We are united and not divided!”
The election results will now be certified this Thursday by the election commission in the city, according to The State news outlet.
Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine was Rickenmann’s opponent and will now be replaced by another Democrat, Aditi Bussells.
“I am very proud of the race that we had,” Devine said to WLTX. “Our vision of more inclusion in Columbia might be delayed, but it’s not gone.”
Rickenmann’s victory could seem like it’s no big deal, but the political history of the area is worth noting. Columbia is the South Carolina capital and the largest city within Richland County, which voted for Biden last year with 68.4 percent of the vote, as reported by Politico.
Even more surprising is that the city of Columbia is in a district where Dems have a 17 percent party advantage, and Joe Biden surrogate their representative is Jim Clyburn.
The mayoral seat is now held by Dem Steve Benjamin, who has been in the office for around 11 years.
Congratulations to Mayor-Elect Daniel Rickenmann @Rickenmann & Councilwoman-Elect Aditi Bussells @aditisrivastav on their big wins tonight. @CityofColumbia is a special place and I know they will serve us well.
— Steve Benjamin (@SteveBenjaminSC) November 17, 2021
Rickenmann ran his campaign using public safety as his “top priority,” his campaign website states, which likely is what pushed him over the top.
Runoff elections usually have lower turnout, which is why unlikely outcomes can happen.
Dem voters probably thought their preferred candidate would have no issues winning, so they did not bother to even vote.
Regardless, Rickenmann’s win is a big chance for him to bring back conservative leadership and common sense policies to a large city that needs them.
This win should energize GOP members nationwide to get active in their local campaigns, as Democrats’ failures trigger more local landslides for conservatives.
Author: Scott Dowdy