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How can you explain this?   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started Nov-29 by WALTER784; 169 views.
WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Nov-29

Biden supposedly won this race, but now we have this!

Republican Wins Mayor’s Race In Area Biden Won By Near 40 Points

November 21, 2021

The Democrat Party is collapsing and losing, or struggling, in elections in places no one expected them to.
 
In one case, for the first time in three decades, a Democrat did not win the position of mayor in Columbia, South Carolina, an area that Joe Biden won by around 40 points, The State reported.
 
Daniel Rickenmann will be the 37th mayor of Columbia. According to unofficial numbers from the Richland County elections office released just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rickenmann had tallied 10,550 votes (52%), while opponent Tameika Isaac Devine had 9,751 (48%).
 
The results of the election will be certified Thursday morning by the city’s election commission.
 
Rickenmann was jubilant Tuesday night as he celebrated with supporters at The Main Course restaurant in downtown Columbia. As a rock band jammed on stage, the capital city’s mayor-elect posed for selfies with voters and hugged his wife, Laura.
 
“I’m just overwhelmed by all the support from the business community, the citizens of Columbia, the young people and the old, a cross section of people,” the Republican said. “I’m just excited about the opportunity to serve them and get to work.”
 
“At the end of the day, it came down to a battle,” he said. “There were a lot of outside folks involved. At end of the day, Columbia chose and we both respect the voters.”
 
Devine acknowledged her opponent’s victory and said she would continue to work for Columbia.

Republican Wins Mayor's Race In Area Biden Won By Near 40 Points - Conservative Brief

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From: Showtalk

Nov-29

School boards. Afghanistan. Dementia. Probably not one single thing.  Assuming the initial vote was accurate.  It’s also an off year election when not as many are motivated to vote.

EdGlaze

From: EdGlaze

Dec-9

Columbia, South Carolina has a population of about 133,000 so it is not a major urban area.

Another article mentions other considerations:

https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/election/article255838071.html

Devine and Rickenmann were battling for the seat held by Mayor Steve Benjamin, who didn’t seek reelection after three terms. Benjamin is Columbia’s first African American mayor. Devine has been an at-large member of Columbia City Council for 19 years, while Rickenmann has served for 12 years across two different stints, first as an at-large councilman, then in District 4 in the northeast part of the city.

Rickenmann, who works in renewable energy development, raised the most campaign cash for the race — more than $400,000 as of Oct. 19 — and often focused his campaign on business and public safety issues.

Devine, an attorney, is the only African American woman to ever be elected to the council and she was vying to be the first woman elected Columbia’ mayor.

 

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