A Democratic mayoral candidate, who was heavily endorsed by Former President Obama and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, was defeated in a shocking upset in solid blue Columbia, South Carolina – yet another sign that America is sick and tired of the Democrats destroying the country.
Republican Daniel Rickenmann, a businessman and Columbia city council member, defeated Democrat Tameika Isaac Devine 52% to 48% in Columbia, which sits in a county that President Biden carried by almost 40 points in 2020.
Obama, according to Washington Free Beacon, released an audio message in support of Devine. The former president carried the city’s county by 29 points in 2008 and 33 points in 2012.
Clyburn, one of the most prominent Democrats in both the South and the Black community, who many credit with having single-handedly saved President Biden’s flailing 2020 campaign with his endorsement, also endorsed Devine.
Columbia has been so reliably blue over the last several years that Republicans didn’t put forth a challenger to Rickenmann’s Democratic predecessor, Mayor Stephen Benjamin.
Republicans are likening Rickenmann’s victory to the GOP’s successful push in Virginia weeks ago that elected businessman Glenn Youngkin as the commonwealth’s next governor despite Virginians voting reliably blue for several cycles.
Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, celebrated Rickenmann’s victory as part of a “red wave.”
The Democrat losses are now starting to pile up and the bulk of the elections are still to come. The GOP victories in South Carolina and Virginia come as Biden’s poll numbers continue to slump and a USA Today/Suffolk University poll earlier this week painted a grim picture of the party’s chances in the 2022 midterms.
The survey, which was taken after the Virginia elections but before House Democrats passed the popular infrastructure bill shortly after, showed Biden with nearly rock-bottom approval ratings, Vice President Kamala Harris with numbers that are somehow even worse, and Democrats trailing by a wide margin on the generic congressional ballot.
Notable numbers from the USA Today/Suffolk University poll include a 37.8% approval rating for Biden with a 59% disapproval – more than 21 points underwater. Forty-six percent of those included in the survey said Biden has done a worse job than expected, and 64% said they don’t want Biden to run for reelection.
Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, may face an uphill battle to preserve their razor-thin majorities unless something significant changes before Election Day on Nov. 8, 2022. The USA Today/Suffolk University poll gives Republicans a 46%-38% advantage on a generic congressional ballot.
Another poll which was conducted this week found that most say Biden has done “not much” or “nothing” since taking office.
The ABC News/Washington Post survey released this week asked, “Biden has been president for about ten months. Would you say he has accomplished a great deal during that time, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing?”
Overall, 63 percent said Biden has done “not much” or “little or nothing.” Of those, 45 percent said he has done “little or nothing.”
Just over a quarter, 27 percent, said Biden has done a “good amount,” while eight percent said he has done a “great deal.”
Author: Davis Roberts