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Libertarian Alex Thornton garners 1.2% of the vote in South Carolina special state senate election

Alex Thornton was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for the South Carolina State Senate in the 42nd district special election. Her campaign was heavily promoted on Facebook, including the LP National page, and Thornton’s own Facebook page amassed a grand total of 397 likes by Election Day. The election was held on October 1st.

Below are the unofficial results, from the South Carolina State Elections Commission website:

State Senate District 42 Special Election

Submitted by cwhitmire on Tue, 2013-10-01 17:01. ::

October 1, 2013 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties


Candidate Charleston Dorchester Total Percent
Billy Shuman, Republican 1,463 33 1,496 19.0%
Alex Thornton, Libertarian 97 1 98 1.2%
Marlon Kimpson, Democratic WINNER 6,177 78 6,255 79.6%
 Write-in  5  0  5  0.0%

IPR will publish a post-election statement from Thornton when/if one will be available.




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Krzysztof Lesiak

I've been a contributor for IPR since January 2013. I consider myself to be a paleoconservative. I'm also the founder of American Third Party Report. Email me at


  1. johnO johnO October 2, 2013

    Too bad she didn’t do better. Hope she runs again.

  2. Stewart Flood Stewart Flood October 2, 2013

    The district is a poster child for gerrymandering. It covers some of the lowest income and highest crime rate areas of the city. I live on the northwest corner of a major intersection. My side of the street is in district 41. Part of the southeastern corner is also in 41, but the northeast and southwest portions are in 42. District 42 weaves through the city, landing in areas that are predominately non-white populations.

    Politically, it is about 70% hard-core drink the sweet-tea, praise taxes and pass the handouts democrats.

    The 19% that the republican got was about 10% less than normal, and Alex picked up 1% of unaligned voters. My guess is that most of the likes are from supporters who, like me, could not vote in the election.

    The campaign was run the right way. Lots of media coverage, interviews on live local news, radio ads, signs, bumper stickers, and many days spent walking the district. No one can say she and her husband (who ran the campaign) did not put their hearts into this.

    This was certainly not a paper campaign for her, or for the democrat who was seen occasionally (when not holding hundred thousand dollar fundraisers in DC for a local Charleston election). The republican was out of town from July until a day or two before the election and had to have his county party chair do all his appearances. The republican party ran his election for him.

  3. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak Post author | October 1, 2013

    To label these results as poor would be an understatement of epic proportions.

    397 likes and only 98 votes? I guess all the promotion on the LP Facebook page didn’t do much of anything. To be honest, I was expecting her to do better. I thought she would at least break 3%.

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