A few weeks back, the pearl clutchers in the local Republican Party posted and shared their many wonderful predictions for the June 14 Primary. We read them and most of them missed the actual results by a long shot. We are not sure if some of their stuff was farce or simply they are so out of touch with reality that they don't understand what is actually happening in Greenville County.
Anyway, we are going to put our neck on the line make predictions for next Tuesday. Here they go.
Steve Loftis wins with somewhere between 55 and 60 percent. That may not seem like a lot for an incumbent, but in 2016 when incumbents are feeling the heat across the board, that will be a lot. The Will Lewis campaign has tossed a lot of money out there, but at the end of the day the rank and file voter sees the county as safe. That is a win for Loftis.
State Senate District 12
This is Lee Bright's to lose and we think he pulls off a victory. Nothing epic or large, but there are too many people who like Bright's style of politics in Spartanburg. We don't see the Greenville side of the fence making that much of a difference for Talley despite an endorsement from Nikki Haley. Bright likely will get 55 percent and call it a day.
State Senate District 6
Challenger William Timmons should roll over incumbent Mike Fair. He almost did when there were three people in the race. And the third person, Johnny Edwards, has endorsed Timmons. This likely will be more than 60 percent of the total votes for Timmons.
County Council District 25
Despite Lottie Gibson being incapacitated for months and finishing a distant second if the first round of this primary, we think she retains her seat over Ennis Fant. The reasons are that State Senator Karl Allen is pushing hard for Gibson due to his long-held fued with Fant as well as this the other candidates are going to support Lottie. It will be close, but it goes to Lottie.
County Council District 18
This may to close to call, but we think Rick Roberts will edge Stacy Kuper in this race. However, if the rumors of a Roberts last-minute bombshell come out, Kuper pulls off a larger victory.