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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Irons/Smith Special Election Set

Florence attorney William E. Smith easily bested fellow Republican John Hargett in last night's special election primary for State House District 001. Smith won the low-turnout Valentine's Day election with 79% of the vote. Smith's combination of state and local party support and an at least 8 to 1 money advantage vastly outweighed Hargett's deeper party roots.

Smith now advances to the March 21 general election against Democrat Tammy Irons. Irons has long been considered the frontrunner and is expected to hold onto the seat for the Democrats.

Perhaps more interesting than the actual result will be the margin. While Republicans aren't especially optimistic on their chances in the special, there have been rumors of stronger GOP candidates (e.g. Steve Pierce) emerging for the November election. An Irons rout in March could short circuit Republican plans for a stronger future challenger, whereas a strong Smith showing could further embolden Republican recruitment efforts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smith's victory is quite impressive. Anyone know who is running his campaign?

8:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yall keep your eyes on luther irons.

9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Florence101 said...

Smith's victory was a result of hard work and the fact that Republican candidates can win in District 1. George W Bush and Bob Riley carried District 1. Smith has just as many signs in yards and people working for his campaign as Irons. This website has Democratic ties and is trying to trash his campaign by stating over and over that the Republicans are recruiting others. Well the Democrats have tried to get many people to run since they found out about Tammy Iron's character. Smith will surprise everyone on March 21 and then again in June when he wins the Republican nomination again.

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