The GOP runoff election is this Tuesday, June 22nd!

The polls open at 7 am and close at 7 pm. This election will finally decide who the Republican Party nominees are for the November election.

The stakes will be high this fall. Will Republican and independent conservatives take back our country from the grip of liberal politicians by electing true fiscal conservatives to office?

The answer is up to you. Your vote is needed.

Registered voters who did not vote in the Republican primary are still eligible to vote in the GOP runoff election, provided they did not vote in the Democrat primary.

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WCBD: Georgetown GOP voted to censure Sen. Knotts

Local GOP demands Knotts' resignation

The Sun News- June 17, 2010
By Aliana Ramos

The Georgetown County Republican party is the latest group to call for the resignation of Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, over a racial slur the senator made on an Internet political show.

Knotts referred to President Obama and Rep. Nikki Haley, a GOP gubernatorial candidate, as "ragheads" about a week before the Republican primaries on the Internet show Pub Politics.

"Senator Knotts' racial epithets have brought shame and disgrace upon himself, his office, the State of South Carolina, and the Republican Party," the resolution stated.

The measure was passed unanimously by the local executive committee, said Chairman Tom Swatzel.

"To sit silently and let a state senator get away with racially charged slurs is not something the county or the state party should do," Swatzel said.

Swatzel said Knotts' comment has hurt the GOP's efforts to bring diversity to the party.

Knotts could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

"We've got a raghead in Washington; we don't need a raghead in the Statehouse," Knotts said on the show. He later apologized.

The term is a derogatory reference to people of Middle Eastern or Indian descent.

Haley, who is of Indian descent, will face a runoff election June 22 against Gresham Barrett, for a chance to run in November's general election in the South Carolina's governor's race.

Haley has not called for Knotts' resignation, said spokesman Tim Pearson, with Haley's campaign.

"She's said all along that no matter what distractions are thrown at her, she would stay focused on the movement to bring South Carolina's government back to the people - and she's stayed very true to that," Pearson said.

The executive committee of the Lexington County Republican Party also called for Knott's resignation after learning of his comments.

Knotts addressed the call for his resignation and the fallout from his comment on the Senate floor Tuesday.

"Recent remarks made by me and the different reactions in the aftermath have caused me some grief, a lot of soul searching, and some doubt about who I really am," he said.

But Knotts has declined to resign.

"If I thought by resigning it would stop the hypocrisy in politics, then I might consider it, but I won't. I am not resigning. I deeply regret the remarks I made and I have already apologized for them, before anyone asked me to.

"I am sorry that my disgusting remarks have offended some people. In these days and times, anything you say could possibly offend people. I am and will continue to be the Jakie Knotts that I have always been, correcting my mistakes to the point where I don't commit them again and being the least hypocritical member of this legislature."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

County Republicans may ask Knotts to resign

From the June 15th edition of the Georgetown Times:

The Georgetown County Republican Party will decide Wednesday whether to support a resolution asking for a midlands lawmaker to resign for using a racial slur against gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and President Barack Obama.

The County Republican Party Executive Committee will discuss the resolution that censures Republican state Senator Jake Knotts and calls for his resignation for using the epithet "raghead" to describe Haley and Obama.

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The GOP primary election is this Tuesday, June 8th!

The polls open at 7 am and close at 7 pm. Your vote is important in determining the Republican Party nominees for the November election- an election in which we must take our country back from the liberal tax and spend Democrats.

The GOP primary also provides you with an opportunity to weigh in through an advisory referendum on two very important issues, the Obama takeover of healthcare and the growth of government spending.

One ballot question asks voters if the state legislature should enact protections against socialized medicine being implemented in South Carolina. The other asks voters whether the legislature should cap the growth of state spending.

SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd said the purpose of the referendum is twofold - to send a clear message about Republican voters' expectations, and to get more conservative voters engaged in the primary process.

"Across the state, both Republicans and conservative independents are genuinely worried about the impact of socialized medicine, and about the dangers of explosive spending," Floyd said. "We are giving voters the opportunity to speak unequivocally about the importance of both these issues, and to send a clear message that we expect action."

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The runoff election will be held on June 22nd.