November 7, 2006
As with all campaigns, this one had some surprises, but not many.
Deke Copenhaver's runaway lead in the Augusta mayor's race is no surprise. His own polls showed him with at least 60 percent of the vote.
He's getting huge support in white majority precincts, and a decent percentage of the black votes elsewhere.
Another big winner is that penny sales tax for Richmond County schools. It's getting wide support all over town, in the 70 percent range.
There's a probable runoff coming up in four weeks on December 5th for the District 9 school board spot, with incumbent A.K. Hasan facing Venus Cain.
Then there's the superior court race to fill the seat opened by the retirement of William Fleming. It appears David Roper is riding a strong showing in Columbia County to a runoff spot. It looks like Bill Williams will be his opponent. He won Burke County. Willie Saunders won in Richmond in the three-county election.
And now for the incumbent who may be out of a job.
Republican Andre Bauer is currently losing to Democrat Robert Barber in the South Carolina lieutenant governor's race...but it's very tight.
Questions were raised about Bauer's judgment for his speeding and driving problems.
Another big winner are that four improvement bond issues in Columbia county. All of them are getting strong support from the voters.
For full election results, click here.