Henry Stanley already knew which politicians he’d be voting for.
But he still wanted to meet the candidates themselves.
“It means a whole lot,” said Stanley, who was among a crowd of about 50 people sitting inside the fellowship hall of Bethel AME Church in Conway Saturday afternoon to hear from Democratic candidates Vincent Sheheen (governor), Bakari Sellers (lieutenant governor) and Gloria Tinubu (U.S. representative for the 7th District).
The meet-and-greet was the second Horry County campaign stop of the day for Sheheen and Sellers – they appeared at a fish and grits breakfast in Myrtle Beach that morning – and during their stumping they talked about the importance of the community in their respective campaigns.
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“I wanted to come here,” said Sellers, who is running against Republican Henry McMaster. “And the main reason that Vincent and I, and I especially, have spent so much time in Horry County is because that there were 18,000 voters in Horry County … who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 who did not vote for Vincent Sheheen in 2010.”
Sheheen lost that governor’s race to Haley by 60,000 votes. The two will square off again Nov. 4.
During his time with the floor, Sheheen recognized the significance of the community, too. Should he win, Sheheen joked that he wants to see local faces at his swearing-in ceremony.
“If I don’t see Conway on the lawn, I’m going to be mad with y’all,” he said.
Of all the candidates at the church, Gloria Tinubu depends on Horry County support the most. When she lost to Tom Rice two years ago, Tinubu took 41 percent of the votes in the district. She fared well in the Pee Dee region but lost Horry. The two are facing off again next month.
“Horry County is where I lost the election,” Tinubu said. “We are determined not to do that again.”
The event wasn’t completely a Democratic affair. State Rep. Tracy Edge, R-North Myrtle Beach, also showed up and Sheheen thanked him for being there.