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Federal Level Clients

Dan Boren
Dan Boren U.S. House of Representatives 2004

Dan Boren - Client Information

Election Information

U.S. House of Representatives
Oklahoma Congressional District #2
Democratic Primary
July 27, 2004

Client Information

The son of former governor and U.S. Senator David Boren, Dan Boren previously was elected to the State House of Representatives less than two years prior to his decision to run for an open Congressional seat in Oklahoma.

Because this seat is one of the most Democratic in the nation, the real election to determine the ultimate winner was held in the Democratic Primary where Boren faced stiff competition from former prosecutor Kalyn Free, who came into the race with wide name recognition and financial backing. Before CRS got involved in the race, polls showed the race tightening to within the margin of error.

The Boren campaign hired CRS to engage a phone program the last few weeks of the campaign which defined the candidate with persuasive messaging to targeted groups. The results proved victorious as Dan Boren rolled up a 57-43 margin over his opponent and provided the momentum he needed for the general election in November 2004.

 

Chris Carney
Chris Carney U.S. House of Representatives 2006

Chris Carney - Client Information

Election Information

U.S. House of Representatives
Pennsylvania Congressional District #10
General Election
November 7, 2006

Client Information

Democrat Chris Carney’s race against Republican incumbent Don Sherwood was not only one that rocked the state of Pennsylvania’s political landscape, but it was also one that got considerable national attention and helped shift control of Congress to Democrats.

Carney’s campaign was vastly different from a typical Democratic campaign. Engaging the services of CR+S, the Carney campaign deliberately focused on areas where they ran a little weaker (among independents and Republicans) and launched an aggressive phone ID campaign with appropriate follow-up. We also helped the Carney campaign in their GOTV efforts the last week of the election, reminding, activating and energizing Democrats to get out and vote for Carney.

This district, as recently as 2006 was called a “safe Republican” district and no Democrat had file for the seat since 1998. This race was clearly an uphill battle from the beginning after the 2000 redistricting and by the fact that George W. Bush won this district by a 56-40 margin in 2000 and again by a 60-40 margin in 2004. All efforts were successful as Carney defeated the incumbent Sherwood by a 53-47 margin and more than 8000 votes.

 

Brad Carson
Brad Carson U.S. House of Representatives 2002
2002

Brad Carson - Client Information

Election Information

U.S. House of Representatives   U.S. House of Representatives
Oklahoma Congressional District #2   Oklahoma Congressional District #2
Democratic Primary   General Election
August 27, 2002   November 5, 2002

Client Information

Campaign Research & Strategy helped Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District Representative Brad Carson when he drew two challengers in a Democratic Primary, after redistricting added 10 new counties to his district. These new counties were from the Southeastern part of the state, known as “Little Dixie,” and this area produced one of his challengers who was a State Senator and a former state Democratic Party chairman.

Carson, who was first elected to Congress in 2000, went on to defeat his two challengers and captured 64 percent of the vote to secure the nomination in the most Democratic-leaning Congressional District of the state. Congressman Carson went on to the general election and slaughtered his Republican opponent by a margin of 74-26 percent.

During both phases of the campaign, CRS was responsible for data services, targeting, universe development, persuasive phone programs, GOTV/Turnout, and polling (benchmark and tracking), as well as providing consultation services, general and tactical strategy, message development, etc.

 

 

Brad Miller
Brad Miller U.S. House of Representatives 2010

Brad Miller - Client Information

Election Information

U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina Congressional District #13
General Election
November 2, 2010

Client Information

In 2010, many Congressional Democrats had tough times in their re-election contests. And, in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District the story was no different for Democrat Brad Miller.

First elected to Congress in 2002, Miller faced Republican Bill Randall, an African-American candidate, at a time when anti-incumbent tempers were high and long-time serving Democrats were unseated from Congress.

Engaging the services of CR+S, Miller launched a targeted phone program to shore up his base of favorables and increase yard sign visibility. The results were significant and in the end, Miller defeated Randall by a 56-44 margin and 23,000 votes to keep the seat and win election to a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

John Spratt
John Spratt U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
2008
2006
2004

John Spratt- Client Information

Election Information

U.S. House of Representatives   U.S. House of Representatives   U.S. House of Representatives
S.C. Congressional District #5   S.C. Congressional District #5   S.C. Congressional District #5
General Election   General Election   General Election
November 4, 2008   November 7, 2006   November 2, 2004

Client Information

Democratic Congressman John Spratt from South Carolina is a longtime client of CR+S and the 2008 election cycle brought new challenges. This was due largely to the fact that the Troubled Asset Relief Program legislation of 2008 was being debated and passed in the heat of that election cycle.

 

Taking nothing for granted, Spratt engaged the services of CR+S to run a targeted phones program when he was challenged by Republican Albert Spencer in the general election of 2008. The results were wildly successful as the incumbent chairman of the House Budget Committee won EVERY county of the 5th Congressional District. After all the votes came in, Spratt was declared the winner of that election with nearly 62 percent of the overall vote.

 

When Spratt was challenged in 2006 by Republican multi-millionaire developer Ralph Norman, CR+S assisted the campaign by providing targeting and data services that helped him win more than 60 percent of the vote on Election Day. After winning that election, Spratt captured key committee positions important to the well-being of South Carolina when national Democrats reclaimed control of the U.S. House.

 

CR+S also assisted Spratt in 2004, when he was first challenged by Spencer. In that election cycle, our targeted phones campaign helped him win key counties in the district like York, Sumter and portions of Florence County.

 

 

Statewide Clients

Tom Adelson
Tom Adelson Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma State Senate
2004
2004
2008

Doug Brannon- Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma State Senate   Oklahoma State Senate   Oklahoma State Senate
Senate District #33   Senate District #33   Senate District #33
Democratic Primary   General Election   General Election
July 27, 2004   November 2, 2004   November 4, 2008

Client Information

In the general election cycle of 2008, Tom Adelson retained the services of CR+S to aid him in his re-election campaign to the Oklahoma State Senate.

Running a comprehensive phone program, Adelson crushed Gary Casey, his Republican opponent, by a 63-37 margin and reaffirmed his status as a rising star in Oklahoma state politics. His victory was also a bright spot for Oklahoma Senate Democrats who lost seats in the upper chamber during both the 2008 and 2006 general election cycles.

When he first ran for this seat, the former Secretary of Health for the state of Oklahoma put everything, including his rising and bright political future, on the line when he resigned from his post to run for the seat that used to be held by State Senate veteran, Democrat Penny Williams. Oklahoma had enacted term limits for their legislators, and 2004 was the first year those limits took effect.
 
Adelson drew extremely tough opposition from Democrat Tim Gilpin and Republican Dewey Bartlett Jr. when filing was closed. Gilpin, a former Tulsa County Democratic Party chair, relied heavily on the support of labor and engaged an impressive campaign that consisted of grass roots, TV and other media, direct mail and even phones. Adelson, however, countered each and every one of Gilpin’s punches. The campaign became extremely volatile when Gilpin began engaging in negative campaign ploys questioning the costliness of Adelson’s health care program and accused the former health secretary of trying to raise taxes.

After defeating Gilpin in that 2004 primary, Adelson went on to face Bartlett in the general election of 2004. In that election, not only was he attacked by Bartlett but he also fended off attacks by third-party groups who tried to make the argument that Adelson was too liberal for the Tulsa-based Senate District. In that 2004 general election cycle, Adelson also out-performed fellow Democrats who were on the ballot for federal office.

 

Paul Agnew
Paul Agnew South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2004
2004

Paul Agnew - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #11   House District #11
General Election   Democratic Primary
November 2, 2004   June 8, 2004

Client Information

This open Statehouse seat when Harry Stille, a former Democrat-turned-Republican, announced he was stepping down. The seat attracted a strong Republican, Sammy Lewis, and two Democrats, one who was the 2002 Democratic nominee.

In the Democratic Primary, our client, Paul Agnew, faced off against Johnnie Waller, the 2002 nominee for this seat and the mayor of Calhoun Falls. After hiring CRS to target the likely Democratic Primary voters with a sophisticated phone program, Agnew became an extremely strong candidate heading into the general election as he soundly defeated Waller.

Leading up to the general election, CRS helped the Agnew campaign develop its strategy and target the right base of voters. Facing a credible challenge with a strong support among Republicans in his opponent, Sammy Lewis, Agnew worked incredibly hard connecting with individual voters. Like the primary, CRS assisted the Agnew campaign with another sophisticated phones program that left no stone unturned.

The results proved victorious as Agnew went on to win Election Night by a 53-47 margin. The win was also one of the few bright spots for Democrats across South Carolina in 2004 as it contributed to the net pick up of one seat in the House of Representatives.

 

Doug Brannon
Doug Brannon South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2010
2010
2010

Doug Brannon- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #38   House District #38   House District #38
General Election   Republican Primary Run-Off   Republican Primary
November 2, 2010   June 22, 2010   June 8, 2010

Client Information

Spartanburg attorney Doug Brannon engaged the complete services of Campaign Research + Strategy when he made the decision to run for South Carolina State House District #38 in 2010.

Situated in northern Spartanburg County, House District #38 had seen political newcomer Joey Millwood, who received tremendous support from people who wanted to establish a statewide system of private school vouchers, defeat long-time incumbent Bob Walker during the 2008 election cycle in its statewide Republican Primary. When filing was completed, a total of five candidates tossed their hats into the ring for House District #38.

Moving forward to the Republican Primary, Brannon ran against Millwood and John Moore. Brannon, who served almost a decade before as the mayor of Landrum and on its town council, ran strong but finished in 2nd place overall. After all votes were counted, Joey Millwood led the ballot with 1,769 votes for 37.2% of the overall vote, followed by Brannon who received 1,714 votes (36.1%) and Moore who picked up 1,267 votes (26.7%).

Since no candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote standard, Brannon faced off against Millwood in the Republican Primary Run-Off election held two weeks later. In that election, Millwood again received tremendous support from his vouchers supporters and buried mailboxes in the districts with multiple pieces of direct mail almost everyday the last week of the campaign. However, Brannon survived the attacks and ended up beating the incumbent. In that election, Brannon earned 2,370 votes for 51 percent of the vote to Millwood's 2,285 votes (49%) and secured the Republican nomination for State House District #38.

Moving forward to the general election in the Republican-favored State House district, Brannon went on to face two opponents - Democrat John Lewis and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Blanton. On Election Night, Brannon crushed his competition and earned 7,474 votes for 76.1 percent to Lewis' 1,892 (19.3%) and Blanton's 444 (4.5%) vote counts and completed his quest to become the new State Representative for South Carolina's State House District #38.

 

Boyd Brown
Boyd Brown S.C. House of Representatives 2008

Boyd Brown - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. House of Representatives  
House District #41  
General Election  
November 4, 2008  

Client Information

In 2008, the seat for S.C. House District #41 came open when 8-year incumbent Creighton Coleman ran for the S.C. State Senate. This district is comprised of voters in all of Fairfield County and a few precincts in Chester County, areas that have been particularly hit hard by unemployment in South Carolina.

Boyd Brown, whose family has deep roots in the district, offered himself for this seat and his grandfather once served as State Representative in this very district. He was also one of the youngest candidates in South Carolina history to run for the Legislature.

After he defeated a Fairfield County school board member in the Democratic Primary, Brown faced off against Republican Sean Schaeffner in the general election. Schaeffner was not shy about throwing punches in Brown's direction, distributing advertisements that attacked the character of Brown and his family.

To counter this line of attacks, Brown retained CR+S to develop direct mail to counter the Republican's attacks and offer positive messaging that focused on Brown's plan to serve as a representative for everyone. The results were extremely successful when the votes were counted on Election Night. After all votes came in, Brown crushed Schaeffner by an 80-to-20 margin to become the new State Representative for District 41.

 

Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Gilda Cobb-Hunter South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2002
2004

Gilda Cobb-Hunter - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #66   House District #66  
Democratic Primary   Democratic Primary  
June 11, 2002   June 8, 2004  

Client Information

State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg) hired Campaign Research & Strategy when the former House Minority Leader drew two challengers in a Democratic Primary in 2002. Coming off a surprisingly strong challenge two years earlier in a Democratic Primary where she won 57 percent of the vote, some political insiders predicted Gilda Cobb-Hunter would be the biggest upset victim of the year.

However, after engaging CRS to run and administer her persuasive phone programs, GOTV/turnout, tracking polls, as well as message development, data services, universe development, general and specific tactical strategy, Gilda Cobb-Hunter easily defeated both challengers and won more than 63 percent of the vote in that three-person Democratic Primary.

 

John Drummond
John Drummond South Carolina State Senate 2004

John Drummond - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. State Senate
Senate District #10
Democratic Primary
June 8, 2004

Client Information

A political legend in South Carolina, 85-year-old John Drummond scared off any serious Republican competition in 2004 but he did draw an interesting and potentially strong opponent in the Democratic Primary that year. His opponent, David Henderson, was a former Greenwood County Councilman who had some name recognition and the experience of past campaigns.
 
Drummond’s campaign hired CRS to conduct a comprehensive phone program that identified likely primary voters and delivered a persuasive advocacy message for Drummond. The calling program also consisted of recalling identified undecideds and activating identified favorable voters with a GOTV call.
 
The results once again proved victorious as Drummond received 69.4 percent of the vote and his status as a political legend was firmly entrenched for the state history books.
 

Jeff Duncan
Jeff Duncan South Carolina House of Representatives 2002

Jeff Duncan- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #15
Republican Primary
June 11, 2002

Client Information

When the seat in S.C. House District #15 was vacated by 10-year incumbent Donnie Wilder, Jr., a number of Republicans and Democrats jumped into the race for the district that covers areas of Laurens and Newberry counties.

Jeff Duncan retained the services of CR+S to assist him in his Republican Primary challenge against David Tribble, the former Mayor of Clinton. Duncan's background was rich in business history, from his service with the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and his own status as the owner of real estate and auction companies to his work as a banker with C&S Bank and Bailey Bank in Clinton.

Duncan relied on CR+S to facilitate his campaign phones, polling and voter data services. The results ultimately proved vicotrious in the Republican Primary when Jeff beat David Tribble by a 56-44 margin and won the Republican nomination for this seat. He went on to defeat the Democratic challenger and has served in office since 2003.

 

Drew Edmondson
Drew Edmondson Oklahoma Attorney General
 
2002

Drew Edmondson - Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma Attorney General
State of Oklahoma
General Election
November 5, 2002

Client Information

The Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign in 2002 engaged the services of CR+S to provide phone identification to target areas of Oklahoma to build up support, identify areas of follow-up work and energize the Democratic base for the 2002 statewide elections.

Among the statewide candidates who were assisted with this program was incumbent Attorney General Drew Edmonson. In 2002, Edmondson was challenged by Denise Bode, an up-and-coming Republican star and a statewide office holder.

Our services provided the Edmondson campaign with the tactical strategy they needed to roll up a huge victory on Election night in Oklahoma. After all the ballots were counted, Edmondson was the strongest Democratic vote-getter and thoroughly trounced Bode's campaign. In this race, he earned 615,932 votes to Bode's 408,833 votes, and won with 60.1 percent of the vote.

Our services for the Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign helped seven Democrats win elections to the 8 statewide constitutional offices in Oklahoma and pick up seats in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives.

 

Laurie Slade Funderburk
Laurie Slade Funderburk South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2004
2004
2012

Laurie Slade Funderburk- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #52   House District #52   House District #52
Special General Election   General Election   General Election
June 15, 2004   November 2, 2004   November 6, 2012

Client Information

In 2012, S.C. House District 52 was transformed due to the redistricting that occurs every 10 years. This election was the first one that contained precincts from the Lugoff-Elgin area of Kershaw County and our client in this race was Laurie Slade Funderburk.

We first worked with Laurie in 2004 when we helped her win the seat. In the 2012 election cycle, Funderburk faced off against Republican David Herndon, who had run before for the State House (not in this district) and lives in Lugoff. Using our complete package of services (phones, mail, design, consulting, etc.), Laurie Funderburk crushed her opponent on Election Day, winning 63 percent (11,742 votes) to David Herndon's 37 percent (6,859 votes).

Going back to 2004 when Laurie Funderburk first engaged our services, this Statehouse seat became open when Vince Sheheen won a special election to fill a State Senate seat held by the late Democrat Donald Holland. The open seat attracted four strong candidates - 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans - and they had to go through a vicious campaign cycle to win the unexpired term and possibly defend it less than five months later.
 
Funderburk faced off against John Carmichael, who was considered by many to be the establishment favorite, in the Special Democratic Primary. After hiring CRS to target the right base of voters with a full-scale phone and mail program, Funderburk pulled off not only a big upset winning with nearly 70 percent of the vote, she was the leading vote getter of all the candidates running.
 
This win pushed her into a special election which was scheduled the week between the statewide Republican Primary and Run-off elections. Again, using CRS to run a targeted phone and mail campaign, Funderburk campaigned hard and won 57 percent of the vote against Republican Don Spivey to become the first female Statehouse representative elected from Kershaw County.
 
Funderburk went on to face Spivey again in the general election, and again employed the help of CRS. Beating back a strong Republican turn-out effort, Funderburk outperformed national Democrats in her area to defeat Spivey with nearly 54 percent of the vote and win re-election in November.

 

Wendell Gilliard
Wendell Gilliard South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2008
2008

Wendell Gilliard - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #111   House District #111  
General Election   Democratic Primary Run-off  
November 4, 2008   June 24, 2008  

Client Information

In 2008, Charleston City Councilman Wendell Gilliard made the decision to run for higher office when Democratic S.C. State Representative Floyd Breeland decided against running for re-election.

When filing for the office concluded, Gilliard found himself in a three-man Democratic Primary facing off against Clay Middleton, a former staffer of Congressman Jim Clyburn, and Maurice Washington, a frequent candidate for Charleston mayor and other offices. In that primary election, Gilliard finished first but only with 46 percent of the vote and he went on to face Middleton in a run-off election two weeks later.

Gilliard engaged the services of CR+S to assist him with that runoff election, and we executed his direct mail and phone messaging to put him over the top in this run-off election.

When the results were complete, Gilliard defeated Middleton by a 54-46 margin and secured the Democratic nomination. Because no Republican filed for this election, Gilliard was unopposed in the November general election and won the two-year term to the S.C. House of Representatives.

 

Jay Paul Gumm
Jay Paul Gumm Oklahoma State Senate 2002
 

Jay Paul Gumm - Client Information

Election Information

Oklohama State Senate
Senate District #6
General Election
November 5, 2002

Client Information

The Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign in 2002 engaged the services of CR+S to provide phone identification to target areas of Oklahoma to build up support, identify areas of follow-up work and energize the Democratic base for the 2002 statewide elections.

Among the statewide candidates who were assisted with this program was Democratic State Senate candidate Jay Paul Gumm. In 2002, when Gumm ran for his first term, he was challenged by Republican Stuart Rustin in this State Senate district that encompasses McCurtain County in Southeast Oklahoma.

Our services provided the Gumm campaign with the tactical strategy they needed to roll up a huge victory on Election night in Oklahoma. After all the ballots were counted, Gumm handily defeated Rustin when he earned 11,785 votes to Rustin's 8,685 votes, and won with 57.6 percent of the vote.

Our services for the Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign helped seven Democrats win elections to the 8 statewide constitutional offices in Oklahoma and pick up seats in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives.

 

Anton Gunn
Anton Gunn S.C. House of Representatives
S.C. House of Representatives
S.C. House of Representatives
2008
2006
2006

John Drummond - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. House of Representatives   S.C. House of Representatives   S.C. House of Representatives
State House District #79   State House District #79   State House District #79
General Election   General Election   Democratic Primary
November 4, 2008   November 7, 2006   June 13, 2006

Client Information

When Republican State Representative Bill Cotty announced he was not offering himself for re-election in 2008, Democrat Anton Gunn immediately became a front-runner for this seat. This was largely due to Gunn's success when he challenged Cotty in 2006 and came within 300 votes of unseating the incumbent.

 

In that election of 2006, Gunn engaged the complete services of CR+S when he filed to run. Before facing off against Cotty in that election, Gunn had to face fellow Democrat Todd Wood, who ran for the seat two years earlier, in a Democratic Primary. CR+S administered a robust phone and mail campaign that helped Gunn defeat Woods by a 72-28 margin in June 2006. In the general election of that year, a third candidate (independent candidate Michael Letts) got in the race and Gunn continued to build up his support. By the end of the campaign cycle, this race too became a statewide “race to watch” and the election was tight. On Election Night, Cotty was successful and beat Gunn by a margin of less than 300 votes to win a plurality and re-election to another two-year term in the Statehouse. Had Gunn been successful, he would have become the only African-American member of the S.C. House of Representatives to represent a majority-white district.

 

Moving forward to the 2008 election cycle, without Cotty in the picture, Gunn took on the role of front-runner and retained the services of CR+S to aid him in that election. However, he still had to defeat Republican opponent David Herndon, who had been successful in tough Republican primary and run-off elections to win the nomination.

 

In addition to competing against Herndon, Gunn was also attacked by special interest groups, including one run by House Speaker Bobby Harrell. Despite all the attacks thrown his way, Anton Gunn won with nearly 54 percent of the vote. His victory helped Democrats pick up a seat in the State House, and Gunn himself became one of only two African-American legislators to represent a majority-white district in the South Carolina State House of Representatives.

Terry Harrison
Terry Harrison Oklahoma State House of Representatives
Oklahoma State House of Representatives
Oklahoma State House of Representatives
2002
2002
2002

Terry Harrison - Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma State House of Representatives   Oklahoma State House of Representatives   Oklahoma State House of Representatives
House District #18   House District #18   House District #18
General Election   Democratic Primary   Democratic Primary
November 5, 2002   August 27, 2002   September 17, 2002

Client Information

When Lloyd Fields gave up his seat in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, more than five candidates threw their hats into the ring to succeed him when he ran for State Labor Commissioner.

Supporters of Terry Harrison retained the services of CR+S to engage phone, data and GOTV services in his four-way Democratic Primary. In that first race, Harrison was the leading vote getter but did not capture the needed 50 percent to avoid a run-off. Harrison earned 2827 votes (38.3 percent) and he was followed by Ron Gragg, 1848 votes (25%); Barbara Gilbertson, 1814 votes (24.6%) and Louis Smitherman, 887 votes (12%).

Moving forward to the Democratic Primary Run-off election, Harrison's supporters worked overtime for him and he was able to defeat Ron Gragg in the run-off election. In that election Harrison earned 3795 votes (58.2%) to Gragg's 2727 votes (41.8%) and earned the Democratic nomination for this House District seat centered in Democratic-leaning McAlester, OK and Pittsburg County.

Finally, in the general election, Harrison defeated Republican Angela Hendrix by a margin of 6992 to 4318 votes, winning 61.8 percent of the vote. An attorney by trade, Harrison was also a young member of the House having just turned 30 years old less than a month before winning the general election. Today, he serves as the House minority whip of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives.

ChrisHart
ChrisHart South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2006
2008

ChrisHart - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #73   House District #73
Democratic Primary   Democratic Primary
June 13, 2006   June 10, 2008

Client Information

Chris Hart has engaged the complete services of CR+S in his two campaigns for S.C. House District #73 and he's one of the hardest working candidates we've ever seen.

In 2006, his first campaign for the Statehouse was one of the most exciting campaigns in all of South Carolina during the 2006 Democratic Primary. Running against a longtime incumbent Joe Brown, who was first elected to the seat back in 1986, Hart trailed Brown by an 81-9 margin and many thought Brown was a lock for re-election.

Instead of giving up, Chris Hart dug in and went to work in this district by knocking on more than 5000 doors, sending multiple direct mail pieces and running an aggressive phones-oriented messaging campaign. In turn, Brown ran aggressively too and hyped up his endorsements that came from legislative and political leaders around Richland County and South Carolina. Tracking our progress the whole way through, with a number of tracking polls, the race tightened up fast and by the time an election was a week away, Hart still trailed Brown, but only by 3 points.

Hart continued the aggressive campaigning that final week; And, on Election Night in June 2006, he was successful in upsetting the incumbent, winning by a 54-46 margin.

Moving forward to the 2008 campaign cycle this time as the incumbent, Hart was challenged by Joe Brown setting up a rematch of that exciting race. Leaving nothing for chance, Hart used the same services that was successful before and he ran an incredible campaign engaging thousands of voters. On Election Night, Hart crushed Brown by a 67-33 margin in the 2008 statewide Democratic Primary and proved his victory two years earlier was absolutely no fluke.

 

Cathy Harvin
Cathy Harvin South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2006
2006

Cathy Harvin- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #64   House District #64  
Special General Election   Special Democratic Primary  
February 14, 2006   January 3, 2006  

Client Information

Cathy’s husband, Alex Harvin, was the representative for this legislative district since the 1970s until he passed away while in office. Upon his passing, Cathy filed for election to the seat and engaged the services of CRS for phone and data work.

Running in an election scheduled just three days into a new year, turn-out was the most critical element of this campaign. The efforts by CRS and the Harvin campaign were incredibly successful, with her securing 83 percent of the vote in a special Democratic Primary and going on to win the special general election unopposed.

 

Brad Henry
Brad Henry Oklahoma Governor
Oklahoma Governor
2006
2002

Brad Henry - Client Information

Election Information

Governor   Governor  
State of Oklahoma   State of Oklahoma  
General Election   General Election  
November 7, 2006   November 5, 2002  

Client Information

Brad Henry, who first used the services of CR+S when he shocked the nation in 2002 by defeating Republican Steve Largent for Oklahoma’s open governor’s election, re-engaged CR+S to assist his campaign in this cycle.

The situation in 2006 for Henry’s race was far different than in 2002. He ran against Republican Congressman Ernest Istook and was the clear front-runner of the race. All throughout the election cycle, Henry maintained a big lead on Istook and the campaign was most concerned about winning with a super majority of votes. Polling leading up to Election Day had Henry leading by margins of 20 and 30 points, so there was concern that Henry’s favorables might not turn out if they “think he’s won already.”

CR+S ran a statewide phone program to build up support for the Governor which helped increase turnout and his vote margin for Election Day. On the evening of the election, Henry not only defended his position but he won 68 percent of the vote and almost won every one of Oklahoma’s 77 counties in the head-to-head counts between him and Istook.

 

Darrell Jackson
Darrell Jackson South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
2008
2008
2004

Darrell Jackson - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina State Senate   South Carolina State Senate   South Carolina State Senate
Senate District #21   Senate District #21   Senate District #21
General Election   Democratic Primary   Democratic Primary
November 4, 2008   June 10, 2008   June 8, 2004

Client Information

State Senator Darrell Jackson, who is also the pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy in 2004 to facilitate a comprehensive phones program after he landed a challenger to what would become his fourth term in office.
 
Rev. Jackson faced off against a political newcomer by the name of Edward Sullivan in South Carolina's Democratic Primary, who blasted out of the gate with a heavy presence of yard signs and field organization. CRS worked with Senator Jackson to develop a wide presence on the phones and target bases of voters to maximize his turn-out.
 
Since there was no Republican candidate to file for the November general election, this primary match-up decided who would hold the office. Administering the plan described above and consulting with Senator Jackson regularly, the incumbent State Senator went on to win by an overwhelming 87-13 margin on Election Day and claim his 4th term in the S.C. State Senate.

In 2008, Senator Jackson again faced a challenge in the state's Democratic Primary. That year, however, he drew tougher opposition from Wendy Brawley, who had better name recognition than his 2004 challenger and had served on the board of trustees for Richland School District One.

Engaging our phoning, polling, strategic branding, and consulting services, Jackson ran an all-out campaign and left nothing for chance in this primary. Again, no Republican filed for this seat so the winner of the Democratic Primary would end up running unopposed in the November general election and claiming the State Senate seat.

On Election Night, the strategy proved successful. Darrell Jackson ran away with the election, earning 5,156 votes for 65 percent to Brawley's 2,772 votes (35%), and claimed his 5th term in the S.C. Senate.

 

Doug Jennings
Doug Jennings South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2008
2008

Doug Jennings - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #54   House District #54
Democratic Primary   General Election
June 10, 2008   November 4, 2008

Client Information

In 2008, S.C. State Representative Doug Jennings (D-Marlboro) was challenged in the state Democratic Primary and he engaged the services of CR+S to help him with this election.

Jenning's challenger in this election was Naim Floyd Quick Salahudeen, a Bennetsville businessman who claimed Jennings supported an unpopular proposal to bring a large landfill to Marlboro County.

Responding to his opponent's claims, CR+S administered a phone messaging program that highlighted Jennings' commitment to the State House district and his success as a State Representative.

Since no Republican filed for this election, the winner of the primary would go on to be unopposed in the November general election for this two-year term.

On Election Night of the Democratic primary, the results couldn't be any more clear as Jennings won a very decisive majority defeating his challenger by an 81-19 margin.

 

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson S.C. State Senate
S.C. State Senate
2012
2012

Kevin Johnson- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #38   House District #38   House District #38
General Election   Republican Primary Run-Off   Republican Primary
November 2, 2010   June 22, 2010   June 8, 2010

Client Information

In 2012, longtime Democratic State Senator John Land announced he was not running for re-election to the South Carolina State Senate seat he had held since 1976.

In this election, our client was Kevin Johnson, a former mayor of Manning who had been elected to a seat in the S.C. House of Representatives just a year earlier. Johnson drew opposition in the Democratic Primary from Eleazer Carter and Shaun Kent. However, weeks before the primary election was held, a State Supreme Court ruling removed both Carter and Kent from the ballot along with more than 200 candidates statewide who failed to file ethics forms properly. As a result, Kevin Johnson secured the Democratic nomination and went on to the general election.

Moving forward, Johnson faced opposition from Republican Leon Winn in the November general election. Johnson also faced opposition in this election from both Carter and Kent, who had collected enough signatures to be put on the ballot as independent petition candidates. In a preventive move, even Johnson himself collected enough petition signatures to be put on the ballot because his two petition foes tried to get him legally removed from the ballot.

For this general election cycle, Johnson engaged our direct mail services to targeted audiences. On Election Day, the results were stunning and Kevin Johnson crushed all three of his opponents when he earned 25,637 votes for 59.5%. Winn finished second with 12,111 votes (28.1%) while Kent (4136 votes for 9.6%) and Carter (1138 votes for 2.6%) respectively finished 3rd and 4th.

 

Daisy Lawler
Daisy Lawler Oklahoma State Senate 2002

Daisy Lawler - Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma State Senate  
Senate District #24  
General Election  
November 5, 2002  

Client Information

The Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign in 2002 engaged the services of CR+S to provide phone identification to target areas of Oklahoma to build up support, identify areas of follow-up work and energize the Democratic base for the 2002 statewide elections.

Among the statewide candidates who were assisted with this program was Democratic State Senator Daisy Lawler, who represents Oklahoma State Senate District #24 which runs through Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Stephens counties. This district also has a very pro-military background and Lawler's challenge in 2002 came during a time when America strongly supported the War on Terror.

In this race in 2002, our services were invaluable to the Lawler campaign and provided the needed tactical strategy to beat back a challenge from Republican State Senate candidate Carol Martin. On Election Night, after all votes were counted, Lawler was declared the victor by a margin less than 120 votes. In that race, Lawler secured 12,052 votes to Martin's 11,965 votes and earned 50.2% percent of the vote. Four years later, Lawler was eventually defeated by Republican Anthony Sykes in this Senate district in another close election, decided by less than 500 votes.

Our services for the Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign helped seven Democrats win elections to the 8 statewide constitutional offices in Oklahoma and pick up seats in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives during the 2002 election cycle.

 

Joel Lourie
Joel Lourie South Carolina State Senate 2004

Joel Lourie - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. State Senate
Senate District #22
General Election
November 2, 2004

Client Information

The son of a beloved late State Senator and a State Representative himself, Joel Lourie took a huge gamble and gave up his safe seat to run for the State Senate seat vacated by Republican incumbent Warren Giese. Lourie was a well-funded candidate whose roots ran incredibly deep in the district. However, he ended up facing the best candidate Republicans could put against him when Ken Wingate defeated Giese’s son, Barney, in the Republican Primary of that year.
 
Lourie hired CRS to conduct benchmark polling, tracking polls, and a comprehensive phones program for the campaign. We ended up helping on other items and consulting on things like TV ads, direct mail pieces, etc. The race was literally an epic tug-of-war between the two with Lourie gaining an advantage, then Wingate coming back, etc. To further complicate the matters, even Republican Governor Mark Sanford came out campaigning hard for Wingate appearing in direct mail and a large number of TV ads.
 
For every challenge thrown his way, Lourie just dug his heels in deeper and kept fighting against all the odds. And, on Election Night, Lourie out-polled every Democrat in his district and vanquished his Republican opponent by a 56-44 margin. The victory provided Democrats with the net one-seat pick-up they ended up pulling off in the upper chamber of the Legislature that year.

 

Joe Mahaffey
Joe Mahaffey South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2002
2002

Joe Mahaffey - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives
 
  South Carolina House of Representatives
 
 
House District #36   House District #36  
Republican Primary   General Election  
June 11, 2002   November 5, 2002  

Client Information

A businessman with deep roots in Spartanburg County, Joe Mahaffey ran for S.C. House District #36 when former Rep. Rita Allison, a fellow Republican, gave up her seat to run unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor.

Drawing a primary challenge from another businessman, Bob Fogel, Mahaffey delivered a low-tax, more jobs-based message in this rural House District. Playing up his position as the president of Pic-A-Flick video (Greenville) and founder of M&M Income Tax Service and Mahaffey Realty, Mahaffey relied on CR+S to conduct his campaign by phone, as well as provide data and consulting services throughout the campaign.

Ulitmately, Mahaffey was victorious on Election Night, beating Fogel by a 57-43 margin. Because he drew no Democratic opposition, Mahaffey was elected to represent the House District running unopposed in November 2002.

 

Gerald Malloy
Gerald Malloy South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
2004
2002
2002

Gerald Malloy - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina State Senate   South Carolina State Senate   South Carolina State Senate
Senate District #29   Senate District #29   Senate District #29
General Election   Special Democratic Primary   Special General Election
November 2, 2004   September 17, 2002   November 5, 2002

Client Information

After helping State Senator Gerald Malloy create history two years earlier by becoming the first African-American candidate to win a Senate seat in a majority-white district, CRS was hired to help him with his re-election campaign in 2004.

Mallloy faced off against the same Republican candidate he defeated two years earlier, but this time our goals were different. We wanted to win every county that was in his State Senate district.

CRS was responsible for all direct mail, phoning and polling, and advised very heavily throughout the campaign in other areas. Ultimately on Election Night, Malloy was victorious and retained his seat by a 58-42 margin, as well as winning all four counties in his State Senate district.

 

Shane Martin
Shane Martin South Carolina State Senate 2008

Shane Martin - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. State Senate   S.C. State Senate   S.C. State Senate
Senate District #13   Senate District #13   Senate District #13
Republican Primary Run-Off   General Election   Republican Primary
June 24, 2008   November 4, 2008   June 10, 2008

Client Information

Recommended to us by another client, Shane Martin came to Campaign Research + Strategy and engaged our services when he made the decision to run for South Carolina State Senate District #13 in 2008.

Senate District 13 is largely populated by Spartanburg County and stretches to the west into Greenville County and to the east into Union County. Martin, who had previously been elected to a local Spartanburg County school district seat, was preparing for a challenge against Jim Ritchie who was first elected to the seat in 2000 and engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for polling, targeting, strategic consultation, branding and direct mail services.

When filing was completed, a total of four candidates tossed their hats into the ring. Moving forward to the Republican Primary, Martin ran against Ritchie and attorney Max Hyde. Martin ran strong and on Election Night he came close to winning the three-way primary outright. After all votes were counted, Martin led the ballot with 4,733 votes for 49.6% of the overall vote, followed by Ritchie who received 3,049 votes (32.0%) and Hyde who picked up 1,755 votes (18.4%).

Since he did not get the required 50 percent plus one vote standard, Martin faced off against Ritchie in the Republican Primary Run-Off election held two weeks later. And, in that election Martin crushed the incumbent, earning 5,314 votes for 66 percent to Ritchie's 2,719 votes (34%), securing the Republican nomination for State Senate District #13.

Moving forward to the general election in the Republican-favored State Senate district, Martin had no problems against his Democratic opponent Jimmy Tobias. In that election, Martin won with his highest vote percentage when he earned 26,053 votes for 68 percent to Tobias' 12,216 vote count (32%) and completed his quest to become the new Senator for South Carolina's State Senate District #13.

Mia Butler Garrick
Mia Butler Garrick S.C. State House of Representatives
S.C. State House of Representatives
2010
2008

Mia Butler Garrick - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. State House of Representatives   S.C. State House of Representatives
House District #79   House District #79
General Election   Special Democratic Primary
November 2, 2010   September 21, 2010

Client Information

In South Carolina State House District #79, we helped Democrat Anton Gunn flip the seat in 2008 to Democratic control. However, by the summer of 2010, Gunn was chosen for a federal government appointment that took him out of the state and left the seat open for the 2010 general election cycle.

Our candidate in this election was Mia Butler Garrick. She first engaged our services for the special Democratic Primary election that was held on September 21, 2010. In this campaign, we were responsible for targeting likely voters and executing a comprehensive phone program that would help her win the nomination against two opponents. After the voting precincts closed, we smashed her opposition claiming nearly 67% of the vote.

Heading into the general election, we faced Republican Sheri Few who had run before for the same office and had raised a significant amount of financial resources for this campaign. Again, engaging a comprehensive phones program and providing strategic and technical advice, Mia went on to beat back the Republican opposition and claim the seat, keeping it in the Democratic column by an impressive 55-45 margin.

 

Deb McManus
Deb McManus North Carolina House of Representatives
North Carolina House of Representatives
2012
2012

Deb McManus - Client Information

Election Information

N.C. House of Representatives   N.C. House of Representatives    
House District #54   House District #54    
Democratic Primary   General Election    
May 8, 2012   November 6, 2012    

 

Client Information

Chatham County School Board member Deb McManus engaged phoning and direct mail services of Campaign Research + Strategy when she made the decision to run for North Carolina State House District #54 in 2012.

Encompassing all of Chatham County and a portion of Lee County, N.C., House District 54 had been represented by former Speaker Joe Hackney since 1980. After filing was closed, Deb faced two opponents - Democrat Jeff Starkweather and Republican Cathy Wright.

In the Democratic primary, McManus, who lives in Siler City and is the wife of beloved doctor Keith McManus, fought back against fierce opposition brought on by Starkweather, a retired attorney from Pittsboro. Relying on our direct mail, strategic, phone and other services, the results couldn't have painted a clearer picture and Deb McManus defeated Jeff Starkweather by securing 7,447 votes for 59.2 percent to his 5,132 votes (40.8%).

Moving forward to the general election, McManus' Republican opponent, Cathy Wright, was not to be taken lightly. Just two years earlier in 2010, Wright secured 43% of the vote against Hackney in this district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans. In the end, McManus fought hard against fierce opposition from her opponent and was elected to the seat. In this general election, McManus earned 22,159 votes for 56.1 percent to Cathy Wright's 17,339 votes (43.9%).

 

Vida Miller
Vida Miller South Carolina House of Representatives 2004

Vida Miller - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives
House District #108
General Election
November 2, 2004

Client Information

An 8-year veteran of the S.C. House of Representatives, Vida Miller has the distinction of being a Democrat in a district that is becoming increasingly Republican everyday. Always drawing Republican opposition every two years, Miller tops the state Republican House caucus list of targets every cycle and 2004 was no different. This year, she drew a challenge from a former Democrat by the name of Charles Smith.
 
Miller hired CRS to manage and facilitate a number of services, with a primary focus on direct mail and comprehensive phones. Consulting her throughout the campaign, CRS and Miller did not run away from any of the challenges her opponent and the House Republican caucus threw at her. She campaigned heavily door-to-door, and we ran a comprehensive phone program to independent and soft Republicans. We also facilitated a GOTV program to Democrats and managed the timely mail program that helped her during this campaign.
 
The results were stunning and victorious on Election Night as she won re-election by a margin slightly higher than 55-45. Her hard work, combined with our keen and battle-tested strategies, made the difference and kept the seat safely in Democratic hands.

 

Tommy Moore
Tommy Moore Governor
Governor
South Carolina State Senate
2004
2006
2006

Tommy Moore- Client Information

Election Information

Governor   Governor   South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina   South Carolina   Senate District #25
General Election   Democratic Primary   General Election
November 7, 2006   June 13, 2006   November 2, 2004

Client Information

Tommy Moore, who previously engaged the services of CR+S when he won re-election to his State Senate seat in 2004, threw his hat into the ring for Governor of South Carolina in 2005. CR+S helped supporters of his campaign when he was challenged by two opponents in the statewide Democratic Primary. One of the challengers was an attorney in Columbia, while the other challenger (and most serious one) was Florence Mayor Frank Willis.

Moore ran strong and early polling had him leading the race. However, the polling also showed high levels of undecided voters. Up to two weeks before the election, nearly 42 percent of Democratic Primary voters were undecided. CR+S put their phone and mailing services to work and rolled up big bases of support for the State Senator and he ended up winning the statewide Democratic Primary with 64 percent of the vote.

In the General Election, Moore was not only facing a well-financed incumbent, but also a generally popular governor, in Republican Mark Sanford. Despite being clearly outspent by nearly a 4-to-1 margin, Moore’s campaign did a good job of playing “catch up.” Independent polling in and out of South Carolina was projecting a Sanford re-election by margins of 20+ points. However, our own internal polling was showing a Sanford win too, but the race was tighter than what others were reporting.

In the end, Sanford beat Moore by a 55-45 margin and won re-election to another four-year term. However, the real story of this election was that despite strong Democratic turnouts nationwide, the turnout among Democrats in South Carolina was extremely low. As a result, Republicans won 8 out of the 9 Constitutional offices in South Carolina, bucking trends seen elsewhere in other states.

 

Danny Morgan
Danny Morgan Oklahoma House of Representatives 2002

Danny Morgan - Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma House of Representatives
House District #32
General Election
November 5, 2002

Client Information

The Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign in 2002 engaged the services of CR+S to provide phone identification to target areas of Oklahoma to build up support, identify areas of follow-up work and energize the Democratic base for the 2002 statewide elections.

Among the statewide candidates who were assisted with this program was Democratic State Representative candidate Danny Morgan in Oklahoma House District #32. In 2002, Morgan ran in a re-match from two years earlier against the same opponent he faced two years earlier and lost to in Republican Kent Friskup. In that first race back in 2000, Friskup beat Morgan by more than 350 votes in this district that encompasses Lincoln County and a part of Creek County in Oklahoma.

In this race in 2002, our services were invaluable to the Morgan campaign and provided the needed tactical strategy to roll up a huge upset on Election night in Oklahoma. After all the ballots were counted, Morgan handily defeated Friskup when he earned 6,112 votes to Friskup's 5,549 votes, and won with 52.4 percent of the vote.

Our services for the Oklahoma Coordinated Democratic Campaign helped seven Democrats win elections to the 8 statewide constitutional offices in Oklahoma and pick up seats in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives.

 

Joe Neal
Joe Neal S.C. House of Representatives 2004

Joe Neal - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. House of Representatives
House District #70
Democratic Primary
June 8, 2004

Client Information

Joe Neal was faced with a strong challenge to his Statehouse seat in the Democratic Primary of 2004 when Luvola Taylor, who had held the seat almost 10 years ago, filed to run against him. Recommend to us by former clients, Joe Neal hired CRS to develop a comprehensive phones program to vanquish this challenge.
 
Not resting on his laurels, Joe Neal put together a strong field team, and that in concert with the phones program ended up being too big of a mountain for the challenger to overcome. On Election Night, Neal ended up winning his district by a margin just under 63-to-37 percent and taking every precinct except for the Eastover box.

J. Anne Parks
J. Anne Parks South Carolina House of Representatives 2004

J. Anne Parks - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #12  
General Election  
November 2, 2004  

Client Information

First elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1997, Democrat J. Anne Parks engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy in her November 2004 re-election to House District #12.

S.C. State House District 12 is comprised of Greenwood and McCormick Counties in South Carolina. Traditionally a Democrat-held seat, the makeup of the voter registration in this district can favor either party depending on whether there is a presidential election contest. With 2004 featuring a weaker Democrat running for President, Parks' campaign took nothing for granted.

Parks engaged our direct mail services to help her when she ran against Republican Jenning McAbee.

In the end, the direct mail efforts paid off greatly and J. Anne Parks earned 6,179 votes for 56.5% of the vote to McAbee's 4,764 votes (43.5%) to win re-election to her 5th term in the S.C. Statehouse.

Kay Patterson
Kay Patterson South Carolina State Senate 2004

Kay Patterson- Client Information

Election Information

S.C. State Senate
Senate District #19
Democratic Primary
June 8, 2004

Client Information

Another political legend in South Carolina, Kay Patterson had run unopposed for a number of election cycles until 2004 when he drew opposition in the Democratic Primary. And, his opposition was not to be taken lightly. Columbia attorney, Hemphill Pride, dedicated an enormous amount of resources and engaged the help of seasoned political veterans in his attempt to unseat Patterson, who had held the seat since 1985.
 
Patterson countered by hiring CRS along with other battle-tested political veterans in what became the most-watched race of the 2004 Democratic Primary in Richland County. CRS conducted benchmark polling research, periodic tracking polls, a full-service phone program, GOTV, data services, consulting, and other services to help Patterson beat back the challenge Pride brought to the election.
 
When the vote count came in on Election Night, the results were overwhelming. Not only had Patterson beat back the challenge, he decimated Pride by an 85-15 margin and secured his status as a political legend not only in Richland County, but across South Carolina. Patterson went on later to defeat a third-party candidate, as well as a petition candidate, in the November General Election.
 

Clementa Pinckney
Clementa Pinckney South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
2008
2008

Clementa Pinckney - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina State Senate   South Carolina State Senate
Senate District #45   Senate District #45
General Election   Democratic Primary
November 4, 2008   June 10, 2008

Client Information

State Senator Clementa Pinckney retained the complete services of CR+S when he was challenged by two opponents in the 2008 Democratic Primary.

Pinckney was first elected to the State Senate back in 2000, at the young age of 27, when the previous State Senator from District 45 retired. For the four years prior to him being first elected to State Senate, Clementa represented a State House District based in his home of Jasper County that stretched into Hampton County, S.C.

In the 2008 primary, Pinckney's opponents were Democrats Bobbty Mayes and Richmond Truesdale Jr., who both came from Colleton County. We helped Pinckney with a wide array of services like developing his branding, phone messaging, direct mail, strategy, targeting, etc. Minimizing his opponents and making them appear as nothing more than fringe candidates was critical to the success of our strategy for Pinckney's re-election campaign.

Taking nothing for granted, Pinckney ran hard and focused on his dedication and hard work for the people he represents across Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. In the end, as results came in on Primary night, Pinckney crushed his two opponents, securing 5252 votes (out of 6800 total votes casts) and capturing 77 percent of the vote in this three-way race.

After Pinckney secured the Democratic nomination in June, he was unopposed in the 2008 general election because no Republican filed for the seat.

 

R.C. Pruett
R.C. Pruett Oklahoma State House of Representatives
Oklahoma State House of Representatives
Oklahoma State House of Representatives
2004
2004
2004

Chris Carney - Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma State House of Representatives   Oklahoma State House of Representatives   Oklahoma State House of Representatives
House District #19   House District #19   House District #19
Democratic Primary Run-off   General Election   Democratic Primary
August 24, 2004   November 2, 2004   July 27, 2004

Client Information
 

When Randall Erwin gave up his District #19 seat in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives due to term limits, nine candidates filed for election to succeed him.

Grocery store owner R.C. Pruett first retained Campaign Research + Strategy to engage phone, data and GOTV services for his campaign in the 2004 Democratic Primary. In that first race, Pruett faced seven Democratic candidates - Steve Crawford, Don Faulkner, Brad Greer, Scott Pace, Ernie Perkins, James Ray and John Williams.

In that first race no candidate captured more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off election, but Pruett was the leading vote-getter with 2,596 votes (30.3%) and followed by Williams who earned 2,372 votes for 27.6 percent and the two advanced to the August run-off election.

Moving forward to the Democratic Primary Run-off election, the campaigns for both Pruett and Williams ran hard and competitively. Pruett came out on top when he earned 3,595 votes (51.9%) to Williams' 3,334 votes (41.9%), and secured the Democratic nomination for this House District seat representing Choctaw, LeFlore, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties.

Finally, in the general election, Pruett faced his eighth and final opponent in 2004 when he went up against Republican Patrick Miller. On Election Night, after all the votes were counted, R.C. Pruett demolished his Republican opponent and kept the House seat in the Democratic column. Final numbers showed Pruett earning 10,176 votes for 79.4 percent to Miller's 2,644 votes (20.6%). Since those three contests in 2004 , Pruett has not faced any opposition in the 2006, 2008 or 2010 election cycle.

 

Glenn Reese
Glenn Reese South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State Senate
2004
2012
2008

Glenn Reese - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. State Senate   S.C. State Senate   S.C. State Senate
Senate District #11   Senate District #11   Senate District #11
General Election   General Election   General Election
November 2, 2004   November 6, 2012   November 4, 2008

Client Information

South Carolina State Senator Glenn Reese has engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy for his past three general elections, going back to 2004. An established conservative Democrat who represents heavily Republican Spartanburg County, Reese has been a thorn in the side of many local and state Republicans political strategists but he has built a record of service for everyone in his district.

In 2012, Senator Reese was challenged by political operative Kerry Wood, who was listed on the ballot as an Independent candidate. In this cycle, Reese used the complete CR+S menu of services (phones, mail, strategy, consulting, etc.) to widen his base of support. On Election Day, the efforts proved wildly successful and after all votes were counted, Glenn had received more support than ever before. On November 6, Glenn Reese earned 71 percent of the vote (21,355 votes) and spanked his opponent Kerry Wood, who received 29 percent (8,635 votes).

In 2008, Senator Reese was challenged by Republican Mike Gardner. A strong supporter of our public schools, Senator Reese was not only attacked by his opponent but also by special interest groups that were closely tied to allies of legislation that would have brought a system of school vouchers to South Carolina. For this campaign, Reese hired CR+S to handle his direct mail, phones and overall strategy. Reese weathered the attacks and came out on top on Election Day, capturing just less than 60 percent of the votes and winning re-election.

Four years earlier in 2004, Reese was challenged by Steve Parker, who served on County Council at that time. In that election, he was again attacked by state Republicans and even Governor Mark Sanford heavily campaigned for Parker. Their efforts were not strong enough and Reese won that election with at least 56 percent. In that election cycle, not only did he win handily, but he also out-performed national Democrats who lost in his district.

Will Rogers
Will Rogers South Carolina District Solicitor
South Carolina District Solicitor
2008
2008

Will Rogers- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina District Solicitor   South Carolina District Solicitor
Solicitor Circuit #4   Solicitor Circuit #4
Democratic Primary   General Election
June 10, 2008   November 4, 2008

Client Information

When Solicitor Jay Hodge announced he was not seeking re-election in the 2008 election cycle, two candidates offered themselves up for election in the June Democratic Primary. No Republicans filed for this seat, so the winner of this primary would end up running unopposed in the November general election.

Solicitor District 4 covers all of Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro Counties and the position is very much like that of a District Attorney, representing the people of those counties when criminal cases go before court.

Hodge's chief assistant solicitor, Will Rogers, hired CR+S to handle his campaign for this primary, and he ended up facing Jay Ervin in the Democratic Primary. Ervin had run for this position before, as well as State Senate, so many outsiders considered him the favorite heading into the race.

Playing off his name, Will developed the campaign slogan, "I never met a violent criminal I didn't want to put away." His campaign was a robust and positive-oriented one while his opponent ran a campaign that often attacked Will and the record of the Solicitor's office.

On Election Night, Will scored a resounding knock-out winning three of the four counties by large margins, and losing Darlington County (Ervin's home county) by less than 600 votes. After all four counties reported their final results, Will Rogers was declared the victor with more than 62 percent of the vote.

 

Will Rothschild
Will Rothschild South Carolina House of Representatives 2008

Will Rothschild- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #32  
General Election  
November 4, 2008  

Client Information

When Democratic House candidate Will Rothschild first engaged the services of CR+S, we knew it was going to be a HUGE challenge electing a Democrat in this very strong Republican State House district (More than 50 percent of voters in the district identify themselves as Strong Republicans).

To further compound the challenge in front of us, Will's opponent, Republican Derham Cole Jr., was the son of a well known judge and he had just won a hotly-contested Republican Primary in June. Making this race even more difficult was the success (or rather, lack of it) of previous Democrats in this House district. In election cycles over the past 10 years in this district, no Democrat had ever eclipsed 42 percent of the vote in any federal, state or local election.

Will engaged the complete services of CR+S and we went right to work conducting research and developing strategies, targets and messaging. Knowing the lack of success from past Democrats, our priority was to convey the message that Will was a different kind of Democrat. Shifting the focus away from partisan politcs and on to the performance and personality of candidates was critical to Will's success.

The race tightened up considerably, and toward the end of the election, we knew Will was making great inroads in the district. His success was so great, that special interests and Republican-based House leadership groups were called in to help and assist his opponent through direct mail, push polls, and other tactics.

In the end, Derham Cole Jr. defeated Will by a 54-46 margin on Election Day. However, Will's performance was a testament to his strength and success as a candidate that helped brighten his political future. Will ended up being the leading Democratic vote-getter across the entire district for this election, and received more votes than any other Democrat in nearly a generation.

 

Bakari Sellers
Bakari Sellers South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2006
2006

Bakari Sellers- Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives
District #95   District #95
General Election   Democratic Primary
November 7, 2006   June 13, 2006

Client Information

The son of South Carolina civil rights hero Dr. Cleveland Sellers, Bakari Sellers launched his bid to represent this district that includes Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties in the S.C. Statehouse in late 2005.

Running against Democratic incumbent Thomas Rhoads, who was more than 80 years old, Sellers ran an aggressive and successful campaign, and engaged the services of CRS. After all the votes were counted, Sellers won by an impressive 55-45 margin and became the youngest-ever member in the S.C. House of Representatives when he was unopposed in the general election.

 

Glen Bud Smithson
Glen Bud Smithson Oklahoma House of Representatives
Oklahoma House of Representatives
2002
2002

Glen Bud Smithson - Client Information

Election Information

Oklahoma House of Representatives   Oklahoma House of Representatives
House District #2   House District #2
Democratic Primary   General Election
August 27, 2002   November 5, 2002

Client Information

When J.T. Stites retired from his seat in Oklahoma State House District #2 in 2002, two Democrats jumped in the race to succeed him. The 2002 state Democratic Primary pitted Glen Bud Smithson against Dana Stites.

Using his background as a retired Oklahoma State Trooper, Smithson erased any inherent advantage that Stites held over him to make this a hot and competitive race to watch in 2002. Building upon the large turnout that occurs in this district around Sallisaw in Democratic Primaries, Smithson was able to deliver his message to a wider base of voters.

Supporters of Smithson hired CR+S to conduct a comprehensive phone ID and GOTV program to increase the turnout and build up enough support to slingshot Smithson past Stites. On Election night, Smithson earned 68.1 percent of vote (4143 votes) and crushed the campaign of Dana Stites who earned 31.9 percent of the vote (1943 votes).

Boyd Summers
Boyd Summers S.C. House of Representatives 2006

Boyd Summers - Client Information

Election Information

S.C. House of Representatives  
District #75  
General Election  
November 7, 2006  

Client Information

Democrat Boyd Summers engaged the complete services of CR+S when he filed to run against Republican Jim Harrison, who was first elected to the seat in 1988. Summers was also running in a district where voters were self-identified as Republicans at a clip of 52 percent. Independents and Democrats made up the other 47 percent of the district’s voters.

Summers was virtually an unknown commodity in the suburban Richland County district when he started his campaign. Building his name recognition, identity and base of support, Summers made the campaign “one to watch” across the state and, as a result, the Republican establishment was revved up to come to the aid of Harrison, who just a year before made an attempt to become Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

In the end, Harrison defeated Summers by a margin just less than 1000 votes and won 55 percent of the vote. However, given the Republican self-identify numbers, the incumbent was weakened and the district will be another battleground area for future elections to come.

 

Ted Vick
Ted Vick South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2006
2006

Ted Vick - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #53   House District #53  
General Election   Democratic Primary  
November 7, 2006   June 13, 2006  

Client Information

Ted Vick was running for re-election to his second term in S.C. House District #53 when he first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy.

First elected in 2004, Vick drew opposition from William Watson in the Chesterfield County-based Statehouse district in South Carolina's 2006 Democratic Primary.

We provided direct mail services, as well as some phoning services, and our goal was simple -- WIN by a BIG margin. After all the votes were counted on Election Day, the strategy worked and the goal was met. Ted Vick earned 3,759 votes for 84.5 percent of the vote to William Watson's 687 votes (15.5%), and he was re-elected to a second term in S.C. House District #53 (no Republican filed for election to the seat, so winner of this primary election advanced to the November ballot unopposed.

As a result of this big victory, through 2011 Vick has not drawn any opposition in elections for this Statehouse district and is currently a declared candidate for a new Congressional district. Additionally, we have provided direct mail services by designing, printing, mailing and fulfilling annual Legislative updates to his constituents, which have helped improve his favorability in the district.

 

Bill Whitmire
Bill Whitmire South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina House of Representatives
2002
2002

Bill Whitmire - Client Information

Election Information

South Carolina House of Representatives   South Carolina House of Representatives  
House District #1   House District #1  
Republican Run-off   Republican Primary  
June 25, 2002   June 11, 2002  

Client Information

The owner of S&W Farms and a retired educator from Oconee County, Bill Whitmire threw his hat in the ring to represent S.C. House District #1 when Republican Gresham Barrett left the seat to run for S.C. Congressional District #3, formerly held by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

In this race, Whitmire drew two other Republican opponents and faced off against Brad Cain and Jim Butts in the Republican Primary. As the Mayor of Walhalla, Whitmire proved popular among fellow Repubicans but finished second in the primary with 38.1% of the vote, trailing Cain by less than 2 points.

Moving forward to the Republican Primary Run-off, Whitmire added to his base of favorables after stregthening his economic policies and campaign messaging. In the end, Whitmire pulled off a big upset and finished first with 53.6% of the vote, beating his opponent by nearly 7 points.

 

County, Municipal, School Board Level Clients

Melinda Anderson
Melinda Anderson Richland School District Two 2006

Melinda Anderson - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District Two    
At-Large School Board Seat    
General Election    
November 7, 2006    

Client Information

Incumbent Melinda Anderson engaged the data and mailing list services of CR+S when she faced re-election to another four-year term. Anderson, a minority candidate running in a majority-white district, had used similar services from CR+S when she won in 2002.

On Election Night, our targeting and data services proved successful as Anderson was the leading vote-getter of all 9 candidates running and won re-election to another four-year term on the School Board.

 

 

 

 

Sterling Anderson
Sterling Anderson Spartanburg City Council 2011

Sterling Anderson - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg City Council    
City Council District #1    
Municipal Election    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

In 2011, attorney Sterling Anderson II made the decision to run for City Council District #1 and engaged the complete services of CR+S for this election.

Anderson, whose father used to serve in the South Carolina State Legislature, challenged two-term incumbent Joe Spigner and campaigned hard against his opponent. Anderson proved to be a very hard-working, engaging and charismatic candidate to represent Spartanburg's West Side. From canvassing to phoning to direct mail, our goal for the campaign, in addition to obviously winning, was to out-perform his opponent in every aspect.

Past municipal elections in this City Council district showed low voter turnout, so we were smart to target a wide audience, positioning Anderson as the candidate for change and conveying the message of how the city's west side was being ignored and represented poorly by its current council representative.

Once the votes were counted, our strategy proved successful and Sterling Anderson II earned 381 votes, for more than 68 percent of the vote, to Joe Spigner's 175 votes (32%) to become the new representative for Spartanburg City Council District #1. Additionally, Anderson's campaign dominated on the precinct-by-precinct results level and he was the leading vote recipient of every box, except for West Side Baptist where he tied his opponent with 52 votes each.

 

Tim Bradley
Tim Bradley Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education
Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education
2008
2008

Tim Bradley - Client Information

Election Information

Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education   Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education  
TTC District 3 Seat   TTC District 3 Seat  
School Board Run-Off Election   School Board Election  
April 1, 2008   February 5, 2008  

Client Information

Tim Bradley was a first-time candidate when he engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy when he ran for the Tulsa Technology Center's Board of Education in 2008.

In this election, Bradley faced incumbent Beatrice Cramer, who had served Zone 3 of the TTC's board for more than 18 years and was running for a third full 7-year term on the board.

Bradley, a plumber and contractor by trade, focused his campaign on ways to make the center better, improve services and educational opportunities, and keep costs for the institution under control. A difficult task of this election was educating voters about the position and its functions, as many voters had never heard of the school board or realized it was elected position. So, his campaign hired us to identify and communicate with the best target base of likely voters and develop a universe of strong supporters that would turn-out and vote for Bradley.

On Election Night, the strategy worked and Tim Bradley flushed away his competition earning 1120 votes, for 53 percent of the vote, and defeating Beatrice Cramer, who received 988 votes (47%).

 

Susan Brill
Susan Brill Richland School District Two
Richland School District Two
Richland School District Two
2006
2012
2008

Susan Brill - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District Two   Richland School District Two   Richland School District Two
At-Large School Board Seat   At-Large School Board Seat   At-Large School Board Seat
Special Election   General Election   General Election
June 13, 2006   November 6, 2012   November 4, 2008

Client Information

After helping with her two previous successful campaigns for the Richland Two School Board, Susan Brill engaged the complete services of Campaign Research + Strategy for her re-election campaign in 2012.

In 2012, Susan faced off against six other candidates who were running for three at-large seats. The competition was spirited and challengers were stronger than in previous years. Despite the stronger opposition, Susan Brill was the leading vote-getter of all candidates when she received 21,684 votes. The next closest candidate to her trailed her by more than 1800 votes, and she received 3700 more votes than the candidate who finished in fourth place.

The 2012 election marked the third time we helped Susan Brill win a campaign for the Richland Two School Board. After helping Susan Brill win a special election to the school board of Richland District Two in 2006, she faced re-election during the 2008 general election cycle in a very crowded field of candidates.

Susan hired CR+S to aid her in that race once again. Unlike the special election two years previous where turnout was more targeted, a larger voter turnout was expected making that a factor in this election. Recognizing Susan’s success among both Republicans in Democrats in that previous special election, CR+S administered multiple phone programs among all likely voters in the 2008 elections with a heavier emphasis among people that did not vote in primaries or special elections.

As results started coming in on Election Night, it was clear the strategies and programs were successful and she finished first in that very crowded field of candidates, winning a full 4-year term on the school board. In that 2008 election, Susan Brill earned 25,297 votes and the next closest candidate to her received more than 7,000 fewer votes than Susan.

CR+S also previously worked with Susan when ran for the S.C. House of Representatives in the 2004 Republican Primary. Although she did not win that election then, she came very close by finishing second in the primary and losing by less than 300 votes in the run-off that followed two weeks later.

 

Tim Brown
Tim Brown Marlboro County, SC
Marlboro County, SC
2008
2008

Tim Brown - Client Information

Election Information

Marlboro County, SC   Marlboro County, SC  
Marlboro County Coroner   Marlboro County Coroner  
General Election   Democratic Primary  
November 4, 2008   June 10, 2008  

Client Information

Tim Brown, the Coroner of Marlboro County, S.C., first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy for his Democratic Primary election cycle in 2008.

First elected coroner back in 1984, Brown was running for his 7th term as the county coroner when he faced opposition from T. Scott Johnson.

Not taking anything for granted, Brown tapped into our direct mail and phoning services to identify and build a strong base of support in his quest for re-election.

On Election Night, Tim Brown buried his opponent in the June 2008 Democratic Primary by a 71-29 margin of victory and won the Democratic nomination for Coroner. Brown earned 3,486 votes to Johnson's 1,437 that campaign. Because no Republican candidate filed for election to the seat, Brown was unopposed on the November 2008 general election ballot and secured his 7th term as Marlboro County's Coroner.

 

Dyan Cohen
Dyan Cohen Darlington City Council
Darlington City Council
Darlington City Council
2003
2007
2011

Dyan Cohen - Client Information

Election Information

Darlington City Council   Darlington City Council   Darlington City Council
At-Large Seat   At-Large Seat   At-Large Seat
Municipal Election   Municipal Election   Municipal Election
November 4, 2003   November 5, 2007   November 8, 2011

Client Information

Dyan Cohen and Campaign Research + Strategy have enjoyed a long history of success working together in her three successful campaigns for an at-large seat on Darlington City Council.

Cohen first engaged the complete services of CR+S when she first ran in 2003. In that election, she had never run for public office before and we helped guide her campaign. Developing a strong message and engaging tactical advice, Cohen scored a huge win by leading the ticket and earned more votes than anyone else running for municipal offices in Darlington (in addition to three at-large seats on Darlington's City Council, an open mayor's race was being held that year).

Building upon the success of that first race, Cohen re-engaged CR+S for her re-election battle in 2007. In that contest, Cohen and two other incumbents filed for election to the three at-large seats on city council, in addition to two other challengers. Turnout was a huge factor in this election cycle, as there was no contested Mayor’s race in 2007 like there was four years earlier. Cohen’s aggressive phones and mail campaign helped improve her name recognition and favorability, making her a clear front-runner in the race for City Council.

After all the votes were counted on Election Day in 2007, Cohen again led the ticket and placed first in the race for those three at-large seats on City Council. Running a strong campaign, she ended up earning votes from 62 percent of all voters in this election cycle thereby improving her position on City Council, as well as make her a “star to watch” in Darlington, S.C.

Most recently in 2011, Cohen filed for re-election to a third term on City Council. She was joined on the ballot by one other incumbent and two challengers for the three at-large seats on council (the other long-time incumbent decided to not offer herself up for re-election). This election cycle also saw a contested Mayor's election and as usual, the campaign hinged much on turn-out.

Sticking to strategies that had worked so well in the past, Cohen again engaged our complete services and her mail and phones program proved far superior than everyone else running in the City of Darlington. On Election night, after all votes were counted, Cohen finished in first place securing votes from more than 63 percent of all voters and earned more votes than any other candidate running for City Council or in the mayor's election.

 

David Crenshaw
David Crenshaw Anderson County, S.C. Sheriff
Anderson County, S.C. Sheriff
Anderson County, S.C. Sheriff

2004
2004
2004

David Crenshaw - Client Information

Election Information

Anderson County, S.C. Sheriff   Anderson County, S.C. Sheriff   Anderson County, S.C. Sheriff
Sheriff   Sheriff   Sheriff
Republican Primary   Republican Primary   Republican Run-off
June 8, 2004   November 2, 2004   June 22, 2004

Client Information

A former judge and the fire chief of Pendleton, S.C., David Crenshaw threw has hat into the ring in 2004 to succeed Gene Taylor, the retiring sheriff of Anderson County. Facing off against two opponents in the Republican Primary, Crenshaw narrowly missed securing the nomination without the need for a run-off.
 
Two weeks later, Crenshaw went on to secure the nomination and face off against Robert Appell, a Democrat seeking the job, in the November general election. Running an aggressive campaign that relied heavily on yard sign presence, direct mail pieces and comprehensive phones throughout the campaign, Crenshaw secured his victory by a 59-41 margin on Election Day.

 

E. W. Cromartie
E. W. Cromartie Columbia City Council 2004

E. W. Cromartie - Client Information

Election Information

Columbia City Council    
City Council District #2    
Municipal Election    
April 6, 2004    

Client Information

A 21-year veteran of City Council, E.W. Cromartie drew opposition in his run for a seventh term on City Council from a radical preacher by the name of Antonio Williams who campaigned heavily against Cromartie and City Council.
 
Cromartie engaged the assistance of CRS to help in all facets of his campaign from strategy development to the development of a web site to a comprehensive phones and mail program. A well-financed candidate, the goal of the campaign was to help Cromartie win by as big of a margin as possible. Cromartie was also attacked in the local media for his past run-ins of parking in handicapped parking spaces and for not paying all of his taxes on-time.
 
Our challenge was to shift the focus away from Cromartie’s personal negatives and on to the success he had brought the people of his district and the unprecedented development and investment made in his district. Despite the typical rough-and-tumble events one might expect in a campaign, Cromartie won by an overwhelming 71-29 margin and secured his seat for another four years.

 

 

Dale Culbreth
Dale Culbreth Spartanburg County Council
Spartanburg County Council
2010
2010

Dale Culbreth - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg County Council   Spartanburg County Council  
County Council District #5   County Council District #5  
Republican Primary   General Election  
June 8, 2010   November 2, 2010  

Client Information

Spartanburg County Councilman Dale Culbreth was nearing the end of his first term when he retained the complete services of CR+S and facing opposition in the June 2010 Republican Primary for a second term.

Culbreth draw strong opposition from Republican Joe Mahaffey, a Spartanburg County businessman and a former client of CR+S. Mahaffey had previously served in the S.C. House of Representatives, enjoyed good name recognition and was well-funded for this Republican primary.

Culbreth ran hard and focused on his dedication and hard work for constituents in his district, also touting his conservative voting record and anti-tax stands. We provided all of his phoning needs as well as direct mail, in addition to developing a winning strategy.

The race was nip-and-tuck leading up to the last 7-10 days and then Culbreth surged. On Election Day after all the votes were counted, Culbreth won the Republican nomination by a 55-45 margin and continued his quest for re-election to a second term.

After Culbreth secured the Republican nomination in June, he was unopposed in the 2010 general election because no Democrat, independent, petition or write-in candidate filed for the seat.

 

Gerald Dawson
Gerald Dawson Beaufort County Council 2004

Gerald Dawson - Client Information

Election Information

Beaufort County Council    
Council District #6    
Democratic Primary    
June 8, 2004    

Client Information

Gerald Dawson, a retired U.S. Postal employee, filed to challenge incumbent Democratic County Councilman William Ladson for a minority district in Beaufort County in early 2004. Dawson hired CRS to develop a target universe base of voters that could be moved for him in this hotly contested primary, as well as a comprehensive phones program.
 
Ladson, who had won election four years earlier, was a strong candidate. However, Dawson’s deep connections proved to be helpful and gave him the starting point he needed to initiate a strong campaign. This in concert with a very strong phones program and supported by an aggressive mail program proved too much for the incumbent, and Dawson went on to win that election by a 53-47 margin.

 

 

Jamie Devine
Jamie Devine Richland School District 1 2008

Jamie Devine - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District 1    
School Board Seat 2    
General Election    
November 4, 2008    

Client Information

In 2008, King B.L. Jeffcoat, a longtime member of the Richland District 1 School Board and active member of the community, announced he was not running for re-election. That announcement led to three candidates filing for his seat, and one of those three dropped out of the race before Election Day.

Jamie Devine, who had been active for a long time in Columbia with a number of community groups, announced he was seeking the seat and he ended up facing John Furgess in the general election.

Jamie, who is the husband of Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, hired CR+S to help him with his campaign. As Election Day neared, we administered a phone messaging campaign to build up support for him and handled the printing of marketing materials.

On Election Night, Jamie won in a landslide with more than 62 percent of the vote and took office less than a month after that election.

 

Tameika Isaac Devine
Tameika Isaac Devine Columbia City Council
Columbia City Council
Columbia City Council
2010
2002
2006

Tameika Isaac Devine - Client Information

Election Information

Columbia City Council   Columbia City Council   Columbia City Council
At-Large Representative   At-Large Representative   At-Large Representative
Municipal Election   Municipal Election   Municipal Election
April 6, 2010   April 2, 2002   April 4, 2006

Client Information

Tameika Isaac Devine and Campaign Research + Strategy have a long history of working together, making history and winning elections. She was one of our first clients, and our working relationship began in early 2002 when she engaged our complete services in her election against Frannie Heizer, a 16-year incumbent At-Large representative on Columbia City Council.

In that first election, the strategy work and the the argument for change on City Council developed deep roots. Outspent by her opponent, Tameika chipped away at Heizer's incumbency precinct-by-precint and voter-by-voter. Dismissed previously as a nominal challenger, Tameika then became the victim of negative campaigning by supporters of her opponent.

On Election Day, however, she weathered the attacks, responded in the right manner and her campaign peaked at precisely the right time. After all the votes were counted, Tameika Isaac earned 4472 votes for 51.1 percent and unseated Frannie Heizer who captured 4,285 votes (48.9%). With this win, Tameika became the first African-American female to win election to Columbia's City Council as well as become the first African-American to be elected citywide.

In 2006, Tameika again engaged our services for her re-election campaign. Some things had changed for her in that 4-year period. In addition to getting married to her husband Jamie Devine, Tameika had just delivered her first child before the 2006 campaign cycle kicked off. Also, she had worked hard at winning over voters who chose her opponent in the city election four years earlier.

In that re-election campaign, Devine drew opposition from three candidates -- Chris Barczak, Kelly Coleman and Antonio Williams. The goal of the re-election campaign was two-fold and simple. First, we wanted to win BIG; and second, we wanted to win every single city council district and improve results significantly in areas that she did not win in 2002.

On Election Night, the strategy worked for her 2006 citywide re-election campaign. After all votes were counted, Tameika Isaac Devine smashed her competition by earning 8,014 votes for 62.3 percent of the vote and won re-election to her second 4-year term on City Council. She was followed by Barczak who earned 3,047 votes (23.7%), Coleman who got 1,551 votes (12%) and Williams who picked up 254 votes (2%).

Moving forward, Tameika Isaac Devine engaged our services for her second re-election campaign in 2010. This election was held during the same time as an open Mayor's election generated much attention and interest away from the city council race (former Columbia Mayor Bob Coble held the seat from 1990 to 2010). In this re-election campaign, she faced only one opponent - political unknown Grant Robertson.

Again, there were some changes in Devine's life on a personal and political level. In addition to being pregnant during the heat of the campaign cycle (she delivered her second child in the middle of summer 2010), she faced constant criticism in the media for a controversial HUD loan her mother had received in 2009. Her opponent (and even a few candidates running for Mayor and other council seats) pointed a finger at the situation during their political rhetorics. This also took place during a time when a colleague and longtime City Councilman was charged with federal tax violations and removed from office.

Facing this barrage of negative campaigning, Devine again withstood the attacks. On Election Night, Tameika Isaac Devine won re-election to her third term on City Council, earning 9,027 votes for 57.5 percent of the vote, and defeated Grant Robertson who picked up 6,654 votes (42.5%). While her vote percentage dropped slightly, Devine politically survived intense negative campaigning and political rhetoric and received more votes in this election than in any other previous election.

 

Joyce Dickerson
Joyce Dickerson Richland County Council
Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2004
2012
2004

Joyce Dickerson - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council   Richland County Council
Council District #2   Council District #2   Council District #2
General Election   General Election   Democratic Primary
November 2, 2004   November 6, 2012   June 8, 2004

Client Information

In 2012, Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, a Democrat, drew opposition in the November general election from Republican Michael Koska.

As a result, Dickerson engaged the targeting and mail services of Campaign Research + Strategy to help with her re-election campaign. The results were stunning and on Election Day Joyce Dickerson crushed her opponent when she earned 10,070 votes for 73% to Michael Koska's 3,741 votes (27%).

The relationship between Joyce Dickerson and CR+S began in 2004, when she was one of our special underdog stories that year. Dickerson had run eight years earlier against Republican State House Caucus leader Rick Quinn and was soundly defeated in that contest. However, in 2004, when Republican County Councilman Jim Tuten announced his decision not to run for re-election, it opened up a unique possibility for Ms. Dickerson.
 
Filing for the seat, Dickerson attracted both a Democratic Primary challenge and a Republican opponent for November. Dickerson engaged CRS for a multitude of services and relied heavily on our consulting services, as well as direct mail and phones. Dickerson would not rest until the last vote was counted on the evening of the Democratic Primary and it was well worth the effort. Dickerson vanquished her primary opponent Wayne Gilbert, the son of a former Statehouse member from the Pee Dee region, by a 64-36 margin.

From that win, Dickerson went right into the general election campaign with the same amount of energy and hard work. Campaigning very hard in the most Republican precincts of the district, and again engaging CRS to handle the direct mail and phones, Dickerson pulled off a stunning 62-38 victory over Republican Jim Chappell, who had been endorsed by the retiring Tuten. Her victory gave Democrats an extra seat on Richland County Council and allowed them to expand their control from a 6-5 to a 7-4 margin.

 

Julie-Ann Dixon
Julie-Ann Dixon Richland County Council 2012

Julie-Ann Dixon - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council  
Council District #9  
General Election  
November 6, 2012  

Client Information

In 2012, Democrat Julie-Ann Dixon filed her candidacy to run against Republican Val Hutchinson, a two-term incumbent of Richland County Council and engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy.

We were very familiar with her opponent Hutchinson because we helped her win the district back in 2004. However, changing demographics over the 8-year period and redistricting had made County Council District #9 more competitive for a Democrat to run.

Because Dixon was a challenger and Hutchinson was an established incumbent, fund raising was next to impossible for the first-time candidate who was also the president of Richland County Neighborhood Council. Despite the difficulties, we launched some phoning services and oversaw and advised Dixon while she conducted a true grass-roots effort across the district.

On Election Day, the results shocked the political establishment of Richland County and Julie-Ann Dixon earned 7,544 votes for 50.7% of the vote and beat Hutchinson, who received 7,327 votes (49.3%). With Dixon's victory, the Democrats on Richland County Council picked up another seat, giving them a 9-2 majority.

 

Alfred Mae Drakeford
Alfred Mae Drakeford Camden City Council 2004

Alfred Mae Drakeford - Client Information

Election Information

Camden City Council  
At-Large Seat  
General Election  
November 2, 2004  

Client Information

After serving her community in a variety of volunteer positions, Alfred Mae Drakeford made the decision in early 2004 to run for one of the two at-large seats on the ballot for Camden City Council.

Running against two well-established white males, Alfred Mae ran an aggressive campaign that kept her visible in the community and her presence across the entire town. Ms. Drakeford hired CRS to engage a phone program the last two weeks of the campaign and the results proved victorious on Election Night when she earned enough votes to secure her place on City Council.

 

Doug Echols
Doug Echols Rock Hill, S.C. Mayor 2005

Doug Echols - Client Information

Election Information

Rock Hill, S.C. Mayor    
Mayor’s Race    
Municipal Election    
October 18, 2005    

Client Information

Doug Echols was first elected Mayor of Rock Hill back in 1997 and was re-elected in 2001. When he filed to run for a third term in 2005, he drew his biggest opposition from Herb Crump, an African-American minister of a rather large church in Rock Hill. Also on the ballot was Glennie Smith, an African-American community activist and resident of Rock Hill.

Engaging CR+S to provide phoning and polling services, Echols ran an aggressive campaign that highlighted his record of accomplishment for the City of Rock Hill and his plans for the future. The targeting efforts we used for his campaign were also successful, and after all the votes were counted on Election Night, Echols had won re-election to a third term with more than 63 percent of the vote.

 

 

Monica Elkins
Monica Elkins Richland 2 School Board 2012

Monica Elkins - Client Information

Election Information

Richland 2 School Board    
Richland County, At-Large Seat    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

 

Client Information

In 2012, career educator Monica Elkins ran for one of three at-large seats on the Richland Two School Board.

As a first-time candidate and challenger, Elkins ran against six other candidates to serve on the school board for the county's largest school district and engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy to assist her during the campaign.

Developing a message touting her experience as a classroom teacher, principal and an assistant administrator for the district, Elkins used our consulting, data and strategic services to build up name recognition and support for her candidacy.

On Election Night, Monica Elkins was successful in securing a seat on the Richland Two School Board as she had more support than any other challenger and finished third overall by earning 17,982 votes.

In addition to Elkins, we helped another client, Susan Brill, in this cycle as she finished first overall with 21,684 votes.

 

 

Yvonne Evans
Yvonne Evans Charleston City Council 2005

Yvonne Evans - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston City Council    
Council District #8    
Municipal Election    
November 1, 2005    

Client Information

Yvonne Evans was first elected to this Charleston city council district back in 1989. When she filed to run for a fifth term on City Council, she drew significant opposition from David Ingle, a Charleston businessman who had been active in his neighborhood.

Evans engaged the services of CR+S to handle her direct mail and phone programs. Developing the messaging and theme of the campaign, we constantly kept Evans and her record of accomplishments before voters and devalued her opponent’s argument that it was “time for change.” On Election Night, our results were successful when Evans captured more than 53 percent of the vote and was re-elected to a fifth four-year term on City Council.

 

 

Kirkman Finlay III
Kirkman Finlay III Columbia City Council 2006

Kirkman Finlay III - Client Information

Election Information

Columbia City Council    
Council District #4    
Municipal Election    
April 4, 2006    

Client Information

Kirkman Finlay III, the son of former Columbia Mayor Kirk Finlay, engaged CR+S’ complete services to help him challenge incumbent Council member Hamilton Osborne, who was first elected to the seat 16 years earlier.

Finlay was very successful in all activities and early polling showed a race that already flipped into the challenger’s favor. Osborne subsequently removed himself from the ballot for re-election and from City Council itself, after the South Carolina Ethics Commission released a ruling that indicated his employment and service on City Council had some embedded conflicts of interest. Proceeding forward to the election, since Finlay’s name was the only one on the ballot, he won the seat with more than 98 percent of the vote (write-in votes were accepeted) and immediately went to work on council.

 

 

Bill Flemming
Bill Flemming Richland School District 2 2010

Bill Flemming - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District 2    
At-Large School Board Seat    
General Election    
November 2, 2010    

Client Information

In Richland County's fast-growing School District 2, school board members are elected at-large and often there is a large pool of candidates. Such was the case in the 2010 election cycle.

Bill Flemming, an incumbent school board member first elected to the board in 1994, engaged Campaign Research + Strategy when he was running for his 5th term to serve Richland School District Two.

The challenge facing Flemming was standing out and building up name recognition among a crowded field of candidates. In all, voters would choose representatives for 4 seats from a list of 7 candidates. Those candidates were incumbents Flemming, Melinda Anderson, Dan Neal and Barbara Specter; as well as challengers - Sam Brick, James Manning and James Mobley.

To aid Flemming in his campaign, CR+S developed a list of voter targets most likely to turn out and deliver positive phone messaging to that audience, focusing on the school district's achievements and fiscally-conservative management and stewardship.

On Election Day, the strategy worked and Flemming earned 13,938 votes and was the third-leading vote recipient in the election, winning re-election to his 5th term to the Richland School District Two board. Incumbents Anderson and Specter scored higher vote counts and challenger Manning secured 60 more votes than incumbent Neal to claim the fourth seat available on the ballot.

 

Lane Floyd
Lane Floyd Florence School District 3 2012

Lane Floyd - Client Information

Election Information

Florence School District 3    
Board of Trustees Seat #7-B    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

Building off our success a year earlier in elections for the Board of Trustees of Florence School District 3, a group of citizens engaged the complete services of CR+S to help two candidates they supported in the 2012 general election cycle.

In School Board Seat #7-B, we provided services that helped Lane Floyd in his campaign against Richard Cook, who was running for his seventh 3-year term on the school board.

An active member of the community, Lane has dedicated his life to public schools and the education of children. From 1990 to 2000, Lane served the district as Superintendent. Prior to being superintendent, he was an assistant superintendent for the district, principal of Lake City High School, a high school English teacher. Lane has also taught college students and was a football coach. In 2003, he was inducted in the school district's Hall of Fame.

In addition to phoning services, we provided polling, phoning, direct mail, paid media advertisements, general consultation and strategic development and implementation. On Election Night, the efforts were successful and Lane Floyd smashed his opponent earning 60.6% of the vote. This was one of five big victories that we made happen during the 2011 and 2012 election cycle in this school district, in which all five targeted incumbent school board members had been swept out of office.

 

Vince Ford
Vince Ford Richland School District One
Richland School District One
South Carolina State Senate
2008
2012
2008

Vince Ford - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District One   Richland School District One   South Carolina State Senate
At-Large School Board Seat   At-Large School Board Seat   Senate District #19
General Election   General Election   Democratic Primary
November 4, 2008   November 6, 2012   June 10, 2008

 

Client Information

The working relationship between Vince Ford and Campaign Research + Strategy goes back to the 2008 primary campaign season. Towards the end of 2007, South Carolina State Senator Kay Patterson announced he would be retiring and not running for re-election to Senate District 19. Ford, who had served on the Richland One School Board since 1992, announced his intention to run for the seat and hired us to help his campaign.

In that primary campaign, he drew opposition from long-time state Representative John Scott. The Scott-Ford matchup was a heated contest and in the end Ford came up short losing by just 77 votes to Scott who won by a margin of just less than 1 percent (4,061-3,984 votes).

Because filing for school board seats occur after the primary season, Ford decided to run for re-election to the Richland One School Board that same year. However, in the 2008 general election cycle 8 candidates filed for two at-large seats that were on the ballot. Engaging our services, Vince Ford won one of those seats when he earned 29,230 votes (more than 6,000 votes ahead of the 3rd place finisher).

Moving forward to 2012, Ford ran for re-election to a 6th term on the School Board and again engaged our services. In this contest, only four candidates filed for the two seats. However, the opponents running were much stronger than four years earlier. In fact, the mayor of Columbia even endorsed the two challengers against Vince.

Our goals were clear. Not only did we want to win one of the two at-large seats, but we wanted to be the leading vote-getter. On Election Night, we reached our goals and Vince Ford earned 37,100 votes to take the top spot in this contest. He was followed by incumbent school board member Barbara Scott who finished 2nd with 29,289 votes. The two challengers - Antjuan Seawright (23,197 votes) and Moryah Jackson (15,942 votes) - finished 3rd and 4th respectively.

 

 

Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx Charlotte (N.C.) City Council 2007

Anthony Foxx - Client Information

Election Information

Charlotte (N.C.) City Council    
At-Large Seat    
Municipal Election    
November 5, 2007    

Client Information

Anthony Foxx, who was first elected to Charlotte City Council in 2005, engaged the polling services of CR+S when he was preparing to run for re-election in 2007. In that study, we looked at a number of factors and issues and from the results collected, developed a game plan or strategy that Foxx could employ to win re-election.

On Election Night, Foxx’s campaign showed significant improvement. Although he was not the leading vote-getter, he did end up with the second highest number of votes of any City Council candidate and easily won re-election to another two-year term.

Foxx’s election was of special importance to CR+S, as he is another minority candidate who has won election to a majority-white district, something almost unheard of in the South as recently as 8 years ago.

 

 

Robert Gantt
Robert Gantt Lexington-Richland 5 School Board 2012

Robert Gantt - Client Information

Election Information

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board    
Richland County, At-Large Seat    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

In 2012, incumbent Robert Gantt, who is also chairman of the board, ran for re-election to the school board of Lexington-Richland School District 5.

In this contest, Gantt engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy to conduct automated call services to increase the turnout of supportive voters, improve his name recognition and energize his campaign against challenger Melissa Cole.

On Election Night, the results were smashing and Robert Gantt was re-elected to a fourth term on the school board of Lexington-Richland District Five when he earned 10,716 votes for 60.9% of the votes.

In addition to Gantt, two other clients in this cylcle - Jondy Loveless and Beth Burn Watson, both from Lexington County - were elected to the three seats open on the Lexington-Richland 5 school board.

 

Terrie Gaskins-Bryant
Terrie Gaskins-Bryant Florence School District 3 2012

Terrie Gaskins-Bryant - Client Information

Election Information

Florence School District 3    
Board of Trustees Seat #4-B    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

Building off our success a year earlier in elections for the Board of Trustees of Florence School District 3, a group of citizens engaged the complete services of CR+S to help two candidates they supported in the 2012 general election cycle.

In School Board Seat #4-B, we provided services that helped Terrie Gaskins-Bryant in her campaign against Bernard Chuck McIntosh, who was running for his sixth 3-year term on the school board.

An active parent volunteer, Terrie served as president of School Improvement Councils in Florence School District 3 for the previous 11 years and she was the founder of a community group dedicated to eliminating adult illiteracy.


In addition to phoning services, we provided polling, phoning, direct mail, paid media advertisements, general consultation and strategic development and implementation. On Election Night, the efforts were successful and Terrie Gaskins-Bryant crushed her opponent earning 58.4% of the vote. This was one of five big victories that we made happen during the 2011 and 2012 election cycle in this school district, in which all five targeted incumbent school board members had been swept out of office.

 

John Gettys Jr.
John Gettys Jr. Rock Hill City Council
Rock Hill City Council
2005
2002

John Gettys Jr. - Client Information

Election Information

Rock Hill City Council   Rock Hill City Council  
Council District #4   Council District #4  
Municipal Election   Special Election  
October 18, 2005   October 2, 2002  

Client Information

Gettys previously engaged the services of CR+S when he first won election to this council district in a special election held in 2002. Running for re-election, Gettys re-engaged the services of CR+S when he was challenged by local resident Curtt Metker.

Spreading the message of his accomplishments and record in the district, CR+S ran a solid phone identification, recall and GOTV program that helped Gettys be victorious on Election Night. After all votes were counted, Gettys ended up with 91 percent of the vote and thoroughly smashed his opponent’s campaign. Improving on his win record (he won the previous election by a margin of less than 3 votes), Gettys became a formidable figure in Rock Hill politics and will be a “star to watch” in the future.

 

John L. Graham
John L. Graham Florence School District 3 2011

John L. Graham - Client Information

Election Information

Florence School District 3    
Board of Trustees Seat #4-A    
School Board Election    
May 10, 2011    

Client Information

Regular elections for the Board of Trustees for Florence School District 3 presented some of the most unique challenges we have ever seen in an off-election cycle. In advance of contests for three school board seats, a group of citizens concerned about the future of Florence 3 schools engaged the complete services of CR+S to help three candidates they supported in this election cycle.

In School Board Seat #4-A, we provided services that helped John L. Graham against David Eaddy, who served as chairman of the school district's Board of Trustees and was completing his 12th year on the school board.

A former school board member himself, Graham was very active in the Lake City and Southern Florence County community. He campaigned on raising student achievement, attracting and supporting well-trained and well-qualified teachers, and improving communications within the school district.

In addition to phoning services, we provided direct mail, paid media advertisements, general consultation and strategic development and implementation. These services were vastly needed because locations for just about every polling precinct had been changed and many people were unaware elections for this body were even held when they were conducted.

After the votes were counted in the May 10 election, John L. Graham demolished his opponent earning 79.2% of the vote. This was one of three big victories that we made happen, in which all three incumbent school board members were swept out of office.

 

 

Wayne Gray
Wayne Gray Myrtle Beach City Council
Myrtle Beach City Council
2009
2005

Wayne Gray - Client Information

Election Information

Myrtle Beach City Council   Myrtle Beach City Council  
At-Large Seat   At-Large Seat  
Municipal Election   Municipal Election  
November 3, 2009   November 1, 2005  

Client Information

Wayne Gray and Campaign Research + Strategy have a long history of working together and success in local elections in the City of Myrtle Beach.

In 2005, Gray was the president of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce when he filed to run for an at-large seat on Myrtle Beach City Council. He previously served on City Council from 1997 to 2001, but gave up his seat to run in the 2001 city election against Mark McBride, who beating Gray by a small margin to win a second term as Mayor.

Engaging a complete package of polling, data and prhone services, CR+S helped his campaign fine-tune and deliver his message to likely 2005 city election voters. Running in a crowded field of 9 candidates who were competing for only three at-large seats, Gray was the leading vote-getter in the City of Myrtle Beach, finishing first and being the only candidate to secure enough votes to avoid a run-off election that was held two weeks later for the remaining two City Council seats.

Moving forward to the 2009 city election cycle, Myrtle Beach had faced many challenges and there was unrest over two major issues - one was the banning of a Biker rally and the other was the creation of a one-cent sales tax implemented to promote tourism development that would end up greatly reducing residential property taxes. This was on top of the major economic upheavel that was taking place across the nation raising displeasure with incumbents.

In that 2009 cycle, 12 candidates for the three at-large seats and the anti-incumbent fervor was high. Despite these conditions, our phoning and polling services directed a clear path for another Gray victory. On Election night, Wayne Gray was again the leading vote-getter in the City of Myrtle Beach and the only candidate to avoid a run-off election. He earned 2,623 votes and was followed by Randall Wallace (2,166 votes), Mike Lowder (1,885 ), Chuck Martino (1,867), Keith Compton (1,818), Karon Mitchell (1,418), Don Emery (1,335), Adam Parness (1,266), Joanne Vogelsong (387), Terry Leon Mitchem (220), Pete Lusardi (104), and C.D. Rosza (64). In the 2009 run-off election held two weeks later, Wallace and Lowder went on to claim the two other at-large City Council seats.

 

Tonya Hampton Green
Tonya Hampton Green Charleston County Consolidated School Board 2006

Tonya Hampton Green - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston County Consolidated School Board    
Downtown School Board Seat
Blue Ribbon Education Committee
   
General Election    
November 7, 2006    

Client Information

The Blue Ribbon Education committee in Charleston, S.C. engaged the services of CR+S to provide mailing and phoning services to their “Best Team” of four candidates running against a group of candidates who self-proclaimed themselves as the “A-Team” and was headlined by the school board candidacy of former Congressman Arthur Ravenel.

CR+S’ services enabled Toya Hampton Green, a first-time candidate for public office, to secure enough votes and win a spot on the School Board. An attorney with an extensive history of being involved in the Charleston community, Toya ran for the school board to restore common-sense solutions and a renewed focus on children.

Our services were also instrumental in winning three of the four spots for which we campaigned aggressively. In addition to Toya’s victory, fellow “Best Team” members Gregg Myers and Ruth Jordan were elected to the consolidated school board.

 

Bobby Hudson
Bobby Hudson Darlington County Council 2010

Bobby Hudson - Client Information

Election Information

Darlington County Council    
County Council District #4    
General Election    
November 2, 2010    

Client Information

Bobby Hudson was an active community leader in Darlington County and served as Mayor of Lamar, S.C. from 2001 to 2009. Instead of running for re-election to a third term as Mayor, Hudson decided he could help more people by running for Darlington County Council District #4 in 2010.

After narrowly defeating five-term incumbent Anne Warr in the June 2010 Democratic Primary, Hudson engaged the services of CR+S in his general election contest with Republican Martin Driggers, Jr.

In this general election contest, there were potential threats to the campaign from all sorts of angles - an upset incumbent that supported his opponent and an anti-Democrat base that would turn out strong in 2010. To offset these challenges, we focused on Bobby's contributions to Darlington County from his service as an EMS volunteer to his business background and engaged a comprehensive phone program.

On Election Night, the strategy proved succesful and Hudson smashed his Republican opponent by a 62-38 margin, winning his first term on Darlington County Council.

 

Val Hutchinson
Val Hutchinson Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2004
2004

Val Hutchinson - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council  
County Council District #9   County Council District #9  
Republican Primary   Republican Primary Run-off  
June 8, 2004   June 22, 2004  

Client Information

Val Hutchinson first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy when she ran for election to Richland County Council District #9 in 2004.

The District #9 seat became open when incumbent Susan Brill did not offer herself for re-election to the seat, and instead opting to run for an overlapping seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Because this seat was open, it generated much interest and four Republicans filed for the seat -- Hutchinson, Ray Harris, Michael Letts and Barbara Wyatt.

CR+S provided phoning services for Hutchinson in the crowded Republican Primary, and we helped her build up name recognition and support in that first campaign. On Election night, Hutchinson placed first in the primary with 1103 votes for 34% of the vote. She was followed by Letts, who captured 1034 votes for 32%. Wyatt finished third with 24% of the vote and Harris placed fourth with just over 10%.

Because no candidate earned more than 50% of the overall vote, Hutchinson went on to face Letts in the Republican Primary Run-off election. Hutchinson did well in that campaign, earning the endorsement of third-place finisher Wyatt and expanding her name recognition and support.

After all votes were counted in the 2004 Republican Primary Run-off election, Hutchinson cruised to victory earning 2067 votes for 62 percent over Letts' 1266 votes (38%). Because no Democrat filed for the seat, Hutchinson went on to the November 2004 ballot running unopposed and winning election to her first term representing Richland County Council District #9.

 

Linda Jackson
Linda Jackson Arcadia Lakes Town Council 2011

Linda Jackson - Client Information

Election Information

Arcadia Lakes Town Council    
At-Large Seat    
Municipal Election    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

Elections for Arcadia Lakes Town Council usually attract less than 200 voters for two at-large seats that appear on the ballot in November of odd-number years. In 2011, however, more interest in the municipal election was built because of local development issues and four candidates filed for the two seats on the ballot.

Town Council candidate Linda Jackson, an attorney who has a practice with her husband, hired Campaign Research + Strategy for its services in designing a mail piece that hit voter homes before the election. A resident of the local community for more than 40 years, Jackson worked with many residents in opposition to the development of the Roper Pond property that had generated so much controversy.

On Election Day, Linda Jackson earned 197 votes for nearly 65 percent and won election to her first term on Arcadia Lakes' Town Council. Her vote total was the second highest of all candidates, bested by incumbent Rusty Onley who had received 198 votes. The two far outpaced the other candidates in the election - Michelle Kelly who received 109 votes and Bob Bishop who earned 102 votes.

 

Norman Jackson
Norman Jackson Richland County Council
Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2006
2010
2010

Norman Jackson - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council   Richland County Council
County Council District #11   County Council District #11   County Council District #11
Democratic Primary   Democratic Primary   General Election
June 13, 2006   June 8, 2010   November 2, 2010

Client Information

A traffic engineer and longtime community activist, Norman Jackson first won election to Richland County Council in 2006 after engaging the complete services of CR+S.

When he filed to run for re-election in 2010, Norman drew opposition from two Democrats and one Republican. In the June 2010 Democratic Primary, Jackson faced Dwayne Smiling, a member of the Richland One School Board, and Lawrence Moore, an active member of the community who had run in past years for the state House of Representatives and this council district.

For the primary, we initiated comprehensive phones and a thorough direct mail program and provided strategic direction. Jackson ran hard and after the votes were counted on June 8, 2010, Norman Jackson won 68.5% of the vote in the three-way race and secured the Democratic nomination.

Moving forward to the November 2010 general election, Norman faced Republican Sheila Hemingway. In this election, he engaged our full services once again to win a second four-year term to County Council. In this campaign, we put more of a priority on independent voters and Republicans especially when it came to direct mail and campaign phones.

This effort yielded significant results for Norman's re-election campaign and after all votes were counted, Norman Jackson crushed his Repubican opponent by a 62.4% to 37.6% margin.

Going back to the 2006 election cycle, Norman engaged the complete services of CR+S when he challenged a fellow Democrat, Tony Mizzell, who was also chairman of County Council at the time. Mizzell was also a former CR+S client (four years earlier, we helped him when he was challenged in a Democratic Primary and in the general election).

Jackson was the immediate underdog in this race, but he worked extremely hard. Following the direction of our firm, Jackson canvassed voters, sent out direct mail and ran a comprehensive phone program that built a base of supporters and continued to add to it during the campaign.

It became a local race to watch and the margin between incumbent and challenger tightened up considerably by Election Day. On Election Day, the vote was still close and as all votes came in and were counted, Jackson ended up winning the Democratic Primary by a margin of less than 30 votes and unseating Mizzell. No Republican filed for this seat, and Jackson became another minority candidate to win election to a majority-white district with the assistance of CR+S.

 

Damon Jeter
Damon Jeter Richland School District 1
Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2002
2004
2008

Damon Jeter - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District 1   Richland County Council   Richland County Council
At-Large School Board Seat   County Council District #3   County Council District #3
General Election   General Election   Democratic Primary
November 5, 2002   November 2, 2004   June 10, 2008

Client Information

Damon Jeter has engaged the services of CR+S many times during his political career, most recently when he was challenged for his seat on Richland County Council during the 2008 Democratic Primary.

In that election, Jeter was challenged by Bruce Trezevant, who has long been active in his community that sits in the middle of County Council District #3. Our concern in this race was the fact that Jeter hadn't been challenged in an election for nearly 6 years. Leaving nothing for chance, CR+S ran a comprehensive phones program, polled in the district and provided strategic counsel during the election.

On Election night, the hard work paid off and Jeter defeated Trezevant by a 74-26 margin. Not only did he almost triple his opponent's vote totals, but he won EVERY precinct and beat back the challenge.

Damon Jeter first engaged the services of CR+S when he ran for re-election to an at-large School Board seat in Richland School District One. Running against two challengers on the ballot - Bill Cauthen and David Baughan - Jeter engaged CR+S to provide mailing and data services for his campaign. The 2002 election was extremely successful, as Jeter ended up caturing just more than 47 percent of the vote and winning election to the seat.

Moving forward to the 2004 election cycle, Jeter again engaged CR+S to assist him when he first prepared himself to run for County Council. Working the structure of the County's Democratic Party, the campaign was able to clear the field of any potential opponents and Jeter ended up running unopposed for both the nomination and the general election in November.

Also, we have been helpful to Jeter and have been engaged to conduct automated calls in his district, as well as provide mailing data to use for updates to voters in the district.

 

Ruth Jordan
Ruth Jordan Charleston County Consolidated School Board 2006

Ruth Jordan - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston County Consolidated School Board    
West Ashley Board Seat
Blue Ribbon Education Committee
   
General Election    
November 7, 2006    

Client Information

The Blue Ribbon Education committee in Charleston, S.C. engaged the services of CR+S to provide mailing and phoning services to their “Best Team” of four candidates running against a group of candidates who self-proclaimed themselves as the “A-Team” and was headlined by the school board candidacy of former Congressman Arthur Ravenel.

CR+S’ services enabled Ruth Jordan, a first-time candidate for public office, to secure enough votes and win a spot on the School Board. A soccer mom who graduated from Charleston Southern University, Ruth ran on an agenda of providing good, quality schools that are accountable to children and parents.

Our services were also instrumental in winning three of the four spots for which we campaigned aggressively. In addition to Ruth’s victory, fellow “Best Team” members Gregg Myers and Toya Hampton Green were elected to the consolidated school board.

 

David Kelley
David Kelley Florence County, S.C. Treasurer
Florence County, S.C. Treasurer
2004
2004

David Kelley - Client Information

Election Information

Florence County, S.C. Treasurer   Florence County, S.C. Treasurer  
Treasurer   Treasurer  
Democratic Primary   General Election  
June 8, 2004   November 2, 2004  

Client Information

Political newcomer David Kelley, the grandson of a former Statehouse Representative, found himself with a Democratic Primary challenge in the race for Florence County Treasurer. Kelley hired CRS to develop an aggressive phones and mail program that would target the right voter base and secure his nomination.
 
Consulting and advising Kelley throughout the way, CRS helped the Treasurer candidate win the nomination by a 72-28 margin on Primary Election Night and head into the November General Election against a well-established and tough opponent in Republican incumbent Dean Fowler, Jr.
 
Providing the same services and adding a polling element, Kelley was the underdog throughout the November election against Fowler, once trailing him by as many as 10 points. However, administering a comprehensive phones program and an aggressive direct mail schedule, Kelley received the second highest number of votes by any Democrat in Florence County, even beating out both the Presidential and U.S. Senate candidates. However, this was not enough and he lost the election by a margin less than 2 percentage points.

 

Mitchell Kirby
Mitchell Kirby Florence County Council 2004

Mitchell Kirby - Client Information

Election Information

Florence County Council  
County Council District #4  
General Election  
November 2, 2004  

Client Information

Democrat Mitchell Kirby was running for his 4th term on Florence County Council in 2004 when he engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy.

In that election, Kirby was facing off against Republican Herbert Anderson in the contest for Florence County Council District #4 which is situated in western Florence County. The incumbent Democrat was also running during a time when state and local Democrats were running away from the Democratic presidential nominee.

Kirby hired us to provide phoning services to identify and turn-out a base of supporters to pull him over to victory. On Election night, the efforts proved successful when Mitchell Kirby earned 2,641 votes, for 54% of the vote, to Anderson's 2,217 votes (46%) and won re-election to a 4th term on Florence County Council.

 

James Lewis, Jr.
James Lewis, Jr. Charleston City Council 2011

James Lewis, Jr. - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston City Council    
City Council District #3    
Municipal Election    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

Charleston City Council District 3 includes area of West Ashley and the peninsula neighborhoods of Charleston, S.C.

In the municipal elections of 2011, City Councilman James Lewis, Jr. filed for re-election to a fifth 4-year term and he drew opposition from four opponents -- Wilmot Fraser, Luqman Rasheed, William Sheppard and Bob Thompson. Because so many candidates had filed for election, many political observers expected the municipal race to end up going to a run-off between the two top vote-getters of the November 8 election.

Supporters of James Lewis, Jr., however, hired Campaign Research and Strategy for automated call services to increase the turnout of likely voters and energize a base of supporters that hopefully would put Lewis over the top in that election.

On Election Day, the strategy could not have worked any better. After all votes were counted, Lewis led the ticket with 916 votes for 54 percent of the vote. He avoided a run-off and won re-election to a fifth term on Charleston's City Council. Fraser finished in second with 562 votes for 33 percent of the vote. They were followed, by Thompson (6%), Sheppard (4%) and Rasheed (3%).

 

Jondy Loveless
Jondy Loveless Lexington-Richland 5 School Board 2012

Jondy Loveless - Client Information

Election Information

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board    
Lexington County, At-Large Seat    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

In 2012, challenger Jondy Loveless ran for re-election to the school board of Lexington-Richland School District 5.

In this contest, Loveless engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy to conduct automated call services to increase the turnout of supportive voters, improve her name recognition and energize her campaign so she could rise above the field of candidates for one of two at-large seats in Lexington County that included herself, incumbents Beth Burn Watson and challenger Ed Yates.

On Election Night, the results were outstanding and Jondy Loveless was elected to the school board of Lexington-Richland District Five when she earned 10,575 votes and placed second in the overall field of four candidates.

In addition to Watson, two other clients in this cylcle - Beth Burn Watson in Lexington County and Robert Gantt in Richland County - were elected to the three seats open on the Lexington-Richland 5 school board.

 

Joey Malphrus
Joey Malphrus Jasper County Probate Judge
Jasper County Probate Judge
2010
2010

Joey Malphrus - Client Information

Election Information

Jasper County Probate Judge   Jasper County Probate Judge  
Jasper County, SC   Jasper County, SC  
Democratic Primary   General Election  
June 8, 2010   November 2, 2010  

Client Information

Joey Malphrus, the Probate Court Judge in Jasper County, SC, engaged the services of CR+S as early as December 2008 for his next election cycle in 2010. Malphrus had seen our work for other clients in and around Jasper County and he engaged our direct mail services for mailings to constituents.

Heading into 2010, as we expected Malphrus did end up drawing an opponent in the June 2010 Democratic Primary for Probate Judge. Opposing him in his quest for a fourth term as Probate Judge was Donetta Orr-Hamilton, an African-American candidate who campaigned vigorously for the position.

Malphrus again engaged our direct mail services and the focus of those pieces was centered on his experiences. Those pieces, coupled with the constituent-oriented mail he sent in late 2008 and 2009, helped him greatly in this election. Also critical to these campaign mailings was the targeting of voters for this universe, and Malphrus was successful in bringing over supportive voters who might not vote normally in a Democratic Primary.

After all votes were tabulated, Joey Malphrus crushed his opponent in the June 2010 Democratic Primary by a 72-28 margin of victory and won the Democratic nomination for Probate Judge. Because no Republican candidate filed for the position, Malphrus was unopposed on the November 2010 general election ballot and secured a fourth term as Jasper County's Probate Judge.

 

Jim Manning
Jim Manning Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2012
2012

Jim Manning - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council  
Council District #8   Council District #8  
Democratic Primary   General Election  
June 12, 2012   November 6, 2012  

Client Information

In 2012, Richland County Councilman Jim Manning, a Democrat finishing his first term, drew opposition in both the June primary and November general election and engaged the complete services of Campaign Research + Strategy.

In the Democratic Primary, Manning's opponent was Wayne Gilbert, an unsuccessful candidate for County Council in 2004 and the son of a former legislator from the Pee Dee region. For this election, Manning jumped out of the gate fast and we designed a direct mail program and phones program to help him win his primary. However, weeks before the primary election was held, a State Supreme Court ruling removed Gilbert from the ballot along with more than 200 candidates statewide who failed to file ethics forms properly. As a result, Jim Manning secured the Democratic nomination and went on to the general election.

Moving forward, Manning's opponent in the 2012 general election was Michael Letts, who had run unsuccessfully for another County Council district as well as the State House of Representatives. For this cycle, Manning engaged our direct mail services to targeted audiences. On Election Day, the results were stunning and Jim Manning crushed his opponent when he earned 10,474 votes for 69% to Michael Letts' 4,710 votes (31%).

 

Brad Mathews
Brad Mathews Lexington County Council 2010

Brad Mathews - Client Information

Election Information

Lexington County Council    
County Council District #7    
General Election    
November 2, 2010    

Client Information

Brad Matthews engaged the services of CR+S for the November 2010 general election in Lexington County Council District #7.

The district had been represented by Republican John Carrigg since 1994. However, in the June 2010 Republican Primary, Carrigg was defeated in a close election by Republican Art Guerry. From 1998 to 2004, Guerry served as auditor for Lexington County and had previously served on County Council. Upon losing that election for auditor in 2004, Guerry challenged Carrigg for County Council in 2006 but came up short in that election.

After Guerry's victory over Carrigg in June 2010, Matthews made the decision to run as an independent candidate. However, Brad had to get enough signatures on a petition to get his name on the November 2010 ballot. Once that was complete, we began the next phase of the campaign -- winning votes!

CR+S ran a comprehensive phones program, provided many data services and was on hand for strategic advice and direction. As Election Day drew closer, we noticed the race tightening between Matthews and Guerry. In addition, Jacqueline Fowler was on the ballot for this seat as a Libertarian Party candidate.

In the end, Matthews defeated the Republican candidate Guerry by less than 40 votes and became the youngest member of Lexington County Council. Matthews also accomplished things that are nearly impossible in the political realm of South Carolina: (1) winning as a petition candidate; (2) defeating a Republican in Lexington County; and (3) doing this in less than 5 months.

 

Bryan McClain
Bryan McClain Abbeville County Council 2006

Bryan McClain - Client Information

Election Information

Abbeville County Council    
Council District #7    
General Election    
November 7, 2006    

Client Information

In this Council District that includes the precincts of Antreville, Donalds, Due West and Keowee in Abbeville County, Bryan McClain was the Democratic challenger to an open seat.

Running against Republican Larry O’Quinn, supporters of McClain’s campaign hired CR+S for data, targeting and automated call services. The work proved successful as, despite a slightly depressed statewide Democratic turnout, McClain beat the Republican opponent by a 54-46 margin on Election Day.

 

 

 

Susan Grissom Means
Susan Grissom Means Myrtle Beach City Council 2011

Susan Grissom Means - Client Information

Election Information

Myrtle Beach City Council    
At-Large Seat    
Municipal Election    
November 1, 2011    

Client Information

Susan Grissom Means ran for re-election to a fourth term on Myrtle Beach City Council in 2011 when she engaged the phoning services of CR+S to help her campaign.

In that election, three at-large seats on City Council were up for re-election, and all three incumbents – Means, Phil Render, and Michael Chestnutt – filed to defend their seats. They faced six challengers, including a former candidate for Mayor who finished third two years earlier.

Running an aggressive phones program that focused on her service to constituents and the reduction of owner-occupied property taxes, Means strengthened her support, energized favorables to turn out and beat back any "anti-incumbent" challenges.

The strategy worked and in November 2011 elections, Susan ended up earning 1408 votes from 2343 voters who came out that day for more than 60 percent of all the votes. Her strong message also helped the other two incumbents win re-election with vote margins exceeding 60 percent, as the fourth-place finisher received less than 23 percent of all votes.

 

Gregg Meyers
Gregg Meyers Charleston County Consolidated School Board
 
2006

Gregg Meyers - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston County Consolidated School Board
East Cooper School Board Seat
Blue Ribbon Education Committee
General Election
November 7, 2006

Client Information

The Blue Ribbon Education committee in Charleston, S.C. engaged the services of CR+S to provide mailing and phoning services to their “Best Team” of four candidates running against a group of candidates who self-proclaimed themselves as the “A-Team” and was headlined by the school board candidacy of former Congressman Arthur Ravenel.

CR+S’ services enabled Gregg Meyers, a 10-year veteran of the school board running for re-election, to secure enough votes and win a spot on the School Board. An attorney who served in the Justice Department, Gregg’s private practice has focused on issues affecting children, especially those who are victims of abuse.

Our services were also instrumental in winning three of the four spots for which we campaigned aggressively. In addition to Gregg’s victory, fellow “Best Team” members Toya Hampton Green and Ruth Jordan were elected to the consolidated school board.

 

Willie Mickle
Willie Mickle Kershaw County Council 2012

Willie Mickle - Client Information

Election Information

Kershaw County Council    
Council District #1    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

In 2012, Willie Mickle, a first-time candidate for Kershaw County Council, engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy for his general election campaign against incumbent Democrat Bobby Gary.

Mickle had originally filed as a Republican earlier in the year. However, he was removed from the ballot along with more than 200 other candidates statewide in May 2012. Mickle collected enough signatures to get back on the ballot as an independent petition candidate.

Mickle hired us to conduct automated call services to increase the turnout of supportive voters, improve Mickle's name recognition and energize his campaign. On Election Night, the results were outstanding and Willie Mickle was elected to represent Kershaw County Council District 1. Mickle ended up earning 2251 votes for 50.1% to Gary's 2220 votes (49%).

Mickle was just a handful of successful independent petition candidates to win elections across South Carolina in November 2012. The overwhelming majority of petition candidates who faced Democratic or Republican opponents were defeated.

 

Julia Mims
Julia Mims Florence School District 3 2011

Julia Mims - Client Information

Election Information

Florence School District 3    
Board of Trustees Seat #5    
School Board Election    
May 10, 2011    

Client Information

Regular elections for the Board of Trustees for Florence School District 3 presented some of the most unique challenges we have ever seen in an off-election cycle. In advance of contests for three school board seats, a group of citizens concerned about the future of Florence 3 schools engaged the complete services of CR+S to help three candidates they supported in this election cycle.

In School Board Seat #5, we provided services that helped Dr. Julia Mims in her campaign against Gracie Hannah, who was completing her first four-year term on the board.

A former school board member (1990-99) and chairwoman of the board (1996-99), Mims had a long and deep history of community service in Lake City. In 2003, she was inducted in the school's district Hall of Fame and was named Lake City's Woman of the Year in 2002. She campaigned on raising student achievement, attracting and supporting well-trained and well-qualified teachers, and improving communications within the school district.

In addition to phoning services, we provided direct mail, paid media advertisements, general consultation and strategic development and implementation. These services were vastly needed because locations for just about every polling precinct had been changed and many people were unaware elections for this body were even held when they were conducted.

After the votes were counted in the May 10 election, Julia Mims crushed her opponent earning 67.1% of the vote. This was one of three big victories that we made happen, in which all three incumbent school board members were swept out of office.

 

O'neal Mintz
O'neal Mintz Spartanburg County Council
Spartanburg County Council
Spartanburg County Council
2006
2010
2006

O'neal Mintz - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg County Council   Spartanburg County Council   Spartanburg County Council
County Council District #2   County Council District #2   County Council District #2
General Election   General Election   Republican Primary
November 7, 2006   November 2, 2010   June 13, 2006

Client Information

O'Neal Mintz is a longtime businessman in Spartanburg County, who unsuccessfully ran for State Senate back in the early 1990s. In early 2006, he approached CR+S early in the campaign cycle to discuss his entry back into politics and waging a challenge to the incumbent member of County Council.

Contracting with CR+S to engage our complete services, we initiated a poll in the area to determine the landscape of the district. What we found were conditions that were favorable to an upset. Immediately, we went to work to develop an identity of Mintz as the “common man’s vote” in this district and he retained our complete services in the 2006 election cycle

During the primary filing, our campaign went from challenger to front-runner, when the incumbent member of County Council decided against re-election and opted to run instead for the State House of Representatives. Mintz ended up facing off against three other candidates and on the day of the June 2006 Republican Primary, he won the nomination for the seat with 59 percent of the vote. Because no Democrat filed for this seat, Mintz ended up winning the seat in the November general election running unopposed.

Moving forward after being sworn in to office, Mintz retained our consulting services and we assisted him on a number of issues and with constituent service. These activities helped him greatly when he got to the end of his first term on County Council in 2010.

No Republican or Democratic candidate filed to challenge him in the 2010 general election, but he did have one opponent in that race in the form of Mark Chambers, who filed as a Constitution Party candidate. Chambers had run previously for this Council seat in 2006 as a Republican Candidate and for a local State House District as a Democratic candidate in 2008.

Knowing we had a distinct advantage in this election, we didn't have to do as much as we did in the 2006 Republican Primary but we did run a "very light campaign" in 2010. This activity helped seal the fate for his opponent and after all votes were counted in the November 2010 general election, O'Neal Mintz was re-elected to a second term on County Council with 78.7% of the vote, earning 7,000 more votes than his challenger.
 

 

Robert Mitchell
Robert Mitchell Charleston City Council
Charleston City Council
2005
2005

Robert Mitchell - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston City Council   Charleston City Council  
Council District #4   Council District #4  
Municipal Run-off Election   Municipal Run-off Election  
November 15, 2005   November 15, 2005  

Client Information

This Charleston City Council seat was previously held by Kwadjo Campbell, who did not offer himself for re-election after a number of personal legal issues came up for him during the early part of 2005. As a result, seven different candidates threw their hats into the ring for this open council seat, including Robert Mitchell, who previously represented this district on Charleston City Council.

Mitchell engaged the data and targeting services of CR+S for the municipal run-off election and the results proved victorious as he cleaned up among voters and secured more than 63 percent of the vote on Election Night to re-claim his former seat on Charleston City Council.

 

Tony Mizzell
Tony Mizzell Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2002
2002

Tony Mizzell - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council  
Council District #11   Council District #11  
General Election   Democratic Primary  
November 5, 2002   June 11, 2002  

Client Information

Democratic Richland County Council member Tony Mizzell engaged the services of CR+S in 2002 when he drew both Republican and Democratic opposition for his important, pivotal seat. First elected to County Council in 1998, Mizzell's victory back then tilted control of County Council control back into Democratic hands. So, keeping him in this seat was not only important for our client, but also for the County's Democratic Pary.

In that first contest, the Democratic Primary, Mizzell faced a tough challenge from an African-American challenger by the name of Lawrence Moore. Moore had relied heavily on his ground operation, previous campaign exposure and bringing over Republicans into the Democratic Primary. Moore ran four years earlier for a state House seat currently held by Democrat Jimmy Bales.

CR+S provided polling, phoning and data services for Mizzell's campaign and was successful in turning back Moore's challenge in the Democratic Primary. That evening, after all votes were counted, Mizzell defeated Moore by a 58-42 margin. Our efforts were extremely important and had tremendous impact on the race that attracted fewer than 825 votes.

Moving forward to the general election contest, Mizzell faced a well-funded challenge from Republican Benny Jones. Again, engaging our polling, phoning, and data services, Mizzell used the name recognition advantage he accumulated in the Primary to put together a solid base of support and favorables to turn out on Election Day. After all the votes were counted, Mizzell again emerged victorious defeating Jones, with more than 58 percent of the vote.

In a surprising post-script to this client, Mizzell was challenged again in 2006. However, he declined the services of CR+S and his opponent in that race, Norman Jackson, engaged our services. Jackson went on to defeat Mizzell in the 2006 Democratic Primary by a margin of less than 50 votes.

 

Bill Moody
Bill Moody Charleston City Council
Charleston City Council
2011
2011

Bill Moody - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston City Council   Charleston City Council  
City Council District #11   City Council District #11  
Municipal Election   Municipal Run-Off Election  
November 8, 2011   November 22, 2011  

Client Information

Charleston City Council District 11 includes areas of West Ashley and James Island neighborhoods in Charleston, S.C.

Prior to the municipal elections of 2011, incumbent City Councilman Tim Mallard announced he would not run for re-election to a second term turning the election into an open-seat contest. When filing closed for this seat, three candidates offered themselves up for consideration. Those three candidates were: Laura Dukes Beck, a Folly Beach City Council member who moved to Charleston in the summer of 2011; Andy Brack, a publisher and former candidate for Congress in 2000; and Bill Moody, a retired accountant who also headed the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Trident United Way.

Supporters of Bill Moody's campaign hired Campaign Research and Strategy for automated call services to increase the turnout of supportive voters and energize Moody's campaign. With the dynamics of the election being what they were, a run-off could not be avoided. However, Moody finished first in the municipal elections on Nov. 8 when he received 915 votes for 43.4% of the vote. Beck finished second with 657 votes (31.2%) and Brack was a close third with 533 votes (25.3%)

Moving forward to the run-off election two weeks later on Nov. 22, Moody secured a strong victory over Beck beating her by a 3-to-2 margin when he received 746 votes (60.3%) to her 492 votes (39.7%).

 

Dan Neal
Dan Neal Richland School District 2 2009

Dan Neal - Client Information

Election Information

Richland School District 2    
At-Large School Board Seat    
Special Election    
January 20, 2009    

Client Information

During the November 2008 election cycle, a seat came open on the school board of Richland School District 2 when a longtime board member passed away unexpectedly. Because of that death, s special election for that seat was held on January 20, 2009 – the same day Barack Obama took the oath as President of the United States.

Dan Neal, one of the candidates in that special election, hired CR+S to aid him with this special election. Dan had previously run for the school board but was unsuccessful in past attempts. He was again facing a difficult election, when 7 other candidates filed for that same seat. To aid him in this attempt, CR+S developed a list of voter targets that were most likely to turn out and delivered positive phone messaging to that audience.

On Election Day, overall turnout was very light. However, once results of that election were reported, it was clear turnout among Dan’s base of support was not weak. In that crowded field of candidates, Dan nearly won 50 percent of all votes cast and was declared the winner and seated at the next board meeting.

 

Jennie O'Bryan
Jennie O'Bryan Florence County Council 2002

Jennie O'Bryan - Client Information

Election Information

Florence County Council    
Council District #8    
Republican Primary    
June 11, 2002    

Client Information

Jennie O’Bryan was a concerned activist with a record of community service in Florence County. When she announced her candidacy for Florence County Council in a Republican Primary against Herb Ames, council’s vice-chairman and an 8-year incumbent, she ran on making government more accessible.
 
Ms. O’Bryan hired Campaign Research & Strategy to facilitate her persuasive phone campaign, GOTV/Turn-out and polling. CRS also helped O’Bryan develop direct mail pieces that improved name recognition and define her campaign agenda. The edge in the fight for the district moved from one side to the other until Ms. O’Bryan ultimately came out on top on Election Night by a margin less than 50 votes. Our polling showed the race tightening, especially the last week, and data obtained from the phones and polling helped the campaign make decisions that ultimately decided the election.

 

David Patrick
David Patrick Tulsa City Council 2008

David Patrick - Client Information

Election Information

Tulsa City Council    
City Council District #3    
Municipal Election    
April 1, 2008    

Client Information

Independent candidate David Patrick was seeking a seat back on Tulsa City Council in 2008 when he first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy.

Patrick had previously served on City Council from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2002 to 2004, but as a Democrat. The 2008 race was the first time he ran as an Independent.

In that April 2008 election, he was facing off again against the Democratic incumbent Roscoe Turner to represent Tulsa City Council District #3. Turner had served on City Council from 1998 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2008.

During the 2008 campaign, Patrick engaged our phoning services and in addition to a comprehense ID program, we targeted audiences outside Turner's natural base of support to build up a coalition that would help unseat the incumbent. On Election Day, the strategy worked and David Patrick received 1074 votes for 55 percent of the vote to Turner's 892 votes (45%), returning him to Tulsa City Council and his third tenure representing District #3.

 

Kathy Pender
Kathy Pender Rock Hill City Council
Rock Hill City Council
Rock Hill City Council
2003
2011
2007

Kathy Pender - Client Information

Election Information

Rock Hill City Council   Rock Hill City Council   Rock Hill City Council
City Council Ward 2   City Council Ward 2   City Council Ward 2
Municipal Election   Municipal Election   Municipal Election
October 21, 2003   October 18, 2011   October 16, 2007

Client Information

Kathy Pender first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy in 2003 when she decided to run for Rock Hill City Council after longtime City Councilwoman Maxine Gill announced she was retiring from the Ward 2 seat.

An active community leader who served on the Rock Hill School Board for 13 years, Kathy was recognized for providing stability during an explosive period of growth in the number of new students in the school district. In this 2003 election, Pender was challenged by Dave McKown, a contract programmer running on a pledge of fiscal conservativism, and John David, the grandson of longtime Rock Hill Mayor Dave Lyle who was making his first-ever run for public office.

On Election Day, Pender went for the knock-out win and her supporters turned our strong to secure 60 percent of the vote, leaving the remaining 40 percent to be split up among her male challengers.

Four years later in 2007, when Pender was up for re-election to a second term, she drew only minor opposition and ended up winning 87 percent of the vote in that election.

Moving forward to 2011, when Pender ran for re-election to a third term on City Council, she drew opposition from John Hauenstein, a retired engineer who benefited from a stronger anti-incumbent and Tea Party-inspired atmosphere.

She again engaged our services in the areas of polling, phoning, strategy, and consulting to beat back tougher opposition than she had ever faced before. Despite her opponent and his supporters trying to "nationalize" the election, Pender won re-election to a third term with 52 percent of the vote.

 

Leona Plaugh
Leona Plaugh Columbia City Council
Columbia City Council
2010
2010

Leona Plaugh - Client Information

Election Information

Columbia City Council   Columbia City Council  
City Council District #4   City Council District #4  
Municipal Run-Off Election   Municipal Election  
April 20, 2010   April 6, 2010  

Client Information

When Kirkman Finlay III, the representative for Columbia City Council District 4, announced he was not running for re-election and instead running for the open Mayor's seat in 2010, a number of candidates jumped into the race to represent the fastest-growing district in the City of Columbia.

Our client in the race was Leona Plaugh, no stranger to Columbia city government. Plaugh had worked for various departments in the City of Columbia and was City Manager until 2003.

In this election, four other candidates threw their hats into the ring to succeed Finlay. Among them were: Kevin Fisher, an advertising executive who ran for Mayor in 2006; Tony Mizzell, a former representative on Richland County Council; Walter Powell III, a realtor and volunteer firefighter; and Mary Baskin Waters, a university professor and president of the Historic Heathwood neighborhood.

Because so many candidates were in this race, we knew there was a strong chance this municipal election would go to a run-off cycle. So our strategy was clear, attract enough votes to make sure we got into the run-off election. After all votes were counted in the municipal election, Leona Plaugh led the ballot and finished first with 1,831 votes for 32.3 percent. She was followed by Mizzell who finished in 2nd place with 1,782 votes (31.5%). Rounding out the results were Fisher in 3rd with 1,226 votes (21.7%), Powell in 4th with 478 votes (8.5%) and Waters in 5th place with 331 votes (5.9%).

Because no candidate reached the 50 percent plus one standard, Plaugh and Mizzell advanced to the run-off election that would be held two weeks later. In that campaign, we knew Mizzell would go negative against his opponent. To offset that negative campaigning, we kept the message clear for Plaugh - improve the way the city does business, make it more efficient and improve the service to its residents.

The strategy worked and after all votes were counted in the run-off election, Leona Plaugh earned 3,318 votes for 52.4 percent and defeated Tony Mizzell who picked up 3,010 votes (47.6%), winning the seat to represent District 4 residents on Columbia City Council.

 

Lenora Powe
Lenora Powe Chesterfield County Council 2012

Lenora Powe - Client Information

Election Information

Chesterfield County Council    
Council District #6    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

In 2012, Lenora Powe, the vice chair of Chesterfield County Council, engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy for her general election campaign against independent petition candidate Tommy Hunt.

This was the first election for her since going the redistricting process of 2010. Powe hired us to conduct automated call services to increase the turnout of supportive voters, improve her name recognition and energize her campaign.

On Election Night, the results were outstanding and Lenora Powe was re-elected to represent Chesterfield County Council District 6. Powe ended up earning 1291 votes for 65% to Tommy Hunt's 687 votes (35%).

 

Robert Price
Robert Price Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education 2006

Robert Price - Client Information

Election Information

Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education    
TTC District 4 Seat    
School Board Election    
February 14, 2006    

Client Information

Robert Price was a first-time candidate who engaged CR+S for phoning and polling services when he challenged a two-term incumbent in an election that was scheduled on Valentines Day. In addition to running against incumbent John Bernardine, Price also had to compete against Bruce Niemi, a former state Representative, for the seat with a 7-year-term on the board.

The hardest part of this election was actually making people more familiar with the obscure position and its function. Many people had never heard of this school board or even realized it was an elected position. Price’s hard work paid off and on the evening of the Special Election, he ended up winning with just less than 60 percent of the vote.

 

Teddie Pryor
Teddie Pryor Charleston County Council 2004

Teddie Pryor - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston County Council    
Council District #5    
General Election    
November 2, 2004    

Client Information

A business owner and dedicated community volunteer, Teddie Pryor challenged incumbent Republican Carolyn Conlon in one of Charleston County’s first single-member district elections in November 2004.

Hiring CRS to develop his direct mail, Pryor addressed a number of items throughout his campaign and the mailing was targeted to all voters in the district except hardcore and proven Republican voters.

The results were victorious and Democrats picked up a seat on County Council when Pryor defeated Conlon by a 63-37 margin on Election Night. Not only had Democrats picked up a seat on County Council, but Pryor became one of four African-American members of County Council which is the most Charleston County has ever had serve on the body.

 

 

Gordon Ray
Gordon Ray Spartanburg School Board District 2 2011

Gordon Ray - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg School Board District 2    
At-Large Seat    
School Board Election    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

Spartanburg County's School District 2 stretches from Boiling Springs to the northeast corner of the county and hops over into neighboring Cherokee County.

In 2011, 10 candidates filed for five seats on the School board, and only two candidates were incumbents. Because one of the five seats on the ballot was designated for a resident of Cherokee County (and only one candidate who filed lived in that county), the race ended up becoming a sea of 9 names competing for four at-large seats.

Supporters of Gordon Ray, a Boiling Springs businessman who has three children who attend District 2 schools, hired CR+S for data, targeting and automated call services. In addition to work that Ray had already done in yard sign placements, meeting voters, locking down commitments and more, the automated calling program helped raise his name recognition level and remind and activate his base of supporters in this odd-year election cycle.

On Election Day, the strategy proved successful and Ray earned 950 votes for a 4th-place finish overall and won election to a four-year term on the School Board. The vote spread among all the top five finishers was close, as the leading vote-getter earned 1,194 votes while the fifth place finisher received 919 votes. The lone candidate in Cherokee County finished 2nd overall with 1,125 votes.

The sixth-place finisher in this election got 843 votes, and was followed by candidates who received 781, 760, 464 and 372 votes -- proving that the automated calling for Ray helped raise his level of name recognition above those of his competitors.

 

Phil Render
Phil Render Myrtle Beach City Council
Myrtle Beach City Council
2011
2007

Phil Render - Client Information

Election Information

Myrtle Beach City Council   Myrtle Beach City Council  
At-Large Seat   At-Large Seat  
Municipal Election   Municipal Election  
November 1, 2011   November 5, 2007  

Client Information

Phil Render ran for re-election to a second term on Myrtle Beach City Council in 2007 when he first engaged the complete services of CR+S to facilitate his campaign.

In that election, three at-large seats on City Council were up for re-election, and all three incumbents – Render, Michael Chestnutt, and Susan Grissom Means – filed to defend their seats. Three other challenges filed for those seats, including one who was a former member of City Council that gave up her seat to run for Mayor in 2005.

Running an aggressive phones and mail program throughout the campaign, Render’s base of support only strengthened and his record of accomplishments also ended up helping fellow incumbents. When all the votes were counted, Render received the most votes of all candidates running for City Council securing nearly 72 percent. This election result not only brought him the title of Mayor pro tem the following council year, but also brightened his “political star” in and around the area of Myrtle Beach and Horry County.

Moving forward to 2011, Render again engaged our complete services for his re-election campaign seeking a third term on City Council. In the four years since the previous campaign, we were concerned about an "anti-incumbent" mood settling in Myrtle Beach. However, we engaged a strong mail and phones campaign that emphasized Phil's leadership in protecting taxpayers and reducing residential property taxes by nearly 88 percent in the four years.

In that election, the same three incumbents – Render, Michael Chestnutt, and Susan Grisson Means – filed to defend their seats. This time, they faced six challengers, including a former candidate for Mayor who finished third two years earlier.

Our strategy worked and in the November 2011 elections, Phil ended up earning 1563 votes from 2343 voters who came out that day for nearly 67 percent of all the votes. Phil's strong message also helped the other two incumbents win re-election with vote margins exceeding 60 percent, as the fourth-place finisher received less than 23 percent of all votes.

 

Daniel Rickenmann
Daniel Rickenmann Columbia City Council 2008

Daniel Rickenmann - Client Information

Election Information

Columbia City Council    
At-Large Representative    
Municipal Election    
April 1, 2008    

Client Information

Daniel Rickenmann retained the complete services of CR+S in 2008 when he was up for re-election to an at-large seat on Columbia City Council.

Rickenmann, who is a Columbia businessman, had defeated an incumbent member of City Council four years earlier. In the years prior to his re-election contest, Rickenmann engaged our services to help him with a wide range of constituent services from making birthday calls to delivering important information to voters across the City of Columbia.

Once filing was close, Rickenmann drew three challengers in his 2008 re-election and they were Nammu Muhammad, Cameron Runyan and Lea Walker. From those three candidates, his biggest challenge came from Runyan, who had started organizing his challenge nearly a year before the election.

During the 2008 campaign, we helped Rickenmann in a number of different ways which included strategic counsel, planning, target development, polling, messaging, direct mail, etc. As most campaign goes, there were a number of attacks that were lodged in Rickenmann's direction the last week of the campaign and we responded to each one forcefully to minimize their impact to the total campaign. Because there were four candidates for this seat, our overall goal was simply to win an outright majority and avoid the need for a run-off election that would be held two weeks later.

Once the returns came in on Election night, it was clear the campaign was a total success and Rickenmann earned more than 54 percent of the total vote. Runyan finished second with about 44 percent and the other two candidates took the remaining 2 percent of the vote. In addition, Rickenmann won 3 of 4 city council districts (including his home council district) and increased his total number of votes nearly 50 percent from four years earlier.

 

Joe Riley
Joe Riley City of Charleston, S.C. 2011

Joe Riley - Client Information

Election Information

City of Charleston, S.C.    
Mayor of Charleston, S.C.    
Mayoral Election    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

In 2011, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced he was seeking re-election to his 10th and final four-year term as Mayor.

He was contested by four candidates in this election, with the strongest opposition coming from City Councilman William Dudley Gregiore who challenged him four years earlier in the 2007 election for Mayor. An icon of Charleston who has been identified as one of America's best Mayors, Joe Riley had to not only worry about winning but he had to win BIG!

As a result, the Riley campaign engaged CR+S for phoning services to identify support among a targeted universe of likely voters. And, on Election Day, the results were outstanding -- after all votes were counted, Riley earned about 67 percent of vote in the five-way field and easily won re-election to a 10th term as Mayor of Charleston.

 

Matt Rivers
Matt Rivers Chesterfield County Council 2012

Matt Rivers - Client Information

Election Information

Chesterfield County Council    
Council District #7    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

Matt Rivers engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy when he was up for re-election during the general election campaign cycle of 2012.

Rivers, who has been chairman of the Chesterfield County Council since 2007, was running for his fourth term to County Council. This cycle was different, though, because redistricting had changed County Council District #7 slightly and he faced Republican Donna Johnson, who was conducting a grass-roots effort to unseat Chairman Rivers.

Using our direct mail, phoning and consultation services, Rivers focused his campaign on his drive and desire to help people. On Election Night, the efforts were vastly successful. Matt Rivers earned 1450 votes for 69% and crushed his opponent who received 640 votes (31%).

 

Seth Rose
Seth Rose Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2010
2010

Seth Rose - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council  
County Council District #5   County Council District #5  
General Election   Democratic Primary  
November 2, 2010   June 8, 2010  

Client Information

When Richland County Councilwoman Kit Smith announced she was not seeking re-election in the 2010 election cycle, this seat became open for the first time in 20 years and as a result attracted four Democratic candidates for the seat.

Our client in the race was a newcomer to Richland County politics, Seth Rose, who engaged our complete package of services. An All-American tennis player for the USC Gamecocks, Seth earned his law degree from the USC school of law and was working at the Richland County solicitor's office when he entered the race.

Of Rose's three opponents - Scott Winburn, Kayin Jones and Moe Baddourah - Winburn was the most formidable. Winburn secured the endorsements of Smith (the incumbent councilwoman), James Smith (a State Representative whose district overlaps), Bob Coble (Columbia's outgoing mayor), Jim Hodges (South Carolina's last Democratic governor), environmental groups and activists, and many other heavy-hitters in local politics.

To offset any advantage Winburn received, Rose earned a pile of endorsements himself (the county sheriff, many state representatives, neighborhood leaders, and community leaders) and worked harder going door-to-door than just about any other candidate we've worked with in the past. Rose also followed the plan we laid out for his campaign from start to finish.

After all the votes were counted in the June 2010 Democratic Primary, the results could not have been any more clear. With 2,525 votes cast, Seth rose smashed his three opponents by earning 1692 votes for 67% of the vote. His next closest competitor, Winburn, received 603 votes for 24% of vote while Jones and Baddourah split the remaining 230 votes (9%). Because no Republican filed for this seat and a Green Party candidate who filed for the seat withdrew from the race, Rose went unopposed in the general election of 2010.

Since being sworn into office in January 2011, Rose has retained our services in the field of developing constituent mailings that brief residents of his district on issues and events that come before Richland County Council. This constituent program, along with his dedicated and hard work as a Council representative, has helped make him one of the more popular members of County Council.

 

Cate Brandt Ryba
Cate Brandt Ryba Spartanburg City Council 2009

Cate Brandt Ryba - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg City Council    
City Council District #4    
Municipal Election    
November 3, 2009    

Client Information

In 2009, Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet announced he was not seeking re-election. This event led to City Councilman Junie White deciding not to run for re-election to City Council District #4 and instead run for Mayor causing this seat to become an open one.

Cate Brandt Ryba, a media and communications officer for the Mary Black Foundation, made the decision to run for City Council District #4 and engaged the complete services of CR+S for this election. Once filing was closed, the election was set where Ryba would end up going head-to-head with Thomas Belenchia, a small business attorney.

A former employee of the City of Spartanburg's economic development office, Ryba proved to be a very knowledgeable, hard-working and strong candidate for the seat. From canvassing to phoning to direct mail to yard sign presence, our goal for the campaign was to out-perform her opponent in every aspect.

Once the votes were counted, our strategy proved successful and Cate Brandt Ryba earned 1,097 votes, for 73% of the vote, to Belenchia's 413 votes (27%) to become the new representative for Spartanburg City Council District #4.

 

Jan Scalisi
Jan Scalisi Spartanburg City Council 2011

Jan Scalisi - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg City Council  
Council District #2  
Municipal Election  
November 8, 2011  

Client Information

In 2011, Spartanburg City Councilwoman Renee Cariveau made the announcement that she would not run for re-election to a third term to represent City Council District #2 because she and her husband were moving to Minnesota. This announcement opened the seat and attracted two candidates to replace her.

Local volunteer and businesswoman Jan Scalisi engaged the complete services of Campaign Research + Strategy to help her with her campaign, in which she faced off against Vance Hammond.

Many local political observers expected Hammond to coast easily to a win because of his deep roots in the Spartanburg community. Hammond had played football for Clemson University (and was drafted by an NFL team), his brother Mark is the Secretary of State for South Carolina and was the county's Clerk of Court, and although he had never run for political office before he did have experience in local politics.

A newcomer to politics, Scalisi worked hard and developed a strong network of volunteers, canvassed, and improved her name recognition across the district. We engaged a strong comprehensive phones program and hit hard at the mailbox introducing voters to Scalisi and stating her goals for the district. A trump card was played the last weekend of the campaign when Cariveau publicly endorsed Scalisi for her seat.

In the end all efforts paid off, and Jan Scalisi earned 475 votes, for more than 64 percent of the total vote, to Vance Hammond's 264 votes (36%) to become the new representative for Spartanburg City Council District #2. Additionally, Scalisi won 6 of 7 precincts, and the only precinct she did not win was Hammond's home precinct of the Daniel Morgan Technology Center where she trailed by just 11 votes.

 

Tony Scully
Tony Scully City of Camden, S.C. 2012

Tony Scully - Client Information

Election Information

City of Camden, S.C.    
Mayor    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

Tony Scully engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy in 2012 when he made the decision to run for Mayor in the city of Camden, S.C.

In this race, Scully faced a formidable foe in Jeffrey Graham, who was finishing his first term as Camden's incumbent mayor and was seen by many across the state as a rising political star.

As Election Day drew near, the race had tightened considerably and Scully's supporters were empowered when they saw the one-time underdog was within reach of pulling off an upset victory. In the end, Tony Scully was victorious when he earned 1,846 votes (51%) and defeated Jeffrey Graham, who received 1,759 votes (49%).

Scully, who was a total newcomer to politics, relied heavily on our complete services during this heated campaign, and engaged us for polling, phoning, direct mail, public relations, strategy, targeting, advertising direction and consultation among many other services.

 

Barbara Singletary-Bryant
Barbara Singletary-Bryant Florence School District 3 2011

Barbara Singletary-Bryant - Client Information

Election Information

Florence School District 3    
Board of Trustees Seat #7-A    
School Board Election    
May 10, 2011    

Client Information

Regular elections for the Board of Trustees for Florence School District 3 presented some of the most unique challenges we have ever seen in an off-election cycle. In advance of contests for three school board seats, a group of citizens concerned about the future of Florence 3 schools engaged the complete services of CR+S to help three candidates they supported in this election cycle.

In School Board Seat #7-A, we provided services that helped Barbara Singletary-Bryant in her campaign against Kimberly Sims, who served as secretary of the school district's Board of Trustees and was completing her first four-year term.

An alumna of Lake City High School (which is in the district), Singletary-Bryant has a daughter in Florence 3 public schools and she campaigned on raising student achievement, attracting and supporting well-trained and well-qualified teachers, and improving communications within the school district.

In addition to phoning services, we provided direct mail, paid media advertisements, general consultation and strategic development and implementation. These services were vastly needed because locations for just about every polling precinct had been changed and many people were unaware elections for this body were even held when they were conducted.

After the votes were counted in the May 10 election, Barbara Singletary-Bryant crushed her opponent earning 62.1% of the vote. This was one of three big victories that we made happen, in which all three incumbent school board members were swept out of office.

 

Kit Smith
Kit Smith Richland County Council
Richland County Council
Richland County Council
2006
2006
2002

Kit Smith - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County Council   Richland County Council   Richland County Council
Council District #5   Council District #5   Council District #5
General Election   Democratic Primary   Democratic Primary
November 7, 2006   June 13, 2006   June 11, 2002

Client Information

Kit Smith engaged the complete services of CR+S to help her with her re-election challenges in the 2006 Democratic Primary and General Election. Kit was challenged in that Democratic Primary by Valerie Ingram, who shocked some local observers when she was endorsed by Sheriff Leon Lott and Richland County Council member Bernice Scott.

Smith overcame those endorsements and beat back the challenge of Ingram by running an aggressive phone and mail campaign that built up her support in this suburban district. On Election Day, after all votes were counted, Smith won the Democratic Primary by a margin exceeding 70 perent.

Smith moved on to the general election where she was challenged by a Republican named Doug Hart. Smith, rolling from the momentum of her big Democratic Primary win, worked with CR+S to add to her favorable base and in the General Election, she again captured more than 70 percent of the vote to win re-election to another four-year term on County Council.

 

Kathy Taylor
Kathy Taylor Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma
2006
2006

Kathy Taylor - Client Information

Election Information

Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma   Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma  
Mayor   Mayor  
Democratic Primary   General Election  
March 7, 2006   April 4, 2006  

Client Information

Kathy Taylor was the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism when she decided in early 2006 to challenge Republican incumbent Mayor Bill LaFortune, who was first elected Mayor of Tulsa, Okla. in 2002.

Taylor faced off against five challengers in the Citywide Democratic Primary, with the biggest opposition coming from Don McCorkell, a former State House member from the Tulsa area. McCorkell ran a campaign against Taylor that became increasingly negative and supporters of Taylor hired CR+S for their targeting, data and automated call services to counter the negative attacks McCorkell engaged in this campaign. On the evening of the Democratic Primary, after all votes were counted, Taylor emerged victorious with more than 64 percent of the vote. In the Republican Primary, LaFortune had some troubles of his own and he emerged victorious in that primary but with less than 43 percent of the vote.

Moving forward to the general election, Taylor supporters re-engaged our data and targeting services and Taylor was successful in upsetting the incumbent and defeating Bill LaFortune by a 51-46 margin. As a result, Tulsa became the largest city in the State of Oklahoma with a Democrat as its Mayor.

 

Sammie Tucker, Jr.
Sammie Tucker, Jr. Kershaw County Council
Kershaw County Council
Kershaw County Council
2008
2005
2005

Sammie Tucker, Jr. - Client Information

Election Information

Kershaw County Council   Kershaw County Council   Kershaw County Council
County Council District #2   County Council District #2   County Council District #2
Democratic Primary   Special General Election   Special Democratic Primary
June 10, 2008   June 14, 2005   April 26, 2005

Client Information

Sammie Tucker Jr. first engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy back in early 2005, when the seat for Kershaw County Council District #2 became open when the previous incumbent, James Arthur Sr., passed away after holding the seat for 14 years.

Tucker, a Camden businessman and owner of a trucking company, filed for the seat as a Democrat and drew opposition in the primary against Kenneth Carter, who is a reverend of a Methodist church. In addition, two Republicans filed for the seat, pitting that primary race between Ned Towell and Mike “Tony” Davis.

Tucker engaged the complete servces of CR+S for both election cycles. In the Democratic Primary, Tucker ran an aggressive phone and mail campaign that helped build his name recognition, his agenda and goals for the district. On the night of the special Democratic Primary in 2005, Tucker was declared the winner beating Carter with more than 53 percent of the vote.

Moving forward to the special general election, Tucker advanced to face Towell, who won the Republican Primary by a close margin, and stepped up his campaign. Building off the success in his Democratic Primary campaign, Tucker was phenomenal in reaching out to new constituencies and support bases.

On the evening of the Election, after all votes were counted, Tucker won by an overwhelming margin of 74-26 over Towell, to win election and complete the remaining term for the County Council district. In addition, based on subsequent turn-out demographics and exit polling information, Tucker not only won a super majority of votes cast by African-American voters, but he managed to win the majority of votes cast by white voters, too.

After serving his first term on Kershaw County Council, Tucker again engaged the services of CR+S when it was time to run for re-election to a second term in 2008. In this election, he drew opposition from only one candidate -- Chuck Robinson -- in the Democratic Primary.

Not taking anything for granted, Tucker engaged our direct mail and phoning services to lock down support for the primary. The strategy worked and Tucker crushed his opponent in the Democratic Primary, earning 638 votes for 82% of the vote to Robinson's 137 votes (18%). Because no Republican candidate filed for the seat, Tucker not only won the nomination but went on to the general election running unopposed and winning election to a second term on County Council.

 

Beth Burn Watson
Beth Burn Watson Lexington-Richland 5 School Board 2012

Beth Burn Watson - Client Information

Election Information

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board    
Lexington County, At-Large Seat    
General Election    
November 6, 2012    

Client Information

In 2012, incumbent Beth Burn Watson ran for re-election to the school board of Lexington-Richland School District 5.

In this election, she was running for her fourth term on the school board, having been elected back to the board in 2008 after taking a six-year break from serving in 1996-2002. Because the school board is divided into two counties, Beth ran for one of two at-large seats from Lexington County while an election for one at-large seat was being conducted in Richland County.

In this contest, Watson engaged the services of Campaign Research + Strategy to conduct automated call services to increase the turnout of supportive voters, improve her name recognition and energize her campaign so she could rise above the field of candidates that included herself, fellow incumbent Jan Hammond and challengers Ed Yates and Jondy Loveless.

On Election Night, the results were outstanding and Beth Burn Watson was re-elected to the school board of Lexington-Richland District Five. Watson ended up earning 12,701 votes and finished first in the overall field of four candidates.

In addition to Watson, two other clients in this cylcle - Loveless and Robert Gantt of Richland County - were elected to the three seats open on the Lexington-Richland 5 school board.

 

Gary Watts
Gary Watts Richland County (S.C.) Coroner 2004

Gary Watts - Client Information

Election Information

Richland County (S.C.) Coroner    
Coroner    
General Election    
November 2, 2004    

Client Information

Democrat Gary Watts had upset an incumbent Republican office holder four years earlier to bring another countywide seat into the hands of Democrats, and he took no opposition lightly when it was time for re-election.
 
The candidate he ran against in the General Election ended up being African-American Republican candidate Alvin Portee, who he had defeated four years earlier in a Democratic Primary to secure the nomination. Presumed to be the favorite in the race, Watts did not take Portee’s challenge lightly and hired CRS to develop a target universe of voters that could be motivated to “cross-over” and vote for the Democratic incumbent.
 
Again, the work paid off and Watts won re-election in November by an impressive margin of nearly 65-35, gaining a number of Republican cross-over votes.

 

 

Junie White
Junie White Spartanburg City Council
Mayor of Spartanburg, SC
2005
2009

Junie White - Client Information

Election Information

Spartanburg City Council   Mayor of Spartanburg, SC  
City Council District #4   City of Spartanburg  
Municipal Election   Municipal Election  
November 8, 2005   November 3, 2009  

Client Information

In 2009, Bill Barnet announced he was not seeking re-election for another term as Mayor of Spartanburg. As a result City Councilman Junie White, who was just completing his first term on City Council, made the decision to run for Mayor and engaged the services of CR+S for this election and we conducted a comprehensive phones program and handled all the direct mail needs for White's campaign against local activist Mike Fowler.

Junie is an icon in the City of Spartanburg, being a very popular small businessman for nearly 50 years as owner of White's Pine Street Exxon Station. Taking nothing for granted, we worked to identify and activate a STRONG base of favorables to win by an outstanding margin.

On Election Day, the results proved very successful and Junie White earned 3,299 votes (89%) to Mike Fowler's 426 votes (11%) to become the new mayor of Spartanburg.

This election in 2009 continued our success for Junie, as we helped score an impressive win four years earlier when he ran for City Council District #4. In that 2005 election, two-term incumbent Bob Allen announced he was not running for re-election which left the seat open. Junie drew opposition from Jamie Fulmer, a young executive with Advance America, a payday lending corporation.

In that election, White hired CR+S to engage our full services to beat back the challenge of his opponent in this election. We helped increase White’s name recognition and identity as a businessman, community leader and caring citizens. Running an aggressive phone campaign that spread his plan for lowering taxes, promoting Spartanburg and providing open, accessible leadership, White secured a solid majority of votes and defeated Fulmer with more than 60 percent of the vote on Election Night.

 

Kathleen Wilson
Kathleen Wilson Charleston City Council
Charleston City Council
Charleston City Council
2005
2005
2005

Kathleen Wilson - Client Information

Election Information

Charleston City Council   Charleston City Council   Charleston City Council
Council District #12   Council District #12   Council District #12
Municipal Election   Municipal Election   Municipal Election
November 15, 2005   November 1, 2005   December 6, 2005

Client Information

This Charleston City Council is a district prone to close contests between Ms. Wilson and the incumbent, Mr. Bob George. Previously in 2001, Wilson came extremely close to upsetting and unseating George from Council when she finished second in that year’s primary and losing in the run-off election by a margin less than 25 votes.

Learning from that campaign, Wilson engaged the services of CR+S in her 2005 challenge to George. This district that’s so prone to close elections saw a series of elections that were all decided by less than 50 votes. We helped Wilson improve her name recognition, define more of George’s negatives and target all likely voters that could help Wilson bridge the difference and unseat George.

In the first 2005 election, Wilson defeated George. However, the margin was less than 10 votes and another election was ordered to be held at the same time as the Citywide municipal run-off elections. In that run-off election, George received just one more vote than Wilson in another agonizingly close race. This set the ground for a third and decisive election for this council seat.

In that third election in 2005 for this seat, Wilson defeated George by a margin of less than 50 votes and was declared the final winner for this City Council seat.

 

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Vote-NO-Strong-Mayor
Columbia, SC - Communities United Strong Mayor Referendum 2013

Vote NO Strong Mayor - Communities United - Client Information

Election Information

Strong Mayor Referendum    
Columbia, S.C.    
Citywide Referendum    
December 3, 2015    

 

Client Information

Communities United for a Great Columbia, a diverse group of concerned citizens across South Carolina's Capitol City, engaged Campaign Research + Strategy to help defeat a well-organized effort to change Columbia's form of government.

Going into the election, we knew we were going to be outspent, and boy were we ever. By all accounts, for ever dollar that was spent by Communities United at least 10 dollars were spent by the campaign committee that was working to get residents to vote YES.

In addition to our strategic and consulting services, Communities United benefited greatly from our phoning and direct mail services. Momentum for the Vote NO campaign was compressed, highly-engaged and very successful.

On Election Day, the efforts of CR+S and Communities United were wildly successful and scored a surprising and resounding upset by defeating the measure to change Columbia's form of government when 6,685 people voted NO on the issue for 57 percent of the vote compared to 5,055 people who voted YES (43%).

 

 

Camden Recreation Referendum
Camden Recreation Referendum Committee Recreation Referendum 2012

Camden Recreation Referencum Committee - Client Information

Election Information

Recreation Referendum    
Camden, S.C.    
Citywide Referendum    
November 6, 2012    

 

Client Information

The Camden Recreation Referendum Committee engaged Campaign Research + Strategy to help the grass-roots group of concerned city residents to help defeat an effort by the city to spend almost all of its hospitality taxes over a 20-year period to build a proposed Y Center.

The controversial measure enraged many citizens who claimed that the mayor and city council members were ignoring city residents and not truly putting the community's wishes first. Adding further fuel to the fire was the revelation the fact that the city's mayor at that time was an officer in the company that was brokering the land deal.

Moving toward Election Day, the committee hired CR+S for its direct mailing services and assistance with a oversized post card delivered the last week of the election. The messaging of the postcard steered away from the idea of improving the public's access to recreation and instead focused on other issues like duplication of services and the risky obligation of tying up so much money into one project.

On Election Day, the committee's efforts worked and voters of Camden defeated the measure when 1936 people voted NO on the issue for 53.4 percent of the vote compared to 1687 people who voted YES (46.6%).

 

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Wake County Library Facilities Bond 2007

Trust for Public Lands - Client Information

Election Information

Wake County Library Facilities Bond    
Public Library Facilities Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
October 9, 2007    

Client Information

In Wake County, North Carolina, four bond referenda went up for voter approval that would address needs in the categories of parks and recreation facilities, open space, community colleges, and library facilities.

One of the measures asked Wake County voters for their approval on a $45 million bond referendum that would be used for acquiring, building, renovating, adding to and improving facilities for the Wake County Public Library System including new locations not served by library branches, offices, parking lots and acquiring land in Wake County.

However, questions remained about how receptive voters would be toward paying for these four bond measures. To assess the situation, the Trust for Public Lands engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling servicees to look in-depth at the support levels for each bond measure. The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the ballot measures, but also showed areas where caution may be needed.

The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an election cycle where voters had growing concerns about the economy. And, on Election night, the pro-referendum campaign saw a strong base of support and won with 37,920 people voting YES (70 percent) while 16,232 voted no (30%).

 

Darlington County Schools
Darlington County Schools School Bond / Penny Sales Tax Referenda 2003

Darlington County Schools - Client Information

Election Information

School Bond / Penny Sales Tax Referenda    
Darlington County, S.C.    
Countywide Referenda    
November 4, 2003    

Client Information

Citizens for Educational Improvement in Darlington, S.C. hired CR+S, along with our partners Carolina Public Relations, to engage campaign polling, targeting, data, phoning and other services, as well as direct the campaign for a $48 million school building initiative that was funded by a one-cent increase in the local sales tax.

This bond measure was a two-part question, asking voters for their approval of the one-cent increase as well as their approval for the following building package:

Build two new middle schools (one in Hartsville, one in Darlington) Build a new county-wide Career & Technology Center Renovate and upgrade schools in Society Hill and Lamar

 

This measure was extremely important to the Darlington County School District, as it was a district that had not seen a new school built in more than 20 years and the average age for all buildings in the district exceeded 50 years of age. Both measures proved victorious as supporters outnumbered opponents with at least 60 percent of the vote on both questions

  • Relocate Thornwell and Sonovista schools to a facility with room for program expansion
  • Enable the school system to:
    • Expand magnet programs through middle school grades (6, 7 & 8)
    • Implement the academically-oriented middle school [concept/model choose one] across the county
    • Enhance and expand the offering of career and technology courses

 

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Wake Technical Community College Bonds 2007

Trust for Public Lands - Client Information

Election Information

Wake Technical Community College Bonds    
Countywide Community College Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
October 9, 2007    

Client Information

In Wake County, North Carolina, four bond referenda went up for voter approval that would address needs in the categories of parks and recreation facilities, open space, community colleges, and library facilities.

In Wake County, voters were asked for their approval on a $92 million bond referendum that would be used for Wake Technical Community College in the acquisition, construction, renovation, addition and improvement to existing facilities and buildings for the community college including laboratories, offices, parking lots and land.

However, questions remained about how receptive voters would be toward paying for these four bond measures. To assess the situation, the Trust for Public Lands engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling servicees to look in-depth at the support levels for each bond measure. The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the ballot measures, but also showed areas where caution may be needed.

The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an election cycle where voters had growing concerns about the economy. And, on Election night, the pro-referendum campaign saw a strong base of support and won with 36,521 people voting YES (67.5 percent) while 17,581 voted no (32.5%).

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Clayton, NC Roads & Streets Bond Referendum 2008

Trust for Public Lands - Client Information

Election Information

Clayton, NC Roads & Streets Bond Referendum    
Municipal Bond Referendum    
Statewide Primary Cycle    
May 13, 2008    

Client Information

Located southeast of Raleigh, N.C., the town of Clayton in Johnston County placed two bond measures on the state's primary election ballot for voter approval to issue general obligations bonds. One of the measures was a Parks and Open Space measure and the other was a referendum for street improvements and road construction.

To assess the situation and determine how receptive county voters would be toward approving the measure that would authorize $3 million in bonds to meet the road construction and street improvement needs, the Trust for Public Lands engaged the polling services of Campaign Research + Strategy. We examined the overall landscape, the public's reception to the plan, and voter support for the referendum. The results and data from that study provided much insight and showed where support was strongest for the referendum. However, the study also showed areas where caution may be needed.

The polling and analysis was paramount to the campaign's fate as the election was held at the same time that state primaries for governor and other statewide and local offices were being conducted - not to mention the Democratic Presidential Primary that stretched into May 2008. Our recommendations were key to the campaign and on Election night, the pro-streets and roads bond campaign saw a huge base of support and claimed victory when 2,498 people voted YES for 79 percent while just 646 voted no (21%).

 

Citizens for Better & Safer Roads
Citizens for Better & Safer Roads Citizens for Better & Safer Roads 2003

Citizens for Better & Safer Roads - Client Information

Election Information

Citizens for Better & Safer Roads    
Penny Sales Tax Referendum    
York County, SC    
November 4, 2003    

Client Information

Citizens for Better & Safer Roads, a citizens group in York County, S.C. hired Campaign Research & Strategy to conduct its benchmark research and provide campaign strategy for its countywide referendum.
 
The group sought voter approval in 2003 from voters across the county to continue an existing one-cent sales tax that was specifically used for more than 20 different roads projects.

Campaign Research & Strategy primary work in providing statistical analysis and advice, along with supplemental data and targeting, helped the advocacy group deliver its message and turn-out voters more favorable to the measure. On Election night, the results could not be more clear as the referendum won approval by more than 70 percent of voters.

 

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Dorchester County Referendum 2010

Trust for Public Lands - Client Information

Election Information

Dorchester County Referendum    
Land Use, Wildlife and Drinking Water Initiative    
General Election    
November 2, 2010    

Client Information

Located near Charleston and the South Carolina coastline, Dorchester County provides much when it comes to a pristine environmental and ecological balance.

In 2010, county officials were weighing whether or not putting a referendum on the ballot that would dedicate $5 million in funds toward protecting forests, drinking water sources and scenic views. In addition, the referendum would help preserve historic buildings and sites, allow for new recreation trails (biking, hiking and walking) and parks, and reduce flooding.

However, questions remained about how receptive county voters would be toward paying for the funds from a slight property tax increase. To assess the situation, the Trust for Public Lands engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling services to assess the overall situation, the public's reception to the plan, and voter support for the referendum. The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the referendum, but also showed areas of the issue where caution was needed.

The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an election cycle where voters had deep concerns about the economy. And, on Election night, the pro-referendum campaign saw a strong base of support and won with 23,628 people voting YES (71 percent) while 9,746 voted no (29%).

 

Citizens & Business for Rock Hill
Citizens & Business for Rock Hill Rock Hill, S.C. Municipal Referendum 2006

Citizens & Business for Rock Hill - Client Information

Election Information

Rock Hill, S.C. Municipal Referendum    
On-Premise 7-day Alcohol Sales    
General Election    
November 7, 2006    

Client Information

Citizens & Business for Rock Hill hired CR+S to do some early polling across the City of Rock Hill and York County, S.C. on the issue of allowing restaurants to sell alcohol on Sundays. From the results of this polling, the group then hired CR+S to direct the campaign after the initiative successfully earned a place on the November ballot.

CR+S provided complete services from campaign management to facilitating a direct mail program. Using techniques of polling, messaging, community bridging, and canvassing, among many other tactics, support for the ballot initiative grew despite some attacks from high-profile opponents of the measure.

CR+S also guided the committee away from combating the moral arguments of opponents, and instead focusing on the four key message points of more business, more jobs, less tax burden and more choices in its messaging, direct mail, newspaper and radio advertising. On Election Night, our efforts were incredibly successful and voters in the City of Rock Hill approved the referendum with 61 percent of the vote.

 

 

Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC
Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC 2010

Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC - Client Information

Election Information

Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC    
Neighborhood Improvement Bond Referendum    
Citywide Referendum    
November 2, 2010    

Client Information

The Vote YES for Bonds committee in Charlotte, NC hired CR+S to engage campaign calling programs for three bonds that were up for voter approval in November 2010. These three bonds were for roads and transportation ($156.6 million), neighborhood improvements ($32 million) and affordable housing ($15 million).

This specific bond measure in 2010 was a $32 million package for neighborhood improvements. Components of this package provide new and reconstructed infrastructre like curbs, gutters, sidewalks, streetscaping and storm drainage in the city's older neighborhoods showing signs of distress, as well as the rebuilding of the Boulevard Homes community in West Charlotte.

The campaign phones featured live person-to-person calls to specific targets, as well as automated calling to additional targets. On Election Day, the efforts proved successful and the neighborhood improvement bond was approved by a 63-37 margin. The roads and transportation ballot measure was approved by a 64-36 margin and the bond for affordable housing passed by a 57-43 margin.

These victories continued CR+S's past sucess getting bonds approved in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Three years earlier in 2007, we also helped pass three bond referenda in Mecklenburg County totaling more than $581 million for public schools, community college and land use

 

Citizens & Business for York County
Citizens & Business for York County Citizens & Business for York County 2008

Citizens & Business for York County - Client Information

Election Information

Citizens & Business for York County    
Sunday Alcohol Sales Referendum    
York Countywide Referendum    
November 4, 2008    

Client Information

Two years after we worked with a group called Citizens & Business for Rock Hill to approve a ballot measure that allows restaurants in the city to serve alcohol on Sundays, we were approached about assisting a countywide referendum on the same subject.

Citizens & Business for York County hired CR+S to conduct benchmark research on the subject after they had acquired enough petition signatures to get the referendum placed on the November 2008 election ballot. This polling was critical to the campaign and identified all of the measure's strengths and weaknesses. The polling also measured how effective different types of messaging were when it came to building up support and opposition for the ballot measure.

We also found that support for the measure was stronger around higher concentrations of population (like Fort Mill and Rock Hill) and lower along the west side of York County. Provided that Election Day turnout was higher in more densely-populated areas of the county, the measure look poised for victory.

On Election night, as results came pouring in, it was clear the measure would pass. Ultimately, it won approval by a 63-37 margin and now all restaurants in York County, S.C. are able to serve alcohol on Sundays, something unheard of in South Carolina just as recently as a few years ago.

In addition to the research conducted on the countywide issue, we also looked at how a measure in the municipality of Tega Cay would do in an election. That ballot measure was slightly different, however, and allowed stores to sell beer and wine on Sunday. Polling showed wide support for the measure and it ultimately passed by an 81-19 margin.

 

Mecklenburg School Bond 2007
Mecklenburg School Bond 2007 Mecklenburg County 2007

Mecklenburg School Bond 2007 - Client Information

Election Information

Mecklenburg County    
School Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
November 6, 2007    

Client Information

Vote YES for Bonds hired CR+S to engage campaign polling, targeting, data, phoning and other services for four bond measures on the 2007 ballot in Mecklenburg County, N.C.  Just two years earlier, a similar school bond measure seeking $427 million was defeated by a 57-43 margin.

This bond measure was a larger package ($516 million) but the results were completely opposite from what they were two years ago. Engaging an aggressive phone campaign to those 2005 voters (because they were the lowest base of support), we also reached out to supportive voters that were likely not to turn out in off-year election cycles.

From the moment the first election results came in on Election Night, the anxiety at following up a school bond referendum that failed two years ago was completely erased and the School Bond measure passed by a 68-32 margin.

 

A $30 million bond measure for Community Colleges and a $35.6 million bond measure for county land also passed by wide margins that same day, in addition to an effort to defeat the repeal of a half-cent sales tax that was designated for transportation funds.

 

Keep Our Schools Strong
Keep Our Schools Strong Fort Mill (S.C.) School District 2008

Name - Client Information

Election Information

Fort Mill (S.C.) School District    
School Bond Referenda    
Special Referenda Election    
March 4, 2008    

Client Information

Having won an important school bond referendum four years earlier with our help, the Keep Our Schools Strong Committee in York County, S.C. again retained the services of CR+S, along with Carolina Public Relations, to help run its 2008 school bond referendum in the Fort Mill School District.

This referendum was larger than the one that won four years earlier and asked for voter approval on two questions which totalled just less than $96 million. These two questions asked for approval to build two new elementary schools, one new middle school, and gym classrooms at both high schools. In addition, the package also asked for approval to purchase land and finish the construction at Nations Ford High School.

CR+S conducted polling and administered a phone program to likely voter targets asking for their approval on both questions, among other services. The comprehensive approach to the campaign was success as both bond referendum questions passed with super large majorities.

The first question, which asked for $87,250,000 to build the three new schools and acquire land, passed by an 81-19 margin. The second question, which asked for $8,718,000 to build the gym classrooms and finish the construction of the stadium, passed by a 75-25 margin. Both of these vote percentages were higher than the campaign four years earlier which earned more than 60 percent voter approval.

 

Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC
Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC 2010

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Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC    
Roads and Transportation Bond Referendum    
Citywide Referendum    
November 2, 2010    

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The Vote YES for Bonds committee in Charlotte, NC hired CR+S to engage campaign calling programs for three bonds that were up for voter approval in November 2010. These three bonds were for roads and transportation ($156.6 million), neighborhood improvements ($32 million) and affordable housing ($15 million).

This specific bond measure in 2010 was a $156.6 million package for various road improvement and transportation infrastructure enhancement projects. Along with improvements to many roads and intersections, this bond provided funding for new thoroughfare and street projects, widening roads overburdened by traffic, bridge repair and replacement, traffic calming devices, replacing and maintaining traffic signals, signs and cameras, transportation improvements to Center City, new sidewalks and improvements to sidewalks throughout the city, and incorporating new bikeways to existing and future roadways. It also provided for new sidewalks.

The campaign phones featured live person-to-person calls to specific targets, as well as automated calling to additional targets. On Election Day, the efforts proved successful and the roads and transportation bond won big by a 64-36 margin. The neighborhood improvement ballot measure was approved by a 63-37 margin and the bond for affordable housing passed by a 57-43 margin.

These victories continued CR+S's past sucess getting bonds approved in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Three years earlier in 2007, we also helped pass three bond referenda in Mecklenburg County totaling more than $581 million for public schools, community college and land use.

 

Marlboro County School Bond Referendum
Marlboro County School Bond Referendum Marlboro County, S.C. 2008

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Marlboro County, S.C.    
School Bond Referendum    
General Election    
November 4, 2008    

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Marlboro County, S.C. is in the infamous area known as the "Corridor of Shame." Counties that reside in that area have traditionally had tough times keeping schools up-to-date due to low populations that negatively affect the tax base.

In 2008, the FIX OUR SCHOOLS committee hired CR+S to deliver positive phone messaging to all likely voters encouraging their support for the school bond referendum. Similar efforts to pass a school bond referendum in Marlboro County had failed, and this particular election was seen as "do or die" among community members.

On Election Night, the messaging proved successful and the school bond passed by a 65-35 margin once all the votes were counted, allowing the county to update its most critical needs and schools most in need.

 

Mecklenburg Land Bond Referendum
Mecklenburg Land Bond Referendum Mecklenburg County 2007

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Mecklenburg County    
Land Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referndum    
November 6, 2007    

Client Information

Vote YES for Bonds hired CR+S to engage campaign polling, targeting, data, phoning and other services for four bond measures on the 2007 ballot in Mecklenburg County, N.C.  Just two years earlier, two bond measures seeking nearly $500 million for land and schools was defeated by 55 percent of the vote.

This bond measure was a $35.6 million package that allowed Mecklenburg County to purchase land for future schools and parks. Engaging an aggressive phone campaign to those 2005 voters (because they were the lowest base of support), we also reached out to supportive voters that were likely not to turn out in off-year election cycles.

From the moment the first election results came in on Election Night, the anxiety at following up a referendum that failed two years ago was completely erased and the Land measure passed by a 64-36 margin.

A $516 million bond measure for Mecklenburg County schools and a $30 million bond measure for Central Piedmont Community College also passed by wide margins that same day, in addition to an effort to defeat the repeal of a half-cent sales tax that was designated for transportation funds.

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Clayton, NC Parks & Open Space Bond Referendum 2008

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Clayton, NC Parks & Open Space Bond Referendum    
Municipal Bond Referendum    
State Primary    
May 13, 2008    

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Located southeast of Raleigh, N.C., the town of Clayton in Johnston County placed two bond measures on the state's primary election ballot for voter approval to issue general obligations bonds. One of the measures was a Parks and Open Space measure and the other was a referendum for street improvements and road construction.

To assess the situation and determine how receptive county voters would be toward approving the measure that would authorize $4 million in bonds to meet the town's parks and open space needs, the Trust for Public Lands engaged the polling services of Campaign Research + Strategy. We examined the overall landscape, the public's reception to the plan, and voter support for the referendum. The results and data from that study provided much insight and showed where support was strongest for the referendum. However, the study also showed areas where caution may be needed.

The polling and analysis was paramount to the campaign's fate as the election was held at the same time that state primaries for governor and other statewide and local offices were being conducted - not to mention the Democratic Presidential Primary that stretched into May 2008. Our recommendations were key to the campaign and on Election night, the pro-parks and open space bond campaign saw a huge base of support and claimed victory when 2,301 people voted YES for 74 percent while just 798 voted no (26%).

 

Vote YES for Bonds
Vote YES for Bonds Mecklenburg County, N.C. 2002

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Mecklenburg County, N.C.    
Three Bond Referenda    
Countywide Referendum    
November 5, 2002    

Client Information

The Vote YES! for Bonds Committee in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, N.C.) hired Campaign Research & Strategy, along with Carolina Public Relations, in 2002 to manage and run its political campaign for three bond measures that were up for voter approval.

Together, the two firms helped coordinate and deliver the campaign message for its countywide bond referenda for schools, affordable housing and street and sidewalks repair and improvements. Campaign Research & Strategy was responsible for all data services, polling (benchmark and tracking), universe development, persuasive phone programs, and GOTV/Turnout, as well as providing consultation services, analysis, targeting and more.

The work and dedication to the bonds paid off, and all three measures each passed by margins. Among the wins were:

$224 million School Bond Referendum - WIN - 64-36 percent $80 million Streets & Sidewalks Bond Referendum - WIN - 71-29 percent

 

These wins were important not just because the total bond package exceeded $300 million, but also because a bond proposal in Mecklenburg County failed for a new sports arena failed 15 months earlier.

  • $20 million Affordable Housing Bond Referendum - WIN 60-40 percent.

 

 

Citizens for Safer and Better Roads
Citizens for Safer and Better Roads 2011 Pennies for Progress Campaign 2011

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2011 Pennies for Progress Campaign    
One-Cent Sales Tax Referendum for Roads    
York County, SC - Countywide Referendum    
August 2, 2011    

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Citizens for Safer and Better Roads, a diverse group of supporters for York County's one-cent sales tax that's dedicated to transportation improvement projects, engaged the phoning, polling and strategic sercices of Campaign Research + Strategy in 2011 for its county-wide referendum to continue the program another 7 years.

CR+S helped the Pennies for Progress campaign in 2003 which was overwhelmingly approved by voters (70 percent support). The 2011 campaign, however, was being held during a time with a different background, different atmosphere and much uncertainty. Upon completion of an initial benchmark study, support for the Pennies for Progress was still good. However, this election was being held in early August which factored in to recommendations in how to approach the campaign.

If approved, the effort would raise $161 million to pay for 12 major highway widening projects, 39 gravel road paving projects, and 11 intersection projects aimed at improving vehicle and pedestrian safety along with other initiatives.

The citizens group engaged our comprehensive phoning program, targeting voters and areas where support was strongest to energize the base and mobilize them to vote YES. We also went after voters in area that appeared to be supportive with more education.

In the end, the results were overwhelming and 82 percent of voters cast YES ballots for Pennies for Progress to continue another 7 years. On the precinct-level, more than half of all precincts approved the measure by 80 percent or more and 21 precincts saw approval reach 90 percent or higher. In a further demonstration of the landslide victory, no single precinct saw more NO votes cast than YES votes.

 

Citizens for a Better Oklahoma
Citizens for a Better Oklahoma State of Oklahoma Lottery Campaign 2004

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State of Oklahoma Lottery Campaign    
Statewide Lottery Ballot Measure    
General Election    
November 2, 2004    

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In 2002 when Brad Henry won the gubernatorial election in Oklahoma he campaigned strongly for the creation of a state-run lottery. At that time, the state of Oklahoma was one of a dozen states that did not have a state-run lottery and the new governor believed it was a missed opportunity for the state's education system.

Moving forward to the 2004 campaign cycle, a group of pro-education supporters in Oklahoma hired Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling services, and in addition to providing data and results from that study, we provided strategy for the statewide ballot measures.

The creation of a lottery had to be approved under two measures, one where voters were asked for approval of the creation of a lottery system and the other for the creation of a trust fund where lottery proceeds could only be spent on educational purposes.

On Election night, Oklahoma voters voted overwhelmingly in support of the Lottery when 928,442 voters approved its creation for 64.7 percent and 507,077 voters (35.3%) voted against it. Additionally, the second ballot measure passed by a large margin when it was approved with 67.9 percent of the vote.

Since its approval and launch in 2005, the lottery has provided more than $436 million (and counting, every day!) to education services in the state of Oklahoma.

 

Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC
Vote YES for Bonds - Charlotte, NC Vote YES for Bonds- Charlotte, NC 2010

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Vote YES for Bonds- Charlotte, NC    
Affordable Housing Bond Referendum    
Citywide Referendum    
November 2, 2010    

Client Information

The Vote YES for Bonds committee in Charlotte, NC hired CR+S to engage campaign calling programs for three bonds that were up for voter approval in November 2010. These three bonds were for roads and transportation ($156.6 million), neighborhood improvements ($32 million) and affordable housing ($15 million).

This specific bond measure in 2010 was a $15 million package that directed bond monies to the Charlotte Housing Trust Fund to provide affordable and well-maintained housing for low income families in the Charlotte area. Specifically funds are to be used for (1) multi-family new construction and rehabilitation, (2) homeownership development in neighborhoods targeted for revitalization, (3) special needs population including the elderly, disabled and homeless, and (4) acquisition of properties for the development of affordable housing.

The campaign phones featured live person-to-person calls to specific targets, as well as automated calling to additional targets. On Election Day, the efforts proved successful and the affordable housing bond was approved by a 57-43 margin. The roads and transportation ballot measure was approved by a 64-36 margin and the bond for neighborhood improvements won big with a 63-37 margin.

These victories continued CR+S's past sucess getting bonds approved in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Three years earlier in 2007, we also helped pass three bond referenda in Mecklenburg County totaling more than $581 million for public schools, community college and land use.

 

Durham County, NC
Durham County, NC Half-Cent Transit Sales Tax Referndum 2011

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Half-Cent Transit Sales Tax Referndum    
Durham County Transportation Referendum    
Countywide Referendum Election    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

Situated in central North Carolina, Durham County faced a tremendous challenge in 2011 when it came to public transportation. During a time when the national economy was sluggish, the growth and transportation needs of the county pained a clear picture its public transportation system needed to be improved and upgraded but funding questions loomed making the situation unclear.

To assess the situation, the county engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling services to assess the situation and see how the public's reception was to a potential half-cent sales tax increase that would dedicate funds to expand bus service and install light rail service and commuter rail lines in Durham County.

The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the sales tax increase, but also showed areas of the issue where caution was needed. The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an off-year cycle where voter turnout was unpredictable.

On Election night, the pro-transit campaign saw an overwhelming base of support for the half-cent sales tax and won with 16,517 YES votes (60 percent) while 11,864 voted no (40%). The half-cent sales tax levy is expected to generate nearly $17.3 million annually that will be used to improve public transportation needs so critical to Durham County.

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Person County Senior Center & Recreation Facilities Bond Referendum 2008

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Person County Senior Center & Recreation Facilities Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
General Election    
November 4, 2008    

Client Information

Located north of Durham, N.C., Person County placed a bond referendum on the November 2008 ballot that asked voters for approval to issue $6 million in general obligation bonds that would be used for the construction of a senior center and other recreation needs.

To assess the situation and determine how receptive county voters would be toward approving the bonds that would result in a slight property tax increase, the Trust for Public Lands engaged the polling services of Campaign Research + Strategy. We examined the overall landscape, the public's reception to the plan, and voter support for the referendum. The results and data from that study provided much insight and showed where support was strongest for the referendum. However, the study also showed areas where caution was needed.

The polling and analysis was paramount to the campaign's fate as the election was held at the same time that great uncertainty in the nation's economy was building. Our recommendations were key to the campaign and on Election night, the pro-referendum campaign won with a strong base of support as 8,800 people voted YES for 55 percent while 7,181 voted no (45%).

 

Keep Our Schools Strong Committee
Keep Our Schools Strong Committee Fort Mill (S.C.) School District 2004

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Fort Mill (S.C.) School District    
School Bond Referendum    
Referendum Election    
March 16, 2004    

Client Information

The Keep Our Schools Strong Committee in York County, S.C. hired Campaign Research & Strategy, along with Carolina Public Relations, in early 2004 to help run its political campaign to gain approval for a $62.5 million school bond referendum in Fort Mill, S.C.
 
CRS was responsible for conducting the initial benchmark study, as well as developing the target universe of voters and a phones program to build support for the referendum. The comprehensive approach to the campaign paid off as the bond referendum gained more than 60 percent approval on Election Day and will provide the funds necessary to build new schools in the ever-growing area which has become a suburb of Metro Charlotte, N.C.
 
The victory was even sweeter considering another school bond referendum in the same county, but in another district, was soundly defeated less than three months before this election.

 

 

Durham County, NC
Durham County, NC Quarter-Cent Schools Sales Tax Referendum 2011

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Quarter-Cent Schools Sales Tax Referendum    
Durham County Education Funding Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
November 8, 2011    

Client Information

Like most counties across the nation, Durham County faced tremendous economic challenges in 2011 when it came to public education. While the need for additional funding was obvious, many questions remained about the public's support for a sales tax levy that would dedicate those funds to Durham Public Schools.

To assess the situation, the county engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling services to examine the situation and see how the public's reception was to a potential quarter-cent sales tax increase that would dedicate funds to Durham Public Schools. The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the sales tax increase, but also showed areas of the issue where caution was needed. The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an off-year cycle where voter turnout was unpredictable.

On Election night, the pro-education tax campaign saw strong support for the quarter-cent sales tax and won when 57 percent of voters cast YES votes while 43 percent voted No. The quarter-cent sales tax levy is expected to generate nearly $9 million annually that will be used for Durham Public Schools.

 

Rock Hill Citizens for Children
Rock Hill Citizens for Children Rock Hill York School District #3 2005

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Rock Hill York School District #3    
School Bond Referendum    
Referendum Election    
April 2, 2005    

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In 2005, Rock Hill York School District #3 faced tremendous growth. If left unchecked, the district would have had unparalleled overcrowding issues making it difficult to deliver on promises of adequate student-teacher ratios and high, quality educational services.

In response to this delicate issue, the district moved forward on a $92 million school bond referendum. If approved, this referendum would allow the district to build two new elementary schools, one new middle school, expand and renovate 9 classrooms at elementary schools, alleviate traffic, congestion and parking, purchase land and make needed improvements in roofing, lighting, fire system upgrades, heating and air projects, and paving of parking lots and athletic surfaces.

A group of community volunteers formed under the name of Rock Hill Citizens for Children to advocate for the referendum and it hired Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling and phoning services to help them secure the votes needed for approval.

This election was unique in that it was held on a Saturday, but it also raised concerns from a turnout perspective. After polling the issue, we made recommendations to the committee on a number of items and strategy, and then engaged an aggresive targeted phone campaign to build support and turn out favorable voters. In the end, the school bond referendum was APPROVED when 3,625 people voted YES, for 60.3% support, and only 2,383 voted NO (39.7%).

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Wake County Open Space Bonds 2007

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Wake County Open Space Bonds    
Countywide Open Space Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
October 9, 2007    

Client Information

In Wake County, North Carolina, four bond referenda went up for voter approval that would address needs in the categories of parks and recreation facilities, open space, community colleges, and library facilities.

In Wake County, voters were asked for their approval on a $50 million open space bond referendum that would be used for the acquisition of property by Wake County and the improvements of property for conservation of open space, protection of water quality, wildlife habitats, scenic areas and natural areas suitable for recreational or other public uses.

However, questions remained about how receptive voters would be toward paying for these four bond measures. To assess the situation, the Trust for Public Lands engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling servicees to look in-depth at the support levels for each bond measure. The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the ballot measures, but also showed areas where caution may be needed.

The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an election cycle where voters had growing concerns about the economy. And, on Election night, the pro-referendum campaign saw a strong base of support and won with 38,473 people voting YES (71.4 percent) while 15,399 voted no (28.6%).

 

Trust for Public Lands
Trust for Public Lands Raleigh Parks & Recreation Bonds 2007

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Raleigh Parks & Recreation Bonds    
Citywide Parks & Recreation Facilities Referendum    
Municipal Referendum    
October 9, 2007    

Client Information

In Wake County, North Carolina, four bond referenda went up for voter approval that would address needs in the categories of parks and recreation facilities, open space, community colleges, and library facilities.

In Raleigh, N.C., city election voters were asked for their aproval for an $88.6 million bond referendum that would be used for the building and refurbishing of parks and recreation facilities across the city.

However, questions remained about how receptive voters would be toward paying for these four bond measures. To assess the situation, the Trust for Public Lands engaged Campaign Research + Strategy for its polling servicees to look in-depth at the support levels for each bond measure. The results and data from that study provided much insight and support for the ballot measures, but also showed areas where caution may be needed.

The analysis of that study was paramount to the campaign that would be held during an election cycle where voters had growing concerns about the economy. And, on Election night, the pro-referendum campaign saw a strong base of support and won with 19,302 people voting YES (72.4 percent) while 7,360 voted no (27.6%).

 

Mecklenburg Community College Referendum
Mecklenburg Community College Referendum Mecklenburg County 2007

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Election Information

Mecklenburg County    
Community College Bond Referendum    
Countywide Referendum    
November 6, 2007    

Client Information

Vote YES for Bonds hired CR+S to engage campaign polling, targeting, data, phoning and other services for four bond measures on the 2007 ballot in Mecklenburg County, N.C.  Just two years earlier, two bond measures seeking nearly $500 million was defeated by 55 percent of the vote.

This bond measure was a $30 million package that allowed Central Piedmont Community College to expand, renovate and improve buildings, facilities and services it provides students. Engaging an aggressive phone campaign to those 2005 voters (because they were the lowest base of support), we also reached out to supportive voters that were likely not to turn out in off-year election cycles.

From the moment the first election results came in on Election Night, the anxiety at following up a referendum that failed two years ago was completely erased and the Community College Bond measure passed by a 70-30 margin.

A $516 million bond measure for Mecklenburg County schools and a $35.6 million bond measure for county land also passed by wide margins that same day, in addition to an effort to defeat the repeal of a half-cent sales tax that was designated for transportation funds.