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Jeff Duncan Campaign Surges

from the GarnetSpy.com and reposted at JeffDuncan.com

Earlier this week, fellow blogger Earl Capps joined The Spy in promoting the candidacy of South Carolina State Representative Jeff Duncan for the state’s Third Congressional seat.

“With a conservative voting record in the State House, Duncan will help a growing House Republican membership get back to the conservative and ethical principles which, when abandoned by the House GOP leadership, cost them their Congressional majority. Republican congressmen like Jeff Duncan will help regain the majority – and provide the consistent commitment to ethics and principles needed to keep it – which is why Third District voters should vote for him in the upcoming Republican Primary.”

That wasn’t the only good news for the campaign this week.  Duncan won – overwhelmingly – a straw poll at a Third District Congressional debate last night in Aiken.

  • Jeff Duncan 49%
  • Mike Vasovski 19%
  • Richard Cash 13%
  • Joe Grimaud 10%
  • Rex Rice 9%
  • Neal Collins 3%

Now, straw polls aren’t scientific nor are they conclusive, but the margin Duncan garnered and the distance between him and the second place candidate cannot be ignored.

But possibly the biggest news for Jeff Duncan this week was the April 16 endorsement of his candidacy by former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee.

“With Jeff, what you see is what you get.  Jeff Duncan is a consistent conservative whose beliefs don’t change with shifting political winds.  Jeff Duncan doesn’t need a poll to show him how to vote, and his beliefs don’t conveniently change when it’s an election year.  When Jeff votes, he simply follows the Constitution of the United States of America.”

I can almost see and hear Fred saying this.  Leaning forward in a high-backed leather chair, puffing on a cigar and, in that distinctive baritone and an almost “gee whiz” manner, schooling us on Duncan’s qualifications.

AND, as Senator Thompson noted in his endorsement, Jeff Duncan is one of only 11 candidates in the country to be endorsed by the Club for Growth.

“Jeff Duncan is the kind of pro-growth, fiscal reformer who would help change Congress the moment he is sworn into office.  He has an outstanding record in the South Carolina General Assembly, consistently voting to lower taxes, limit government, and expand individual liberty.  And even more impressive than Jeff’s record of service is his history of leadership on issues like spending reform and school choice, even when it meant standing up for principle against his own party leaders.”

All this – and more – is testimony not only to Jeff Duncan’s personal popularity, but a clear message to candidates for all offices that integrity and legislative record are important to voters.

At this pace, Jeff Duncan will likely win the Republican primary outright on June 8.  But he won’t admit that or even entertain such a notion.  My understanding of him is that Duncan takes nothing for granted (voters) and never quits a fight.

Not bad attributes for someone representing you in Congress.

Rep. Jeff Duncan is Chairman of the South Carolina House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs Committee. He is a life-time member of the NRA, and holds an A+ rating from the South Carolina Club for Growth. He is currently running for United States Congress in South Carolina’s Third Congressional District. www.JeffDuncan.com


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