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Poll Shows Gloria Bromell Tinubu With Double Digit Lead in SC-7
(Myrtle Beach, SC) In an internal poll released today by Democratic candidate Gloria Bromell Tinubu and conducted by the well-known and respected national polling firm of Lake Research Partners in Washington, D.C., South Carolina native Bromell Tinubu takes a clear and double digit lead over her opponents.
“We’re honored that South Carolina families are responding so well to our inclusive message of fighting to create more and better jobs for our families, investing in education and training to make sure we can attract new jobs to South Carolina, adequately funding our kids’ schools, and ensuring affordable healthcare. As an economist, I’ve always insisted on doing the research, checking the numbers, and proving the facts true before moving forward. That’s why we’re releasing this independent polling data,” said Bromell Tinubu, who received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Clemson University.
A poll completed by Lake Research Partners survey of likely Democratic primary voters in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District shows Gloria Bromell Tinubu with a clear lead among the remaining candidates in the race, after Ted Vick withdrew his candidacy. Bromell Tinubu is the only remaining candidate with double-digit support. She gains even more support after voters hear her messaging on jobs training and education. The initial ballot that included Ted Vick had him at 13% support, Bromell Tinubu with 11%, and Preston Brittain and Parnell Diggs with only 3% each. After hearing about each candidate, support for Bromell Tinubu doubles to 22%, while support for Brittain increases to just 5%. These finding are based on 404 telephone interviews with a random sample of likely 2012 primary election voters in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. Interviews were conducted from April 15-18, 2012. Sampling error is =/-4.9%.
A copy of the polling memo from Lake Research Partners is available for review upon request.
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Published: June 04, 2012
CONWAY, S.C. – Tonight, the Republican candidates for South Carolina’s new 7th Congressional District take to the debate stage at Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center for the first of two debates this week sponsored, in-part, by News 13.
Thursday night, along with The Sun News, The Morning News, FMU, and Coastal Carolina University, News 13 again sponsors a debate for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District Democratic Candidates at the Wheelwright auditorium on CCU’s campus.
One of the Democrats on the stage Thursday night will be Gloria Bromell Tinubu, who is polling ahead of Preston Brittain.
Tinubu says she’s running for the new district to give back to the community.
“A community that allowed me to realize the American Dream, and I want to give others the same opportunity,” said Tinubu.
She says the largest challenge she’s faced during her campaign is having the time to tell voters she’s not the “typical candidate.”
“I’m not a politician, I’m a community servant, a public servant, and there is a difference. Having enough time to let the citizens of the district know that as an economist, educator, and mother, I have a passion for giving back to the community that supported me and helped me become what I am today. It is this passion which drives me to pursue this office,” said Tinubu.
But, pursuing this office has come with controversy. Tinubu was a House member in the state of Georgia, but resigned and moved back to South Carolina before the end of her term. Some say she did so in order to pursue this Congressional seat, however, Tinubu doesn’t agree.
I asked Tinubu, “What would you say to someone who says you moved from Georgia to the new district to run for office, and therefore, advance your political career?”
“South Carolina has always been my home,” she said. “I moved back to restore my family home and in the process realized my community needed restoring as well. I was offered and accepted a teaching position at Coastal Carolina University. When the 7th Congressional District map was published and after discussions with my family and friends, we felt it was appropriate for me to seek to serve my home state as its next Congresswoman,” said Tinubu.
She says the Pee Dee needs jobs, education, and business.
“The largest issue for the Pee Dee is its persistent poverty with all 5 Pee Dee counties in this district listed as persistently poor. Providing adequate funds for our school and encouraging students to enroll in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, will provide local companies with educated workers and expand existing small business and new start up companies,” said Tinubu.
She said the Grand Strand needs enhanced infrastructure and year-round employment opportunities like agro-tourism. She says year-round employment will “help our upside down housing market and help people stay in their homes.”
“Making the Grand Strand more pedestrian and bike friendly may help bring in new visitors in the off season. Issues of congestion can be addressed with the construction of I-73, light rail, or other forms of public transportation.”
Tinubu said she was her largest competitor and long hours and a hectic schedule is a challenge that can defeat the “faint of heart.”
“Fortunately, I’m not faint of heart,” Tinubu challenged.
“I think citizens are really voting on the ideas that each candidate represents, not the individuals themselves. The most important question to ask is how we see ourselves as Democrats? Will we be a warmed up and kinder, gentler version of the Republicans? Or do we stand for fairness, justice, and equality for all? A voter should support me with their vote because I am the only candidate in this race who understand their day-to-day struggles and who is committed to helping them restore their American Dream,” said Tinubu.
“This district has often been neglected when it comes to the allocation of resources for education, infrastructure, and health care,” she continued.
“I believe that all citizens should have gainful employment, clean, modern schools, and affordable, accessible health care. These are the issues which we are all concerned about and these are the fundamental rights which I commit to work to secure.”
The News 13 debates air live tonight and Thursday. Count on the News 13 network to give you a full recap of the Republican debate in Florence tonight, and the Democratic debate later this week.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu, 7th Congressional District candidate, to receive SC AFL-CIO’s unanimous endorsement.
May 17, 2012
Today at noon, Gloria Bromell Tinubu accepted the South Carolina AFL-CIO’s endorsement during a press conference at her campaign headquarters in Conway, South Carolina.
In making the endorsement, AFL-CIO President Donna Dewitt said, “After researching and reviewing the records of the candidates running for the new SC Congressional District 7, the SC AFL-CIO has concluded that Gloria Bromell Tinubu has a proven record which best represents the interests of the working people of the new District. The members of the SC AFL-CIO voted unanimously to endorse her candidacy.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to receive the unanimous endorsement of the SC AFL-CIO for my candidacy for Congress,” Bromell Tinubu said. “Your legacy of fighting for social and economic justice for working people has been a source of inspiration to those of us who share your values. I look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with you as we win the 7th congressional seat for the working families of South Carolina and to continue that work into the future.”
Those who attended include Gloria Bromell Tinubu, Democratic Candidate for the 7th Congressional District, Donna Dewitt, President SC AFL-CIO and other labor leaders from the 7th Congressional District.