Benedict College Plays a Huge Role in Columbia's Mayoral Election - DatelineCarolina

Benedict College Students Play Large Role in Columbia's Mayoral Election

Benjamin's Campaign targeted Benedict Students. Benjamin's Campaign targeted Benedict Students.

by Tia Pennix

Posted: May 23, 2010 10:28 AM

Columbia elected it's first African-American mayor Tuesday, and students from one of Columbia's Historically Black College played a major role in the historical night. Steve Benjamin beat runoff opponent Kirkman Finlay with 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election.

Voter turnout by students from Benedict College in the run-off election more than doubled over turnout in the original April election.  Voters in the Benedict precinct gave Benjamin 435 votes to Finlay's 4. 

Stanley Davis is a Benedict student who worked on the Benjamin's campaign.

"Everybody sent text everyday…they realized that their vote does count," says Davis.

Benjamin's strategist Sam Johnson says they were really pleased with the Benedict turnout.

"One thing we did that I think we did very well, was we recognized and targeted a group of students that were politically active, and we made sure we engaged them," Johnson said.

Davis says Benedict students hope with Benjamin in office, they'll be able to get more jobs after graduation.

Click Here to see the top voting precincts for each of the candidates. 

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