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SC Democrats refocus after a tough loss

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Bakari tears up as he assures his supporters that he's not going anywhere. Bakari tears up as he assures his supporters that he's not going anywhere.
Phyllis Harris says Nikki Haley will wish she had lost the Governor's race. Phyllis Harris says Nikki Haley will wish she had lost the Governor's race.

By: Princess Faith

    Tuesday night was a tough one for South Carolina Democrats as Republicans swept all statewide races.

    Democratic Senator Vincent Sheheen lost to Republican Governor Nikki Haley in the governor's race by 15 percentage points. In his concession speech Sheheen said nobody wanted to win more than him but this was not a defeat. 

    "When you help expand four year old kindergarten because of what you folks allowed me to do, it's not a defeat. When you help shine a light on Department of Social Services where kids are being harmed, it's not a defeat. Joyce Dickerson, when you help change the mindset of a number of people across the state of South Carolina it's not a defeat. The status quo is a mighty hard thing to change in South Carolina, we all know that," he said.

        Bakari Sellers lost to former State Attorney General Henry McMasters. Sellers remained optimistic as he fought back tears.

    "It's not about what South Carolina was or what it is, it's about what it can be.  So we're at a victory party. And for the past two decades we've only been getting the party right. But soon comes the victory. We plowed the soil. We worked so damn hard. And I'm not going anywhere," Sellers said.

    Brad Hutto also lost his race against Lindsey Graham for South Carolina's U.S. Senate Seat.

    The candidates who spoke were upbeat but there was frustration among the supporters.

    Phyllis Harris, Democratic Chair for Kershaw County says Nikki Haley is going to have to put in a little extra work.

    "I'm going to be in the face of this governor everyday. And she's going to work. She's going to wish Vincent Sheheen had become governor of South Carolina because this constituent is going to make her work for every dollar she made tonight and for every vote that she got. She's going to work twice as hard for me as she every did for any republican," she says.

     Republicans will maintain control of South Carolina's legislature. But Democrats say regardless of the party affiliation, all South Carolinians have to work together to do what is best for the people of this great state.

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