Joe Cunningham Wins Democratic Primary Debate
Tonight, gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham won the Democratic Primary Debate in Columbia, SC. Cunningham debated two of his four primary opponents, Sen. Mia McLeod and Carlton Boyd.
Cunningham spoke about his plans to tackle several issues, such as lowering the price of gas, reducing gun violence, protecting women’s reproductive rights, and ending the teacher shortage. Cunningham touted his Congressional record, which includes sponsoring two bills that were signed into law by a Republican President, and passing through the US House a bill to permanently ban offshore drilling.
“I’ve brought people together from opposite ends of the political spectrum. If I can bring Democrats and Republicans together in Washington, DC, then I can do the same thing right here in Columbia,” Cunningham said.
When asked about how Democrats can win in November, Cunningham said, “In order to win statewide, we have to do better than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, and I’m the only candidate who has done better than she did. We have to do better than Joe Biden, and I’m the only candidate who performed better than him.”
In 2018, Cunningham flipped a district that had not elected a Democrat in almost 40 years. In 2020, Cunningham outperformed Biden by 5% in a district that Trump had won by 13 points four years earlier.
“The stakes are high this election,” Cunningham said. “South Carolina is dead last in roads, we’re near the bottom in healthcare and teacher pay. That’s why it’s important to put our best foot forward. It’s going to be a tough race, but I’m up for the challenge because we’ve done the impossible before and we can do it again.”