In a new radio ad, 1st District Congressional candidate Carroll “Tumpy” Campbell tells GOP primary voters that he “needs your prayers.” Too true.

In a straw poll of Berkeley County Republicans last weekend, state Rep. Tim Scott was a clear winner with 82 votes. It’s what the P&C led with, but it’s not really news. Most of Scott’s Statehouse district is in Berkeley County, so he has literally spent years wooing these people. Considering that fact, a better question might be why he only received a little more than 1/3 of the votes?

What was really surprising was the horrible finish from Campbell: landing in seventh place (gasp) with only five of 222 votes (double gasp). This is the candidate who will proudly tell you he’s been campaigning since Feb. 2009. Apparently, not much of that campaigning was in Berkeley County.

In truth, it’s not surprising. In a two-man race with Henry Brown, Campbell would have been the fresh alternative. Now, Campbell seems like the establishment candidate, ironically because of his early entrance in the race and his evident pedigree. His arrogant, pissy response to the growing list of candidates didn’t help, either.

Also of note, Larry Kobrovsky continues to prove his dark horse status. Kobrovsky earned second place with 55 votes in the straw poll. We spoke with the Charleston attorney a few weeks ago about his campaign and he said that he’s not fighting to win this thing in the first round. He’s prepared to make it to the two-person runoff and climb to the top.

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