With more than a year and half to go before Election Day 2020, at least one sitting Greenwood County lawmaker is ready to say he plans for another term.
Democrat Floyd Nicholson, who has represented Senate District 10 since 2009, told the Index-Journal on Wednesday that he’s gearing up for another campaign.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and try to get every vote I can,” the former Greenwood mayor said. “I’m going to run again, yes. I’m going to run again.”
He doesn’t yet have an opponent, but state GOP officials are looking to change that. Optimistic that voter turnout will be high next year as President Trump and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham top the ballot, state Republican Party executive director Hope Walker said competing in every down-ticket race is important.
“If I’m not looking at that, I’m not doing my job. Sometimes, turnout is pushed by who locally is running for the offices that most immediately impact them,” she said.
Months away from any filing deadlines, Nicholson already has a five-figure war chest, according to state Elections Commission documents. As of April 10, Nicholson had $34,485 cash on hand.
In 2016, Nicholson defeated Bryan Hope by 961 votes. Turnout that year was just more than 70% statewide.
Trump took 58% of the vote in Greenwood County, and Graham remains a popular figure among Republicans statewide. A March 21 Winthrop University poll showed the senator had a 74% approval rating among party voters.