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Mac Deford: Bucking the Odds in SC

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In 2020, Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina’s First Congressional District, edged out Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Cunningham. He was the first Democrat to flip a House seat in South Carolina in 30 years. Mace won by just 5,400 votes, or one percent.


Then, two years ago, following redistricting, Mace won reelection by 14 percent.


Since then, Mace was critical of Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021 MAGA-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, but she’s endorsed Trump – despite the many criminal charges against him and despite his conviction for sexually abusing writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s.


Now, attorney Mac Deford is one of two Democrats bucking the odds in SC and running in the June 11 SC primary for the chance to oppose Mace in November. His opponent in the primary is business executive Michael Moore.


We’re pleased to have Deford with us on the Lean to the Left podcast.

Bucking the Odds in SC

Here are some questions we discussed with Deford:


Q. Late last month a federal court ruled that the South Carolina elections will be held under a map already deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory against Black voters by the same three-judge panel that found that the state used race as a proxy for partisan affiliation, a violation of the 14th amendment to the Constitution. Your thoughts about that.


Q. You’re an attorney, a former Coast Guard Police Officer, and you’ve worked for a software company. You’ve also served as an attorney for Mount Pleasant and Hilton Head Island. If you should win the election, how would this experience inform your service in the House of Representatives?


Q. What are your thoughts about Congresswoman Mace supporting Trump after criticizing him for the Jan. 6 insurrection?


Q. What are your top priorities for Congressional action in the next two years?

Q. Your district, District 1, is dependent on tourism, sensitive to climate issues, in need of affordable housing. It’s comprised of varied communities with different needs. If elected, how will you deal with those issues and meet those needs?


Q. How will you address the challenges of healthcare accessibility and affordability?

Q. How do you plan to engage with and represent underrepresented or marginalized groups in our district?


Q. Trump and the Republicans are talking about Social Security and Medicare cuts. Your thoughts?


Q. Where do you stand on the issue of reproductive rights?


Q. What about immigration?


Q. Many voters are frustrated by the inability of Congress to pass legislation in recent years. Some members, including numerous Republicans, are leaving Congress because of their frustration. Why do you believe it will be any different for you?


Q. Why did you decide to take on this challenge? South Carolina isn’t exactly Democrat friendly!

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