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Floyd won’t seek second term

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd today announced that she will not seek a second term as state Party Chairman.

Floyd, 48, of Spartanburg, won the Chairmanship by acclamation in May of 2009. She will serve out the rest of her term, which ends in May of next year at the state convention. Floyd said that she has accomplished the goals she set forth during her original campaign for Chairmanship, and is now ready to pass the reins to the next Chairman.

“We have accomplished some extraordinary things during the last two years, not the least of which are sweeping statewide Constitutional offices for the first time, and winning the Fifth Congressional District,” Floyd said. “When I ran for Chairman, my top goals were to put us in a superior position for redistricting, and to make our Party a leader in online technology. I believe that our team has accomplished those things, and now it is time to pass the reins to a new Chairman with new goals and new challenges. Our Party is in a position it has never been before, and I am confident that we will continue to reach new, even greater heights.”

Under Floyd’s tenure, the SCGOP has:

– Gained control of all Constitutional offices and five of six Congressional seats for the first time since Reconstruction.

– This year, in the 253 races in which the Republican Party fielded a candidate, 211 of those candidates won.

– Won the award for best Web site in the country from the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, and was ranked the fastest growing state party Twitter account in an independent study by technology firm Targeted Victory.

– Implemented the party’s first ever Web-based absentee ballot request system, Through that site, over 11,000 absentee ballots were requested. In addition, over 14,000 more requests were made through the Party’s mail program.

– Ran the most effective Victory campaign in state Party history. The Victory program sent over 1.6 million pieces of mail to South Carolina voters, with more than 1.1 million pieces going into the Fifth District alone.

– Victory volunteers also logged over 11,000 hours, making more than 700,000 phone calls and over 500,000 literature drops.

– In total, over $730,000 was spent by the Party on its Victory program, including $125,000 in donations to candidates for Constitutional offices.