In 2006, state Democratic Rep. Dennis Moss prevailed in a heated 2006 battle for the District 29 House seat with Republican Danny Stacy that ended with Stacy formally protesting the election.
On Nov. 4, the two will face off again for the District 29 seat. This year's race centers on financial issues, including Property Tax Relief Act 388, sales tax revenue, future state budget cuts and payday lending. The race has all the makings of another tight contest. Stacy believes he has the upper hand this time, citing the demographic changes within the district since 2006.
"More conservative people are coming in," he said. "District 29 is a rural, conservative district, and they deserve a conservative representative."
The incumbent doesn't expect a competitive election this time.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
"It was an open seat last time," he said, referring to Democratic Rep. DeWitt McCraw's decision not to seek re-election two years ago. "I think people have seen the job I've done over the past two years, and I don't expect it to be close."
Moss defeated Stacy in 2006 by only 60 votes, many of which Stacy claimed to be fraudulent. Stacy said more than 240 fraudulent votes were found during a probe of the District 29 ballots. By state law, a recount was required because the votes accounted for less than 1 percent of the 9,116 votes cast. The state eventually awarded Moss the District 29 seat.
Two years later, Stacy expects a different outcome. "We expect a win," he said.
Moss said his confidence never wavered during waning moments of the 2006 recount.
"I never had a doubt about it," Moss said. "The votes spoke for themselves. I wasn't fretful of that at all. I felt the county committees were accurate, and the state upheld their results."
District 29, one of the largest in the state, consists of parts of Cherokee, Chester and York counties.