Brian Laurens and Scot Turner are vying for the seat that opened in December when former Rep. Sean Jerguson resigned to run for the state Senate.
Getting voters to come to the polls once again is at the front of Turner’s mind.
“We had 4,000 votes over the summer and almost 1,500 in the special election. We may not even have 1,500 voters show up this time,” said Turner, who also ran for the seat in the general election.
Turner said his campaign team has identified his supporters and is now focused on getting them motivated.
Laurens, in the final days of the campaign, plans to continue knocking on doors and talking to neighbors. He’s been visiting up to 150 houses per day in recent days, he said. This is Laurens’ first race as a candidate.
“It’s scary that possibly less than 1,000 people are going to decide this race, but they’ll be the most educated people,” he said.
Both men said they felt they ran good campaigns.
“We want to focus on the issues, and that’s been kind of a hallmark of the Turner camp, keeping it clean,” Turner said.
Laurens said he was proud to have kept his campaign positive.
“We never once mentioned my opponent’s name. It’s sad that some have decided that’s the best way to win,” he said.
Laurens said he saw the Second Amendment take on a larger role in the last month of the campaign, but he has continued to see the economy as the issue at the forefront of voters’ minds.
But Laurens said he’s more focused on putting together a plan rather than focusing on a single issue.
“Quite frankly, a single issue isn’t going to put Cherokee County back to work. It isn’t going to make life better. It takes a plan,” he said.
Turner’s cornerstone issue during the campaign has been ethics reform, which he said could lead to tax reform and other improvements in leadership.
“Why can’t we have tax reform? Because lobbyists are able to manipulate the tax code. If you have tax reform, you can have jobs. It’s all connected. It’s a giant puzzle,” he said.