David Lobb did his best to launch a serious write-in campaign against state Rep. Bill Taylor, but in the end, it wasn’t even close.

The 251 write-in ballots had not been counted late Tuesday, but mathematically, even if all the write-ins went to Lobb, it wouldn’t be enough to challenge the almost 7,500 votes Taylor had received by 9:30 p.m.

Taylor was seeking his second term as the District 86 S.C. House member.

Taylor is a former television journalist, serving as a reporter, producer and anchorman. He also has served as a media adviser and was a partner in establishing a consulting firm. He was also a consultant to the George H.W. Bush White House in 1991-92.

Taylor cited his role as the primary sponsor of the S.C. Fair Tax Act, which would create a state tax to replace state income taxes on families and businesses. He also sponsored a Freedom of Information reform measure that passed the House 100-1, but tied in the Senate.

A retired Army colonel, Lobb is president of the Aiken chapter of the Military Officers Association and president for legislative affairs for the Military Officers Association of South Carolina. He faced criticism throughout the campaign for moving from the local Republican Party to the county Republican Club. Lobb made the switch after he was rejected as the local party’s chairman.

Jennifer Miller is the Features and Commentary Editor. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.