Associate Justice Costa Pleicones is challenging Chief Justice Jean Toal for her seat on the South Carolina Supreme Court. The challenge comes as a surprise to many, including Hopkins Rep. Joe Neal, who received Pleicones’ letter of intent to run. The stakes of the outcome aren’t particularly high, seeing as how both Justices are extremely qualified, but many thought Toal’s bid for a second term would be unchallenged.

Can we expect some Mortal Kombat style action to determine the Chief Justice?

Probably not.

More than likely it will be a nice race to the seat, with pleasantries exchanged on both sides. Given the unexpected challenge, it will be interesting to see the developments of this particular race over the next few months. Will Toal reign supreme over her challenger, or will a surprise upset be in the near future?
We wish both of them the best of luck.

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