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      Horry County Democrats demolish GOP candidates sand sculpture

      What took sculptors days to construct, took democrats minutes to demolish.

      With a backhoe and plenty of shovels, a group of about 20 from the Democrat Women's Council of Horry County scraped, pushed and dug their way into the sand castle dubbed Mount Myrtle.

      "We had a blast," said President Sally P. Howard. "We women decided to clean up after the men."

      Team Sandtastic of Sarasota, Florida built the 1,175,100-pound (525 tons) sand castle which donned the faces of the four remaining candidates for the Republican party's nomination, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, and the two candidates who suspended their campaigns in South Carolina, Rick Perry and John Huntsman.

      The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce had the sculpture made for the GOP Presidential Debate in Myrtle Beach last week. To be a part of the demolition, the democratic group gave a $200 donation to Mother's Against Violence.

      When Howard took full control of the backhoe, she went straight to her least favorite Republican candidate. "I don't like Newt. He's just an angry man."

      Her feelings of dislike were shared among many of those involved in the demolition.

      Myrtle Beach resident and democrat Flora Pickett took the pink shovel and went straight for the jugular of Gingrich.

      "I had a lot of hostility that I'm trying to get off in reference to Newt Gingrich," said Pickett. "Needless to say, I will not be sending him a pair of socks for Christmas."

      "That was a lot of fun. If they come and rebuild it again, I'll be back," Pickett added.

      The demolition also brought a crowd of on-lookers. Carroll McMillan is a snowbird from Maine and a republican.

      "Just out of curiosity to see some democrat women in action," said McMillan when asked why he came. "Some of them were vicious. Now I know how this election is going to be."

      Though McMillan saw the event as fun, other republicans saw the event as disrespectful, said Howard.

      "The republicans have accused us of being disrespectful and that probably hit me from the height of hypocrisy," said Howard. "The last 30 days have been nothing but disrespect between the republican campaigns and candidates, and of course, we didn't expect them to be nice to us, especially how ugly they've been to each other."

      All of the sand will be stored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber and used for future sand sculpture projects. The sand can not be taken back to the beach for renourishment because it's been treated specifically for sculpting, said Howard.