RESULTS: The Lowcountry's election winners

Sen. Tim Scott (Source: WIS)
Sen. Tim Scott (Source: WIS)
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. (Source: Live 5)
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.
The Republican nominee won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.
Voters eager to shake up the nation's political establishment picked the celebrity businessman to become the nation's 45th president.

Meanwhile, 52 percent of Charleston County residents voted yes on the Charleston half-cent tax increase.

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Trump took an early lead in electoral votes as the first states' polls began to close. At 11:35 p.m., CBS News projected Donald Trump with 216 electoral votes and Hillary Clinton with 209.

A total of 270 electoral votes is required to win the presidency.

It was approximately 11 p.m. when Trump was projected the winner in the all-important battleground state of Florida.

For most of the night, the race was too close to call, at one point with the two candidates within one-tenth of one percentage point away from each other.

CBS News estimated the voter turnout in Florida is the highest ever recorded in American history.

Earlier in the evening, CBS News and the Associated Press projected Trump the winner in the Palmetto State, claiming its nine electoral votes.

Voters deciding issues across Tri-County

The outcome of a half-cent tax referendum in Charleston County was too close to call Tuesday night. At 11 p.m., with 85 percent of precincts reporting, it remained a 50-50 tie. The popular vote totals were within 300 of each other.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Mayor Riley, Representative Chip Limehouse, North Charleston Mayor Summey and other local officials backed the referendum, saying it would put $2.1 billion into Charleston County road improvement projects.

The money could be used to fix local traffic problems by widening Dorchester Road, widening Main Road, building a flyover at U.S. 17, widening Highway 42 and other projects, as well as providing $600 million to develop a transit system.

Officials have said they plan to use some of the funds to offer support to green spaces in Charleston County.

In Summerville, 56 percent voted no on the question of changing the balance of their local government.

The ballot question gave voters the chance to choose whether to keep a council form of government or give the mayor more power under a mayor-council government. Under Summerville's current operation, the council makes all decisions about policy. A mayor-council government, also known as "strong mayor" would beef up the mayor's role.

Mayor Wiley Johnson said he wanted to be able to put the town budget together, supervise departments and work directly with the town administrator; all things he could legally do under a mayor-council form of government.

Voters in Dorchester County voted in favor of a $43 million bond referendum to build new libraries and parks in the future. The bond would go into effect for 20 years.

Based on the current millage, Dorchester County Council Chairman David Chinnis said the average homeowner could have to pay $35-$40 more per year in property taxes.

Trump, Sanford, Scott win S.C.

In South Carolina, early Associated Press exit polls exposed the divide among voters as Trump and Clinton battle for the state's nine electoral votes.

More than six in 10 white voters cast ballots for Trump, while nine in 10 blacks chose Clinton. Trump and Clinton were nearly evenly split among voters with college degrees while Trump carried slightly more than half of those voters who said they had no college degrees.

A vast majority of those who consider themselves to be white, evangelical voters - nearly eight in 10 - backed Trump, while about one-fifth supported Clinton.

Trump took nearly half of the votes of those ages 18-44 and more than half of those 45 and older.

The Associated Press projected U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford winning his bid for re-election shortly before 10 p.m. With 49 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford had 53 percent of the popular vote over Democrat Michael Cherny, who had 42 percent; and Libertarian Albert Travison, who had one percent.

Within minutes after polls closed in South Carolina, Sen. Tim Scott was projected as having won re-election in the U.S. Senate race by both CBS News and the Associated Press.

Scott's victory was among the first called.

Scott had just been elected to a second term in the U.S. House in 2012 when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to take over for Sen. Jim DeMint, who left the chamber to head up the Heritage Foundation.

At that point, Scott became the first African-American U.S. senator from the South since just after the Civil War.

In 2014, Scott was elected to the remaining two years of DeMint's term. In doing so, he also became the first black to win a statewide race in South Carolina since the Reconstruction era.

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