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TAKE A STAND: SC Primary Election

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

South Carolina politics is like baseball: It ain’t over till it’s over.

While the 2018 primary is now history, it’s back to the polls in two weeks. In the two highest-profile runoffs, Gov. Henry McMaster will face Greenville businessman John Warren for the Republican nomination; and incumbent Attorney General Alan Wilson will face Todd Atwater.

The biggest surprise? Maybe to some, Republican challenger Katie Arrington defeated incumbent Congressman Mark Sanford without a runoff and will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November. 

But the biggest surprise of all may have been voter turnout: 17 percent. 

There are three million registered voters in South Carolina. That means 83 percent, almost two-and-a-half million people, did not vote.

Maybe we need better candidates to energize voters. Maybe South Carolina should make it easier for people to vote. Twenty-two states have elections on the weekend. 

Whatever the reason, we hope citizens will decide to be heard and exercise their right to vote in the June 26 runoffs.     

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